Category Archives: Yoga

Summer Yoga & Special Offer

I am teaching all through the summer so my classes will run as follows:

Monday  YogaBellies Pregnancy Hull  7.45 – 9pm (No class August BH Monday)

Tuesday Yoga for Cancer Hull 10.45 – 12.15

Tuesday YogaBellies Pregnancy Beverley 6.30 – 7.45

Tuesday Restorative Yoga Beverley 8pm-9.15

Wednesday Hatha Hull 7pm-8.30.

The Restorative and the Hatha classes are both running as drop in through the summer, but do contact me on info@pammedhurst.co.uk to book.  Special offer for Restorative and Hatha classes, bring a new customer and both of you just pay £5, so just a tenner for you both.  Usual price £8 per session.

 

Cape Verde View

#50for50 – 50 things to make me happy in my 50th year :)

Happiness, it seems to be everywhere these days, & I love it.  I enjoyed The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin so that much that my friend Lynne and I started a Happiness Group, and it started me thinking about ways to bring more happiness into my life.  Not that I wasn’t happy, my life these days is pretty much where I want it to be, I have a great family, a job that I adore and do more or less what I want when I want but it is easy to ignore what we are grateful for and forget these things, forget to be happy when you are so involved in the busyness of life, so I started my own Happiness Project.

My Happiness Project is #50for50  I am going to be 50 in October 2015 and so am doing 50 things to make me happy in my 50th year.  Others of my age might go fly to New York for a shopping spree, buy a motorbike or have big parties, those things wouldn’t make me happy so I’m decided that for my 50th celebration I am doing many things over the year and am recording them in a memory book & on here. (because I am nearly 50 and don’t have a memory anymore…)

So in no particular order, other than the order they appear/happen/get thought up or orgainised…

#1  Flat Stanley; Maybe you know Flat Stanley or maybe you don’t.  It’s a kid’s story book that I grew up with and that my Dad used to use as a prop for teaching so a big part of my childhood.  The Theatre production by Engine House came to Hull on my 49th Birthday so what a fortuitous coincidence!  It is also Flat Stanley’s 50th this year too.  Allan (lovely hubby) and I were the only adults in an audience of about 300 kids (with teachers obviously) but we were the only adults there without kids!  I think I enjoyed it more than they did.  And if my Dad had been in the country at the time that would have been even better but we did have fun discussing it and how they made Stanley flat!

#2  Lunch – with friends… or maybe lots of lunches with lots of friends.  I have a great bunch of friends, some of whom I have known since I was 4 and some I have only recently met.  My friends are hugely important in my life and as you know sometimes life gets in the way of catching up with friends, so I’m making an effort this year to catch up with more of them, instead of just a text, quick call or card; to actually meet up, in person and have a proper catch up.  And adding a good lunch into the mix is a guarantee of lots of laughter, fun and happiness.   So far we’ve done Rolandos more than once (in Beverley, favourite spot), Millers,  friend’s house with home-made soup, Harvey Nics (Leeds) to name just the ones to start.

#3  My hubby Allan, he makes me happy, always, makes me laugh, often, looks after me better than I look after him, and is generally a fabulous guy.  I am so lucky I found him so early.  We recently celebrated our 27th Wedding Anniversary.  Not only did he take me out to our favourite Hotel/Restaurant (The Downcliffe Hotel, Filey) but he manifested me a rainbow :)  which could have been #4 but I might run out so it counts in #3 (it’s my project, my rules!)

A rainbow in Filey

A rainbow in Filey

#4  Total inspiration and happiness at the Women of Achievement Awards 2014 with amazing keynote speaker Katie Piper.  With my equally amazing friend Alison.  Blown away by Katie’s story, her compassion and her authenticity.  Huge respect, massively honoured to meet her and get pic and she signed our copies of her latest book.  And a mighty big thanks to Emma (event organiser) who went over and beyond the call of duty for us on this occasion.

Katie Piper, Alison Carline, Pam Medhurst

Katie Piper, Alison Carline, Pam Medhurst

#5 The Yoga Therapy Foundation Annual Charity Ball where I was presented with the most wonderful bouquet of flowers for the work I’ve done for the charity, and the fund-raising Allan and I did by jumping out of an aeroplane last year (which definitely doesn’t come in my #50for50!! ) The night was a great night and was totally surprised by Ann-Marie and Ella presenting me these flowers.

Flowers presented to me for my work for YTF

Flowers presented to me for my work for YTF

#6  Sunshine, anywhere, but guaranteed winter sun always scores highly on my list.  This was the view from a bar we walked to on holiday in December 2014, and is now my screen saver, bliss.   And yes the beach really was that empty :)

Cape Verde View

#8  Yoga – anytime anyplace anywhere, and lots of it – makes me happy.  I love doing yoga, I love teaching it, I love reading about it, I love studying it, I love planning how I can share it with more people, and I love challenging myself with it each and every day. So to that end I will be doing workshops in areas that I’m not yet accomplished in, and I took a leap of faith and did a handstand and backbend workshop with the amazing Jambo Truong.   So I got upside down, and yes I felt sick when I was swung side to side by my lovely partner, but I did it.  And felt a real sense of accomplishment.  I will continue to play with these throughout the year and yoga will definitely come up again, and again, and probably again!

