Paul recently completed his 40 hour Yoga Teacher Training course in The Science of Teaching Yoga for Athletes. He luckily won this training course in a competition run by the Institute of Yoga Sports Science website https://www.yogasportscience.com/ The Institute of Yoga Sports Science are listed as a recognised centre by The British Wheel of Yoga. This recognises that they show excellence in their specialist field of yoga.
It is an interesting course which focusses on looking at specific sports and the most common movement patterns involved. As a result, intelligent yoga interventions can be formulated to suit particular sporting populations. Paul chose swimming as he used to be in a swimming team in his teens. He has always maintained this sporting hobby. Practicing the sport specific yoga alongside having some improver swimming lessons has resulted in him improving his front crawl stroke.
This year we are furthering our training in the area of Sports Yoga. We have already trained with Sarah Ramsden, the yoga teacher who worked at Manchester United and Manchester City football club for many year. Completing The Body Aligned training with her was a fantastic CPD course. We enjoyed it very much and consequently have decided to do the next level of training with her called Sports Yoga -The Body Athletic – teaching yoga to athletes and in sport. As part of this training we will both be working with a sports person or athlete over the summer and are looking forward to this.
We love undertaking additional training and continuing our professional development. In doing so we can provide our yoga students with the best experience possible and further our own knowledge.
The website Three Best Rated has listings for the Best Yoga Class in Wirral. For the fourth year running we have been included in their listings and as such can display the badges below.
Starting our Business
We started our business, Yogasmiths back in 2016 when Paul took redundancy from his civil service job in Learning and Development. This was a dive into the unknown of setting up, establishing and running our own business. We always wanted to work together and this was a step towards realising this dream. You can read a short bio for us both here https://pauls93.sg-host.com/about/
We initially started out teaching private one to one yoga clients and then expanded into public group classes in April 2017. We were overwhelmed that at our first class we had to turn away 3 people as the class was full. The classes proved popular and consequently we increased the number of classes we offered.
Where we are now….
As of 2020 we are teaching 7 weekly classes including Gentle Years Yoga chair based yoga, running yoga retreats twice a year, running workshops, pop-up yoga events outdoors and Yoga & Sunday Brunch events.
Our intention has always been to create varied and interesting yoga classes that are true yoga classes in every sense of the word. As a result we work hard to create yoga sessions that cover all of the 8 limbs of yoga. We wanted to provide classes in our local area that are accessible to all. Therefore we fully embrace the British Wheel of Yoga’s staged approach to teaching yoga postures / asana. This allows us to have complete beginners in the class as well as retired yoga teachers. Everyone practicing to the correct level for them. A yoga class where you can strengthen your body, free your mind and relax.
We have been consistently included in the top 3 yoga classes in Wirral since we started our business in 2016 on the website Three Best Rated. We are the only room temperature yoga class listed in the top 3 in Wirral. You can find 3 Best Rated here https://threebestrated.co.uk/yoga-classes-in-wirral
We are so very grateful for all the support of our lovely yoga students who attend our events and weekly classes. Without you there would be no Yogasmiths! It is truly a joy to be able to impart the teachings of yoga and to spread the benefits of this wonderful practice.
Yogasmiths third annual Charity Christmas Raffle raised Â£1,353 for Wirral’s Homeless CIC.
Raffle and Party
The Christmas spirit was in full swing on Thursday 12th December in West Kirby at our annual Yogasmithâ€™s Christmas party and charity raffle. The event raised Â£1,353 for local charity Wirral Homeless CIC, double what was raised the previous year.
There was a great turnout with around 100 of our yoga class students in attendance at Tanskey’s Bistro on South Parade in West Kirby.
We are truly overwhelmed with the generosity of our yoga students in both providing prizes, purchasing tickets and donations. We are delighted to be able to support the great work of Wirral Homeless CIC.
As a result of peoples generosity, the raffle had nearly 100 prizes ranging from vouchers donated by local businesses to hand made gifts made by our class attendees.
Robyn (one of the founders of Wirral’s Homeless CIC) and Graham Wilson, from the charity attended the event and said;
â€œWow… just absolutely overwhelming amount raised! It was a great night and such a fun atmosphere. This amount of money will make a difference and put smiles on the faces of people who donâ€™t get to smile often. We can take a few of the guys shopping and support our ongoing treat night too amongst other things! We salute the Yogasmiths and all their members and supporters, what a beautiful yoga communityâ€.
Cheque and donations handover
On Friday we met with Georgie from Wirral’s Homeless CIC to hand over the cheque of all the monies raised and also the donations of hats, gloves, scarves and underwear. We hadn’t realised quite how much we had collected until we came to put it all in the van to take round. Check out the picture below!
Hi Everyone! We would like to remind everyone that it is less than a week until our Yogasmiths Christmas Party & Charity Raffle in aid of Wirral’s Homeless Community Interest Company.
Our party will be held at Tanskey’s on South Parade (on the prom) in West Kirby on Thursday 12th December starting at 7:30pm. It is free to attend and you do not need a ticket. There will be the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets (Â£1 per ticket) on the night and the raffle will be drawn at 9pm. This will be a lovely evening to escape from the all the craziness of the General Election TV coverage and an opportunity to socialise, support a worthy local charitable organisation and to have a dance!
