The yoga teacher on a mission to bust industry myths
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.
“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
New Year New Us – Healthy Minds Winter Taster Fayre – January 27th
Healthy Minds Calderdale are excited to invite you in their open day, where they want to introduce you to all their amazing services!
Come chat with our volunteers and staff about what our NEW Warm Space Drop Ins, Volunteer-Led groups and Befriending Service can offer you or the people you work with.Enjoy some warming food and drink and take part in yoga, mindfulness, allotment and arts & crafts taster sessions.
You can also learn about our other fabulous projects, like:
- Safespace – One-to-one support for anyone in distress (Ages 16+)
- Link – Intensive support for people ‘stuck’ in a crisis loop
- & Welfare Rights
Drop in anytime from 10am – 1pm on Friday, 27 January.
Yoga sessions will start at 10:30am and 11:30am; Welfare Rights service information talk at 12:30pm.
The event will be held at our main office: 1 King Street, Halifax, HX1 1SR
This is a unique opportunity for professionals to gain first-hand insight into our holistic mental health provision, services and activities so that you understand what patients and service users experience when referred to Healthy Minds.
In particular, you can learn about:
Our new, volunteer-led Peer Support programme
Warm space drop-ins
Like Minds befriending service
Safespace – One-to-one support for anyone in distress (Ages 16+)
Link – Intensive support for people ‘stuck’ in a crisis loop
- Welfare Rights
Free online Yoga courses for all every Wednesday and Friday
WEA Adult learning have set two yoga sessions open to all ages and abilities.
These online courses aim to help learners experience a positive and long lasting effect on general health and well-being through the regular practice of yoga techniques with a particular focus on relaxation.
Gentle Yoga every Wednesday (Course reference: C3680076)
Starting Wednesday 9th February for 12 sessions from 12pm – 2pm
Relaxing Yoga every Friday evening (Course reference: C3680077)
Starting Friday 11 February for 12 sessions from 7.15 pm – 9.15 pm
To enrol please quote the course reference either online at
enrolonline.wea.org.uk or over the phone on
0300 303 3464
You, Yourself and Yoga 10 week free wellbeing course
Healthy Minds Calderdale are offering you a 10 week wellbeing course. Learn how to look after your health and wellbeing through the practice of Yoga.
The course is for all levels, you don’t need to have done Yoga before, you don’t even need a Yoga mat. Just some comfortable clothing and willingness to try.
This course will look at connectedness, self-acceptance, self-compassion, building resilience, developing inner resources, focus, concentration and spirituality.
The course will start 6th May at 1pm online via Zoom.
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Women of Calderdale celebrate International Women’s Day #EachforEqual
Women of Calderdale are invited to join us for a celebration of International Women’s Day 2020 on Thursday March 5th, from 11am to 2pm at Queen’s Road Neighbourhood Centre.
There will be hot buffet lunch, refreshments, free raffle as well as local services and lots of free information.
Plus an interactive workshop run by All 1 Collective & Lab and a Free Yoga taster session.
Please dress accordingly and express yourselves!
To find out more contact Halifax Central Initiative on 01422 365945 or email email@example.com
Venue: Queen’s Road Neighbourhood Centre, Queen’s Road, Halifax HX1 4NE
Therapies Volunteers needed – Overgate Hospice
Could you help us to enhance our patients, relaxation and general well-being?
We are looking for qualified volunteers specialising in a variety of areas including nutrition, Thai Chi, massage and yoga.
If you hold a diploma and over 2 years experience in one of these or a similar area and can spare a few hours each week we would love to hear from you!
Please call 01422 387145 for more information.