Flip Your Dog For Mental Health are delighted to invite you to Self Care Sunday on February 28th 2021; a wellbeing event is curated to lift the soul, calm the mind and warm the heart.
This is a fundraising event in support of UK mental health charity Mind and Flip Your Dog For Mental Health community wellbeing projects.
Guided and invigorated through yoga, meditation, ecstatic dance, mindfulness and sound healing our guests will be invited to let go of stress, move with purpose and embrace the positive energy of our emerging future.
In partnership with MoreMind at MoreYoga and Fierce Calm, these events will bring people together as a community and hold a nurturing and playful space to indulge in open hearted self-care.
If there is one thing we have learnt in the last 12 months it’s that you can’t give from an empty cup, and if we want throw some big moves on the dance floor of life this year we need to allow ourselves time to heal and grow!
We invite guests to pay a price that reflects their current economic situation;
*50% Key worker and low wage discount:
*Email us with your situation and we'll
send you a code to use when booking:
This will be an online event hosted on Zoom.
A recording of the day will be available for ticket holders for a week after the event.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
1. Loose-fitting comfortable clothes, bare feet (socks/blankets for relaxation)
2. A Yoga mat (or towel/the floor), yoga blocks (or books), a yoga bolster (or cushions/blanket)
3. Water to keep you hydrated
4. Phone or computer/laptop with internet connection, Zoom can be accessed on smartTVs but you will need a separate device for video (unless your TV has a camera).
5. To appreciate the day as a whole, and particularly the Ecstatic Dance we recommend using a good sound system (eg. amp & speakers) or a good bluetooth speaker. We suggest using headphones for the Sound Bath.
6. Once introductions and and discussions have taken place at the start of we ask you to mute your microphone. (Our facilitators will be across this but it’s better be safe than sorry - although hearing a few cheeky snores can be quite funny!)
7. Before you tune in set a calm, sacred space for yourself if possible.
Flip Your Dog For Mental Health are proud to have been raising funds and awareness of Mind's life changing work since July 2020.
In their own words:
We won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets both support and respect.
We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
Staying well: Support people likely to develop mental health problems, to stay well.
Empowering choice: Empower people who experience a mental health problem to make informed choices about how they live and recover
Improving services and support: Ensure people get the right services and support at the right time to help their recovery and enable them to live with their mental health problem
Enabling social participation: Open the doors to people with experience of mental health problems participating fully in society
Removing inequality of opportunity: Gain equality of treatment for people who experience both mental health and other forms of discrimination
Organisational excellence: Make the most of our assets by building a culture of excellence.
Mind's values are at the heart of everything we do.
Open: We reach out to anyone who needs us.
Together: We're stronger in partnerships.
Responsive: We listen, we act.
Independent: We speak out fearlessly.
Unstoppable: We never give up.
20% of the proceeds from this event will go directly to Mind and 80% towards Flip Your Dog For Mental Health wellbeing community projects, which include emerging possibilities with Mind CHWF.
08.10-09.30: Dynamic & Playful Yoga
This class will involve a little bit of sweat and a laugh, and maybe some yoga poses thrown in there. Expect flowy transitions, challenging balancing
postures and a luxurious savasana.
I’m trained in Vinyasa, using other movement practices as inspiration. I feel that my teaching style reflects my personality; fiery, soulful and most all a little bit fun.
Training in different forms of martial arts, has really taken my practice to a point where the correlation in movement gave me that light bulb moment… that ahh ha! moment. Working on freedom of movement and breath to aid in my training, and vice versa.
09.45-10.45: Sacred Self-Care Workshop
Join Holistic Wellbeing Coach & Yoga Teacher, Liz Joy Oakley, for a reflective Workshop to help you to connect with more self kindness and cultivate a more compassionate inner voice. We're often our own worst critics and we can speak to ourselves harshly, with a critical inner voice that can affect our self-esteem, our self- worth and our relationship with our bodies. Compassion based therapy helps us to practice self-compassion and transform the way we talk to ourselves.
In this workshop we will also practice a Loving Kindness Mantra Meditation or 'Metta Bhavana' which comes from the Pali language, Metta meaning love or kindness and Bhavana meaning development or cultivation. This beautiful Buddhist practice, passed down through centuries, helps us open our hearts and cultivate more kindness towards ourselves and others. Meditating with a Mantra, especially if you are new to meditation, is one of the most powerful ways to calm the busy fluctuations of the mind and invite presence into your meditation practice.
WHAT YOU NEED
Something to write on and with, a comfortable place to sit & an open heart ❤️
“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.”
― Jack Kornfield, Buddha's Little Instruction Book
Liz Joy Oakley is a Holistic Well-being Coach, Yoga & Meditation Teacher and Writer based in London specialising in Yoga Therapy for Anxiety. Liz is an advocate for Mental Health Awareness, Body Positivity and promoting accessible wellbeing free from stigma.
As Head of Wellness at MoreYoga Liz co-founded the MoreMind Programme with Psychologist, Dr. Stephanie Minchin, to promote positive mental health and tackle the taboo that still exists around it.
Liz teaches Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Meditation & Restorative Yoga, specialising in Yoga for Anxiety & Stress, weaving elements of Mindfulness, Positive Psychology and Talking Therapy into her holistic approach.
Liz is passionate about helping people achieve healthier and happier lifestyles through her work, she loves bringing people together, encouraging authentic connection and strives to cultivate joy through every aspect of her work.
11.00-13.00: Movement Medicine
Movement Medicine is a powerful embodiment practice for our times.
Fundamentally it is a moving meditation where we bring movement and awareness to our bodies and our hearts and minds.
By bringing awareness into the body we come into a deeper relationship with ourselves and each other. This is a powerful path to truly stepping into our greatest potentials in life.
As we come into an embodied relationship with our bodies we can release many of the old patterns, emotions, and beliefs that have been stored in our system and open to new possibilities. By freeing up and accessing the intelligence of our body we allow the intelligence of life to move through us and guide our thoughts, actions, and ways of being beyond our conditioning and inherited modes of existence.
In a world where we are generally telling our bodies what to do, it is a revolutionary act to be guided by the intelligence of our body. In my understanding, this is the same practice that we need to embody in our relationship to the Earth we live on.
Benjamin is deeply committed to showing up and playing his part in theses pivotal time we are living in. He is wholeheartedly engaged in his work with the awareness of where we find ourselves as a species and is he is commented to supporting people in practices to transform themselves and the world.
His offerings include Breathwork and Embodiment practices to support healing and awakening. His way of working brings release, clarity, and a strengthened connection to self, other and community.
He offers Movement Medicine dance journeys which are much like an Ecstatic Dance but with the addition of simple guided facilitation and an initial practice called Awakening the Dancer which is a core part of Movement Medicine’s way of working.
He’s also a Breathwork facilitator and teaches various Breathwork techniques including ones for deep inner work as well as ones for the optimisation of energy and vitality.
14.00 - 15.00 Meditation, Breath work & Mindfulness
Our emotions, thoughts and feelings are whirling around in our minds trying to find their place and purpose. Our bodies are a reflection of our minds.
Charlie's session will help to bring some awareness to this mind-body connection.
The session will introduce you to mindfulness, meditation and breathing techniques and how they can be applied to our daily lives to build mental health resilience. You will be guided through these techniques, including some theory and science behind the practices, resulting in a relaxed state and clearer mind.
We will begin with a mindfulness practice and a breathing technique to stimulate your parasympathetic nervous system and initiate a calmer state. You will then be guided through a connection meditation, transitioning into a body scan, and closing with a deep breathing practice.
All levels are welcome.
Charlie Granger is a mental health therapist and yoga teacher. She studied a BSc in Neuroscience & Psychology plus furthered her studies in mental health, coaching and Neuro-Linguistic programming.
Most of Charlie's work is applied through yoga therapy, meditation and coaching techniques. Qualifications include Yoga E-RYT® 200 & RYT® 500. BSc. ILM. Including trauma-informed yoga training, elemental yoga therapy and pattern psychology.
Yoga & Meditation have always been a huge anchor and therapy for Charlie. Her passion for yoga began when she started practicing to ease her insomnia and anxiety. Charlie applies movement, breath, meditation, acupressure, and neuroscience theory into her classes to emphasise the therapeutic benefits of yoga.
14.45-16.00: Yin Yoga
Whilst Yang yoga styles such as Vinyasa and Ashtanga are energetic and fiery,Yin targets the deep connective tissues such as: fascia, ligaments, bones and joints.
Yin teaches us how to slow down, be still and connect with our breath. The breath can be used as a tool to target uncomfortable areas of tightness, encouraging opening and space.
Yin also teaches us how to sit with our thoughts and be a quiet observer of our mind, allowing thoughts to come one after another. Without judgement and without attachment.
My name is Caroline. I'm a big fan of yoga. I like what it does to my body. I like how it makes me feel. I like the quietening effect it has on my mind.
I trained under Troy Abraham in Melbourne, Australia. I then travelled to Mysore, India to learn from Pranavashya practitioner, Vinay Kumar. My style of teaching combines breath with movement. If you are curious and have never tried yoga before, if you are a pro in need of a push, or if you would like to simply sit with me and breathe, please get in touch. I would love to teach you.
16.15-17.00: Sound Bath & Meditation
Gong Baths are one of the most transformational holistic rejuvenating vibrational experiences one can have.
A gong bath is a sound massage for the body and mind. (great for those of you who like the idea of a massage, but don't like to be touched). Also for those who are looking to clear, or shift something in their lives. Gongs can kick-start the process of healing, but also test your resistance in letting go.
All you have to do is lay down comfortably, with a pillow and a blanket, and drift off into a deeply relaxed state.
Junior is a proud south London native born and bred with a background in performing. Since the age of six, he was thrusted on the stage and developed a deep love ever since for the arts and the discipline that it carries.
Junior’s yoga journey began a long long time ago where he combined his performing with the yoga practice but he wasn’t fully ready to accept the practice in all its glory, it wasn’t till a few years later that he would fully embrace his yogic path and truly fall deep love for the practice. Junior began to notice the benefits of the mind body and soul union through yoga & meditation; it began to reawaken the unspoken connection that he shares with the universe.
Junior’s classes are fun energetic with a dash of sass, combing creative sequencing and a spirit of playfulness with a dose of inspiration to help deepen your practice with a hint of spirituality. He doesn’t take yoga too seriously he believes you take what you want and need from the practice.
Junior invites you to come and share in the joy, experience the authentic honesty with each other and like-minded energies. Junior teaches Ashtanga, Mandala & Shamanism Vinyasa, Rocket & Yin yoga Forrest yoga. Also, hold's monthly sound healing Gong baths at Yoga house & Studio 54 Hot Yoga Peckham, and oat other pop locations.
Junior works deeply with energy as Reiki master and QI-gong, his thirst for knowledge is forever expanding. In his spare time catch him singing a tune, throwing some shapes, splits on the dance floor and getting dramatic when performing.
Supporters of Self Care Sundays
At MoreYoga we believe in the importance of holistic well-being and that taking care of your mental and emotional health is just as important as looking after your physical health.
MoreMind is a dedicated space curated by our Head of Vibes, Holistic Well-being Coach & Yoga Teacher, Liz Joy Oakley and our resident Psychologist and Yoga teacher, Dr Stephanie Minchin, where our community can access information, help and support.
The MoreMind initiative is to promote positive mental health and well-being by opening up the discussion and to bring people together through events, talks, workshops, content and more.
Our goal is to help support our community through our platforms online & offline and tackle the taboo that still exists around mental health together.
Supporters of Self Care Sundays
We are a non-profit community of yoga practitioners from all backgrounds and abilities who have come together as a movement to inspire & empower each other without judgement and with compassion.
The word Yoga means 'Union'
We have united to be of service to others.
Our network of community ambassadors & activists are committed to raising awareness and funding in support of our specialist trauma informed yoga programmes and registered charity partners.
Our aim: to make yoga accessible to all while supporting the most vulnerable in society and make the healing power of yoga and self regulation practices accessible to all within a diverse, welcoming environment of safety, inclusivity, dignity and empowerment.
Social justice is at the heart of our yoga and we strive to remove all barriers to access so that all may lead happy, fulfilling and dignified lives.
What we do
Our community programme covers 4 key areas:
free trauma informed yoga classes
scholarships, free educational programmes, anti racism training
financial support for BIPOC/ BAME, marginalised yoga teachers and non-profit programmes
Provision of free yoga mats for community yoga programmes
Communities we serve
We provide free yoga classes, directly or in partnership with non-profit organisations, in shelters and community spaces, for marginalised and vulnerable groups such as refugees, survivors of domestic violence, survivors of violence and conflict, and people facing systemic bias due to sexual orientation, income, age, racial or cultural identity.
We provide YTT scholarships for BIPOC/BAME students in training delivered by BIPOC/BAME teachers. We also provide scholarships to train refugee and marginalised students trauma informed teaching skills.
We lead the delivery of the OURMALA studio, community and online beneficiary yoga programme for refugees and asylum seekers in the UK.
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Phone: 00447949 742 055
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