I met Lucy Heavens, Director of The Swansea Wellbeing Centre at the Be More Pirate event (as per the previous blog post). I mentioned I still hadn’t visited her Centre and she invited me to pop-in for yoga and food the following Monday. I miss yoga desperately. My classes with the wondrous Jackie clashed with my daughter’s ever-growing football commitments. I’ve been dabbling with a feeble 10 minutes a day but am often distracted by my phone/Jeremy Kyle/coffee/ironing etc.
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre is a registered Community Interest Company and they provide inspirational classes, workshops, clinics, talks and treatments. They aim to create a friendly environment where people feel safe, flourish and find the resources to fulfil their true potential. Nazma Botanica runs an awesome pop-up vegetarian & plant-based cafe and cookery classes (check ahead for times).
I joined the Joyful, Easy, Gentle Yoga class at 1pm-2pm on the Monday. It is taught by Lucy herself and is a weekly yoga class that suits all ages and focuses on gentle yogic and somatic exercises. No twenty-something bendy-wendy yoga to be found here. The class was perfect for winding down after a morning at work. I was surprised at how relaxed I felt afterwards – and also stretched. The last part of the class consisted of deep relaxation and positive visualisations – oh how I needed it. I’m a cow on a Monday.
The lovely Nazma had my lunch ready for me in the cafe after yoga (could this day get much better). She’s an awesome cook. If you haven’t tried her Indian fusion food – buddha bowls, salads and curries, you’re missing out. Really.
Today’s menu was Aloo Gobi (cauliflower & potato curry), basmati rice, onion bhajis and a cucumber, tomato & pomegranate salad. A delicious plant-based dream of a lunch. Thank you Lucy and Nazma.
Joyful, Easy, Gentle Yoga is run every Monday 1pm-2pm. Cost: £7, concessions £5. The Centre supplies mats, blankets, accessories etc. Check out www.wellbeingswansea.co.uk for a whole range of different classes for all ages and abilities.
The Swansea Wellbeing Centre is on Walter Road, Swansea, SA1 5PQ (note the entrance is at the bottom of Burman Street). I parked quite easily about 5 mins away in the Rose Hill area.
There really is a class or activity for everyone. And it’s mega friendly – you’ll be made to feel very welcome. I’m looking forward to returning.