Just such an amazing group of people! It was my first community class and we are planning tonnes more for youth groups around Oxfordshire...
This morning at 9.55 I was beginning to worry that the guys from Oxfordshire Youth were not coming! @moaningmundy had made Welsh ginger cake, the room was laid out atmospherically and I'd filled a kettle I'd bought for the occasion. Yoga, tea and cake. what a combination!
Had I muddied the water by warning Laura that I may be moving to a different location? Were they in the wrong place? Had their work taken over them and they couldn't come after all? Was all this community class business not going to happen and sods law I'd tweeted about it this morning! Ah!
Thankfully they came! Perfectly punctually. Bang on time, laughing, positive and full of beans which I guess you need to be to work with Teens!
Oxfordshire Youth Who are they?
This is an amazing, award winning organisation which offers support for youth groups and they also run their own youth programs. A hardworking bunch of their youth workers came for a community class with me. Which was made possible through 50 visits to the Yoga Quota studio.
This is their site (they are currently moving to a new site but this has most of the info on it)
Their twitter feed is @OxYouth and is alive and well!
What happened today?
We ran my first community class as a pilot for Oxfordshire Youth to see which youth groups they work with would suit yoga. It went so well I will be doing classes at Banbury Boxing Club, North Lees girls and many others like a spin off! They deserve their own community class too because of their relentless work for the young of Oxfordshire.
We practiced a lovely style of yoga for an hour and afterwards discussed the
work they do over Welsh ginger slices made by @moaningmundy.
YQ: What do you do?
OY: Oxfordshire Youth supports tonnes of varied youth work across the
county and we also run our own youth programs. Stuff like body
awareness, Banbury Boxing Club and Young Women's Music Company.
YQ: How can yoga help kids?
It is an antidote to a hectic life which starts at school.
As a teenager you're going through tonnes of body changes and yoga
makes you more body aware and accepting of your body.
Mostly young people are introduced to yoga through a gym at a time in their lives when they are cardio obsessed and then they only see yoga through the eyes of a Gym goer. But bringing them to yoga in a different context (out of the gym) can help them really see the opportunities to chill through yoga and treat it more than just an exercise form!
YQ: What are your thoughts on Yoga Quota?
OY: It's a great idea we can't wait to introduce it to the youth groups!
Thanks guys! It's been brilliant to kick off Yoga Quota's community
classes with such an open minded positive group!
I'd suggest everyone looks at their site follows them on twitter and
generally please support them in any way you can!