Enough already… time to go do yoga, so will write more on the next blog.

Woman

Woman Dec 14 2

 

Woman Magazine, Dec 9th 2014

I am so proud to appear in the National Magazine, Woman, talking about my trip to Mexico.

I loved the experience of the photoshoot again, we had a  great time but they will insist on putting me in ridiculously high shoes – I live in flats, and on the very rare occasion that I do dust off my heels (there are a couple of pairs left in the wardrobe) it is only when I’m not going to walk far or stand for very long.

I basically live in bare feet, flip flops (and now the weather dictates) my lovely comfy boots in various colours! So heels, and standing for a long time during the shoot, at funny angles with knees here, and hips sticking out here, and lean in this position while we take another 50 shots is not comfortable!  The things we have to do, it’s a tough job!

They do look after you well on the shoots and it was lovely working with Kirsty and Sara this time, they were just lovely.  We all had lunch when we arrived and then were given the makeup and hair treatments, and then we went and sat on, behind, stood in front, all standing, two sitting, all of us took a turn at lounging a little over the boxes but then they decided that didn’t work.  We talked families, Christmas, yoga, nose jobs, boob jobs, you name it we discussed it while we were there.

Following the shoot and taking the opportunity of being in London at the end of October I hopped on the tube and went across London to the Tower to see the poppies.  What an experience that was too.  It was pouring with rain, it was packed (it was half term week) and it was dark, and yet the atmosphere was just incredible.  I was so moved.  People were standing in silence, they would move so that everyone could get in to get a good view, and many of us, me included just stood and sobbed.  I have never been so moved by an art installation, and I couldn’t believe the beauty and the scale of it.  It was incredible.

All in all a day I will never forget, and thanks to Woman I have the photos to remind me of the day. Woman 9 Dec edition 2014Woman Dec 14

Yoga for Cancer

British Wheel of Yoga

British Wheel of Yoga

I have recently qualified with the British Wheel of Yoga to be able to teach Yoga for People with Cancer.  I am honoured to have passed this module that was taught by the amazing Julie Friedeberger (Author of A Visible Wound: Healing Journey through Breast Cancer and The Healing Power of Yoga).  Julie is an inspiring teacher and I feel I have learnt so much from her generous teachings.

The Yoga Therapy Foundation ( a local charity set up by yoga teacher Ann-Marie Mainprize to offer yoga to those in need of yoga therapy) and run through the Yoga Therapy Lounge in Hull will offer a class for cancer from the New Year. This class will run on a Tuesday morning from 10.45 – 12.15 and will be by self-referral for all those suffering from cancer.  This class is by donation and booking via info@theyogatherapylounge,co,uk is essential.  Because of it’s specialized nature this will be a small class, 10 participants maximum.  This class will start on Tue Jan 13th.

Each class will be very gentle and all physical yoga will be suitable for those attending, and adaptations are standard.  There will be a focus on breathing and healing meditations and a long relaxation every time in the form of yoga nidra, also known as yoga-sleep.

Restorative Yoga

Candle Light

Candle Light

What is Restorative Yoga?  

Yoga with a focus on Restoring You!  Restoring you back to who you are, back to full health, back from feeling totally frazzled and burnt-out!  In Restorative Yoga, often done with props and supports we allow the body to relax fully, and is better than sleep at doing this.  Yoga has been shown to decrease the stress hormone cortisol, and can also help fight depression and fatigue.  We will still be moving in the class, but the focus will be on slow, mindful movements, holding poses, breathing techniques and a guaranteed Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep/deep relaxation) in every class.  (20 mins of Yoga Nidra is equivalent to 2 hours of good quality sleep).

We live in such a stressed state, for many of us it becomes the norm, and we don’t realise how damaging this is to the body, the mind, to our functioning, to our sense of well-being, to our sense of humour, to our relationships, to our careers, to our energy levels and to our very existence.  Restorative Yoga is the answer you’ve been looking for, the way to de-stress, to untangle those tangled thoughts, to revitalise, to ease the aches of that back and neck and legs and wherever else it is you feel it!  Restorative yoga is the yoga that you have craved without even knowing it.  :)

With the use of candle-light, aromatherapy and silence we will allow the senses to quiet, to a much calmer place, allowing you to find some peace of mind in a hectic world.

According to Gail Grossman, owner of Om Sweet Om Yoga in New York, and author of Restorative Yoga for Life  “I tell people that in some ways, this is the hardest class you’re going to take. When you’re still, it’s hard to shut off your mind, and that’s where the real work is. That’s also where you might find the greatest capacity for growth, deep relaxation, and true well-being.”

