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
Other people are our greatest challenge in life, for we are so deeply linked to others that we are one another. Other people are simply ourselves in another guise, and we unconsciously seek ourselves in others. We search in the actions of others for meaning in our own lives, and it is by the thoughts and actions of others that we gain understanding, love, power, mercy, fear, freedom and serenity.
If we could see what we have in common with other people, we would know that countless opportunities for serenity and fearless living take place every day in our exchanges with them, no matter how brief these exchanges might be. Yet all too often we miss these opportunities because, rather than seeing what we have in common, we see only what divides us and the result is fear, mistrust and hostility.
Understanding our connections with other people is vital if we are to find serenity in our lives. When we understand the powerful connection between ourselves and others, we find the meaning we have been seeking. Other people are our spiritual teachers, and, if we are willing, they can show us the path to growth, understanding and freedom from fear. (Hansard, 2006 page 49)
Hansard, C., (2006), The Tibetan Art of Serenity, Hodder Mobius
Christopher Hansard in his book The Tibetan Art of Serenity says, “Being yourself is the height of all achievement and what all people ultimately want. To be yourself, without pretence of any kind, without the need for putting up a defensive front, without fear of judgement by others, is the foundation for all true inner discovery and spiritual exploration.
Being yourself begins with acceptance of all that you are, have been and will be. When you cannot be yourself, it is because you are afraid, so the path to acceptance and to being yourself begins with the release of fear. When you have transformed your fear into serenity and are truly able to be yourself, you will be ready to take the further path, from being to becoming, from acceptance of who you are now, to the fulfilment of all that you may become.” (Hansard, 2006 page 29)
“To overcome fear, you need to move from the fears shared by the crowd to the fearless freedom of the individual that you are. As you do this, you will start to become yourself and fear will lose its grip. In this state of courageous individuality you can then awaken the spiritual forces of change.” (Hansard, 2006 page 29)
Hansard, C., (2006), The Tibetan Art of Serenity, Hodder Mobius
Many people feel that wisdom is far removed from their own daily lives and is reserved only for certain special souls who have striven to acquire it through time and great learning. In fact the opposite is true. We all have wisdom readily accessible within us and we all use the wise part of ourselves, whether we realise it or not. The wise part of us has deep knowledge and understanding and creates and connects all the undetected structures of our lives merging one to the other, making sense of the unseen. Wisdom brings us the desire for continuity, helps us to understand our fears and prompts us to improve our inner selves and our lives.
The wise part of us shows us how to be accepting of what we cannot change and to gather courage from all our experiences. The wise self celebrates the hardship of our life’s journey, so that we may learn from the lessons that life brings us. It seeks meaning and gathers insights, so that we can unconsciously create fluid yet definable structures in order to make sense of life.
I have the wisdom to face any challenge successfully.
My inner self always knows what to do.
I trust my Inner Wisdom.
In his book, The Tibetan Art of Serenity, Christopher Hansard talks about eighteen virtues. He explains that, “sometimes our minds, our hearts and our energy can seem like muddy water”, and says that, “if muddy water is left to rest and be still, it will eventually clear” and that in the creation of this clarity, you will experience certain qualities. “Each of them and all of them will bring serenity into your daily living as they appear naturally in your life. You will not have to make them happen; in fact, you may have some of them already. Once they all appear, you will discover that they enable the serenity within you to be expressed directly into the material world.” (Hansard, 2007 page 205/6)
This week we look at a sense of purpose. “When you have balance, you gain a sense of purpose. You will know what you are here to do and why and how.” (ibid)
Several studies have shown that the experience of awe and fostering a sense of gratitude can provide the emotional foundation for a sense of purpose. (Smith, 2018)
Hansard, C., (2007), The Tibetan Art of Serenity, Hodder Mobius
Smith, J.A., (2018), article: How to find purpose I your life online at https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_to_find_your_purpose_in_life accessed 8.2018
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.