- News, info, thoughts and links from Lordship Hub, Lordship Rec and Central Tottenham
6th June 2020
A huge thankyou to everyone who donated so generously to the Hub crowdfunder appeal. We are so grateful, and not only for the money, but for all the lovely comments that have made all the staff and volunteers at the Hub feel so proud and empowered. Also Sport England recognised all the work done at the Hub to keep people fit and active and matchfunded our appeal with £10,000 to get us to our target.
EXERCISE AND WELL-BEING
We all know that exercise is good for us. It makes us fitter, helps us sleep better, improves our mood, protects against many health problems and generally boosts our energy level. At the Hub we usually have over 40+ classes each week enjoyed by many people. Unfortunately due to Covid-19 we have had to stop classes and may not be able to restart them for a while due to social distancing. Luckily some of our regular teachers have set up online and here is a selection of classes for adults, young people and children. You can also run, walk, cycle (hire a bike from Rockstone Bike Hub) or skate in the park, all of which can be done while safely social distancing.
Online Pregnancy Yoga with Olivia
NEVER TOO LATE TO START RUNNING!
Running and The Feldenkrais Method® by Lynda Jessop who runs Feldenkrais classes at the Hub: www.movementaware.co.uk
I always wanted to run but never believed I could. A few attempts ended in overdoing it and feeling a failure, or worse, sustained an injury. The dream was still there but I did nothing about it for years.
At 68 years old I finally faced the fact that I would have to let the whole idea go or do something serious about it. A small heart scare late last year resulted in a full check-up and a clean bill of heart health. My GP and I agreed I should do more exercise to increase my heart rate –walking was not good enough! I started by going to ‘ONEYOU’ Healthy Cardio classes at Tottenham Green (see below). I was enjoying the classes and finding them manageable but they awakened my old desire to run. If this was going to happen, I needed to get some advice and help.
I turned to the ONEYOU/BBC COUCH TO 5K App. Just having a structure and a voice in my ear made all the difference as well as my preferred soundtrack putting a dancing spring in my step. The real benefit though is that the programme starts gently and builds up slowly over 9 weeks. My first day using the app had me running for only 60 seconds at a time – 60 seconds 7 times with 90 second walks in between. At the time 60 seconds running seemed like a lot and 7 times! Daunting at first but it turned out to be possible and the rewards were immense . When I say running most people would call it jogging – that is slow! But, I was off and for a few weeks doing 3 runs and gradually increasing the time running and reducing walking – sure that by now, I would be doing the full 30 mins/5K. Then tripped and went flying! Fortunately, I had no serious injuries but extensive bruising stopped me running for a while and when I did start again I had to go back a few weeks in the programme – which I hated so almost didn’t restart.
Two other things about me are relevant – first, I have never played sports, never run and I have asthma. I walk a lot but that has always been my only way to exercise – not a sporty type! Second, I am a Practitioner of The Feldenkrais Method® and have been teaching classes, known as Awareness through Movement lessons, at The Hub since 2016. I also see people for individual ‘Functional Integration’ sessions. The Feldenkrais Method® is not about exercise or strength but is a system devised by Moshe Feldenkrais to allow us to learn about ourselves through movement. His great insight was that all movement starts in the brain and the brain can change thus allowing us to change our movement and thinking patterns. He was way ahead of his time in identifying what we now know of as brain plasticity. By engaging in structured sequences of movement, going slowly enough that we can pay close attention to what is happening in ourselves, we can discover our own patterns of movement and thinking. This gives us the potential to change the things which are not helpful to us – making movement easier, more comfortable and more graceful. The Feldenkrais Method® uses movement to help us improve our posture, our skills in everyday life, performance and sport as well as promoting recovery from injury or illness and reducing discomfort and pain.
There are several principles in The Feldenkrais Method® that enable our self-learning and have helped me to start running. The two that I have concentrated on are letting go of the need for an externally imposed goal and developing awareness of how I am running.
Goals: We live, and I worked, in an objective driven culture. It is hard to let go of having a ‘target’ and comparing oneself to others. Moshe Feldenkrais encourages us to concentrate on and enjoy the process of development in the knowledge that we all start from different places and improve at a different pace. Obviously COUCH TO 5K fosters a target of running 5km in 30 minutes and I certainly got sucked into trying to achieve this goal more or less in this timescale and was very resistant to ‘going back’ in the programme after my fall. But why? There is no necessity to run a certain distance or to reach that distance in a given time – it is perfectly possible to adapt the app – repeat runs many times until I feel really ready to move on and/or find a distance and time that feels right so I can enjoy the experience of running at each level. I have discovered that I know when I am comfortable because I am running but thinking about other things entirely. It is helpful to challenge myself from time to time and see if further/faster feels OK but I look at it as an interesting experiment and (try) not to feel I have failed if it turns out to be more than is comfortable. The important thing to hang on to is that any amount of running is more than I was doing!
