Help us celebrate International Yoga Day on Sunday 21 June by taking part in some yoga sessions in your home.
The companies below have very kindly offered to run some yoga sessions free of charge. The sessions are all aimed at beginners.
All you need is a yoga mat or towel and a bottle of water (unless specified)
“Yoga is not for the flexible. It’s for the willing"
Please be aware that all sessions involve physical activity. If you are a total beginner please start of slowly and take breaks when you need to.
Follow the coach’s advice and instructions.
Sessions available on Sunday 21 June:
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|09:00 - 09:45||
Chair based Yoga with Vicky Young
This class is aimed at those who may struggle with floor based yoga. A chair is used throughout the class to support different yoga positions. This is a very gentle form of yoga and we occasionally use a strap for support. If you have not got a strap don't panic, you can use a scarf or a dressing gown tie as an alternative. We start with some gentle breathing exercises and finish with meditation.
|09:45 - 10:45||
Gentle Yoga Flow with Rosanna Slade
Gentle Yoga flow is a calming, soothing, meditative opening flow. It is gentle and beautiful and lightly guided to allow you all the space needed to switch off from the external and journey deeper into the self.
This class is suitable for all levels, beginners would be best beginning with this class if they have never practiced yoga before.
|10:00 - 11:00||
Gentle Vinyasa Yoga with Vicky Young
This class is for all abilities and anyone new to Yoga is more than welcome to join. We shall start with some gentle breathing exercises, followed by a gentle flow and stretch. We will finish the class with some guided meditation to calm your thoughts for the rest of your day.
Only a mat is needed however if anyone would like to use support equipment, they can use a book instead of a block, a cushion and/ or a strap of some sort... i.e. a dressing gown tie or a scarf. These are not essential as I shall show how to modify positions without the need of any equipment but there are options there if needed.
|10:00 - 11:00||
Summer Wake up Slow Flow with Julia K Yoga
Wake up and flow with me and explore movements with these creative yoga poses in slow flow to balance your summer energy to create overall balance and harmony in the body and mind.Aimed to all levels.
|10:30 - 11:15||
Laughter Yoga with Laughter and Life
Laughter reduces stress. boosts our immune system, makes us feel happier, more joyful, less anxious and more positive - just a few of the benefits. This session will be run as a seated session and suitable for all ages and fitness levels. All that’s needed is a chair, a willingness to have a go and some water.
|10:30 - 11:30||
Mindful Flow with Lauren Aimee Yoga and Dance
A creative yoga class, uniting the body & breath in a dance-like flow, finishing with a deep stretch. All levels, and no props necessary, just a mat if possible. However should you wish to use props, bring along two blocks/books and a cushion just incase.
|10:30 - 11:15||
Postnatal Yoga with Karma nurture and Pippa Moss
Postnatal Yoga can be attended from 6 weeks after birth (or 10 weeks after caesarean), up to about 8 months or more. This specialised practise allows you to reconnect to your body, safely return tone to your pelvic floor and core muscles, and gently increase strength and flexibility. It also helps to release muscular tension and provide much needed renewed energy and relaxation. Suitable for all levels of fitness, flexibility and yoga experience.
Visit Karma nurture for further information.
|11:30 - 12:15||
Pregnancy Yoga with Karma Nurture and Pippa Moss
Pregnancy yoga can be attended from 14 weeks - birth. It is a very mindful, gentle yet effective practise, helping to ease pregnancy aches and pains, bond with your baby, feel relaxed, energised and positive. You will practise techniques very useful for birth, such as breathing, positions and movements, plus mindset and body awareness, and the all-important relaxation. Suitable for all levels of fitness, flexibility and yoga experience.
Visit Karma nurture for further information.
|12:30 - 13:15||
Soulful Flow Yoga with Genevieve
A flow based practice linking breath and movement through a series of yoga postures.
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|13:30 - 14:30||
Vinyasa Yoga with Rosanna Slade
A Vinyasa flow class, leading you through a moving meditation to journey into the self. Slowly warming up the body and preparing for the dynamic sequencing to focus on an apex pose or an area of the body. The breath and the movement become synced to encourage an overall state of bliss.
This evening class will allow you the time needed to let go of your day and become more centred and focused on your body, mind and deeper self.
Suitable for all levels as options will be given.
|15:00 - 15:45||
Laughter Yoga for families with Laughter and Life
Laughter reduces stress. Boosts our immune system, makes us feel happier, more joyful, less anxious and more positive - just a few of the benefits. This session will be suitable for families but everyone is welcome. You will need space to stand and stretch, a willingness to have ago and some water.
|17:00 - 18:00||
Healing Hatha & Yin with Julia K Yoga
Evening summer session of a mixture of balancing and standing yoga poses with breathing in focus. Also, yin passive poses targeting connective tissues, to slow down and giving a space to turn inward and tune into both mind and physical sensation in the body.
Yoga props suggestion (2x pillows, 2x yoga blocks or hard cover books the same size or yoga bolster) will support your body throughout this practice.
Aimed at all levels.
|20:00 - 21:00||
Restorative evening class with Vicky Young
Join me for a gentle and relaxing evening class to finish off your weekend. You may wish to use cushions, blankets, candles or burn some incense to create the calming atmosphere in the comfort of your own home. We will concentrate on gentle breathing exercises whilst gradually working the body into deeper stretches and positions. This class is for all abilities.
Sports Development activities
In this difficult time the sports development team are also offering a range of online physical activity classes, giving you the opportunity to stay active whilst at home. The sessions are run Monday and Friday and range from Chair Yoga, Meditation, Tai Chi, Chair Dance and Exercise to music. All sessions are free and run by fully qualified coaches. To join one of the classes just visit here: Bedford Sport Live
Protect your mental health
As we have to stay at home it is important to take care of our mind as well as our body. It is common to feel worried, scared or helpless about the current situation.
Every Mind Matters has expert advice and tips, focusing on looking after our mental wellbeing
The charity Mind also has some great resources to help.
Top tips for mental wellbeing
1. Connect with others – maintain healthy relationships with people you trust.
- If you haven’t got anyone to talk to you can call emotional support lines such as Samaritans and Mind BLMK
2. Be active - It is important to eat healthily, drink enough water and exercise regularly. Build physical activity into your daily routine.
- Keep active with online exercise videos.
4. Have a routine - try to follow your ordinary routine as much as possible. Wake up and go to bed at healthy times and make sure you get enough sleep.
5. Take care of your immediate environment – as you are spending a lot of time at home, it's helpful to keep things clean and tidy.
6. Keep your children informed by explaining the facts but avoid over-exposure to the news.
- Kooth is free, safe, anonymous online support for young people.
- Young Minds charity can also provide some useful guidance for young people.
7. Working from home can be challenging and isolating. Try to keep a structured day with a routine for your normal work and continue regular communication with colleagues. If you are new to working from home it's important to stick to your normal work hours as much as possible, for example always log off and pack away your laptop at the end of the day.
Further information on mental health and anxiety
If you would like more information about dealing with mental health and anxiety please visit the below links: