Flip Your Dog For Mental Health are delighted to invite you to the inaugural Self Care Sunday on January 31st 2021; a wellbeing event is curated to lift the soul, calm the mind and warm the heart.
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.
Our theme for January is "Grounding, Truth & Emergence; grounding and connecting with our essence, considering and embracing our truth and celebrating the possibilities of the 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!
This is a fundraising event in support of UK mental health charity Mind and Flip Your Dog For Mental Health community wellbeing projects.
£36 Key worker and low wage discount available on request. (see booking page)
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.
Event Website: https://www.flipyourdogformentalhealth.com/campaigns
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.
08.10-09.30: Dynamic & Playful Yoga
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.
ABOUT THE CLASS
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.
09.45-10.45: Sacred Self-Care Workshop
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.
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
Join Holistic Wellness Coach, Liz Joy Oakley, for this reflective based workshop where we will explore your relationship with Self-Care, learn how to create Relaxing Rituals at home & prioritise making more space for sacred Self-Care in your life.
Liz will guide you through some key breathing, meditation and mindfulness techniques to help soothe the nervous system to leave you feeling nourished and recentered.
"Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel."Eleanor Brown
You will need writing materials & a comfy place to sit. You might like to light a candle, incense or burn some essential oils to create a sacred space for this workshop.
11.00-12.30: Awaken The Dancer
DJ, musician and facilitator Pete curates a powerful, heartfelt journey through movement and transformative sound. Guiding participants through gentle grounding energy work followed by music he invites an connection with body, encouraging and inspiring movement, dance and self expression.
A well known face in the ecstatic dance movement that has bought sacred intention and mindful movement to dancefloors world wide, Pete has collaborated with;
Ecstatic Dance Frome
Ecstatic Dance UK
ABOUT THIS SESSION
Awaken the dancer is an embodiment practise using guided facilitation for a gentle investigation into the body.
A combination of Qi activation techniques, embodied movement and free dance invites a conversation into the body and space for freedom of its expression through movement.
Starting with a grounding exercise and warming the body with Qi Gong, I then facilitate the dancers into movement moving slowly through the body. Having danced our way through the body the space is then opened to free dance and individual expression before we close with a grounding exercise.
FOR THIS SESSION
Make some space to move
Wear clothes you can move freely in
We recommend using a good sound system or some good headphone
If you're comfortable keep your camera on and use a gallery view on Zoom to connect with our community.
14.45-16.00: All Level Yoga
Ben is Managing Director of MahaDevi Yoga Centre a specialist yoga centre working with young people with additional and complex needs. He is trustee and secretary for a yoga organisation based in the South West, a well-being facilitator for The Children’s Society and fundraiser for Articulate, a Brighton based therapeutic arts organisation.
Ben is trained in Hatha Yoga, Yoga for The Special Child, Yoga Nidra and Trauma Informed Yoga facilitation. Ben is currently studying for a Diploma in Group Sound Therapy and is studying to become a Psychodynamic therapist.
ABOUT THE CLASS
I will guide participants through a series of yoga positions and breathing exercises with the intention of grounding externally and internally through awareness of our physical body rooted from that place.
Grounding is the precursor to presence and from presence we can experience our practice as play; doing something we enjoy with no gain in mind. Making time for play is an act of self care and resilience building, one that can benefit at the level of individual, family and community.
This session will be suitable for all levels; all that is required is an open mind.
16.15-17.00: Sound Bath & Meditation
ABOUT CHAKRA MAMA
Thimela Garcia, better known as Chakra Mama Healing, is a RYT 200 Kundalini and Hatha Yoga teacher member of the Yoga Alliance.
Author of the Godsfield Companion Book of Chakras. Thimela is also an experienced and accredited Holistic Therapist member of BABTAC offering Reiki, EFT, Sacred Sound, Kundalini and Hatha Yoga promoting well-being.
Dedicated to helping clients move through a wide range of physical, emotional and spiritual transitions in the most efficient and trans-formative way possible, Mel bridges the gap between western medicine and the 'alternatives' while providing a safe and nurturing atmosphere in which to heal.
ABOUT THE SESSION
Thimela uses ancient sound healing instruments including Tibetan bowls, gong, chimes, crystal singing bowls, and more. The results are waves of peace, heightened awareness, and relaxation of the mind, body and spirit.
The body is offered an opportunity to resonate with a healing frequency. You are in essence giving your body, mind, and spirit an opportunity to shift to a higher frequency and let go of lower vibrational thoughts, emotions, and other issues.
You will be provided with the space and sounds for you to relax at a profound level. This allows your body to find its natural balance while creating space for insights and self healing.
You will enter a world of vibration, frequency, sensation and experience. You will feel truly, vibrantly alive.
Benefits of Sound Baths include:
- deep relaxation - body and cells rejuvenation - anxiety and stress relief - sleep improvement - emotional release - aura cleansing - intuition awakening - chakra balancing - connection with light and spirit - gaining a deeper knowledge of yourself and your unlimited possibilities
You will need:
Headphones, Mat/Blanket/Cushion/Eye mask ( optional) and a bottle of Water.
13.30-14.30: Panel Discussion:
Vaughan founded Flip Your Dog For Mental Health during the UK’s first lockdown. His 20 year career as a director in factual entertainment has been and put on hold partly due to the pandemic and largely due to having realised he’s found a project that resonates with his ethics and core values.
As well as heading into an exciting year with Flip Your Dog For Mental Health Vaughan is due to take the final exam in his 200hr yoga teacher training with Yoga London in March and plans to embark on his 500hr teacher training later this year
ABOUT THE SESSION:
Vaughan is joined by Liz Joy Oakley of MoreMind, Ben Edymann of the Mahadevi Yoga Centre and Lee Watson of Fierce Calm to discuss the challenges, rewards and importance of making yoga, meditation and wellbeing accessible to all.
In these times of economic and emotional disruption our mental health and wellbeing is more important than ever. To move through these times as a society that thrives rather than simply struggles to survive we discuss ways to support people across the full spectrum of society in a sustainable way.
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.
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.
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