Sporting events

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Large group of people doing Yoga in Bedford Park

Yoga and Wellbeing in the Park 2024

This year's event will take place on Sunday 9 June 2024 at Bedford Park (next to the Pavilion). There will be free yoga sessions available for all ages and abilities plus a Wellbeing Information Desk which will include mental health and wellbeing advice and signposting.

This event has been running for five years and usually coincides with International Yoga Day. However due to previous bookings in the park we have had to move it to Sunday 9 June.

All Yoga sessions are free with no booking necessary. All we ask is that you fill in a disclaimer on arrival.

Time Activity

Zone A

10:00-10:45

Morning Surya Namaskar, Sun Salutations for over 8s, all abilities with Yoga with Bal 

Come flow with us through a practice of sun salutations. This is a flow practice. We will end with a short guided meditation. (Should not be practised by people with high blood pressure, heart disease or stroke/ hernia patients, people with disc issues.)

Zone B

10:00-10:45

Accessible Chair Yoga for all ages and abilities with Yoga with Lenka (Kim)

Truly accessible yoga class. Mobility work available for all, but perfect for seniors and anyone with limited mobility. 

Zone A

11:00-11:45

Hatha, Slow and Gentle Flow for over 12s, all abilities with KT Yoga

Sunday Hatha, Slow Flow: This relaxing, yet energising class with Katy combines breath-work and postures, building awareness and an opportunity to create space for your mind and body.

Zone B

11:00-11:45

Awakening Senses Mindful Meditation for over 12s, all abilities with Therapy from Within 

A gentle meditation practising mindfulness and breathing exercises for all abilities and over 12s.

Zone A

12:00-12:45

Energizing Slow Flow to Glow for all ages and abilities with Julia K Yoga and Healthy Living 

Join Julia for a rejuvenating yoga session designed to awaken your inner glow through a series of slow, flowing movements that enhance flexibility and increase circulation. Delve into a mindful practice focusing on deep stretches and smooth transitions, promoting balance of physical strength and mental serenity. The session also includes a short breath work and mediation, leaving you refreshed, radiant and ready to embrace the day.

Zone B

12:00-12:45

Rocket Yoga for all ages and all abilities with Yoga with Lenka (Sarah) 

The Rocket is a dynamic, uplifting practice rooted in Ashtanga yoga, designed to “get you there faster”. It’s a vinyasa flow practice where the breath guides the movement. It’s fun, fiery, playful and creative. Don’t be afraid to fly or fall!

Zone A

13:00-13:45

“Warriors of Light” - Zen and Kundalini Yoga Flow with Pranayama for all ages and abilities with Patrizia Andreana Chand.

“Warriors of Light” - a gentle and yet empowering session to explore your inner and outer strength through movement and pranayama. Uncovering your grit and radiance.

Zone B

13:00-13:45

Sound Bath for all ages and all abilities with Serenity Yoga with Magda 

Allow yourself to lie down with your eyes closed and rest. The sounds of nature interwoven with the vibrations and calming melody of crystal bowls and wind chimes. This is an invitation to feel peaceful and relaxed. Allow Magdalena and her friends – crystal bowls, Koshi chimes, and ocean drums to take you for a journey to serenity.

Zone A

14:00-14:45

Flexibility Workshop (Lower Body) for all ages and all abilities with Hollie Cameron Yoga 

Ever said ‘I can’t touch my toes’? Then this is the class for you! In this 45 minute class, we will be exploring a range of yoga stretching and strengthening postures to safely and mindfully improve your lower body flexibility. Suitable for all levels (and flexibility!) 

Zone B

14:00-14:45

Tai Chi for all ages and all abilities with Shefford Tai Chi

Ian will demonstrate the Chen Tai Chi form, he will also discuss the principles and benefits of Tai Chi in our daily lives. He will then invite people to join in some loosening exercises so as to introduce Tai Chi movement experientially.

Zone A

15:00-15:45

Ashtanga Vinyasana Flow for over 16s, all abilities with OmMoShantiYoga

An exploration through yoga and somatic movement through the seven main chakras - root to crown.  A transformative practice to encourage balance within the seven main energy centres of the body.

Zone B

15:00-15:45

Mindful games for Children and Families, all abilities with Mindfulness and Massage

Come and join in with these interactive mindful games for the whole family where we explore our senses, listen to an interactive story and do some breathing games together.

