Because practicing yoga was my way of dealing with the stresses and strains of kitchen life, I have always felt a powerful urge to share it with others in the hosptality industry. So I am thrilled to be launching Out Of Hours Yoga this year.
Out of Hours Yoga will be a community class to raise funds and awareness for the Pilot Light Campaign.
This campaign was set up in 2017 by chefs Andrew Clarke and Doug Sanham to open up the conversation on mental health within the hospitality industry.
I am offering this service in the hope that it will help make yoga accessible and affordable to people working in hospitality (and similar fields).
London has a vibrant and diverse food culture, represented by an ever increasing amount of places to eat and drink. Bars and restaurants can be rewarding and exciting places to work but they can also be highly stressful environments. The effects can be felt both physically and mentally. An industry which was always characterised by long and irregular hours plus poor wages has become increasingly understaffed, partly because of this boom. Uncertainty over Brexit and lack of job security in the wake of the Covid 19 crisis have intesified the situation. Constantly changing shift patterns for restaurant workers can make it difficult for them to attend regular classes. And class prices can be prohibitive for those on low wages.
For that reason we will deliberately schedule the classes at times which fall between shifts. Mid afternoons and early wekdays are often quiet times at Yoga studios. Classes will will cost a donation of £5 to attend (for those who can afford it) and all proceeds will go directly to Pilot Light. I am launching the class as a workshop at Tri Yoga Shoreditch on Tuesday 7th July.
Perhaps you know someone who would like to attend.
The classes will be suitable for complete beginners but also those with some experience of yoga. All ages, levels of fitness and body types will be catered for (no pun intended!).
And of course you do not need to work In a restaurant to attend. If you know someone who is standing on their feet for hours at a time, be it in a shop, a school, a hospital, home or a building site…wherever…please get them to join us. If you think you would benefit from this workshop as well please come along.
If there is enough demand for it, the plan is to put a community class on the Tri Yoga schedule which people can attend weekly.The class will aim to give people the skills to self practice when they need to and will possiby guide them towards Mysore groups which can be very supportive spaces. If you are involved with another Yoga Studio and would like to host a similar class please contact me.
Here is the begging part. If you have a few moments please help me publicise this class. If you know cooks or other people in similar jobs please give them all this info and / or put them in touch with me.
For more information or to book a place on the workshop click here.
Ignite the conversation and burn the stigma! Visit the Pilot Light Campaign Website
Here is a blog post on the subject that I wrote for Tri Yoga
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