Just a quick note to let you know that we are holding our first Pop-up yoga session of 2018 on Sunday 20th May at 10:30am at Red Rocks, Stanley Road, Hoylake.
Following on from the success of our Pop-up sessions last year, all the lovely feedback and requests to do more, we are really looking forward to this.
The weather forecast looks great and we have checked the tide times!!
We will meet at the end of Stanley Road, Hoylake at the gate which leads on to the beach at 10:30am.
Please bring a yoga mat if you have one, some water, suncream and a blanket / jumper for relaxation in case there is a cool breeze. Some yoga mats will be available on the day if you need to borrow one.
We will be teaching a traditional Hatha Yoga class with a breathing exercise, postures and a nice guided relaxation to finish. The cost for the class is £5.
There are lots of lovely cafe’s and pubs nearby in Hoylake to grab lunch / refreshments after the session.
Here is a picture and a map of where we will be meeting;
Here is a link to the Facebook event on our page Yogasmiths;
Thank you to all the lovely cyclists that came to our morning Mindfulness taster session. This was held on the cliffs at Cubbins Green in West Kirby. The event was organised by Merseyrail (@Merseyrail) and the UK Bike and Go (@UKBikeandgo) scheme where you can hire bicycles from train stations across the UK.
You can find further details and information on UK Bike and Go here;
Exercise such as cycling (and yoga!) and a mindful purposeful relaxation meditation practice are great tools in tackling stress and its effects.
Mindfulness of breathing and yoga breathing exercises can help reduce the stress response in the body and help us to find a calmer experience of the present moment.
Research has shown that two thirds of people experience a mental health problem in their lifetime and that stress is a key factor. Finding practices to help reduce stress and to deal with stressful situations is a helpful way of trying to find a calmer more peaceful experience.
Cubbins Green provided the perfect setting for the guided Mindfulness relaxation session with lots of beautiful birdsong and sunshine!
Join us on our first summer yoga retreat! We will be at the beautiful Trigonos retreat centre (postcode: LL54 6BW) on the edge of Snowdonia on the banks of a lovely lake. You get two yoga teachers for the price of one!
Price includes full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and all retreat sessions. There will be morning coffee/tea with biscuits, afternoon tea/coffee with cake, a constant fruit bowl and tea/coffee whenever required. All food is vegetarian. Vegan and gluten free can be catered for also (please request when booking).
Location of the centre we hold the Yoga retreats at
We will have a timetable of Traditional Hatha yoga, breathing practices, guided relaxation, mindfulness meditation and free time to help you unwind and relax.
Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 07834268052 if you have any questions or queries.
Mist in the valley from the Yoga retreats centre
Outdoor practice on the Yoga retreats
A £50 per person non-refundable deposit is required to secure booking.
This time of year it is natural that we feel tempted to engage with a lot of judgement with regards to the previous year and also projection in to the new year.
People talk about how “2017 was a terrible year… lets look forward to better times in 2018” or “2017 was a great year… onwards and upward in 2018”. Whilst this involves looking to the future with positivity when we come to the end of 2018 we will see the same types of comments being made. When we label a whole year as either bad or good then we are attaching an emotional response to that year.
If we step back and take a look at how this labelling and judgement of previous years makes us feel we sometimes see that maybe it is not all that great for our mental wellbeing. Any given year will be filled with highs and lows and our greatest skill is to navigate these peaks and troughs with mindfulness and a sense of ease.
In my own experience, mindfulness allows the lows of a year to not feel quite as low and likewise that the highs do not feel quite so high. This allows for an easy and smoother emotional and mental experience of life, less of a rollercoaster.
I have also felt that the practice of New Years Resolutions to be a self imposed pressure that often sets one up for failure. We can fall into the trap of making a list of resolutions which we cannot possibly keep. When we fail to keep these resolutions then we may well label that as such, as a “failure”. With mindfulness we can become more self aware and actually instigate intuitive stepped changes to our lives in a positive and healthy way at any time of the year.
If we approach the New Year as we approach any day with a sense of non-judgement and non-attachment then we can anchor our selves in the present and find peace and calm in that experience. We can embrace the sense of letting go of the old year without judgement or labelling and welcome in the new year with a sense of love and gratitude. We can welcome each new day like this, with a sense of being renewed each day.
Perhaps the best new years resolution is to be more mindful (and obviously to do more Yoga too!!)
Lets get it clear from the outset that I love the Rolling Stones and have done since my teens. Over the years as I progressed further into my yoga journey I was pleasantly surprised how often the Rolling Stones had a link to and relevance to yoga.
The yama in the lyrics
I guess the first time I started to notice this was in the lyrics to ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’. In the first limb of Yoga, the Yamas (codes of self restraint), there is non-greed, aparigraha. The lyric “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try some time, you just might find, you get what you need,” pretty much sums up aparigraha. If we are greedy and allow ourselves to be overcome with desire and wants then we will not sit in a happy contended place in our lives. But if you try sometime, you just might find that you have got everything you need.
Through yoga we can observe our desires and wants and begin to see with greater clarity which are “wants” and which are “needs”. It doesn’t mean that we no longer have “wants” but it allow us to contextualise these wants and not allow them to dictate our happiness. Being mindful and living in the present moment. The Zen of the Rolling Stones!
The tongue and lips logo
The next yoga coincidence occurred when I visited Exhibitionism at the Saatchi gallery in London to see all of the Stones memorabilia. There was an exhibit about the famous tongue and lips logo and how it came about. Mick had seen the lips on a picture of the Goddess Kali. See below;
Goddess Kali features in the both the Vedas and the Upanishads which are ancient yogic and Hindu texts. Clearly Mick has had an interest in this area since the sixties.
Mick Jagger and Yoga
Mick has stated a number of times in recent years that he includes Yoga in his workout regime. He has also been in the press this year talking about his new found love of aerial yoga!
Having a dig around on the internet I found a picture of Mick in Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand Pose) from back in the early 70’s;
Mick Jagger in Shoulder Stand
And another of him in a variation of Shoulder Stand;
Mick Jagger in Shoulder Stand
A further pic of Mick and Ronnie in Vrksasana (Tree Pose);
Mick Jagger in Tree Pose
There is also a video of Mick warming up for a tour and he does some of the same warm-ups that we teach in our classes;
So basically, Mick Jagger does Yoga, he is 74 and in amazingly good health! So do Yoga like Mick! Get the moves like Jagger….
Keith Richards and Yoga?
And lets not forget about Keith who is looking like he has reached Samadhi in a seated yoga pose with a glass of bourbon;