Monday, 27 February 2017

Epping at the Movies

When I'm not teaching, practising or studying yoga, one of the other activities that is currently absorbing a lot of my time is the new not for profit, Epping at the Movies project.

I heard about this on social media last autumn and through one of my students, got in touch with Suzie who is running the project.

My hubby and I are both film lovers and watching a movie or three is one of the things we both like to do together (especially if it's too cold or wet to get up the allotment).   I offered our services and Suzie made us a welcome part of the group planning the Sunday 5 March Launch Day at the Epping Hall on St Johns Road.

As a result, hubby and I have been busily sorting out ticket agents (you can buy tickets from me at any of my classes and at the Epping Golf Club, Theydon Oak Pub and at the Epping Library), testing out the screening equipment (him not me!), and generally spreading the word to our local Epping Community.

I've also been happy to sponsor the matinee, which will be Some Like It Hot (with Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon) .

The tickets are £5 for adults and £2 children, so please spread the word with anyone you know in the Epping area so we can make the launch day a big success and provide a foundation for lots more, regular screenings in the future.

Many of you know that I'm a big believer in the benefits of community and I'm hoping this project will be another opportunity for neighbours to get together and enjoy a movie (and food from The Little Kitchen) and to get to know one another in a new and different setting.

After the first screening, the project will be looking for more volunteers to help with future events, so if you'd like to volunteer and get involved, just email eppingatthemovies@gmail.com and let us know you're keen to help.

Yoga Brunch, Book Club and Bolster Sessions

Last Saturday, I hosted our very first Brunch, Book Club and Bolster session at the Bantham and Ongar Bowls Club in North Weald.

The idea for a yoga book club has been in my sights for a long time now and sprung out of the Friday Night Yoga Club sessions that I ran a couple of years ago.

As part of my plan to keep my Friday nights free for me and my hubby to catch up on our weeks together, I thought that this year, I'd launch a series of four Saturday lunchtime sessions instead  and see how they went.

The first session sold out completely and I think it was a huge success.

We had 15 ladies at the session (we would love some men to join us too if possible) and we all sat down after the 09:00 weekly class to discuss the first 3 chapters of Living Your Yoga by Judith Hanson Lasater.  Whilst chatting, we enjoyed cereal, fruit, yoghurt, a few hot cross buns and tea and juice and everyone had a chance to share their thoughts about what they had read.

The book is great book for this sort of get together.  It's really easy to read and accessible but the ideas and suggestions in there can also provide plenty to think about and discuss.

After our brunch and chat, our group settled down for just under 90 minutes of restorative yoga, with bolsters and blankets before setting off home to enjoy the rest of their weekends.

If you would like to come along to the next session on Saturday 27 May, please get in touch to book your place.