Yoga & Arts at the Botanic Gardens

Posted by kk335 at Dec 06, 2018 04:20 PM |
Saturdays, 19.1. and 16.2., 17.3. and 15.6. Sunday, 14.4. Our fun-filled mornings start at 9.30 with light and relaxing yoga exercises to clear the head and unwind. This is followed by a social tea and coffee break, and creative writing and drawing workshops focused on different aspect of wellbeing. No prior experience is needed for any of these sessions. Please see below for further details.

As part of our Healthy Ageing Campaign, the Health Matters team have organised monthly mornings full of activities for everyone – young and old!

Join us for the whole morning, or just one of the sessions, and feel free to bring your children along, if you are happy for them to entertain themselves with drawing and games in a separate, unsupervised room nearby.


Please note: Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. However, free tea and coffee is available for everyone.


Session schedule and details:

9.30-10.30: Yoga for Relaxation and Mobility

With Debbie Liggins

Join Debbie Liggins, British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) teacher, in the beautiful setting of the Botanic Gardens for a peaceful Hatha yoga practice. Work through a gentle flow of postures followed by breathing and relaxation to relax the body and calm the mind.
Yoga has many benefits and can help to maintain and develop physical strength and flexibility, release tension, reduce stress and help promote a calm state of mind. Over time, a regular practice can increase our awareness of our bodies and minds and can help us to become more present in our daily lives, teaching us ways to deal with daily challenges and stresses calmly.
The yoga practice will be in bare foot or grippy yoga socks. You will need to bring a yoga mat, a cosy blanket and extra warm layers to stay warm during relaxation (you may also bring an eye mask if you wish). It is advisable to practice on an empty stomach, so leave about 2 hours after a large meal or 1 hour after a light meal.
All ages (over 18 years) and abilities welcome!


10.30-11.00 Social tea and coffee break


11.00-12.30: Drawing and Writing for Wellbeing 

With Scott Bridgwood and Lydia Towsey 

Come along to this series of free workshops led by writer/performer, Lydia Towsey and visual artist, Scott Bridgwood. Sessions will fuse writing and drawing/mark-making to explore identity, self-expression and University of Leicester's inspiring Botanical Gardens - to promote wellbeing and creative development. All materials provided and no experience of writing or drawing is necessary. 


Lydia Towsey is the author of The Venus Papers (Burning Eye Books, 2015) and Arts in Health Co-ordinator for Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust. She has an MA in Creative Writing, has toured her work nationally and been commissioned by the Royal Albert Hall, Guardian Newspaper and Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew - amongst others. Her second book, The English Disease, is forthcoming from Burning Eye in April 2019. For more information see 

Scott Bridgwood is an artist who graduated from Chelsea Art School and has painted and exhibited extensively throughout Italy and the UK. His work is shown in a number of galleries and represented in a number of private collections, including University of Leicester's. He has taught drawing and painting for 30 years, and life-drawing and portraiture at Attenborough Arts Centre for the last 15 years. For more information see: 


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