International Day of Yoga with BWY regions
From the highlands of Scotland to public gardens in Dorset, British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) regions are welcoming everyone to join in and be part of International Day of Yoga celebrations.
Special guests will include Indian consulate representatives and events take place everywhere from schools to parks, to community centres and museums.
International Day of Yoga officially takes place on Tuesday 21 June, but BWY has celebrations taking place around Britain from 18 June and stretching on into July.
‘There is nothing like yoga for bringing people together,’ said BWY Chair Diana O’Reilly. ‘We’re a unique organisation in the UK with a network of volunteers, passionate about spreading the word of yoga, sharing its myriad of wellbeing benefits and training teachers.
‘Our volunteers are at the heart of our organisation, supporting not just BWY members but creating events like these, aiming to bring yoga into the lives of more people, in ways accessible to everyone.
‘Today there is yoga for, literally, every body and as we emerge from pandemic times, what better time than to discover ways of coming together to develop our wellbeing?’ said Di, who is joining an event the weekend before the big day on Saturday 18 June at Cardiff Yoga Studio, running from 7.30am and featuring seven BWY yoga teachers.
‘Yoga is not just about physical movement, it’s about the way we breathe, mindfulness, the way we are in the world and with each other. We believe yoga has tools to support not only our physical and mental wellbeing, but also our sense of community and coming together.’
BWY has 12 regions of grassroots volunteers on a mission to share yoga. Around 70 per cent of BWY members are yoga teachers and student teachers. Yoga enthusiasts make up the remainder of the 6000-strong membership.
Said CEO, Dorothy Hosein: ‘We have faced tough times in recent years with this awful pandemic and we know that this is going to continue for some time to come. The impact of isolation on wellbeing cannot be underestimated and now, as a country, we are looking at financial burdens on top of this’.
‘At BWY we are looking at ways to support our members through the lean times to come and make powerful inroads into bringing people together from all communities, through yoga.
‘Now is the time to act and come together.’
What’s On Where with BWY teachers:
Sunday 26 June from 10am to 12noon
A wealth of yoga organisations are joining forces for an event organised by Grampian Yoga Association on Sunday 26June from 10am to 12noon.
Joining GYA will be yogis from BWY Scotland, Yoga Kulam, Aberdeen Hindu Temple Trust, Brahma Kumaris, and Yoga Alliance. The Consulate General of India will be in attendance. Bookings through Eventbrite or contact BWY acting RO in Scotland, Sandra Cook for more info E: email@example.com
Tuesday 21 June from 10.30am to 4pm
BWY Scotland, Yoga Scotland and Yoga Alliance come together at Turriff Primary School, Meadowview Road, Turriff, AB53 4WB from 10.30am to 4pm on Tuesday 21 June. There’ll be sessions for all abilities, including family yoga.
Yoga in the Park, Bellfield Park IV2 4TA, pop-up yoga classes on Tuesday 21June, booking through Christie Wood BWY Teacher E: firstname.lastname@example.org
A full day of yoga from 7.30am to 5.30pm on Saturday 18 June. Seven BWY yoga teachers are teaching sessions of yoga covering everything from a Gentle Start to the Day with Kitty Holly and closing with Dancing Warriors with Dave Fowler. BWY Chair Di O’Reilly will be asking us to ground down with feet-focused yoga, leading a session at 9am.
On Tuesday 21 June you can also enjoy Yoga, Swim and a Pint with our Chair at Dunraven Gardens, Southerndown, CF32 0RP. Swimming optional and tide dependant and a pint at the Southerndown local after. Diana O'Reilly says this event is weather dependant and will be postponed to Thursday June 23 or Tuesday June 28, if need be. No need to book.
Harrogate and Leeds
Sunday 3 July from 10am to 4pm.
Practice in person, or, if you prefer, remain in the comfort of your own home.
Two venues in Yorkshire, linked via Zoom, hosting an in-person event with our delightful BWY teachers – Claire Hall, Sarah Douglas, Diana O’Reilly (BWY Chair) and Sonia Perry.
Choose from one of the venues for an in-person experience or join via Zoom.
Saturday 18 June
BWY Eastern Region has two events – both live in-person or online via Zoom.
You are invited to join BWY Eastern Region Committee for a wonderful celebratory day of yoga practices led by Swami Satya Daya from the Mandala Yoga Ashram in Wales.
A Gift of Yoga through Spaciousness, Joy and Compassion
Together we will embrace and appreciate the gifts of yoga through heartfelt spaciousness, joy and compassion. Come along to immerse yourself into the sense of ease and connection that yoga can create in the body and mind and honour and celebrate the physical and spiritual prowess that yoga brings to us.
This is an opportunity to share a diverse range of yoga practices including mindful movement, breathing, mantra, meditation, yoga nidra (yogic sleep) with a delightful gong sound bath to close the day in the beautiful, eco-friendly space of Storey's Field Centre.
Open to all members of our communities and open to all abilities from beginners to advanced practitioners of yoga, yoga teachers and student teachers as BWY members and non-members.
BWY North West
Saturday 25th June
Our North West Region has a day of yoga to celebrate International Day of Yoga on Saturday 25 June with tutors Olivia Peers, Helen Conway, Bec Rice and Janet Long
BWY South West
Yoga teacher Hayley Gumery, is inviting Dorset yogis to join her at the Museum of East Dorset’s beautiful and peaceful gardens for dawn yoga at 6.30am on 21 June to celebrate the onset of summer. Enjoy yoga and a healthy breakfast smoothie, included in the price of just £10.