Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Yoga Bear...wood!

How’s your week been so far?  Are the stresses of modern life getting on top of you?  Did your smart phone, tablet and laptop stop working in the same 24 hours?  Aaaarrgggh!  We know the feeling!

Fortunately, there’s a new yoga teacher in Bearwood who can help by the name of Melissa Monks and she’s holding a yoga taster class on Friday 11th April at St Gregory’s Church on Wigorn Road from 6-7.15pm. 

 The taster class only costs £3.50 per person so why not pop along to give it a try.  If you find yoga gives you the relaxation you need why not sign up for Melissa’s regular Friday evening classes which start after the Easter holidays.

We were able to catch a few words from Melissa between yoga stretches to find out more.

“I like many others, first experienced yoga at a local leisure centre and thought it was a great way to stretch and become more flexible. It wasn’t until I lived in Asia for 2 years and gained my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training qualification in the spiritual town of Rishikesh, India that I started to realise there was a lot more to yoga than it first seemed!

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras tell us that yoga is eight limbed (The Ashtanga System), with the physical asanas (postures) only being one part. The other 7 limbs include proper breath control, meditation and learning how to see ourselves and others in a positive light. I left India with a whole new outlook on being present, living life to the full and came away feeling calmer and happier than I have in a long time.

I returned to the UK in December and after 2 months of living in Bearwood I now hope to share this knowledge with others to help them achieve the same balance (both in body and mind) that I am myself working towards. Yoga is not a competition and is suitable for everyone, no matter how bendy you happen to be!”

If you are interested and would like to sign up for group classes or private tuition or even just fancy the taster yoga class please contact Melissa to find out more.  Melissa's contact details are: Tel: 07453 540693 Email:


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