YOGA FOR SOCIAL IMPACT
Our mission is to offer yoga to those who face the biggest challenges in accessing it: through a range of social issues such as poverty, isolation, addiction, childhood trauma and abuse. As well as our small and welcoming community of paying customers, we offer free classes to closed groups and subsidised memberships for income challenged individuals. We provide yoga to people accessing drug rehabilitation and domestic and sexual abuse services. The BodyMind Studio is a Community Interest Company - a legal status ensuring profits go back into benefitting the students. Please see Y12SR - the Yoga of 12-Step Recovery under the 'classes' tab. All are welcome to this free class.
YOGA FOR CHRONIC DISEASE
The BodyMind Studio's owner, Lou, has the autoimmune disease, lupus. She identifies with 'childhood adversity' experiences which cause chronic stress. Her PhD research, along with many trainings and courses attended over a decade, has deepened Lou's understanding of how emotional dis-ease manifests in the body. Yoga brings clarity. It can help us to heal and with a consistent practice can lead us to find our dharma - our 'true' path in life.
WE ARE ALL EQUAL: NO HIERARCHY; NO STIGMA
We aim to create a safe and welcoming atmosphere for everyone. We want to challenge all forms of oppression including those based on race, ethnicity, nationality, creed, gender, sex, class, sexuality, gender reassignment, learning ability, physical impairment, mental illness, HIV status, age, occupation, income, wealth and unrelated criminal conviction. We aim to design our activities, services and decision making processes specifically to encourage and support participation from people who face disadvantage in society, including women, BME people, disabled people, LGBTQ people, and people on low incomes.