Feed your mind: Free yoga and tai-chi in the park

Feed your mind: Free yoga and tai-chi in the park

2022-05-22 Off By Editor

The Friends of Wray Crescent are thrilled that we can invite you to join a ten-week program of Yoga and Tai-chi outdoors in the park (weather permitting).

We’ve begun spreading the word on these free/donation events, so you may come across a poster or leaflet to let you know about them. 

The ten-week series of introductory drop-in sessions begins on May 26 from 6:30pm, the sessions are expected to run until 7:30pm. At present you don’t need to book (though this may change if demand is high), so please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

So, what’s happening?

The program consists of:

  • 8+ weeks of Yoga on Thursdays (Iyengar style), May 26-July 14.
  • 10 weeks of Tai-Chi on Fridays (Chen Style). May 27-July 29.
  • Beginning May 26, every week, from 6:30pm

What do they cost?

The events are free to everyone, but we are requesting donations to help meet the costs of them. 

What we hope to do with the donations we raise first is to extend the yoga sessions to July 28 (10 weeks). We also hope to set cash aside so we can run these events again next year. 

The first series has been made possible with one-off help from Islington Parks Team, but we hope to find some way to continue them next year. We also invite local businesses who might like to sponsor the program to contact us. 

What do I need?

You don’t need too much:

  • Please wear loose clothes.
  • For yoga, please bring your own mat.
  • Trainers are fully insured and accredited.
  • The events are free, but donations requested.
  • Sessions begin at 6:30pm.

The FAQ….

We’ve put together some answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about these events below:

When and where? 

Yoga takes place on Thursdays, Tai-chi will happen on Fridays. The sessions take place near the banners.

Do I need to book?

No, not at present. We plan to begin running the sessions on a drop-in basis. We may need to put a booking system in place if demand exceeds what we expect.

Will there be a creche?

We are not supplying a creche at this stage. If we have licensed and insured volunteers who may be interested in creating one, we’d be pleased to speak with you.

Will dogs be welcome

We love our dogs, but the events take place in the open circle, which is a dog-free space. We won’t be able to look after your dog for you (much as we love them all), so it’s probably best to leave them at home for the session. (This may change if volunteers step forward).

What’s a reasonable donation?

We believe group classes like these can cost from around £5-15 per person per hour. We wanted to make them available to everyone, and our trainers have agreed to make these events happen. Please give what you can afford.

I have other questions, who should I contact?

Drop an email to us here.