A friendly space

Posted by Caroline Smart on 5th August 2023 in: Communities, Easterhouse YogaFest, General, Health Centres, Scottish Parliament visit, Uncategorised

It was great to see so many Chair Yogis back at the Phoenix on Friday after the summer break – 42 of them in fact! Proof that people want to exercise and get out and socialise. A Chair Yoga class provides just that – a safe space that is easy to get to and allows people to come along early/stay late and mingle. Everyone knows that the best type of marketing is word of mouth. That’s how many of our yogis find out about the classes. And because YoGlasgow! is creating a Chair Yoga network across the North East of Glasgow, many people turn up at other classes. We see Chair Yogis in Easterhouse coming to Bridgeton or Baillieston. Those in Springburn come to Possilpark. And as someone not brought up in Glasgow, I’m always surprised at how many folk know each other (perhaps have been to school together) or attend the same Line Dancing club or know someone in common. It really is a community network that creates its own support group. A lady who came with her daughter to Easterhouse because she has Parkinson’s met other Chair Yogis with Parkinson’s and found out about the Parkinson’s Cafe that meets every second Monday of the month at the Phoenix Centre at 1.30 (straight after the Monday Chair Yoga class). Then there is the weekly Walking Group, the Men@Phoenix, the Cycling Club, the Pensioners’ Club, the Women’s Centre, Table Tennis, Boxing. In fact, there is a whole lot going on in Easterhouse and beyond.