Well I'm pretty damn excited about going back to Steppin' stones for the second in the fortnightly series of Yoga Quota meets Day Centre for people who are homeless and another return trip.... Pembroke House!
Of course I'm trying not to hope too much that people will come to the Steppin' Stones Class. It's the opportunity that counts. And it is so honouring to be allowed to set up a yoga series there. You see you get benefits straight away from yoga. Definately physical and relaxing benefits. Just after one session. But if you want these benefits to stick, it's good to keep at the yoga practice, and fortnightly is a start!
This is not why I put Karma in the title.
Karma is in the title because I have made steps to go to Pembroke House again!
Now, without telling you everything about myself in this blog (which is inevitable! as it's my dear diary sort of thing) I went to Pembroke College Cambridge when I was still stuck in that damaging 'do-something-just-because-it-is-one-of-the-hardest-things-to-do-not-necessarily-because-you-enjoy-it' phase (which I'm only just surfacing from!)
In the 18-something-or-others Pembroke College set up a 'mission' in South London. Lots of the colleges did this sort of thing then. Well its one of the only centres that has survived and it has only survived because it has adapted and is a thriving community/music/education centre now not just a 'mission' although there is a church too. In my second year on purely CV improving motivation (bad karma) I became the representative in College for Pembroke House. I threw myself into it, raising funds, organising a football match between the college and the footie team there, doing a educational workshops etc. All that. Pretty much for the wrong reasons! It improved my CV though. Sorry Dean to tell you if you read this now.... although you probably realised at the time it was probably pretty obvious...!
Interestingly, the football match was such an embarassing cock up in my opinion that it didn't just help my CV it really did give me good experience! It turned out alright in the end. But I didn't sort any food for them, and then had to call in the Dean on an emergency Bella Italia trip and he had no idea that the match was happening because I'd arrogantly done it completely without him(!) which made me learn so so so much about feeding people and communicating with the people in the system!!! Never again.
Anyway, now I have the chance to go back and share yoga with some teenagers in London. For the right reasons! We are fixing a date now. They hope to set up a proper series there, which would be ran by a mum of one of the people at the centre.
This is what I call chance to sort out some of that negative Karma of helping out for the wrong reasons in the past!!
P.S. I realise truly I shouldn't blog about doing community classes, because then it may seem like I'm doing them for the promotion or similar reasons as why I was a Pembroke House Rep in the first place. But don't worry I'm sure my readership is small enough to mitigate that!
P.S.S. Also how else are you supposed to spread yoga if you don't blog about it I ask you?
P.S.S. Oh yes, and I learnt in that football match mess up that communication was key...... so I could justify telling people about the community classes as necessary communication.