Awareness: There is a reason why Feldenkrais classes are called Awareness through Movement – Moshe Feldenkrais said that the awareness is as, if not more, important than the movements. So running with awareness of myself is crucial. Paying attention to how I feel in different parts of myself. I can do a simple scan of how I am feeling during running, comparing left and right sides to find differences in sensation – starting from my feet and moving up through my legs to my pelvis, lower back, upper back, shoulders, arms, neck and head. Sometimes simple awareness brings change but The Feldenkrais Method® offers a “laboratory” for exploring our inner experience and knowledge of how we move in more detail thus offering the possibility of change/improvement. So, having noticed that my feet were striking the ground differently I could pursue this insight through doing lessons and/or seeing another Practitioner for individual Functional Integration sessions. Others might notice patterns/habits such as stiffening the shoulders, leading with one leg, pushing out the chin any of which, if problematic, could be changed. There are many free audio recordings of lessons which I use regularly and at present there are also on-line classes available to everyone (see resources list below).
Using The Feldenkrais Method® has helped me identify my patterns of movement and thinking which I can change to make running easier and more enjoyable. It has helped me distinguish physical and mental barriers to progress and made me more able to recognise safe limits to prevent injury when I do challenge myself. It is ‘work in progress’ and I am very happy with where I am now – running (slowly) for about 20 minutes three times a week ….. but who knows how this might develop in the future if I stay aware and interested?
All Feldenkrais classes and individual sessions are obviously suspended at the moment but there areon-line classes – look for teachers at: www.feldenkrais.co.uk.
Finally, for other ways of getting moving – a range of classes are/were available through ONEYOU Haringey – www.oneyouharingey.org/.
TINY TIME with Holly:
Pilates with Kate Burton
Pre-Covid-19, Kate was teaching Pilates classes at the Hub and in city offices. While venues remain closed, she has shifted to online classes so people can continue to get their Pilates fix. Kate is encouraging everyone to try and make a little time for themselves each day to do something that helps maintain a healthy mind and body during these challenging times. She’s adapted her classes, making them suitable to do from home, incorporating mindful breathing and meditation techniques as well as stretches and exercises to help compliment the change in pace and lifestyle for many. She’s even incorporating household items (toilet rolls and tins of beans!) to use as exercise equipment in one of the weekly classes. Below she shares with us a simple stretching and mobility exercise which is great to do first thing in the morning and/or just before bed to help mobilise the spine, correct bad posture, and stretch some parts of the body that need it.
Skate_Tingz is a group of young people passionate about skating who use Haringey parks including Lordship Rec and Finsbury Park. They are interested in involving as many people as they can in skating and they teach and perform. See them on instagram.
Skate_Tingz, their mission is simple: get everyone back into skating
Pilates with Lauren
online classes until coronavirus crisis is over.
Wednesdays 6.30-7.30pm and Saturdays 9-10am. Email or text to book
Hula Hooping with Sara
MOTION IS LOTION
In my experience Hula Hooping relieves stress and makes me feel happy. It’s a work-out that’s fun. It’s an enormous mood booster. It can be a gentle or more demanding exercise – whatever suits my mood or needs. It has greatly improved my energy levels, balance and core strength. Hula Hooping to music adds even more joy to the mix.
Obviously it’s a form of exercise that is well suited to social distancing. If you want to buy your own hoop remember that larger, heavier hoops are easier to start off with. For beginners (adults) I recommend a weighted hoop with a minimum diameter of 100cm. I order my hoops from Oddballs shop based in Camden (www.oddballs.co.uk). There are many other providers online though.
If you would like to discuss what hoop to buy feel free to contact me at email@example.com
Women and girls hula hooping in Lordship Rec at Youthfest 2019
Baby Yoga and toddler yoga with Karen James
Baby yoga online for ages 6weeks to 8mths and 8mths-18mths
Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
And Toddler Yoga for ages 18mths to 4yrs Saturday’s 10am
All classes are £5 All classes are on zoom
Email Karen firstname.lastname@example.org to book and get the zoom link.
Karen at work on a zoom session
Yoga with Em
Open level yoga class
AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT!
A hard workout with our friend Belvin, who ran the marathon for the Hub last year, who is demonstrating a Home workout tutorial/Shape Up with Spurs made by the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation where he works. Good luck!
We hope to see you all again soon. Keep Safe and Keep Well.