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.
No class on 7 and 14 April due to Easter when the University closes.
As the world reacts to COVID-19, it is important that we observe the necessary precautions that will assist in the containment of the virus. Some of our practitioners travel for work or leisure on a regular basis so we encourage all of those travellers to abide by the testing and quarantine protocols should you start to feel unwell. We would like to let you know about the precautions we are taking at our yoga classes to ensure your safety.
It is so important we take personal responsibility for not only ourselves but also for any impact on others. Therefore, we ask that you take two weeks off the yoga class if:
- you are experiencing any of the COVID-19 symptoms; or
- you have been in contact with someone who has contracted the virus; or
- you have recently travelled to or from any of the affected areas; or
- you have been in contact with someone from an affected area.
What you can do:
- Please follow the NHS advice
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or, if this is not possible, use hand sanitisers;
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze. Then put the used tissues in the bin straight away;
- Avoid touching your face whilst climbing;
- If you are worried about symptoms, please call NHS 111. DO NOT go directly to your GP or A&E.
The BWY Statement on coronavirus Covid-19
The BWY would like to reassure members that we are mindful of the situation with coronavirus and we continue to monitor it daily. Our position is as follows:
First and foremost, let’s practice our yogic principles, remain balanced and rational but at the same take sensible steps to protect ourselves as practitioners, teachers and responsible adults.
At this stage we have limited information about what risks the coronavirus poses for those attending yoga classes and for our teaching members. This is an issue not just for us as individuals, yoga students and teachers, but for the country as a whole. The situation is fluid and so a definitive stance is too rigid and we therefore advise members of the BWY to ensure that they follow Public Health England (PHE) guidelines which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public
- Following government guidelines and don't attend classes if you are/ or think you might be in breach of these (return travel, flu like systems, etc).
- Please bring their own mat/equipment to classes and avoid sharing.
- Washing hands on a regular basis; use hand sanitiser if it is available
Following the guidance given by the British Government on Monday 16 March, classes have been suspended and will move online. You are warmly invited to attend a live stream yoga class on Tuesday evenings at 7.00pm BMT on Instagram @premarose.
The Sports Centre
Liverpool Hope University
Mindfulness of how I am breathing
"The breath is a vehicle for deepening concentration and revealing quiet sources of joy." Sovik, R. (2005) Moving Inward, the journey to meditation, Himalayan Institute
Reject fear, choose love
We are in a time of crisis and it is so easy to fall into an emotional response of fear to what's happening in the world right now, fear is after all a primal instinct. Let's use our practice to choose love and reject fear, in the same way that light removes darkenss, love can remove fear.
Aphorism: I reject fear and choose love.
"Love is a state of Being. Your love is not outside; it is deep within you. You can never lose it, and it cannot leave you. It is not dependent on some other body, some external form. In the stillness of your presence, you can feel your own formless and timeless reality as the unmanifested life that animates your physical form. You can then feel the same life deep within every other human and every other creature. You look beyond the veil of form and separation. This is the realization of oneness. This is love." Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now
Kindness is a key quality to foster in ourselves for our own sake, but also for the people and the world around us, for kindness makes us better people, and makes the world in which we live a better place. Listen to this, the author Henry James said:
“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.”
Whilst we pause here in our own quiet stillness, rest your attention at your heart centre at the Anahata Chakra and silently reflect on the affirmation, “I am enough, just as I am.”
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.