It’s been a tremendous start to 2020 for Yoga For Men classes in Bristol. My regular classes in Keynsham on a Monday night have never been more popular. It’s been fantastic to welcome a few new faces to my group, but as importantly, I’ve loved seeing my returning students, many of whom have been redeeming completed loyalty cards.
I also started a new Yoga For Men class in Longwell Green, Bristol on Friday evenings – the perfect way to close out the week. The classes take place at Longwell Green Community Centre, which is a proving to be a great space for the class. Simple things like a mix of wooden and carpet flooring mean that students have the choice of a soft or hard floor. There’s also free parking, it’s a warm, comfortable space, and the lighting is set just right.
More students are joining me in Longwell Green, pleased to find a class that meets their needs. I love that these men choose to start their yoga journey with me. Almost apologetically they tell me how inflexible they are. I reassure them that they’re not alone., and that everyone’s journey starts somewhere. My classes embrace these ‘imperfections’ and allow my students to practice yoga amongst like-minded men.
Alongside my regular public classes, I have also run a couple of exclusive Yoga For Men taster sessions for a corporate client. These classes have taken place in the Yoga Loft, a stone’s throw from Queen Square in central Bristol. I have loved being back in this hidden gem of a light and airy space with more than enough equipment for us to use.
I have plenty more in the pipeline, with a couple of exciting retreats on the horizon, both of which are in stunning local venues. i took my boys to visit one of the venues last weekend, and the estate is just perfect. Breath-taking views of rolling countryside, woodland walks, purpose built underfloor heated yoga studio, outdoor space to practice, and so much more. I cannot wait to share details on this and other retreats with you.
Longing for the summer, I also have at least a couple of festival appearances to look forward to. Most notably, I’m honoured to be organising a new wellbeing village at Keynsham Music Festival in July. Bringing together wellbeing champions from the local area, showcasing the vast array of talent for our local community to enjoy.
It’s been a privilege to teach yoga for men this past 18 months, and never more so than now. I introduced last night’s class by saying to my students that we’re the counter-culture to the big business yoga industry. Men of all ages, sizes, abilities join us, tasting the benefits of yoga, and hungry for more. If you’re a man reading this, and weighing up whether yoga is for you. Come join us for what may be the start of a journey of a lifetime.