Yoga is absolutely brilliant when you are recovering from a crisis. So I was so happy to be able to do a class for OSARCC just now. A lovely collective of women who support survivors of sexual abuse, rape, domestic abuse, and harassment. They listen and believe.
When I arranged this class I was excited because it is exactly the sort of charity I think Yoga Quota should work with... and I was so pleased that the staff felt the same! We had a small but perfectly formed class on Friday, and are going to talk about the best way to provide this service to the Service users of OSARCC more regularly. I don't want to jinx the results of that so I'll leave it at that.
It was important for the class to be totally anonymous, and very accepting if someone just wanted to opt out of everything. That's why two members of staff were there too to be familiar faces and to support the service users.
I also adapted the yoga moves taking out things that I used to feel self conscious doing, it was just not worth the risk. So out went Bada Konasana and Cat Cow in went similar poses with the same benefits without the element and risk of added self consciousness.
I think it was one of the most still Savasanas I've done! and the sunshine spilled through into the studio making the class warm and happy :)
All in all we had positive feedback straight after the class and over the week I think OSARCC are going to ask again for less 'on the spot' feedback then we'll get planning!
It was a good Friday all round.
P.S. as I said in the intro blog about this class, I was put in contact with the charity's CEO through a Yoga Quota student.. it seems the best classes are always through personal contacts, so please if you know a cause charity or group who would like to experience yoga, let me know in whichever way you feel comfortable: email, comments, contact form, in person, phone or on our blackboard in the studio!