After the huge success of #Stretch4Syria Yogathon earlier this year, and Stretch4Syria Yoga Picnic, events which raised close to £3500 for Syrian refugees, Hero Yoga returns, sponsored by Yoga Alliance, with #Stretch4Syria Yoga Stars!
Saturday December 10th 2016
10:30am until 2:30pm
The Bath House Children’s Community Centre
The Old Warm Baths
76 Shacklewell Lane,
London E8 2EY
#Stretch4Syria Yoga Stars is a charity yoga event dedicated to raising money for displaced children affected by the Syrian conflict. With news of the break up of the Calais camps in which hundreds of young children are living, without their families, and as we draw closer to the bitterly cold months of winter, our concerns are for those who are so vulnerable, homeless and at the mercy of the elements as well as more sinister dangers. We hope to raise funds to send out to support these children, and to collect your donations of warm children’s clothing to be transported by generous volunteers to where these children are temporarily held.
This is a unique event designed for parents and their little stars. Your £25 donation is a ticket to join us whilst we lead parents through 75 minutes of mediation, breath work and gentle asana, and a wonderfully calming Yoga Nidra (rest!!) at the end. This class is designed for all levels, so please feel to attend, even if you have never tried yoga before!
Meanwhile your little stars will be enjoying a specially designed (45minute) kids yoga class, with sleeping tigers for relaxation at the end followed by a creative play session.
Yoga will be followed by an hour of family biscuit decorating, ideal for hanging on your christmas tree, or eating for dessert! Whilst all this creativity is taking place, we will be preparing your table with lovely winter warming soup and bread.
Please bring a blanket! You will need it to wrap up during the Yoga Savasana relaxation exercise!
Who will be leading you through the day of activities?
For the grown ups!
Ale will lead a gentle all levels yoga flow with meditation,and a relaxing yoga nidra (rest) at the end…sounds wonderful!
Ale started practicing meditation to deal with the stresses of working in The City, which led her to discover yoga as a moving meditation. After taking a career break she completed her 200 YTT in Ashtanga Vinyasa and Rocket Yoga in London and teaches Rocket, Power and Vinyasa Flow, across various studios in London. Her classes are fun, focusing on breath, alignment and strength whilst flowing mindfully on the mat to to the sound of great music.
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For your little Stars!
Calming Minds Stretching Bodies Opening Hearts
Siobhan of Calmer Kids Yoga will lead the little ones through a fun but calming sequence of movements, with a sleeping tigers rest period at the end and creative games!
My passion for yoga started five years ago where I was able to personally feel the life changing benefits. It was then that I pursued my dream to go to India and received classical training through Ganga Devi of the Himalayan Yoga Institute. I returned to South Africa and was fortunate enough to be a part of Yoga Stars International, a social enterprise which sends teachers into schools and communities less fortunate and not exposed to yoga. I held classes for 250 children a week aged 8 months to 12 years. I completed my teacher training for children and children with special needs through Yoga4Kids and recently completed a Yoga Teacher training for Teens with Charlotta Martinus of Teen Yoga. Currently, I teach up to 200 children a week in inner city schools in London and plan to expand this in 2017.
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Who will be making your lunch??
Rosie has been cooking vegetarian food for 30 years in cafes and for her family. A year ago Rosie became vegan, so has been adapting all her classic recipes to fully plant based dishes.
Her food is wholesome, homey and filling! Her soups are especially warming and delicious! Come along and try some!
Vegan Biscuits for decorating and for taking home to hang on your christmas trees are provided by Hero Yoga!
Where do your donations go?
Please see https://hero-yoga.com/charities/ for further info.
These are our chosen charities.
“When I want to save someone’s life I don’t care if he’s an enemy or a friend. What concerns me is the soul that might die”
– ABED, THE WHITE HELMETS
The White Helmets mostly deal with the aftermath of government air attacks. Yet they have risked sniper fire to rescue bodies of government soldiers to give them a proper burial.
Bakers, tailors, engineers, pharmacists, painters, carpenters, students and many more, the White Helmets are volunteers from all walks of life. Many have paid the ultimate price for their compassion – 141 have been killed while saving others.
As well as saving lives the White Helmets deliver public services to nearly 7 million people, including reconnecting electrical cables, providing safety information to children and securing buildings. They are the largest civil society organisation operating in areas outside of government control, and their actions provide hope for millions.
Humming Bird Project are a team of volunteers who enter refugee camps to offer a safe space to children living in these incredibly stressful conditions. Art therapy helps children find some time away from their dire situations and be children again. Hero Yoga feel this is really important work. As well as art therapy Humming Bird Project also send volunteers to the refugee camps to help in much needed areas of health care and to help prepare food.
Art + Activism
” The Hummingbird Project started as an art piece. The response was amazing, so it snowballed into positive, direct action. From there the project has raised over £27,000, which has gone directly to helping refugees in the direst of situations, giving shelter, medical attention and hope in Calais and Dunkirk.”
We drive regularly to Calais with an inspiring team of mix skilled volunteers, some nurses, support workers, human rights activists but generally with everyday folk who really care, to set up a food kitchen, offering first aid and fire safety as well as providing donations.’