Yogi? Check. Foodie? Check. Then join us this weekend for FREE at Foodies Festival at Cannon Hill Park.
For free entry for you and a friend to the festival just say "yogahaven guest list" at the entrance.
We're running free yoga across 23-25 June with some of our favourite teachers:
12pm - Kam Bola
1pm - Kam Bola
2pm - Dinah Patel
3pm - Dinah Patel
12pm - Claire Corfield
1pm - Claire Corfield
2pm - Craig Hayes
3pm - Craig Hayes
12pm - Emily Brindley
1pm - Emily Brindley
2pm - Kiran Devi
3pm - Kiran Devi
One of our students in Monday night's community class brought us this beautiful flower arrangement! The purpose of our community class is to give back to the community and we never expect students to give back to us. We love our students and welcome anyone to join our community and Sadhana classes that are donation based. The Monday evening community class donates proceeds to the Trini Foundation, a non-profit that brings the practice of Ashtanga to those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. See our website for more information. #trinifoundation#birminghamyoga
JOURNEY THROUGH ASANA PRACTICE WORKSHOP
SAT 5TH AUGUST
In this workshop unlike a workshop specifying in parts of the body or asana practice, we are going to work through a full Yoga practice but with a difference..during these 2 hours we will pause and 'workshop' each aspect of the asana practice together!
Beginning with meditation and warm up, to sun salutations, to alignment and adjustment in standing asanas, to arm balancing and inversions, to alignment in some seated asanas, to back bends and finishing with hip openers. You will be able to pause and take a moment to really understand your personal practice and where your alignment is at the moment, where your body is and how the body feels in each pose - which is the key, how it feels not what it looks like :) This workshop really is for anyone and everyone, the more advanced asanas are something to be worked at we all have to start somewhere! This time will allow you to find the tools you already have in you to work at your own level to find where each asana is for you at the moment.
Remember, there is no such thing as perfect asanas, yoga is a journey and there is no single destination. You can really take these 2 hours to really take the time to find what yoga means to you.
Booking via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or message Rachel on here to get a booking form! £25 Early Bird (bookings made before 10th July)
This week my energy stores have been low. My body has instructed me to slow down. That's fine. I'm human. We need to rest. Interestingly I've noticed more and more throughout the week that this is a shared experience with many of you.
So in each of my classes this week we have spent a longer amount of time than usual working with stillness, awareness, observation, pranayama and subtle movement. Whatever your energy levels, whether or not you feel tired, taking this time is a key way to develop your yoga practice. We then contrast with stronger movements and postures, and observe whether we manage to maintain our mindset of calm and observation.
Final opportunities to practice in this way with me at City Yoga Birmingham tomorrow:
Sun Power Yoga (mixed ability) 5.30 - 6.45 on Sunday £8.50
Throwback to making smiley faces while prepping for a 1-1 class on Sunday. Never forget props are our friends!
Also posting this smile to take my focus away from the fact that I'm neither teaching right now nor at the Labour rally, as I'm having a poorly duvet day. Clearly having a holiday rebooted my spirits but not my body! Here's hoping i sleep it off.....
I'm back from my holidays and looking forward to seeing lots of you this week!
Sadly I seem to have left this beautiful weather back in Yorkshire, but i do have a full evening of yoga to make up for it.
I'm teaching both classes at City Yoga Birmingham tonight:
5.15 - 6.15 Relax and Unwind, for those who want to ease out of their Monday
6.30 - 8.00 mixed ability Sun Power Yoga
Hope to see you there 🌞🌞
Want to know what medical research has to say about the effects of yoga?
Join us on June 17th for a lecture, Q&A session, and a vinyasa flow with Dr. Shaw Galin, Associate Professor of Medicine at UAB to find out! #yogaonthebrain#birminghamyoga
Join us in welcoming Joan Isbell to our Birmingham Yoga community! Joan will be teaching Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday morning Mysore as well as Tuesday evening Mysore from June 4th to July 2nd.
Joan has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga for over 20 years. Her first exposure to the practice left her deeply impacted and she made her first trip to Mysore in 1998. She continues to follow the prescription for daily asana practice and also enjoys pranayama, chanting and devotional singing. Joan is an authorized teacher of the practice in its time tested format and is looking forward to sharing the space in the Mysore room with the Birmingham ashtangis.
Welcome to Birmingham, Joan!#birminghamyoga#mysore
Now is your chance to finally try the awesome fun that is acro! This Saturday, @theacroclimbers are having a FUNdamentals of AcroYoga workshop at @birminghamyoga. It is ALL LEVELS. Check out the link in their bio for more details and to sign up.
My dear Dharma brother @fabiofilippi, and devoted disciple of Sri Dharma Mittra is in the UK to share the knowledge of his Guru with us ✨🙏🏻✨He will be leading classes @yogasweatbirmingham this week!! Come to show him some love ❤️ Tuesday 6.15-7.45pm & Wednesday 12.30-1.30pm
we're at @theyogacirclebirmingham tonight at 7:45pm! come paschi with us🦐
and don't forget to sign up for our FUNdamentals workshop at @birminghamyoga THIS saturday!!! link in our bio🤸♀️🌀🤸♂️
This is the face of a yoga teacher who is:
A) very tired but happy after teaching
B) excited to be going on my holidays
C) pleased to have almost figured out how to combine one of my favourite asanas (compass) with one of my most challenging (boat). Yoga is all about balance, so this fits the bill for me perfectly. And i only rolled over 3 times before i got it 😂
Classes over the next week covered as follows:
Sunday - no class
Monday - combined class at City Yoga Birmingham 5.00 - 6.15 run by Matty.
