Mid-Wilts This Wilts Girl Can Festival
This Girl Can… Do Yoga
There are some fantastic benefits to yoga. These include:
- Helps you to cope with stress and anxiety, particularly before and during exams
- Reduces stress through deep breathing and mindfulness practices
- Promotes self acceptance
- Improves flexibility, strength and stamina
- Increases self awareness
- It's non-competitive
- Facilitates cross-lateral movement which improves learning
3 top tips if you’re new to yoga:
- Imagine that your mat is a deserted island and that there is nobody else around, there is just you. Don’t look around at anyone else as it doesn’t matter what they look like, don’t compare yourself to anyone else because you are unique.
- Don’t over push yourself too hard, that is when you could injure yourself. Yoga has a philosophy of non-violence and that applies to yourself too.
- Be kind to yourself. Celebrate the things you can do, don’t pine about the things you can’t do just yet. Keeping practicing the magic of yoga works over time.
Our instructor will be:
Lucia Moat is based in Trowbridge and believes yoga is an activity which can be accessed by all ages. She is currently looking to run some yoga sessions for teenage girls. To get in touch with Lucia about joining a class, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Lucia says:
‘’When I was at school I really wanted to do sports. I loved running and playing games. But it soon dawned on me that just about everyone else was better at it than me. I wanted to be in the netball team so I convinced my PE teacher to let me join. I soon realised that I was far too small and actually didn’t stand a chance to jump as high as all the other girls to catch the ball. I soon lost heart so I left the team. That’s when I tried the running club but to my sadness I found that it brought on my asthma. I gave that up as well thinking that sports was just not for me. This left me with feeling that I wasn’t good enough.
It wasn’t until I discovered yoga as an adult that I realised I had found something physical to do that suited me. Because yoga is non-competitive I didn’t feel like I had to be like anyone else , the good deep breathing techniques has been good for me and I have never had an asthma attack. I could just be myself.
Because of my experience when I was younger I then came to think that it would be great if I had discovered yoga when I was at school. Doing yoga has given me the chance to be strong physically, mentally and emotionally. And it is great fun!’’
This Girl Can… Do Martial Arts
Your guide to types of Martial Arts:
- Karate – Stand up martial art involving punching, kicks and open hands to block strikes.
- Taekwondo – Involves 80 percent kicks and 20 percent hand techniques. Training involves blocks, punches, and open-hand strikes.
- Judo – Focuses on using an opponent’s energy against them. It involves takedowns to the ground and submission holds.
- Equips you with skills and confidence for self-defence
- Improved muscle strength
- Improved balance and flexibility
- Can increase concentration
- Promotes self-respect and self-awareness
3 top tips if you’re new to martial arts:
Our instructor will be:
Master Deedigan has been mastering the art of Martial Arts for over 30 years. He has achieved an 8th Degree Black Belt in TKD and a 6th Degree Black Belt in Kickboxing. You can contact him on 07971 444582 to find out more or visit his website https://masterdeediganmartialarts.com/. Why not try a session in Chippenham or Devizes? Email email@example.com to find out more!
This Girl Can… Dance
- Improves fitness
- Great way to meet people with similar interests
- An escape from the challenges and pressures of teenage life.
- Develops self-confidence
- Improved performance in school
- Challenging and rewarding
Top tips if your new to dance:
- Loosen up and let go! Just enjoy the music and focus on learning new things and having fun rather than competing against others. Remember, everyone was a beginner once.
- Learn by doing- don’t be afraid to try a different style of dance, get out of your comfort zone and become a more versatile and open minded dancer and human being.
- Making mistakes is good! You often have to get things wrong before you can get them right, and it doesn’t mean you will never be able to dance. See mistakes as all part of the learning process and remember to keep smiling.
- You don’t need to wait for anyone else to sign up! Sometimes the fear of going alone means that we wait to go to a dance class with a friend, then use it as an excuse not to go if they keep putting it off. Or maybe we think that we have to “do it properly” and sign up for a long-term dance course when actually most classes are on a “join anytime” and weekly basis. If anything, dance classes are a great activity to do alone, which will help you build more confidence, willpower, make new friends and even discover a new sense of community.
Our instructor will be:
Based in West Wiltshire Caroline The Dance Lady has experience teaching both dance and fitness for over 20 years. Visit her website for more information https://thedancelady.com/.
Check out the Interactive Activity map here for dance, martial arts, and yoga classes in Mid Wiltshire.