Friday, 22 September 2017

Positivity Inc | Yoga and Mindfulness

The clocks haven't gone back yet and the darker nights are already creeping in, I have been digging out all of my favourite jumpers from hiding and starting to wrap up. Today is the Equinox and the first day of Autumn, the spiritualists of the world can find balance in themselves and all around them at this time of year. An equinox occurs when the sun passes directly over the Earth's equator, resulting in a day and night that are equal in length.

Eve from Positivity Inc treated us to a seasonal hatha flow last night. Using a mantra of letting go, just as the trees are with their leaves, in order to celebrate the occasion and also wrap up the last of their 'Summer of Yoga' sessions. During the whole of the Summer holidays, Positivity Inc provided welcoming, nourishing yoga sessions for families and locals to enjoy. Me and my daughter joined in, both inside and outside of the Isla Gladstone on many occasions, which was an amazing location to promote positivity and wellness.

Luckily, some of these wonderful sessions will continue and boy have they been popular. It is really great to see so many people, from all different walks of life, treating themselves to such a life enriching activity.

Treating myself to these sessions goes a long way in reducing stresses in my everyday life and I am a big fan of the current movement, which is helping children to get involved and also teaching them important coping mechanisms for life. Positivity Inc are very inclusive for children and they show them that yoga can fun and enjoyed by people of all ages. My daughter has now developed a deeper interest in yoga through attending these sessions.

I decided to ask Eve if she would mind me asking her a few questions, in order to share with you in this post and she happily agreed. Read the mini interview below.

Starting at the beginning, how long have you practiced yoga?
I began yoga 15 years ago in order to cope with situations in my personal life. I had emotions and upset from my mothers passing, which I couldn't let go of. Yoga classes and restorative massage helped me through this difficult time.

How long have you been teaching yoga for?
I have been active with community/youth work for about 25 years. However I only became a yoga teacher and fully qualified 2 years ago. I also done night classes back when the youth centre I was working with received funding for yoga sessions, during the time Liverpool was Capital of Culture 2008.

Do you ever find that by providing so many classes, you miss out on being on the other side of the mat?
No, I still participate in lots and LOTS of yoga sessions myself. Teaching is not my practice.

Do you have any tips for people who find it hard to connect with their breath during the yoga session?
I would say that it will come with practice, keep trying, focusing on your breath. We are used to breathing from our chest, so it takes time to develop the skill of abdominal breathing. Try not to judge yourself during your practice and keep trying to slow your breathing down.

Finally, aside from yoga what else would Positivity Inc recommend to promote positivity in our everyday life?
Mindfulness is the key to developing a positive mindset, this includes practicing yoga and meditation. Being in the present moment and actively eating well will help too.

Thank you to Positivity Inc for spreading joy and providing the community with a warm feeling this Summer and into Autumn, services like this won't go unappreciated!

If you'd like to join in this Autumn, head over to Stanley Park Tuesdays 9:30am and keep an eye on their Facebook page for other upcoming events. (I've heard there are some pretty exciting ones planned!!)