I've been invited back- every week! Yoga Quota's journey to support mental illness begins!!
Sorry, I started at the end of the story there.
This is the community class for Restore Beehive group. Restore are a charity in Oxford. The Doc who set this up first, was appalled at how little on going care there was for people coming out of acute care with mental illnesses. So he set up Restore which runs therapeutic activities like gardening and arts and crafts. It does some extremely practical things like CV help and interview support too. And now as of today, it provides yoga on Friday courtesy of Yoga Quota!
I was putting a lot of self pressure on myself for this class. Not entirely sure why. Yoga is my thing, I love it, and I know that people suffering from Mental Illness typically enjoy it too because it's calming and very self accepting.
Any how as you can tell from my last blog (the day before Restore Beehive) I was concerned. No need. As usual.
Like Steppin Stones, although four signed up, one lady participated. But with these charity classes, one is enough. One is quality time. One person is a massive step forward.
The lovely lady enjoyed, and although I was very wary that she had fainted earlier in the day, it went fine with the help of my trusty prop- a chair. It proves that it is all about the breathing and the meditation anyway!
I enjoyed my tour afterwards. The lady who joined in (I'm not naming for privacy reasons) was glowing about the art she did at Restore. She said I quote "I never knew I had it in me before".
Then she proudly showed me the craft rooms and the woodwork rooms. Did you know they do wedding invitations and other commissions? Well I saw this gorgeous mosaic she made and knew why, very raw, energetic, very niave and striking. They sell them in the cafe... I'm tempted.
I went into 'Narnia' the craft room. It would be a dream room for my sister and I! Check out the 2 crates of wool!!! O.M.G. This is where she had the wobbles earlier- if you have to pass out somewhere Narnia is a kind of cool place for that!
Anyway. A brilliant charity class. I loved meeting everyone, and hopefully the more regularly I go the more the other people will pluck up courage to join in too. I was so happy to be asked back by the organisers. It was one of those awkward conversations where they wanted me to come every week if I wanted to... and I wanted to if they wanted to.... so bloody British! Anyway we're there now!
Another great series/journey begins!