A long established yoga class has been run by Rosemary at Liverpool Hope University, Childwall for the past 30 years to which everyone is welcome.
Many teachers and student teachers attend this class along with people who have been practicing yoga for many years, we are therefore able to practice pranayama, mantra and meditation. The format of the sessions mean there is always something for any level of student from beginner to experienced. Everyone is welcome.
Please bring your yoga mat, blocks and belt if you have them, otherwise come as you are.
Drop in sessions every Tuesday evening from 7.00-8.50. Classes are on-going. Cost: £10.00 per week.
The new venue is the Sports Centre at Hope Park, Childwall campus, click on the campus map.
The Sports Centre
Liverpool Hope University
Mindfulness of keeping the knees safe in postures
The knee is the largest joint in the human body, it is also the most complex allowing a wide variety of movements.
The knee is also the joint that receives the most orthopedic surgeries (Spindler, ND). Knee pain is the second largest cause of chronic pain; more than one third of the population may go onto experience knee pain. Doctors are recommending yoga as part of the pain management and healing process, so it is really important that when we move we take extra care of our knees. Today we are practicing mindfulness of keeping the knees safe in postures. (Spindler, ND).
If you do already experience knee pain, continue to take care, move slowly and modify just as much as you need. Listen to your own body, and work with mindful attention of the knee and the sensations you experience in your knee, and pay careful attention to it’s placement and tracking in postures.
“Your mind and your breath are two great friends, inseparable friends, they work together. Therefore when you train your breath, your mind is being trained, for they live together, they are very close friends.” (Rama, 2002)
Rama, Swami, (2002), Consicous Living, Himalayan Institute
Sindler, B., (ND) How to keep your knees safe in yoga class, an article found online at https://yogainternational.com/article/view/how-to-keep-your-knees-safe-in-yoga-class [accessed 22.10.19]
Today I went to Prema Yoga. I didn’t search for it and no one told me about it, I just found it, a little bit by accident but what a find! Prema Yoga doesn’t have a great Google page rank. It doesn’t appear in the initial listings when you do a search for ‘yoga and Liverpool’, but it should. ‘Many teachers and student teachers attend this class along with people who have been practicing yoga for many years, therefore it includes the practice pranayama, mantra and meditation. The format of the sessions mean there is always something for any level of student from beginner to experienced. It is a mixed class of males and females’.
I found Prema Yoga in my search term ‘Yoga Liverpool’ and I was impressed by Rosemary's experience and qualifications that I read on the website. I was intrigued by her credentials and curious about the type of class that she would deliver as on the website it simply said ‘Yoga’ class. I was looking forward to meeting her and experiencing the class. I called her up in the morning to check that the class was on as there wasn’t a booking facility online. She was friendly and told me it was a drop in class and to definitely come along. So at 6:30 p.m. I called a cab and arrived at the Conference Centre in Hope Park with time to chill on my mat before we began.
I haven’t been back to Hope since I finished Uni and the gardens have really taken off! Also for anyone who knew Hope before the Liverpool 1 era, the Conference Centre is what used to be the nursery. The yoga class is held in one of the conference rooms. It’s warm and dimly lit with good space for about fifteen to twenty students. The class was full and everyone seemed to know each other and chatted before we began.
Rosemary has a very gentle and reassuring tone of voice and is knowledgeable about the postures. She delivers this knowledge to the class in a manner that is warm and informative. She had set a theme for the class and the postures complemented the theme. The class flowed beautifully. We were often asked how we felt after certain postures and Rosemary also demonstrated modifications of postures that we could choose.
The latter part of the session included pranayamas, (breathing exercises) meditation and an invitation to affirmations. The class closed with a luxurious yoga nidra (body scan). I thoroughly enjoyed the practice of yoga in this style. The class was not rushed and not arduous. Some of the joint freeing series at the beginning of the class made me feel as though I’d had a great massage!
I understand now why the class was just listed as ‘Yoga’, because it was totally just yoga, in all it’s glory! I have to admit that I was so blissed out at the end of the class I thanked Rosemary and gave her a big hug! It was difficult to believe that I had been there practicing for two whole hours! When I left Hope Park and walked out onto Taggart Avenue I was feeling super relaxed and incredibly present. An hour later I arrived home. I’d walked all the way … Maybe yoga should come with a health warning; because it really does makes you feel amazingly alright!
Rachele, co-founder of Eco Liverpool (http://mindfulyogaliverpool.com/page/2/)
The BWY is recognised by Sport England and The Sport and Recreation Alliance (formally the CCPR) as the National Governing Body for Yoga in England. As the NGB for Yoga we also accredit other organisation's teacher training programmes.