WE'RE MAKING HEADWAY TO CORES OF GOODNESS
"Never mind athletics
We'll take aaah flex it's
And mindful bends poses and twists
Arms shoulders knees legs belly wrists
Those fractal returns get greater and greater
As you go the other way from the centre
And act more like the swirls and curls that air does
Slowly in two three aaah two three out two three
Next a stretch to wake those
Muscles and nerves and click your toes
Aaaaahh...nd reeeee...lax again
Up two three and sway that way
Then the other, down again
Pull your breath and push it
Bend your wings and straight and then
Plenty of repeats
The world goes from fast to slow
Observe at length so you grow
To be at peace and be dynamic
Fire and water, air, earth, stone
Living energies weave us together
In infinities loops be clear and fine
The exercise strengthens your body
The understanding strengthens your mind
Understanding gives the power to be gentle
Strength gives the softness to be kind
If you haven't been there already
Had this peace of contemplation
Held you to see our oneness of being
You me unity in infinity
Just a lot of one
This wonderful poem was written by Samuel Moore, who is a regular participant of Umbrella Yoga's online yoga sessions delivered by Laura Merriman, in Partnership with Headway, Huddersfield.
Umbrella Yoga is very grateful to be able to do the work we do, and this kind of inspirational feedback makes it even more worthwhile & helps to share our impacts more tangibly. Thank you to Sam, and Headway for sharing this feedback with us.
In Sam's words, reflecting on what he gets from the sessions:
"The Headway yoga session with Laura has become one of my week's highlights. Seeing faces we knew, for those of us who might not see many ...[or any]... was a good meeting and landing point.
The brilliant technology of being able to all share the space, while being in our homes and do it on zoom means we could carry on ... [through Covid] ...
Us doing yoga gave us the same benefits it did/does for many traditional practitioners but I am nowhere near Sadhu quite yet! I am still feet-on-the-floor and hands-in-the-washing-up I'm afraid, even if the smile and general sense of wellbeing HAVE gone up a good few notches!"
About our Partners- Headway, Huddersfield:
"Brain injury can challenge every aspect of your life – walking, talking, thinking and feeling – and the losses can be severe and permanent. It can mean losing both the life you once lived and the person you once were.
We all think 'it will never happen to me', but every year around 350,000 people are admitted to hospital with an acquired brain injury.
That's one every 90 seconds.
A brain injury can happen to anyone, at any time. When it does, Headway is here to help."
Umbrella Yoga are delighted to work with organisations that truly change lives, and Headway truly do.
Please check out Headway's fantastic website, or contact them for support below:
Umbrella Yoga are entirely funded through grants and donations. We are currently seeking funding carry out our core activities- including the coordination and administration of class delivery.
If you are able to support us, or suggest ethical partners and funding opportunities, we're ready and willing to work together with you.
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