The yoga teacher on a mission to bust industry myths

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A Halifax-based yoga teacher has launched a new campaign to encourage more people to give yoga a try. Adele Wills, owner of Adeles Yoga, introduced the ‘Keeping it Real’ campaign this month to bust myths traditionally associated with the practice of yoga, as well as celebrate the many benefits it can bring.


Adele’s Yoga : Keeping it Real

One myth that the campaign seeks to tackle is that yoga is only suitable for the fit and flexible. By showcasing the real people that practice yoga, the campaign hopes to show that yoga can be done by all shapes, sizes and abilities, encouraging more people to give it a go as a result.

Adele Wills said:

“So often, the yoga we see in the media just isn’t true to real life. Usually, you’ll see a stick-thin girl with their legs wrapped behind their head. The pose she’s doing probably makes your muscles ache just looking at her. With these types of images all over the media, is there any wonder so many of us feel that yoga isn’t for us?

But that’s not even close to what real yoga is – and it’s certainly not exclusively for people that look like they’ve just stepped off the pages of a fashion magazine. Real yoga is for everybody and every body. It welcomes us, just as we are – wobbly bits, bad days and all. Through my ‘Keeping It Real’ campaign, I really want to break down those barriers and encourage more people to give yoga a try.”

The campaign also strives to bust myths about what yoga actually is and how it can be easily incorporated into everyday life. To support this, Adele will release weekly ‘Mindful Minute’ videos on her YouTube channel. These 60 second self-care practices can be done anywhere, anytime.

Adele said:

“When I first talk to people about yoga, they assume it is just complex poses and strange chanting. Of course, you can choose to bring that into your practice if that works for you, but real yoga is actually much simpler than that. Yoga is mindfulness, yoga is three deep breaths, yoga is self-care. In fact, anything you do with attention to how you feel is yoga.

My ‘Mindful Minute’ videos have been designed as a quick wellbeing boost to help deal with the stresses that we all experience as real people. I really hope people will give them a watch to see that yoga really is for everybody and doesn’t just happen on the mat.”

Alongside the videos, Adele will also be offering a series of free taster sessions over the next few months where new students can come along, find out more about yoga and give the basics a try alongside others who might be new to yoga too.

To find out more about upcoming taster sessions, watch yoga videos or learn more about the campaign, visit: www.adelesyoga.com/keeping-it-real

Help shape Family Hubs at the Orangebox March 8th

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Do you care for children or young adults 0-25?

We’re looking for parents, grandparents and carers to help shape the brand and design of new family support centres in Calderdale.

Children’s services are being brought together in a one-stop hub of support for families in Calderdale. We’re calling them Family Hubs.

Family Hubs are for you, your children, young adults and families with children with SEND, so it’s only right we co-design them with you.

Refreshments will be provided along with a £10 voucher to thank you for your time.


Wednesday 8 March 2023 – 13:00 – 15:00

Orange Box – Young People’s Centre
1 Blackledge Halifax HX1 1A

Spaces are limited.
Register today by using the QR code in the poster.

You can also email family.hubs@calderdale.gov.uk with your contact details for more information.

Calderdale Lower Valley Friday Flyer 24 February 2023 – OUT NOW!!

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This week:

  • How the NHP is reducing its carbon footprint
  • Cost of Living available Support from Calderdale Council
  • Verd De Gris : Empowering Women to bring about Social Change March 3rd
  • Safety of Women & Girls Event Wednesday March 1st

Have a great weekend!

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Anti-Poverty Partnership: Cost-of-Living and Safeguarding

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Are you seeing more/greater safeguarding concerns related to the Cost-of-Living crisis with the children, young people and adults that you work with?Have you had to change the way you work, or the things you do, in order to help more people, or helping those you already support in a more in-depth way, in relation to risk and safeguarding?

We are aware the impact of the cost-of-living crisis is being felt disproportionately by individuals and within communities that are most deprived. The Local Authority Anti-Poverty Partnership has been working hard with communities over many years to mitigate the worst of the harm that poverty causes. However, we are all conscious that the sheer scale of this crisis means that there are likely to be issues that we aren’t aware of.  To help us all to understand the impacts and challenges faced by your organisation and the service it offers, we would really like to hear from you…

  • How is the current cost-of-living crisis impacting on demand for your service?
  • Are you seeing a change in the type of safeguarding support you are being asked to provide?
  • What challenges are you currently facing due to cost-of-living crisis?
  • What challenges do you foresee in the next 12-18 months?
  • Are you able to share any stories that illustrate the issues you are dealing with?

You can use the form if that’s easier for you to complete, but please feel free to feedback within an email to Julia.caldwell@calderdale.gov.uk  

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Curious about podcasts? Join Curious Motion at Project Colt Feb 24th

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Did you know that listening to podcasts can be good for your brain? It puts it in a state of active listening, which for most people is an important skill for developing good relationships.

Talking of active listening… Curious Motion want to hear from you! Their podcast will be returning later this year and local people can have their say on how it might best support mental health and achieve their aims of reducing loneliness.

Whether you’re a podcast lover or have never listened to one before, please share your thoughts!Join Curious Motion this Friday (24th), 10am, at Project Colt on Elland Bridge. There will be cake and coffee to welcome you! The session will be fun and informal, lasting around an hour but feel free to come for a shorter amount of time if you’d prefer.

The session will explore ideas for topics and themes, and decide on a new name!

Not free on Friday but want to be involved? Drop Sam email and she’ll be in touch with further info.


Other activities with Curious Motion

Stories in Motion for children – back tomorrow (Thurs 23rd)Dance for Wellbeing adult evening session – Thursday evenings from tomorrowBrews & Grooves for people over 55 – returns on Tuesday 28th FebWelland Walks – accessible walks for wellbeing – start Thursday 2nd MarchRhythm & Brews adult lunchtime workshop – next session Friday 10th March

Cost of Living available Support from Calderdale Council

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Many more people than ever before are experiencing money worries with the increased cost of living. Calderdale Council’s Money & Wellbeing web pages are updated regularly and cover all money related matters.

Whether you are looking for help with bills, budgeting tips, benefits calculators or information about Government schemes, you can find it all here in one place.

Visit calderdale.gov.uk/mwic call 01422 288005 or scan the QR code for more information.

Women of West Yorkshire 2023 Leeds City Museum March 9th

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Join the Mayor of West Yorkshire, Tracy Brabin to celebrate the achievements of women and girls and to explore how we can create a more equal world through thought-provoking discussions, inspiring talks and incredible performances.

From learning how to build confidence to a masterclass on menopause we will be exploring how we can #EmbraceEquity through a range of topics and create a safer and fairer future for all.

We will be hearing from a wide-range of speakers who will be sharing their experiences, knowledge and advice to generate discussion, empower and to bring about positive change.

The event will be free and held from 10am – 4:30pm on Thursday 9th March at the historic Leeds City Museum in Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 8BH.

This event is open to everyone, but please note that there are limited spaces. To book yours, register your attendance by using the link below.

The full event programme will be announced soon.

Women of West Yorkshire 2023 Tickets, Thu 9 Mar 2023 at 10:00 | Eventbrite

Calderdale Lower Valley Friday Flyer 17 February 2023 – OUT NOW!!

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This week:

  • Volunteer with Calderdale Industrial Museum!
  • Project Colt offering Warm Space facilities Monday – Saturday
  • Join the Healthy Minds Forum Re-launch & Membership Workshop! Feb 21
  • Free Diploma in Childcare or Health & Social Care in your Local Community!

Have a great weekend!

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