It's such an honour to do a series of classes for Mind. Like most of us, I recognised the squiggly logo, and now I've worked with the people in Witney during their peer support days I'm getting a greater appreciation of the charity and what they are about. Mind were very open minded about doing yoga- here's how the sessions have gone so far...
I started way back last October to meet the people who would come to the class to chat to them about what they wanted from a yoga class. Most people who came on the Tuesday classes wanted to do yoga, in the same location and at 10 am. All good so far.
We discussed the fears around yoga, and although most had had a very positive teacher in the past (well done, if you're reading this, you made a lasting impression!) some were concerned. I figured the class should be seated so everyone would be ok, from people in wheelchairs, with fatigue and people with recent hip operations. So I also figured Alison Partridge (one of our Yoga Quota teachers) would also be fabulous to teach with me - she specialises in seated yoga.
The previous Yoga Teacher had to stop doing the weekly classes because she couldn't afford to go on.... This is exactly why Yoga Quota can help! I'm starting to subsidise classes so that teachers can afford to do the class and make a living and so that charities can afford them... Yoga Quota makes up the difference.
It's so important with mental health to be understanding and good to yourself, so the feedback after the class was useful and everyone said they felt better after the yoga. I'm taking the next class and I cannot wait until next Tuesday!
If you follow the blog you'll know that this is one that I'm hoping to extend to be a weekly series- as are the people at the peer group (so far anyway!). There is a slight hiccup in that Mind don't allow kids in the building, and I will have to bring my kid along after January... but I can think of plenty of solutions to this involving other teachers, other venues or other risk assessments so watch this space!