Yogasmiths Paul and Steve

Yogasmiths Charity Christmas Raffle 2019

Yogasmiths third annual Charity Christmas Raffle raised £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 Yogasmith’s Christmas party and charity raffle. The event raised £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.

Yogasmiths Paul and Steve, Yogasmiths charity Christmas raffle
Yogasmiths Paul and Steve

Robyn (one of the founders of Wirral’s Homeless CIC) and Graham Wilson, from the charity attended the event and said;

“Wow… 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 don’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 community”.

Paul and Steve from Yogasmiths with Robyn and Graham from Wirral's Homeless CIC, Yogasmiths charity Christmas raffle
Paul and Steve from Yogasmiths with Robyn and Graham from Wirral’s Homeless CIC

Cheque and donations handover

Yogasmiths charity Christmas raffle
Paul & Steve handing over the cheque to Georgie from Wirral’s Homeless CIC

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!

Yogasmiths Christmas charity collection of hats, gloves, scarves and underwear

You can check out details of all the prizes that were donated and up for grabs here; https://pauls93.sg-host.com/2019/12/07/yogasmiths-christmas-party-charity-raffle-collection-for-wirrals-homeless-cic/

You can find further details about Wirral’s Homeless CIC here: https://www.facebook.com/Wirralshomeless/

Yogasmiths Christmas Party, Charity Raffle & Collection for Wirral’s Homeless CIC

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 (£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.

(Check out the blog from the 2017 Yogasmiths Christmas Party here https://pauls93.sg-host.com/2018/01/13/yogasmiths-christmas-charity-raffle-donation-to-wirrals-homeless-cic/ )

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.

You can follow Wirral’s Homeless CIC and all the great work they do on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Wirralshomeless/ and on their Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/wirralshomeless

You can also donate directly to Wirral’s Homeless CIC via their Paypal at https://www.paypal.me/wirralshomelesscic

The following local businesses donated prizes for our raffle, thank you to them all;

Susan Maire Sports Massage https://www.facebook.com/susanjmaire/
Ground Cafe in Hoylake https://www.facebook.com/groundhoylake/
Dancing in the rain – https://www.facebook.com/DancingintheRainIrby/
Sweet Pea Cafe – West Kirby https://www.facebook.com/thesweetpeacafe/
Karma Indian Restaurant – https://www.facebook.com/karmaindianfood/
Spectacle Warehouse – https://www.facebook.com/thespectaclewarehouse/
Tanskey’s Bistro – https://www.facebook.com/tanskeysbistro/
Nail Elegance – https://www.facebook.com/nailsmostelegant/
C Saw Hair – https://www.facebook.com/csawhair/
Kerry Clegg Montgomery Hairdressing – https://www.facebook.com/KerryCleggMontgomeryHairdressing/
Designed by Mel – https://www.designedbymel.co.uk/
Eden Floral Design – https://www.edenfloraldesign.co.uk/
Esperanza Holistics – https://esperanzaholistics.com/
Tropic Skincare by Suzi – https://www.facebook.com/Tropic-Skincare-by-Suzi-545434092461828/

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 £30 gift certificate 
Sweet Pea Cafe coffee and cake for two voucher
Amazon voucher
Ground £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 Chardonnay 
Baileys
Ron Miel La Indiana Honey rum
Sainsbury’s Asti
Liverpool Gin
Freixenet Prosecco
AlliNi Prosecco
Spumante Prosecco
Bottega Gold Prosecco 
Highland Black Scotch Whiskey
Hardys Crest Shiraz
Captain Morgan Rum 1L
Captain Morgan Rum 70cl
Carlos Rodriguez Tempranillo
Lamb’s Navy Rum
Christmas Prosecco
Toro Loco Wine and olive oil set
Sainsbury’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
Thornton’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
L’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

Miscellaneous 
Amazon Echo dot 
Dirty Dog Sports sunglasses
Richardson Sheffield Cheese Knives
Mr Lister’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

Photographs from Museum of the Moon Event at Birkenhead Town Hall on 13th November 2019

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.

Mark McNulty Photographer

My old friend Mark McNulty was wonderful photographer. I DJed with Mark for many years over in Liverpool at Liquidation / Uptight in Le Bateau. It was a nice surprise to run into him. You can check out his website and social media channels at;
http://www.markmcnulty.co.uk/
https://www.instagram.com/markmcnulty/
https://twitter.com/markmcnulty

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!

Our Wirral Yoga Classes

If you enjoyed the session and would like to join one of our classes, check out the detail of where we teach and when here: https://pauls93.sg-host.com/classes/

Thanks Paul & Steve x

 

BWY Foundation Course Tutor Training in Grantham

As many of you know we spent Tuesday – Friday last week in Grantham on the (British Wheel of Yoga) BWY foundation course tutor training course led by Belinda Emberson with Dawn Wesselby.

The BWY Foundation Course 1 is a wonderful personal development course for those who want to delve a little deeper into the rich tradition of yoga. It also will give a solid foundation in yoga for those who wish to become yoga teachers.

BWY Foundation Course Tutor Training
Paul & Steve with Belinda Emberson!

There were long days of training involved (9am-7pm) and we learnt a lot from the tutors and also from our peers on the course. It was a wonderful opportunity to share ideas and practice how we would deliver the BWY Foundation Course 1.

Practical Sessions

There were lots of useful practical sessions around planning the course and all the associated paperwork involved. In addition we shared and discussed our favourite yoga texts.