Tuesday - Lifestyle fitness class running as usual, 8pm.
Friday - both Birmingham LGBT classes on as usual, led by Matty.
Saturday - Yoga Essentials will be covered by Lis.
Sunday - I'll be back in time to teach my 5.30 class 😊
Have a great week all, and to all my LGBT Friday yogis have a fantastic Pride 🌈🌈 This is also my post for day 27 of #untangleme with @cyogalab and @livesankalpa
Carmen I've posted so many pictures of me working slowly slowly slowly on leg behind head for the final weeks of your challenges i thought it was time for a change!!
Do you have a favourite #inversion ?
Yes yoga is about so much more than individual asanas, but it's still nice to recognise which poses make us feel good, and which bring particular benefits to body and mind.
Full wheel never fails to make me happy - with its combination of both a wide open heart, and the chance to take my hips up above my heart and my head. Also here it fits my enjoyment of playing with shapes and spaces (this particular space is in a bear pit!), and i think we could all do with a bit more play time in our lives! Saying that, you also can't beat the feeling of that first downward facing dog of the day.... I'm continuing to teach a full range of inversions in my classes this week,with options for all levels as always. First up is my Sun Power Yoga class at City Yoga Birmingham - 6.30 tonight. Start your week upside down with me!
The 2018 HereNowYoga 200 hour Teacher Training Program (in Birmingham, AL) is open for registration! This year includes a 5 day immersion retreat at Cheaha State Park. The retreat is also open to those outside of the Teacher Training that are interested in a practice retreat that offers you the opportunity to disconnect from your daily routine and turn inward for an extended period of time, deepening your practice of yoga and meditation, and cultivating your relationship with yourself. Find more info on HereNowYoga.com. Join us next Spring! 🙏🏼✌🏼🌼🌱
Last day of Safe Journey to Advanced Asana today 10am-5pm @yogasweatbirmingham 💦 If you like to join us, we will be working on Arm Balancing, Shoulders Openers, Backbends & Hallow Back 😊 for info 👉🏻 0121 6437772
It takes both the sun and the rain to make a rainbow..... We've certainly had the rain this week, so now let's use our yoga practice to create some sunshine from within!
LGBT yoga is tonight at the Birmingham LGBT Centre
- 5.30 to 6.30 beginners
- 6.45 to 7.45 progression
Hope to see you there 🌞💦🌈
Today I led my first group chair yoga session at a community housing project for older adults. No-one in the group had ever tried yoga before, and all said they knew nothing about it before the practice began.
First feedback at the end of the hour: "I feel calm"
However we package it, whatever our preconceptions, how wonderful to be able to access a practice that can have such a profound impact on our wellbeing, in such a short amount of time.
Thank you yoga!
For my final post of the day I just wanted to acknowledge just how huge it can feel to walk into a yoga class (or any new environment) for the first time, even when we know we are doing it to benefit ourselves. If you've been wondering about trying yoga for the first time but the thought of starting out feels too much, then please just get in touch. Yoga is for all, so let's find a way to make it fit with you, your mental health, and your life experiences.
I'm really proud of how safe, friendly and supportive my beginner classes at both #CityYogaBirmingham and #BirminghamLGBT feel, they are both lovely groups of people all coming together to learn how yoga can work for them. If you would prefer to start on a one to one level then please just get in touch to find out more. Let's start this journey together, in a way that works for you!
While yoga can be an amazing way of supporting your mental health and emotional wellbeing, i know from experience that it can often be those points in our lives where we most need our practice that we find it the hardest to commit.
If you feel that this is happening for you, thinking badly of yourself, or trying to force yourself into practice or self care can make things feel even more of a challenge. Instead let's change the way we see our practice. Yes, a 90 minute strong class is great, but so is stepping onto your mat (or any place that works for you), and taking 5 minutes there. Standing, sitting, lying - your choice. Eyes closed or open - your choice. Movement or stillness - your choice.
Allow your practice to work for you, and recognise that on this present moment you and your practice - however that may look - are enough.
Meditation can also be a powerful way to positively support your mental health and wellbeing, and our yoga practice actually helps us to learn how to sit in stillness with ourselves. For many people however, a traditional seated meditation may feel too intense, for a variety of very valid reasons. With that in mind i loved this list of alternative meditative practices; with 50 to choose from chances are there will be at least one that works for you!
Find the tools that work for you, keep them within reach, and never be afraid to use them. Remember self care is never a selfish act.... https://wanderlust.com/journal/50-mini-meditations/
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week 2017. I believe yoga can be an incredible tool for supporting our own mental health and wellbeing, whether or not this is the reason we first stepped onto the mat. For those interested in reading about other tips, I wanted to share Mind's Five Ways to Wellbeing article with you all.
I love how the 5 suggestions not only fit with the philosophical principles of yoga, but also with some of the many benefits of joining a class! See the comments for my brief thoughts on each..... https://www.mind.org.uk/workplace/mental-health-at-work/taking-care-of-yourself/five-ways-to-wellbeing/