COMMUNITy YOGA PROGRAMS
Making yoga accessible
Part of our approach to tackling social isolation is to make yoga accessible and we do this by running yoga programs with vulnerable communities in Sydney. We collaborate with organisations that work within the space, and develop tailored yoga sessions for their communities. We have run programs with The Wayside Chapel in Bondi and Kings Cross, Rough Threads, and Vinnies at their Ozanam Learning Centre.
More than a pose
The community classes offer individuals who are experiencing forms of social isolation and marginalisation, an opportunity to learn and practice the core principles of yoga, relax their body and mind, and incorporate positive and healthy habits into their routine. This is just a part of it though says Lovesweats founder, Steph Scott.
A big thing I see in the community classes I run is connection. Space is created through the yoga activity that gets people feeling comfortable and more at ease than when they came into the class. I think a really valuable part of the class are the chats and discussions that happen after (or sometimes during).
The goal of these community classes isn't getting people to touch their toes or do tricky asanas, for me it's about creating a safe space for people to feel connected and cared for.
A FEAST OF FRIENDLY STRANGERS
A unique experience centred on delicious food and human connection. You know that buzz of energy you get when you really, truly connect with someone? When there is no small chat, no filters, no trying to be cool or trying to impress. Just humans being human (struggles and all). In fact, it’s normally the struggles, challenges and vulnerabilities that make the exchange all the more real, impactful and lasting. These connections remind us that we’re not alone, they fill us up with love, they make us feel alive.
Feast of friendly strangers is designed to draw out these experiences.
How? We bring together people from all walks of life to share a communal feast at a handpicked location. In between grazing, guests will be led through a meditation and uniquely crafted discussions aimed at breaking down barriers and cultivating authentic connection and conversation. Guests will be asked to answer a couple of questions prior to the evening and these reflections will be incorporated into this activity.
Does the idea of this activity send your belly into nervous little flips of anxiety? Same! The idea of peeling back the layers and getting vulnerable with a group of strangers puts the social anxiety sirens into supercharge. You know what though? Embracing discomfort is what makes us grow. There’s a lot of real, raw, beautiful human magic to experience outside of our comfort zone.
Funds raised through our Sweat for the Good Stuff events will help to fund a number of community spots on the evening. Event location will be announced soon. Register your details below to be kept in the loop.
Mindfully made WORKSHOPS
These one-day workshops are a carefully curated mix of activities, discussions and strategies centred around mindfulness and mental health. The workshops are designed in collaboration with experts in their field; ranging from yoga, meditation, nutrition, social science, psychology, music, design, and more. The workshops are open to the general public and will be run in Sydney (to start with). Funds raised through our Sweat for the Good Stuff events will also enable us to offer a couple of sponsored spots each session to the community. These spots will be allocated in consultation with local NFP organisations.
Date and venue details to be announced shortly. If you would like to be notified, please register your interest below.