Laughter

A fun session today with a laughter birthday cake and unexpected hilarity with imaginary braces!!! Adding it to the repertoire right now!

Exhibitions

Coal Forest Trail Woodhorn Colliery Museum, Northumberland

The exhibition encouraged visitors to think about the ancient carboniferous forests of 300 million years ago which decayed, compressed and became coal. Lungs, trees and giant millipedes were just some of the artworks on display. (Who knew that giant millipedes up to 2 metres long once roamed the lands of Northumberland!).

A lovely rose window kaleidoscope of coal related images was accompanied by a plainsong chant of coal facts.

Try dolefully chanting ‘What is coal? Coal is carbon, volatile gases, ash and some waterrr. Carbon is one of the most common elements…’

 

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Breathing definitely a theme for this year!

This installation by Brass Art featured a pair of inverted lungs/tree. The text panel invited visitors to go out and take a deep breath, hold and then let it go. In the context of miners breathing in toxic fumes, the next breath in felt like the freshest breath of air ever! (Helped by the fact that it was a freezing cold day!)

 

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Become a tree…

Visitors were encouraged to stand in front of this sculpture and feel rooted to the ground, while still able to branch out and grow. It felt great to feel the feet grow heavy and the body correspondingly light.

Lots of tree related yoga postures coming up next week!

Exhibitions

Raj Rani, City Library, Newcastle

Creative use of mixed media/recycling, depicting Buddha, Peace, Love, The Key To Wisdom; and a couple of pictures allowing you the opportunity of ‘Being in Nature,’ right in the heart of a city.

Exhibitions

Catch Your Breath at Palace Green Library in Durham

The breath is the one constant thread in our life, on which all our moments are linked. Breathing is the only function of the body that can be brought under conscious control as well as working involuntarily. Most of the time we are unaware of it, but it conveys our emotions and allows us to communicate, laugh, cry, sing, dance, and live our lives.

Artists have made the invisible visible with Jayne Wilton’s Breath sculptures and Miriam Quick’s Sleep Song blankets. There is a section on spirituality and how the breath is regarded as the source of life; another section highlights the breath in literature and film, covering Bleak House, Darth Vader and Beckett.

There are some really interesting videos about people with breathing difficulties, and about asbestos (- a mineral ore created deep within the earth’s crust millions of years ago, the Greeks named it asbestos – ‘the unquenchable, indestructible stone’. Asbestos was mined for building purposes because it is fire and water resistant, but ultimately proved incredibly damaging to the lungs. Its use was banned in England in 1999).

Do check out the video of yoga teacher Felix Price. A great example of breath, body and mind working as one. Inspiring!

Yoga

Started this term with lots of positive vibes for the new year. The class incorporated the Peace Breath, the Crane balance (the crane being a symbol of good fortune) and Warrior II using the following affirmation:

‘Stability and awareness in Warrior leads to stability and awareness in life.’

We ended the session with a lovely snowflake relaxation.

Yoga

Ended last term with the lovely Alphabet Relaxation. A for self-Awareness and Z for Zen and 24 other references  to mindfulness/relaxation/yoga themes. Designed to help the mind prepare for meditation.

Laughter 2019

Classes kicked off in style with Saturday’s laughter session. We recreated New Year’s Eve festivities. There was dancing, Auld Lang Syne and fireworks – all with a laughter twist. Some said it was better than the real thing!! We also banished the January blues. Good fun!