Went to the Yogafest West Wales at Rhosygilwen in Pembs on Sunday. I have been missing my yoga classes since I moved back to Wales — I am an Iyengar devotee but there are no teachers in the area. The Yogafest showed that there are, however, plenty of great teachers around here. Surender (in pic) does Ashtanga in Cardigan and I’ll be going there soon. I did a workshop with him and a sun salutations one with a Spanish lady which was beautiful (or would have been if there had been room to actually do the asanas — I was third on the list but could hardly get in the room, not really fair). There was a perfect feet workshop with Rose Thorn (and she’s only in Tan-y-Groes!) — Gill my Iyengar teacher used to spend half a class on feet and you could see people getting a bit, why are we doing all this? and then realising when their feet woke up and felt so good. It’s so subtle but so powerful. Made me want to get my feet on the beach (little chance — rough but not surfable, and rain rain rain). Also two breathing/meditation workshops which were quite blissful (but for the bad-breathed man whoooooshing his breath out next to me, ew).
All in all it was very well organised, with plenty of time for people to move from one class to another and lots of exhibitors and people around. However, I really think 45 minutes is too short for such experienced and knowledgeable teachers to explore an aspect of yoga, and too many of the classes were beginner level (the one class that required prior experience was the over-full one). I think they’d tried to cram a bit too much in. Lovely venue though they need bigger rooms for actual practice. Lovely people too, not just ‘witches and hippies’ as someone said in the pub…I consider myself a bit of both of those thank you so don’t knock it! Such a gorgeous day despite the rain; cannot wait to get back into my practice. My body (and mind) are asking me for it.
Saw many things I wanted to buy but resisted, however I saw several people wearing the latest yoga fad, yoga socks. Now these are perfect as my feet are always cold…and they’ll also look cool (strictly only in my own opinion, I’m sure) with flip-flops! I love love love them.
Also just bought Light on Pranayama as I have heard some interesting things about breathing recently — 90% of the energy we need could come from our breathing, if we did it properly (this from the vicar, who trained some of the Welfare Committee on using the defibrillator on Sat).