It’s summer in the UK, and that means one thing, getting outdoors as often as possible (subject to rain!). Case in point – my outdoor yoga for cyclist classes have been going through strength to strength with a fab group of yogis joining me each week on Queen Square in Bristol – triathletes, endurance, leisure & commuter cyclists – even ironman competitors. You name it, we have had them join us, and I’ve loved teaching the group.
A couple of weeks ago I took things up a notch. Firstly, running an epic fundraiser yoga for cyclists class on Queen Square, donating 100% of the proceeds to Redfest in Bristol. This was a forerunner to me running taster sessions at the festival and it’s fair to say they were pretty stoked with the generous donations from my yogis towards the event.
“Wow – thank you to your and your yoga cyclists for your generosity. It really is immensely appreciated. All the best, and see you next year if not before.”
Redfest CIC Organisers
Redfest itself was a blast. For those that don’t know, it’s a cracking FREE community music, arts & wellbeing festival in St George Park, Bristol. I was in the Cycle Hub running free yoga for cyclist taster sessions for anyone that was interested. I packed my bike trailer full of yoga mats and props, and cycled the few miles up & down hills to the site. It was certainly a workout – meaning I needed a stretch as much as anyone once I got there.
Those that joined me for the sessions were treated to short sequences that were themed around my hugely popular 6-week beginner’s yoga for cyclist course. Hotspots of tightness and tension for cyclists often centre around the hips, hamstrings, neck, shoulders and lower back. So, we focused on those areas, using props such as yoga straps to help deepen into the stretches and eye pillows to sink deeply into our final relaxation. I even demo’d stretches using the bike for support – a taster of what to expect next year?
What I loved about Redfest was the community vibe to the event across the site – not least in the Cycle Hub. Colleagues from Defra were coordinating, while I was joined by FoodCycle Bristol who do amazing work collecting surplus produce from local retailers and using the ingredients to prepare nutritious meals for the local community. Avon & Somerset Police were also on site providing free security tagging for bikes, while Travel West advised on sustainable transport options. Not forgetting, the Bristol Bike Project and John Wood’s Cycle Repair Centre who provided free bike checks and simple repairs.
Having enjoyed myself thoroughly at Redfest, it wasn’t long before I was loading my bike trailer with my gear and heading home. Like all good YogaDads, I headed home early to entertain the YogaTwins before bedtime, while many others partied long into the night.
If you missed Redfest, don’t sweat – I have bitesized classes on my YouTube channel. I will also be back on Queen Square every Wednesday lunchtime until the end of August.