A long established yoga class has been run by Rosemary at Liverpool Hope University, Childwall for the past 28 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 something that can be placed on the floor like an extra large towel or rug.
Drop in sessions every Tuesday evening from 7.00-9.00. Classes are on-going. Cost: £10.00 per week.
The Conference Centre
Liverpool Hope University
“Yoga is a way of moving into stillness in order to experience the truth of who you are. It is also a way of learning to be centred in action so that you always have the clearest perspective on what’s happening and are therefore able to respond most appropriately. Yoga is not the only way of doing this, but it is an excellent way. It is an ancient process designed to help you uncover and discover your true nature so you can live daily life with that new awareness.” (Schiffman, 1996 p4)
“I let the light of my love shine so that it comforts others and myself.” (Hay, 2018)
“My self-esteem is high because I honour who I am. ” (Hay, 2018)
“There is enough time and space for everything I want to do. ” (Hay, 2018)
“I am so much more than I give myself credit for. ” (Hay, 2018)
I feel safe and confident in my abilities.
“As you move into the depths of stillness, subtle and powerful changes will become apparent in your life. These will be both profound and entirely welcome. You will become familiar with the creative Force inside you, the energy of your core.” (Schiffman, 1996 p4)
Schiffmann, E. (1996) The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness, Pocket Books
Hay, L., ( 2018), Desk Calendar, Hay House Publishing
Life is busy, business seems to be the quality of life of so many these days, we are always looking at what has to be done next even before the last thing has been completed. We go to bed and reflect on the day, we think of the things that we have completed, and what remains to be done tomorrow. We are on a hamster’s wheel of jobs to be done. Because we are caught up like this, we don’t experience presence, we are not present, our mind is always moving ahead. Try to create space in your lives. When you get into your car, sit for 30 seconds before turning the ignition, when you walk past a window, stop and look out for 30 seconds. These moments of spaciousness don’t need to be long, 30 seconds is enough. In our practice today you will find opportunities for this space, and when it comes reflect on the quality of presence.
“Inner space consciousness and who you are in your essence are one and the same. In other words, the form of little things leaves room for inner space. And it is from inner space, the unconditioned consciousness itself, the true happiness, the joy of Being, emanates. To be aware of little, quiet things, however, you need to be quiet inside. A high degree of alertness is required. Be still. Look. Listen. Be present.”1
“Here is another way of finding inner space: Become conscious of being conscious. Say or think “I Am” and add nothing to it. Be aware of the stillness that follows the I Am. Sense your presence, the naked, unveiled, unclothed beingness. It is untouched by young or old, rich or poor, good or bad, or any other attributes. It is the spacious womb of all creation, all form.” 1
“Many poets and sages throughout the ages have observed that true happiness is found in simple, seemingly unremarkable things. Most people, in their restless search for something significant to happen to them, continuously miss the insignificant, which may not be insignificant at all.”1 Happiness can be found in the simplest of things. Be still.
“Whenever there is beauty, kindness, the recognition of the goodness of simple things in your life, look for the background to that experience within yourself. ….It is like the cloudless sky. It has no form. It is space; it is stillness…..when you are able to sense it directly within yourself, it deepens. So when you appreciate something simple – a sound, a sight, a touch – when you see beauty, when you feel loving kindness toward another, sense the inner spaciousness that is the source and background to that experience.”1
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.