Kids' yoga is taking off at the tennis club, following the introduction last summer during the multisports camps. Kids really enjoy the mix of fun and focus and finding novel ways to practise together. Some like the more active parts of the session best, and some really prefer the meditation and relaxation at the end: all clearly enjoy it as they keep coming back. This year we added sessions to the Easter sports camps and this summer we've added an extra day each week, now on Wednesdays and Fridays in July and August.
Friday night saw me frantically whizzing back home for extra mats after several more girls than I expected arrived for their relaxation evening at Addlestone Guides. We started with savasana and focused breathwork. After a little mobilisation and a few rounds of Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutations), we started our main asana (posture) practice. We had some giggles along the way and rounded off with some guided relaxation, complete with eyebags for those who wanted them. Just 45 minutes to have them feeling completely chilled out.
It was lovely to see how enthusiastic the girls were to try yoga and meditation and there were quite a few questions at the end, and some girls showed me poses they've seen before. A fun evening spent with some lovely young ladies. I look forward to seeing some of them at the new teen yoga classes in the spring
As we get into party season (I have 3 this week, lucky me!) it occurs to me that my feet and legs are going to suffer as I go from barefoot (as much as possible) to high heels. I decided to be a little proactive and went in search of a yoga routine that could help me cope with all the partying. Here's a nice little one from Tara Stiles... enjoy!
but oh so funny (do not watch if you have a sensitive nature). Enjoy
With a last minute entry, no time to train and totally forgetting to fundraise beforehand, we set off for Windsor race course where we did Cancer Research's Twilight Race For Life. What a brilliant event this is! Such a wonderful atmosphere, sadness and joy all rolled into one, with a common aim: have fun and raise some funds for a very worthy cause.
I was really touched to be able to put a glow stick in my decorated sandbag (instead of lighting lanterns), it made me feel quite emotional and when we ran through the gate onto the racecourse proper I had tears in my eyes as I saw that someone had placed many of these bags on the bank to spell out HOPE.
As a relatively fast jogger (as you ask, yes, I did it sub 30 minutes, ok by a few seconds, I admit) I cheered on every other lady on the course. There until the bitter end, shouting and cheering the last of the walkers over the finish line. While I was there I met a lovely chap whose wife and 2 best friends were running for their friend who had been battling cancer and who had passed away only that morning. Gosh, it brings your life into perspective when you talk to people. So much to be grateful for.
p.s. we did retrospectively fundraise and hit our modest target within 48 hours!
Image courtesy of Cancer Research website
I’m a life coach, yoga teacher, communications professional and fitness enthusiast. I’m a closet techie and science boff in my spare time. I’m also part-time slave and taxi driver to a 14 year old.