This Project is possible thanks to the Co-op Local Community Fund
We have a wonderful, qualified therapist and yoga teacher who provides free sessions for people seeking sanctuary, victims of modern day slavery and we accept referrals from Swindon & Gloucestershire Mind. If you’re a local charity and would like to refer someone please do get in touch. Equally if you want to book on yourself please do contact us.
We believe everyone should be able to access support for their wellbeing therefore all our classes and 1:1 sessions are FREE to access but require pre-booking.
When: Friday mornings (fortnightly only)
Start time: Women’s class – 10am / Men’s Class – 11.00am / 1:1 sessions – 12pm – 2pm
Next Class: Friday 17th September 2021
Booking: Please email or message us with your name, phone number and which class (mens or women) you wish to book onto.
Contact: [email protected] / 07903 167 142
Where: Central Community Centre (Main Hall), Emlyn Square, Swindon, SN1 5BP
About our Yoga Teacher and Therapist
While doing my yoga teacher training my main job was live-in care work for the elderly. So it was the elderly who became my intial students. It was quite startling how much their sense of wellbeing, mood and outlook improved by simple movement and intentional breathing. That movement was just in areas they were able to move, often just arms, hands and neck. In one case of complete paralysis all we could do was breath work. The results were powerful. Joyful.
I was hooked. I now do therapy work and yoga full-time. I teach all ages and abilities and the positive results are felt by everyone who participates.
Physical, mental and emotional strength and flexibility improve. As does all round balance, stability and self-control. Being able to control our breathing means we can control our emotions and therefore the quality of our thoughts.
No matter how badly we feel we are doing the movements or poses/asanas, it takes all of our focus to try to achieve what is being asked of us. With all of our focus being in the present moment we are achieving a full hour of mindfulness. This is no mean feat. It is extraordinarily good for us on every level.
Why the Wellbeing Project?
People who are seeking sanctuary have often been through traumatic events in their homelands and on their journeys to safety. The ongoing stresses of the asylum system in the UK on top of all this can be unbearable. Many suffer from PTSD and other mental health and physical issues.
“61% of asylum seekers experience serious mental distress…refugees are five times more likely to have mental health needs than the UK population” (Refugee Council 2021)
Our classes however are also for others in our community who are marginalised and who may find it difficult to access classes like this but are often in such great need of guidance with their mental health personal care. As with all our work we aim to bring our community together and be inclusive and this project is no different.
In the short time we have been running these sessions since the start of 2020 the benefits to those attending has been truly significant and although yoga sessions have been accessible online to those who were attending we look forward to continuing these in person again.
If you would like to book someone onto the classes please do get in touch with us at: [email protected]