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Newport Memorial Hall is home to a diverse range of events from concerts, theatre, fairs to regular activities such as weekly yoga sessions to the children’s youth club and African Dancing, there’s something for everyone. Got an event and need a venue to hold it at? Click here to find out more about hiring Newport Memorial Hall for your event.
All abilities/experience welcome.
Bring a mat if you have one.
About Meriel & the Yoga
Based in West Wales, Meriel shares an approach to movement and yoga associated with Vanda Scaravelli. This way of practicing cultivates presence and vitality by attending to the quality and refinement in the movement and breath one experiences. We are able to be dynamic if needed and address functional movements in our lives whilst touching on quietness within.
Exploring movement as a way to deeply release and relax patterns of tension in the body and our whole lives we begin to experience a type of wholeness or ease of being. The multi-facted strengths uncovered by this quiet approach are radically different from stressful overextension and over-exertion. Subtlety allows ‘our best energy‘ (Diane Long) and that state of grace offers us a return to our natural vibrancy and vividness.
Meriel also facilities TCTSY privately as a body-based yoga intervention for people who’ve experienced chronic relational trauma. TCTSY is researched & continues to evolve with Dr Bessel Van de Kolk’s team at the Trauma Centre, Justice Institute, Boston. Meriel is committed to offering trauma-informed yoga and spaces for all.
Meriel works with anyone at all who is interested regardless of experience. Her approach is inspired by the teaching of Vanda Scaravelli as taught to her by Scaravelli’s long term student Diane Long and her student Christine Borg.
Gentle Exercise Sessions.
Drop in sessions open to all.
Drop in exercise session. Most exercises whilst sitting in a chair and some standing but that is optional.
A relaxed Yoga session which gives wonderful well being.
About the Iyengar method: Yoga is one of the oldest systems of personal development in the world. This system of balancing the body, mind and spirit was formulated by ancient yogis, who understood man’s essential nature and realised a way to utilise all of man’s inner resources to live in harmony with himself and the environment.
Pupils learn through a carefully graded and systematic programme of asana (posture). Pranayama (breath control) is gradually introduced once students have a firm foundation of yoga practise. Yoga practice both relaxes and energizes the body and mind and brings vitality, flexibility, strength, concentration,self-confidence and mental calm. Yoga is suitable for all types of people and all levels of fitness.
Practicing Yoga helps you overcome and prevent many stresses, strains, aches and pains. It promotes a firm foundation for health and well-being.
About Yogacharya Sri B.K.S. Iyengar: The world’s most widely practised method of yoga is that taught by Yogacharya Sri B.K.S. Iyengar of Pune, India. Born on December 14, 1918, in Bellur, India, he has studied and practised yoga continuously for over 70 years.
Iyengar’s thorough study, understanding and mastery of yoga are unrivalled in modern times. Having taught for over 75 years in all five continents, he has won worldwide respect and recognition for his achievements and has made yoga accessible and relevant to people everywhere, no matter what their physical or mental ability.
He continues to set the standard for his teachers and students while his textbooks on yoga have become classics. He is based at and runs the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India, where his daughter Smt. Geeta and son Sri Prashant Iyengar are also directors.
In 2004 BKS Iyengar was listed as one of the 100 most influential people in the world inTime Magazine.
Joseph H. Pilates was born in 1883 in Germany. His father, Heinrich Friedrich Pilates, was a prize-winning gymnast, and his mother worked as a naturopath.
Pilates was a sickly child and suffered from asthma, rickets, and rheumatic fever, and he dedicated his entire life to improving his physical strength. Pilates came to believe that the “modern” life-style, bad posture, and inefficient breathing lay at the roots of poor health. He devised a series of exercises and training-techniques related to encouraging the use of the mind to control muscles; focusing attention on core postural muscles that help keep the body balanced and provide support for the spine; teaching awareness of breath and of alignment of the spine, and strengthening the deep torso and abdominal muscles.
Pilates is a method of body conditioning that helps to build flexibility and muscle strength; encourages the development of a strong core and improves coordination, agility and balance. It puts emphasis on spinal and pelvic alignment, toning the deep abdominals and stabilising the back.
Marianne specialises in teaching small classes as well as running private 1 to 1 & 1 to 2 sessions. Pilates Matwork classes include a combination of exercises and stretching techniques. Classes include the use of small props and equipment. These are all provided, but are also available for purchase. Before joining a class, Marianne recommends a 1 to 1 session.
Qualification: CYQ Level 3 – Mat based Pilates
This class is suitable for beginners and experience alike. Matt has been teach Tai Chi, Qigong and internal Martial Arts for 17 years and is licenced and insured with the Ta Chi Union of Great Britain.
The Musical Youth (Newport) group is aimed at young people (approx. 10 yrs+), providing access to instruments, tuition and a space to explore your musical creativity – parents not wanted!
We hold a weekly two hour workshop from 6pm till 8pm every Tuesday (check during school holidays), where the emphasis is on having a fun time whilst advancing your musical skills and confidence.
We usually ask the group to suggest some of their favourite songs to play, we listen to the songs and then select some that are easy enough for the whole group to manage. After that we learn the musical structure of the song and simplify it so that everyone can join in e.g. Shape of You by Ed Sheeran or All of Me by John Legend
We also spend some time focussed on developing rhythm skills – basically lots of drumming and others fun beats.
We aim to put on a small concert at some point and perform the songs in public – a little bit scary but very rewarding!
Being “willing and enthusiastic to learn” is the main criteria for joining in with us.
Instruments: If you have your own then please bring them along, if not, don’t worry – we have loads for you to play and try out.
We are all enthusiastic volunteers with years of musical experience, ready to help you play music that you choose.