So I have been away from this blog for a while for personal reasons and now I am back everything has changed. The world has completely changed and I am now hosting online yoga classes from home. Actually, this has worked out well for me. The world has opened up. Last week I had 18 online yoga students from all over the UK and one in Spain. Next week I have more, including friends in Australia!
The Bedroom Yogi, as previously mentioned, is a (slightly exaggerated) description of how I feel much of the time. This would be someone from London now living in a rural place. It has come about since I moved here (Shropshire / Wolverhampton boarders) eight years ago and I know many can relate. I miss the amazing yoga and yogicity I had on tap in the big city so much. In particular West London. But I am not there now so the urge to create the life i want and share with the amazing people I have met here is STRONG. And I am doing currently via the January Yoga Retreat. You can see this on the site.
I love teaching my Tuesday morning yoga classes in Wolverhampton – some students have been with me since the class started almost three years ago. Everyone in the class really loves yoga, almost as much as me which leads us to much yogicity chit chat. Last week the pre-class conversation got onto Ashtanga, a type of yoga I have practiced a lot over the years. My first ever experience of yoga was ashtanga, which developed into my first ’yoga obsession’ back in in 2000 mainly at one of the original London studios, The Life Centre Notting hill.
We are giving all readers of Psychologies the chance to win a place on this transformational weekend January Yoga Retreat and cleanse.
Enjoy relaxation and holistic health through yoga, yogic cleansing (kriya), meditation, nutritionally balanced vegan food by Tom Kerridge and additional body therapies. All are available at the Grade 1 Listed @DavenportHouse situated in ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ in the UK’s Shropshire Hills.
Four Types of Yoga
The yoga programme includes nine hours over three days of Vinyasa Flow, Hatha, Yin and an Ashtanga workshop. Guests can dip in and out of the schedule and can choose to take a beginner level or more advanced class. The property has three beautiful rooms in which to practice and three experienced teachers will offer some classes simultaneously to suit requirements.
Lovingly restored in 2017, Davenport House is a magnificent Georgian country retreat which has recently welcomed Tom Kerridge to run the in-house catering facility. Based on Ayurvedic principles, the vegan meals will be nourishing, satisfying and include ingredients that aid cleansing and gut health. It’s worth noting that is also an alcohol free weekend.
Lovely to Luxury Accomodation
Accommodation is available in one of the luxury rooms in the main house or a gorgeously cosy cottage. This allows solo travellers, couples and groups of friends with varying budgets to be easily catered for.
Set in a welcoming and nurturing environment, this experience will suit anyone wishing to delve deeper into yoga, start a cleansing process or give a boost to their health. Alternatively, guests can simply treat themselves to some well-earned time out. Guests are encouraged do as much or as little as they please, dip into classes, book additional massage, Reiki and other treatments. Above all, enjoy the peace and space of the picturesque estate and indulge in the healthiest way possible.
The weekend has been designed by a team from local organisation, Yoga Moves which creates unique and moving yogic experiences in exciting spaces, from classes to events and retreats. Prices start at £450 for some sharing accommodation.
From now on I am going to refer to Yogicity. This is a new word that I have made up after eight years of practicing yoga in the sticks. #yogicity barely exists on insta – it has been used 137 times in relation to yoga in a city. Not the same.
Yogicity for Lovers of Yoga
Here is the what I mean by Yogicity. It is related to being a yogi, someone that lives a life in a yogic way, yes, they do yoga but it’s more that this – a way of life (seedefinition of yogi here on the Yoga Basics blog if you aren’t clear on this).
But in my context yogicity or yogic-ity means yogic things that we do collectively, as a noun. For example, egocentric people become egocentricity when categorised as a group by shared behaviour. So yogicity is the description used when yogic behaviour is identified and described. The city part is also conveniently related to the fact that a lot of yoci-city happens in cities where people (generally) have access to and greater inclination towards yoga and wellness. True.
I am using the term Bedroom Yogi in this blog to describe yogis like me that feel a bit out of place in areas where there there is little interest in yoga. And prefer to just stay at home and do yoga in secret.
Post Covid update: I was obviously ahead of the curve when I wrote this. Since we are all ‘bedroom-somethings’ now. I remain a Bedroom Yogi. But a much less secret one now, since yoga has come into it’s own and practicing at home is just normal now. My life hasn’t really changed much since Covid tbh. Still here, doing yoga in my little room. And teaching from home now too.
I’m a yoga-obsessed, ‘ex-PR company owner’ from London, now living in the country, far away from city life, trying to find what I like and create the life I want. Here I am as The Bedroom Yogi lunging forward, spreading Yogicity. Post Covid update: I was obviously ahead of the curve. Since we are all ‘bedroom-somethings’ now. I remain a Bedroom Yogi.