Once again we were blessed with warm sunshine for our second Iyengar Yogathon in Shrewsbury Park. 25 participants donated to Greenpeace to take part and were energised by performing 108 sequences of yoga poses in quick succession, each group of 9 sequences being led by different teachers. Half way through, the sun emerged as though it responded to our salutations. After our strenuous efforts we sat in the sun in beautiful Shrewsbury Park against the backdrop of the fabulous oak trees and the sounds of the gently waving leaves eating delicious Cuban food – most welcome.
There is no Planet B!
A representative from Greenpeace talked about what we can all do to limit our use of plastic, which is having such a deleterious effect on our planet. Many thanks to Kris Inglis, who liaises with Priscilla and the Council so that this event can take place. Thanks also to Ron and Paul for sorting out the gazebos. Well over £750 was raised for Greenpeace.
What is the significance of 108? The number 108 is sacred and significant in many ways, appearing in many disciplines from astronomy to yoga: The number 108 appears in ancient, sacred texts. For example, there are 108 Upanishads and 108 Tantras, and Mala bead necklaces have 108 beads, which are used to count during meditation. In Ayurveda, there are 108 sacred points on the body. In numerology, 108 equals 9, which symbolizes universal love, eternity and awakening. In astronomy, the distance between the Sun and Earth is roughly 108 times the Sun’s diameter.
Written by Cressida Senkus, Iyengar yoga teacher and FSP member
Following the hugely successful Yogathon in 2017, we’re back again this year on Sunday 9 September. Once again we’ll be running a class of 108 non-stop sun salutations to raise money for the environmental group Greenpeace. (Please bring your yoga mat with you).
Greenpeace is at the heart of the battle against run-away climate change, so, let’s support them with the yoga that we enjoy so much.
Weather: In the event of extreme weather conditions such as heavy rain or freezing cold weather the event will be postponed to a date to be announced in spring 2019.
Food: There will be delicious vegetarian food for sale on site by Papi’s Kitchen.
Clothing: Please wear suitable clothes that give you plenty freedom for movement. Also consider that you might get too hot so you could change easily into shorts or short sleeves t-shirt.
Suitability: All are welcome. We are aiming to complete the 108 Sun Salutations. So make sure you have a good rest the night before and a nourishing early breakfast.
Price: CASH ONLY £20/£10 student rate (please present your student card). Payment will be made on the day of event. Also participants will be able to get sponsored via online JustGiving as well as via mobile phone Just Text Giving (please note that if you do not have a Vodafone account, your phone company may make a charge for this service.)
Booking: Please book your place in advance – please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org confirming your attendance.
In case you don’t know firsthand, the Summer Spree was a huge success, the quintessential Summer Afternoon in the Park. And the Astronaut Training was a delightful addition.
Special thanks to the Management Committee: Ron Senkus, Sonja O’Sullivan, Iris White, Sandra Bauer, Paul Buckley, Alan Deacon and Andy King. They pulled out all the stops and made the event happen in style.
All of us would like to thank the members of FSP (and their tireless friends and families) who delivered leaflets, baked, took photos for the competition, suggested ideas, put up gazebos, dragged chairs and tables and boxes around, ran errands, ran stalls, served endless thirsty people and spread their cheerfulness in what was a truly neighbourhood event.
You may not know but the extensive allotments at the edge of the Park have always been a substantial portion of Shrewsbury Park. On Sunday during the Summer Spree allotmenteers are offering tours of the plots and plenty of advice about growing your own.
Turn up at the Allotment gate at the end of Rowton Road or check at the FSP Membership stall at the Festival for directions.
Access to the Apiary is from Kenilworth Gardens, into Crown Woods Lane, 1st right by Jack Wood Cottage, then 1st right again through the black gates (that may appear locked), into the depot yard and congregate near the parked YELLOW council lorries.
Finally, please read the Oxleas Wood Apiary Risk Assessment and for the visit wear a stout or preferably toe protected footwear and try to avoid using heavily scented soaps or perfume, as it can trigger hostility in the bees – more information on Health and Safety issues, bee stings, and Do’s and Don’ts when in the Apiary are available HERE: http://www.largeassociates.com/cz1000/YourPastQuestions.htm
Our Bird Walk was a success (despite grey skies) with an enthusiastic group of members plus some visiting RSPB spotters invited by Stuart. Between them all 23 different species were identified. The visitors were impressed by the habitats and birds Shrewsbury Park has to offer.
Nicky Wilson of RSPB Bexley wrote a wonderfully detailed and interesting report and graciously agreed to share it, so I’ll leave you to reading it yourself on this link. Thank you so much , Nicky!
On Friday 16 February, Staff and Trustees of Shrewsbury House, The Friends of Shrewsbury House and FSP joined forces to put on a (very competitive) Quiz.
A huge crowd descended on Shrewsbury House for an evening of fun and laughter, and it really delivered. The Old Library looked beautiful, set out with soft lights and decorated tables along with information from all of the organisers, and some charities who were looking for sponsorship.
The bar was busy all night providing the teams with plenty of drinks and snacks to the point where the tills were getting short on change! Able quizmasters Geoff and Dee showed true grit when taking on challenges from the floor for the rhyming pairs questions.
The raffle proved to be extremely popular with a great range of prizes from Prosecco and Chocolates to doggy treats and toys. The event raised around £300 which was split between the three organizers.
Thank you to all who supported the event.
Formed in 2006, the Friends of Shrewsbury Park encourage the use of Shrewsbury Park and support the development of facilities for recreation, education and amenities for local people and to encourage a sense of community around the park.