Zone A

16:00-16:45

Yin for over 12s, all abilities with Peacethruyoga

Yin consists of long held passive poses, which will give you the time for a deeper journey into connective tissue and the meditative aspects of yoga. It will allow you to experience stillness at a new and deeper level. In these classes we will often use props, helping the body to rejuvenate and relax. This will help to de-stress, balance your body, bones, muscles and hormones, calm your mind and leave you feeling very blissed out.

Zone B

16:00-16:30

Yoga for the Nervous System and Meditation for all ages and abilities with Lauren Aimée Yoga 

A yoga practice allowing you to tap deeper into the connection between our minds, bodies, and our reality by working with the nervous systems, whether you are feeling stressed and need to down regulate or fatigued and need to up regulate. A floor-based practice incorporating meditation, breath work and nourishing movement.

Zone A

17:00-17:45

Breathe and Flow Vinyasa for over 12s, all abilities with Paschima     

A dynamic vinyasa flow where the breath guides your movement. We will be building heat, reaching a peak posture, and then cooling the body back down to relax. Yoga

Zone B

17:00-17:45

Laughter Yoga for all ages and abilities with Laughterandlife Ltd

Laughter yoga is a unique form of exercise that combines yogic deep breathing with laughter exercises. It aims to promote physical, emotional, and mental well-being, with numerous benefits to our overall wellbeing. This session will end with a relaxation section.

Zone A

18:00-18:45

Chakra Yoga for all ages and all abilities with Gen O

An exploration through yoga and somatic movement through the seven main chakras - root to crown. A transformative practice to encourage balance within the seven main energy centres of the body.  

Zone B

18:00-18:45

Sound Bath for all ages and abilities with Nathan Sounds

Sound baths can help people with physical, emotional, and mental imbalance and bring harmony and greater wellbeing.

Wellbeing information desk

Information and advice available from local mental health services and charities. Visit the Wellbeing information desk after your yoga session and speak to the Mindful Sport Team about regular weekly activity sessions which focus on improving mental health and wellbeing. Plus find information on self-help concepts and the wellbeing service.

All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. 

Information will be provided by a wide range of external provider and only information with a council or NHS Logo is officially endorsed.

Bedford Junior Aquathlon - March 2024

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Participants of the Junior Aquathlon 2024

Bedford Borough Council is happy to announce the success of another Bedford Junior Aquathlon, a captivating event aimed at fostering a passion for sports among young enthusiasts. The Aquathlon, held on Sunday, March 24, witnessed the active participation of 116 eager contestants, spanning across school years 3 to 11, at the prestigious Robinson Pool in Bedford Park.

One of the primary objectives of the Bedford Junior Aquathlon is to promote inclusivity and encourage sports participation among youngsters of all abilities. The event warmly welcomed both novices and seasoned contenders, underscoring its inclusive values. Every participant received a medal, while trophies were awarded to the top three performers in each category to reward their achievements.

The Aquathlon, hosted at the Robinson Pool and Bedford Park, provided a platform for children to not only compete against their peers but also surpass their personal bests. The event underscored the notion that sports are for everyone, emphasising the importance of participation and enjoyment above all.

For detailed results of the event, please visit www.racetimeresult.co.uk/bedford-junior-aquathon. You can also read our press release on the Junior Aquathlon.

The next Bedford Junior Aquathlon will take place on Sunday 13 October 2024 at Robinson Pool in Bedford Park.

The event will take place in the morning, each year group will have a different registration and start time as there will be a rolling start (and waves for each year).

Find out the full distances each age group will be required to swim and run (PDF).

No entries will be accepted on the day. 

Bookings will open in September 2024.

Aquathlon rules, running routes and pool layout

Please read the following documents, they contain important information for participants. 

Important dates for October 2024 Aquathlon

  • Booking form available from beginning of September 2024.
  • Deadline for Booking form Tuesday 1 October 2024 at 5:30pm.
  • Email to be sent out to all participants Friday 4 October 2024.
  • Bedford Junior Aquathlon – Sunday 13 October 2024 (Robinson Pool and Bedford Park) (1st, 2nd and 3rd presented awards on day).
  • Results emailed out to all participants on Monday 14 October 2024.

The next Aquathlon will take place Sunday 13 October 2024.

Email sport@bedford.gov.uk for more information about the Bedford Junior Aquathlon.