Let this new class be your First Aid for the body & mind!  Booking essential.

The class is suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners alike.

Tuesday night, 8pm, at The Arts Garage 2, Above Pink Dancewear, Tokenspire Business Park, Hull Road, BEVERLEY, HU17 0TB.

The Arts Garage 2 is a new Dance Studio and is a lovely space, we are upstairs above Pink Dancewear.  It is easy to find on Tokenspire Business Park, directly opposite the entrance, the site is well-lit and there is a security guard on duty 24/7.  Tokenspire Business Park is just beyond the new link road roundabout on the Beverley to Hull road (towards Woodmansey)

And breathe…

And breathe...I don’t struggle too much with anxiety these days, thanks to all the yoga and self-development work I’ve done on myself over the years. This wasn’t always the case but it is now.

However, this week I had a very different day.  I took my lovely husband to the hospital for a small operation on his hand, and left him there about to go down to surgery for the op, came home, ate my breakfast and then walked the dog.  As I was walking the dog I found that I was so tense in my body, my ears were up by my shoulders and my breathing was so shallow I could feel it under my collar bones!  And then my mind went into overdrive!  Within about 10 steps I had gone from hoping I heard from him soon to convincing myself that he wouldn’t survive the general anesthetic, that I would get a call from the hospital to say this, and I was already worrying that I didn’t know the contact details of his work colleagues for the funeral.

STOP, STOP, STOP!  I physically told myself to stop. I did;  I looked at the water and the sunshine, (I was on the river bank) I wiggled my jaw to loosen it, I did a full body shake to get rid of the physical tension, and I breathed.  I stood and concentrated on bringing my breath into my belly.  And within a few breaths I brought my breathing and my mind back under control and then I carried on with my walk.  Within half and hour I’d had a text from Al to say that he was back in recovery and that all had gone well.

I am so grateful I know the tools that work for me these days, and that I have learnt how to put them into action when needed.  And I also realised just how far I’ve come, as this used to be a regular occurrence and now it is just once in a while.

 

Summer Holidays

DIGITAL CAMERASummer holidays are nearly here, so here are class times and breaks over the summer period.

Monday  - All at The Yoga Therapy Lounge
Mum & Baby Last class 7 July back 1 Sep
Very Gentle Yoga Last class 7 July back 1 Sep
YogaBellies Pregnancy Yoga – runs through summer except 14th July and 25th Aug.

Tuesday
Hatha Yoga Last class 8 July (YTL)
YogaBellies Pregnancy Yoga – runs through summer except 15th July and 26th August (New venue for summer holidays Studio 1 Photography, Old Beck Road, HU17 0JW

Thursday
Hatha – runs through summer except 17 July and 28 August, at the Endsleigh Centre.

Hope to see you sometime, bookings required for all classes as very busy.  Email or ring/text info @ pammedhurst or 07966 091513

Have a great summer, oh and do some yoga!! :)

Pam x

 

So who comes to YogaBellies?

we love yogabelliesI was asked the other day, ‘so who comes to YogaBellies Pregnancy classes?’  They were wondering if it was for them.  So I thought about it and here is my answer.

Pregnant women (obviously… though I do sometimes get asked if Dads can come along! ) but first time mums, second time mums, third time mums & fourth time mums, but mostly first time mums.  Older mums and younger mums, so far the youngest was 18 and the oldest 43. Most are single pregnancies but have first mum pregnant with twins in the Beverley class at the moment.  All pregnant women welcome :)

They come from a large geographical area, from Hornsea, Withernsea, Thorngumbald, Hedon, Sutton, Market Weighton, Little Weighton, Driffield, Hull, Beverley, South Cave, Brough… and quite a few others.  There are straight women and gay women and single women, there are fit mums and less fit mums, there are those who are finding pregnancy a doddle – physically and mentally and those who are struggling with it too.  There are mums who want a home birth and those who want a hospital birth, there are those who’d love a midwife-led centre to give birth in but who have to make a choice as that is not available here currently.

They come from a huge variety of professions, hairdressers, teachers, shop assistants, photographers, accountants, homemakers, lawyers, estate agents, childcare workers, social workers, designers, project managers, vets, nurses, therapists and many many more.

So if you come you will most likely find someone that you have something in common with, though pregnancy is an amazing common bond.

Some have done yoga, many haven’t ever thought of doing it before…

They go on to have their babies and usually let me know the outcome, how the birth was, what the baby is called, how much baby weighed (all the others in class are interested in this one!)  I have just had a text from Sarah from the Hull Class who wins the prize for the largest YogaBellies baby so far at 10lb1oz!  Smallest tiny baby from Donna with the amazing Joseph who arrived early and weighed in at just 3lb14oz but who is now a strapping young man of 9 months old!

I just love getting baby news texts and emails, it is so lovely to be a little part of that amazing journey.

And that’s who comes to YogaBellies…