I cannot tell you how anxious I was before this class. NOT (as most people assume) because I was to teach people who are homeless. But because of what happened last time..
For the last time I tried to reach homeless people for the Big Issue class, it was a big almighty flop. And so disappointing. It made me doubt whether yoga is the answer for everyone. I was seriously shaken. When Oxford Mail ran this article "Big Issue Yoga Quota" about the turn out, I was not happy. Sure it was good publicity for me…. I ended up on the radio. But what if it deterred charities from using my services?
Steppin Stones, are an amazing day centre ran for and by homeless people. They get people on their feet, provide services like internet, CV help, kitchen, laundry and activities that will get people step into normal society again. Incidentally they subscribe to Oxford Mail One of the guys was reading the article, and read that I make homeless people COMPLETELY WELCOME to my classes. So he passed the article to one of the volunteers, who called me up.
I couldn’t find the centre at first, it is intentionally low key, just a normal house. I waited outside with the cook for the doors to be open and had a good chin wag. The cook had also done yoga (in prison) and he said meeting me will spur him on to continue his practice now he’s out. So we already were on to a winner!
Whether it was a success because I was unlucky last time, or because they asked for the service, or because it was at a familiar convenient place I do not know. However, we had a success! Thank goodness! My instinct is right- yoga is for any one any where, housed, un-housed, privileged, unprivileged, male, female -everyone!
Granted the attendance was only 50%. Granted that made it a one to one class. But the transformation in Kevin before and after (he said himself) was amazing! And he sang its praises.
We have set up a fortnightly class. I can’t wait to be back.
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Links I promised to the people at Steppin stones:
Sunsalutations by Jesse Enright a very inspiring teacher