Yoga for Blokes is founded on: mutual respect, love and surrender to a higher consciousness. It is not a religious organisation – but encourages men to do yoga without having to wear lycra or feel ashamed if they flatulate. Our classes involve humour, group-work, chanting, asanas, pranayama and meditation. We welcome aspirants of all ages, with attendees in the age range 17 to 85 yrs.
Regular practice and a willingness to learn are important, as are curry evenings at Yatton Tandoori, Monsoon and Moguls in Clevedon. We occasionally visit Bristol Hindu Temple and attend the ancient stones at Stanton Drew for Solstice Suryana Maskar.
Yoga is a life-long commitment and won’t bestow it’s benefits on casual practitioners. Behind the apparently nimby style is a requirement for self-discipline, fitness and dedication. Sessions are inspired and planned through reading of the scriptures: The Baghavad Gita, The Upanishads and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.
Yoga for Blokes meet at Stanton Drew stone circle before sunrise on Midsummer’s Day, the 21st of June (at the Summer Solstice) they attend a Druid ceremony within the great circle where people gather, hold hands and chant – which is exactly what we do at our physical yoga sessions! Then we perform Suryana Maskar (Sun salutations) to the rising sun (amongst the cow-turds). Suryana Maskar – a sequence or vinyasa, was developed to channel the emerging energies of pubescent males in India – however, we think it an apt way to note the Solstice, but it does require a willingness to get up early.
Set in the Somerset countryside, Yoga for Blokes (& Blokettes) celebrates a fusion of East and West, where people untangle the knots of psychosomatic tension within themselves. As part of a shared experience we use our bodies and voices to link to the Earth dispelling the clutter of nonsense ‘modernity’ encumbers us with.