Strike a yoga pose for First Step
PUBLISHED: 14:00 27 June 2015
The community can take time out to relax and unwind at a series of fitness sessions.
Mary Griffiths, 55, is hosting a series of yoga classes at the bandstand in Raphael Park, with participants encouraged to donate to the Recorder’s Fundraise on the First campaign with First Step.
The instructor hopes to raise £300 by the end of the summer.
She said: “I practise yoga outside every morning and there is nothing like fresh air and sunshine to set you up for the day.
“Unfortunately, for practical reasons, most yoga is practised in stuffy halls or badly air conditioned studios.
“I was walking through the park one day and realised the bandstand, which was recently refurbished, would make a perfect yoga studio as it is reasonably sheltered from the sun and rain.
“The view from all sides is stunning as it is surrounded by the lake and trees.”
Mary, who lives in Romford, is running sessions on selected Sundays in the park, in Main Road, Romford.
She will be teaching participants Dru Hatha yoga, which includes classical postures but also positive affirmations and meditation.
Mary qualified as a yoga instructor at the end of last year and completed an additional course in January.
She said: “My classes will be the perfect opportunity for everyone, including complete beginners, to experience the gentle, flowing style of Dru Hatha yoga outdoors.
“Even just dedicating time and practice to First Step and the families they support is a form of karma yoga, so there is no excuse not to take part!”
Mary is supporting First Step, which is based in Tangmere Crescent, Hornchurch, because she is aware of the vital services it provides.
“I want to help First Step in this small way because I know how important their support is to families with children who have a disability.
“A long, long time ago, over 20 years now, I used to do a little magazine thing for toddlers and their parents and actually went there.
“I also have a friend who has a son with autism.
“I think organisations like First Step are so worthwhile.”
To book a place on one of the sessions, email email@example.com or visit bodyandsoulyoga.org. Donations can be made through visiting justgiving.com/yoga15 or texting YOGA85 to 70070