This is the 3rd year on the run that we have supported this local Community Interest Company who tirelessly work all year round to support our local homeless and other vulnerable members of society. We firmly believe that a society should be judged on how it treats its most vulnerable members and initiatives likes this one should be highly valued by all Wirral’s residents.
In Yoga the Bhagavad Gita details the 4 paths of yoga, one of which is Karma Yoga. This is the Yoga of selfless action and charitable donations and charitable work are examples of this path of yoga.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our class members for their support, we have a huge number of wonderful prizes for this raffle, the best so far since we started in running them in 2017. Many prizes have been donated by class members and also from local businesses. Check out the list of prizes at the end of this blog and also links to the local businesses that kindly donated prizes.
Wirral’s Homeless Community Interest Company are based in Birkenhead feeding and supporting local homeless people and other vulnerable members of society. They provide fresh, healthy home-cooked meals to the homeless community in Birkenhead each night, along with packed lunches and snacks at the weekend. They also provide tents, sleeping bags, toiletries, underwear, socks, hats, scarves and gloves. They are often looking for volunteers to cook food; volunteer drivers to pick up meals from addresses on the Wirral and deliver to Birkenhead in the evening; as well as donations of the above items along with microwavable plastic tubs for food.
Below is the list of Raffle Prizes that we currently have, there are lots of lovely things to win! The Raffle will be drawn at the Yogasmiths Christmas Party.
Vouchers Yogasmiths block of classes gift voucher Yogasmiths block of classes gift voucher Tanskeys afternoon tea for one voucher Tanskeys afternoon tea for one voucher Karma Indian Food voucher C Saw cut & finish hair voucher Susan Maire Sports Massage voucher Susan Maire Sports massage voucher Dancing in the Rain Â£30 gift certificateÂ Sweet Pea Cafe coffee and cake for two voucher Amazon voucher Ground Â£20 voucher Fox & Hounds voucher Evans Shoes voucher Nail Elegance gel nail polish voucher Kerry Clegg Montgomery Hairdressing voucher Posh Hair and Beauty voucher Esperanza Holistics voucher Tropic Skincare by Suzi Facial Voucher x 2
Bottles Three Mills Rose wine Casa Turano Pinot Grigio Co-op fairtrade ChardonnayÂ Baileys Ron Miel La Indiana Honey rum Sainsburyâ€™s Asti Liverpool Gin Freixenet Prosecco AlliNi Prosecco Spumante Prosecco Bottega Gold ProseccoÂ Highland Black Scotch Whiskey Hardys Crest Shiraz Captain Morgan Rum 1L Captain Morgan Rum 70cl Carlos Rodriguez Tempranillo Lambâ€™s Navy Rum Christmas Prosecco Toro Loco Wine and olive oil set Sainsburyâ€™s Mulled Wine Bella Cucina Prosecco Green Mountain IPA box Famous Grouse Whisky x 2 Ballycastle Country Cream McQueen Gin Jean Juviniere Sloe Gin Famous Grouse gift set Martini Prosecco Cockburn’s Port Set M & S Prosecco Gluhwein Mulled Wine Etienne Dumont Champagne
Chocolates Box of Roses Thorntonâ€™s chocolates Linder White chocolates Chocolates with hand knitted Xmas jackets Quality Street Hotel Chocolat Prosecco & Truffles
Toiletries Bath House Feel Gorgeous gift box Esquire shower gel gift set Ted Baker body spray for her Lâ€™Occitane shower gift set Bayliss & Harding sweet mandarin and grapefruit gift set Ragdale Hall Spa gift set Spa shower gel collection The White Company hand and nail gift set Rituals gift set
Candles Oud & Bergamot candle Yankee Candle simply home gift set Torc velvet rose candle Yankee Candle Medium Jar Candle Alusi Multi-flame candle Yankee Candle scented tea light candles Parks Aromatherapy candle
MiscellaneousÂ Amazon Echo dotÂ Dirty Dog Sports sunglasses Richardson Sheffield Cheese Knives Mr Listerâ€™s Quiz box Doll with home knitted clothing Lavender eye pillow Lavender eye pillow Notepad gift Ladies scarves bundle Perfected Fusion hair styler Crofton glass Bon Bon jars Melinera Storage jars Yoga Cats Calendar Designed by Mel print – Phone Box Designed by Mel print – Telephones Eden Floral Design – Xmas table centre piece Warrior Yoga Mat Green bottle water bottle
Hi Everyone, we have received some wonderful photographs taken by the official photographer at the Museum of the Moon event where we taught a yoga session under the moon in Birkenhead Town Hall. The session took place on Wednesday 13th November 2019 and was hosted by Wirral Borough Council.
Thank you for coming to the Museum of the Moon event!
Thank you to everyone who came to the event, it was such a great experience to teach under the Museum of the Moon and a real once in a lifetime opportunity. Also a big thank you to the Culture Team at Wirral Council and Imagine Wirral.
Check out the picture below and let us know what you think!