Hey Everyone, we are attending the British Wheel of Yoga Congress at Warwick University. The campus looked beautiful as we arrived in sunny weather, all of the daffodils still in full bloom.
We attended a fantastic session delivered by Michael Chissick on “How to Use Yoga to Transform Children’s Social Skills and Self Esteem.”
Michael led us through a fun session where we pretended that we were school children participating in a yoga class. Michael has a wealth of experience in this area and has been teaching yoga to children for many years. We learned the importance of interaction Â to build self esteem and also class control. Applying the sun salutation in a fun way and incorporating posture based games was inspiring. We will certainly be checking out David’s book and stall in the market arena over the weekend. The session showed us how with imagination and a sense of fun our knowledge and experience as Yoga Teachers can easily be adapted to teach fun and rewarding sessions to children.
After a welcoming address officially opening the Congress weekend, there was a very inspiring talk from Fazilah Bazari, a yoga teacher from Papua New Guinea. Fazilah has taken yoga to extremely deprived and dangerous areas to help aid real change in peoples lives.
You can read more about the work that Fazilah has been doing hereÂ Yoga Unites
The second session we attend was with David Tierney and was on “Core Stability and it’s Role in Yoga.” We looked at all the different muscles that make up the core and targeted them with specific exercises. Then we brought mindfulness to our practice of yoga postures with acute detail to the core and its support in the postures.
Off to bed early this evening as we have a class at 7am tomorrow!
Sometimes we are lucky enough to find the right book to read at the right time in our lives. Yoga Quest by Paul Fox was certainly the right book for me at this point in my Yoga journey. As a result I found this book a very useful overview of yoga.
Paul Fox, the author, is the current Chair of the British Wheel of Yoga. His knowledge and experience of his subject matter is evident.
Joe Knightly’s Yoga Quest
Yoga Quest is a really easy read and quite the page turner. The author’s skill in this novel is to educate you as you read. The book follows the journey of the main character Joe Knightly on his Yoga Quest. This is a quest to discover the true meaning of Yoga. It is a wonderful vehicle for the readers own learning about all things yoga.
Joe’s 2 year long Yoga Quest takes in all of the main types of Yoga, the history of Yoga and the main famous teachers. As a reader I related to the main characters reaction to certain aspects of the Yoga journey and the current trends in yoga. The reader is given a comprehensive overview of Yoga through the plot of the book. The foreign locations in the book really come alive and make me want to visit them.
It is not often I read a book and feel the need to have pen and paper to hand to jot down things to enquire into myself. After finishing reading Yoga Quest by Paul Fox, I now have a list which forms my very own Yoga Quest and I am thoroughly looking forward to starting it! I also have a renewed appreciation and love for Janu Sirsasana!
If you are interested in Yoga, new to Yoga or even on your own Yoga journey, I would recommend this book to you. It is a great read!
Buy a copy here
You can buy a copy direct from the author, Paul Fox, here;