Robyn's Yoga offers affordable and accessible yoga classes in and around Bath. Classes are designed to help build strength and flexibility through a flowing sequence of movements. As well as improved general well-being using breathing and meditation techniques.
Book of Beasties Foreword I’m very honoured be be asked to write a foreword for Book of Besties . I’ll be writing about the benefits of yoga in children and a bit of history on the art and why it’s useful to help maintain one’s mental health. Book of Beasties is a psychologist endorsed card game for young people that aspires to introduce and normalise the conversation about mental health amongst its players whilst introducing simple wellness exercise, including yoga... I can't wait to see it when it's finished! Watch this space!
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Yoga – just another fitness fad or a much needed escape in today’s busy society? Robyn Blackmore, a Bath based yoga instructor shares her views on the exercise and how it fits in with mental health as a coping mechanism. Relaxing, calming and mindful. These are the words that one may think of when it comes to yoga, the wellness trend that has been increasing exponentially in popularity over last few years. There are studios in every town, traveling practitioners and an endless number of self-teaching mobile apps available. In fact, according to an article on thegoodbody.com, between 2012 and 2016 the number of Americans doing yoga increased by 50%. But is this just another one of those fitness fads? Or are the ever-increasing stressors’ in our lives creating a need for us to escape more? Could our anxiety and busy lifestyles be screaming out for that hour or two a week of zen-like mental release and mindfulness? Today I will be chatting to local yoga teacher Robyn Blackmore based in Bath, Somerset to help answer some of these questions. Robyn trained at the YMCA in Bath acquiring her diploma as a yoga teacher. An ex drama practitioner who fell in love with the practice six years ago, she decided to take the plunge and start offering classes a couple of times a week including one on one sessions and events. There are approximately 300 million yoga practitioners operating in the world, and at the time of writing this, there are 56.7 million posts on Instagram using the hashtag #yoga. Robyn feels that the rise in popularity has to do with both the health and wellness trend and also our awareness on mental health today. “I definitely feel that yoga is a trend at the moment. It has become fashionable to be part of a yoga class, but I also feel that it has to do with the increase in awareness of our mental health and need to relax. Yes, it’s become mainstream but for a reason”. And this is true amongst men too. Once deemed more of a feminine thing to do, this stigma has been raised slightly and more guys are signing up to their local yoga class. This is so important as many men deal with mental health issues themselves such as anxiety, depression and so on, but it’s always been seen as unmanly to open up about it and seek out forms of self-care and healing. To see this dangerous gender stereotype slowly being lifted is something that should certainly be highlighted. When she’s not teaching her students the downward dog and tree pose, she is working at the university. This has given her insight into mental health on the students attending the institute and has noticed a correlation in the rise of mental health and the younger generation. More and more are opening up about their mental health issues. This could be due to a rise in awareness and the slowly increasing acceptance of these sort of medical issues. “I feel that yoga is becoming an accepted form of self-healing and relaxation. Along with the physical benefits of the exercise, people are waking up to the importance of mindfulness and mental health”. According to an article on artofliving.org, mindfulness is the awareness of what is happening right now. And Robyn tries to focus on this in her classes by encouraging her yogi’s to really tune into their bodies; the physical sensations of the stretches, their breathing and their minds. This aids in switching off to daily worries and our ever-growing to-do lists’. “I don’t think that our lives have necessarily become more stressful, but I do think that the type of stress we deal with is different”, Blackmore explains when asked about mental health in today’s society. “Our work life balance has become blurred and we often take our work home with us. The tools technology has given us to maximise work efficiency, as great as they are, have resulted in more juggling at the workplace instead of focussing on one task at a time. We are always switched on”. I am sure that a lot of us can agree with this statement. It certainly puts things into perspective and makes one wonder if our constantly busy schedules are doing us good, or doing us harm.
"Dunno what I'd do without my Robyn's Yoga class on a Tuesday. She's encouraging, talented, positive, calming, patient and beyond lovely." - Carys Calling
"Amazing and motivational yoga teacher. Thoroughly enjoyed my private class. Felt invigorated and relaxed afterwards. Worked muscles that I never knew had!" - Luna Dewey
"I had a private lesson with Robyn and I cant recommend enough how patient and thorough she was with me as a beginner! She helped me into the correct positions and talked me through it the whole way! The relaxing meditation at the end was great too!" - Maddy Arkle
"I’ve never really tried yoga before, but after having a private class with Robyn, I would definitely want to continue. She was very calming and patient with me as I’m not very flexible. Also she was very helpful by giving me encouraging tips throughout the session. I would highly recommend Robyn as she is very approachable, friendly and gives you a brilliant workout" - Emily Padfeild
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