It was an assessed course and I am pleased to say that both of us passed. We will shortly gain the status of being BWY Foundation Course Tutors which is the next rung on the ladder in our yoga journey. Paul had the nerve wrecking slot of being the first to do his presentation on the first day and Steve was second a little later in the day.

On one of the days we were also treated to a fantastic yoga asana session from the lead tutor Belinda. Belinda is a BWY Diploma Course Tutor and also the BWY Foundation Course Officer. It is a privilege to train with such experienced and knowledgable tutors.

Networking with BWY Teachers

It was also great to meet and network with other BWY teachers from across the country and to see some familiar faces that we had met before.

BWY Foundation Course Tutor Training group

The BWY Foundation Course Tutor Training was a great learning experience.  We will be organising our first BWY Foundation Course 1 very soon and look forward to sharing the details with you.

You can check out further details of all the training we have undertaken to date here About

Links to the tutors

You can find more on Belinda and Dawn at their websites;

https://yogaingravesend.co.uk/

https://www.newdawnyoga.co.uk/

The British Wheel of Yoga Diploma journey

This weekend marked the last day of our British Wheel of Yoga diploma course up in Troon in Scotland with Carol Price. It also marked 3 years since we first met our wonderful tutor Carol Price and began training with her.

British Wheel of Yoga Diploma Yogasmiths
A serious end of course picture
British Wheel of Yoga Diploma Yogasmiths
Slightly less serious exuberance

Our first Yoga Teacher Training qualification

Our first teacher training course which we started in February 2016 with Yoga Alliance as the awarding body left us feeling unprepared to teach yoga. I am sure that there are some very good courses out there with Yoga Alliance as the awarding body. In fact I have been on some myself, however our first Yoga teacher training course certainly wasn’t one of them.

British Wheel of Yoga Certificate in Teaching Yoga

Feeling quite despondent, we were recommended to look at the British Wheel of Yoga. We found a certificate course running in Salford with Paul Fox (then BWY chair) and Carol Price. I had a chat with Paul and we decided that we would embark on another teacher training course that would actually teach us to teach yoga! The British Wheel of Yoga Level 4 Certificate course has BWY Qualifications as its awarding body which is regulated by OFQUAL. This was more like it! A qualification that we could be proud of. There was a lot of hard work, learning and academic essays to complete. We were also assessed teaching a real 90 minute class with real students. The final day of the course was very emotional and we felt very proud of our certificate. This was a world apart from our previous experience!

British Wheel of Yoga Diploma in Teaching Yoga

We then became aware that Carol Price had a British Wheel of Yoga diploma course which was part way through. It was possible we could tag on to the course and upgrade our qualification to the highest level of OFQUAL regulated Yoga Teacher Training available, the BWY Level 4 Diploma. We gave this serious consideration. The course was running in Troon in Scotland and obviously entailed a further significant financial and time investment. Both of us wanted to continue our learning with Carol and felt it was absolutely the right thing to do.

The British Wheel of Yoga diploma top up has been a fantastic experience. It covers 3 modules on Hatha Yoga & Pranayama, the teaching & philosophy of meditation and progression in yoga.

On the course we dived deep into the ancient texts and looked at how we could make them relevant for our classes and create rich layered lessons. The formal essay writing was the part that I found particularly enjoyable. It really encouraged me to read around the topics and to draw together references and importantly allowed me to work out my own opinions. There was also a further assessment of us teaching one of our real weekly 90 minute classes, and those who come to our classes may remember Carol sitting in the corner! Despite having been teaching for 3 years at the point of being assessed it was still a very nerve wrecking experience. I felt supported and buoyed by the lovely yoga students who attend our class.

Carol Price – Celtic Yoga

Let me just say a few words about Carol Price our Diploma Course Tutor. Carol has been a wonderful guide to us on our diploma course. She never fails to come up with either a wonderful pearl of wisdom, a lovely new mobilisation exercise or an intelligent imaginative sequence. Carol always provided constructive and helpful feedback. One of her catch phrases being “what could make you even better would be….”. She has been an extremely important teacher to us. We can’t thank her enough, we will always affectionately refer to her as our Yoga Mama!

British Wheel of Yoga Diploma Yogasmiths
Yoga Mama Carol Price with her two boys!

Here is a link to Carol’s facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Celtic-Yoga-264932390858722/

Continuous Professional Development

As an already qualified yoga teacher (at least twice over) when embarking on the Diploma top up I was keen to get as much out of it as possible. When deciding to do further training / CPD I want to gain extra knowledge that is going to make me a better teacher. This is certainly what we got in bucket loads from the diploma course with Carol. It has also been a greatly enriching personal journey studying in depth the ancient yogic texts and pulling together formal assignments.

We are both very proud to be British Wheel of Yoga teachers. With an OFQUAL regulated awarding body, you know that you are going to get excellent quality training and rigorous assessment. It may feel like a lot of hard work as you progress through the BWY training but this is exactly why it is worth it. You come out the other end of the training prepared and ready to teach yoga to all ability classes. The staged approach to teaching that the BWY train you in is all inclusive. We have in our classes students who are retired yoga teachers and others who are completely new to yoga. Both are able to practice side by side.

Choose Wisely

There are so many different yoga teacher training courses out there, I even saw one that was a correspondence course! Choose wisely. How long does it really take to learn a profession such as teaching yoga? In an unregulated arena go for regulated courses. Do your homework. Speak to previous trainees. Spend your money and time wisely and you won’t regret it.

Check out our bio’s for further details of all the training we have undertaken: https://yogasmiths.org/about/

British Wheel of Yoga Diploma Yogasmiths