Southend LGBTQIA+ Yoga Group,
Studio and Online
Sunday 23rd January
Sunday 20th February
Free entry, all abilities, studio and online via Zoom.
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Are you aware that over 80% of identifying LGBTQI+ people have or in the past have had mental health concerns? This figure is staggering. There are many contributory possible reasons for this statistic, which as a community and as individuals we need to address. Yoga in its essence can be a wonderful therapeutic tool to support our physical and mental wellbeing and allow us to feel part of a community.
Why Join a LGBTQIA+ Yoga Class?
Many people within our community really struggle to feel at home in public classes for a multitude of reasons. Anything from gender specific instructions, past experiences of changing areas, toilet facilities, appropriate clothing choices to inappropriate use of language can be reasons stopping us from stepping through the door.
You will be welcomed into our safe and inclusive space to practice Yoga with like minded individuals. The event is hosted by Yoga and Wellbeing teachers from the local LGBTQIA+ community.
All we ask is you respect the safe space we have created for those you are sharing it with.
What Should You expect?
Each session will last for 90 minutes in total, with 60 minutes of gentle movement and breathing which will be accessible to anyone as the practice can be done on a chair or on a mat. This is followed by 10 minutes of led reflection and 20 minutes to share experiences, laugh and commune with one another.
There is no experience needed in yoga, no requirements to be fit or to be able to touch your toes. There is definitely no upward age limit (16 year-olds and under should be accompanied by an appropriate adult). Should you have any medical conditions or illnesses please let the person running the session know.
Sessions run from 11:00am to 12.30pm in the studio and also online via Zoom.
Listen to Daniel on Loud and Proud, November 2019
Loud and Proud Episode 5 with Dan Turpin with guests Daniel Groom and Cath Weir.
Free entry. There is no cost to attend our LGBTQIA+ Yoga Class, however, we would ask you make a donation on the day. Donations will be split between Southend Pride and Transpire, two amazing LGBTQIA+ organisations based in Southend and helping to raise awareness of the needs of our community.
Please note this workshop will be streamed online or you can come into the studio at Anahata where we are limiting the numbers of participants following the pandemic. We have available cleanable mats and yoga equipment for you to use but encourage you to bring your own if you have it.
Please note that due to GDPR, if your MindBody account is set to opt out of Reminders and schedule changes, or you have not yet paid for the event, you will not receive confirmation of your booking.
You can view the cancellation policies on our website: anahatayogacentre.com/terms/
About The Teachers
Founder, Yoga, Therapist, Mindfulness
Daniel Groom (he/him) is a talented and experienced yoga teacher and C-IAYT and CNHC registered yoga therapist, who has been practising a wide range of yoga styles since the year 2000.
He has studied Yoga Therapy, Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra with leading experts and has had first-hand experience of the supportive nature of these practices. Daniel’s mindful approach is caring, authentic and inclusive.
He has great passion in sharing his knowledge with students and believes whole heartedly Yoga can help people to achieve their ultimate life desires.
He also offers support mentoring new and established Yoga Teachers and is a Supervisor on the Yoga Campus Yoga Therapy Diploma. Daniel is dedicated to continuing his studies with mentor Lisa Kaley Isley.
Daniel founded the Southend LGBT+ Yoga and Wellbeing Group in association with Southend-on-Sea Pride which offers a monthly get together for LGBTQIA+ people and is active in the promotion of LGBTQIA+ rights in the UK.
Keira May Sussex
For the past ten years Keira has worked with children, first as one on one help for children with varying disabilities, then as a parent and now as a yoga teacher and therapist for kids and adults alike.
They fell in love with the practice, the meditation and the time it gave them. Yoga is a gateway to reconnecting the mind to the body and as they depended on their practice they found themself begin to relax and shake off some of their tensions and anxieties.
As a yoga teacher they aim to bring the benefits of yoga and mindfulness to everyone.
No matter your age, size, flexibility or strength, there is a way we can all practice yoga.