Welcome to a New Year at A Taste of RCLC! In 2019, we will continue to introduce a range of programs, activities and people that help to make the Centre the diverse and busy place that it is.
Our February focus is on Beginner’s Yoga, a class which runs by our very dedicated volunteer Mia Ferreira.
Mia has been a passionate and committed yoga practitioner for ten years, an instructor for five years and has been running this particular community yoga class, as a volunteer, for two years. She hails originally from Madeira, Portugal, migrated as a child to Sydney, and has been a Richmond local for four years. Mia works in marketing and also studies professional writing. She continues to train in Iyengar Yoga which is the style of yoga taught in the group (see the link below for more information about Iyengar Yoga)*.
Volunteering is a valued aspect of Mia’s life, as in her eyes, ‘it’s important to balance working for money and working for love’. Mia also appreciates the benefits that teaching this class provides her with – meeting new people, learning new skills and ‘putting a little love back into the world’.
Iyengar Yoga is recommended by Mia as a gentle alternative to keeping fit and combatting stress and anxiety. The classes are very affordable ($5!) and small, which means there is plenty of personalised attention. People of all ages, shapes, sizes and abilities are welcome. The classes run on a repeated four week program, focusing on different skills and movements each week to ensure a balanced practice, which works on the entire body and mind. Mia outlines some of the benefits of attending the class as being: giving yourself ‘time out’ from daily responsibilities, improving strength, balance, sleep patterns and mindfulness, and meeting like-minded people who are also interested in health and well-being.
Tricia is a regular attendee of Mia’s classes. Starting as an absolute beginner, she describes this Iyengar Yoga course as challenging but fun. One of the key reasons Tricia finds the classes to be so enjoyable is that, ‘Mia talks you through the poses step by step, in absolute detail so you can’t go wrong.’ She values the personal instruction she receives and the way particular poses are adapted to the participant’s ability. More specifically, Tricia has found the stretching in yoga alleviates back pain and feels her body is more in alignment. She leaves the classes feeling relaxed but having done a full workout.
Perhaps the best way to pay tribute to Beginner’s Yoga is in Tricia’s own words, ‘I think Mia’s Yoga classes are one of RCLC’s best kept secrets!!!’
Time and Day: Every Friday morning from 9 am to 10 am at Studio 1 at the Community Hub ($5 per session)
To find out more about Beginner’s Yoga see here or call our office on 9428 9901.
* Iyengar Yoga: https://www.doyouyoga.com/8-reasons-to-practice-iyengar-yoga/