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healthy movement, but in fact, one of the most helpful elements is the impact these things have on, arguably, the most important organ; the mind.
See below the number of different ways the mind is supported by something as simple as moving and breathing....
Releases endorphins triggering a positive feeling in your body
St Martins updates..
COME ON MEMBERS!!! WE NEED YOU!! This is your chance to have your say. We meet Tuesdays at 1pm for one hour. Come and Join us, have a coffee have a chat. We have loads of exciting plans in the pipeline and we need your input. NOW!!!!
Our Gardening Club is up and running and meet every Thursday at 11.00 at Under 1 Roof. As any gardener will tell you there is always something to do in the garden, so whatever your ability or knowledge there is plenty for you to enjoy.
Our next First Aid Course is on Friday 27th April. This is a two hour course provided by The Red Cross, that enables participants to develop the willingness and confidence to act in a first aid emergency.
Building Better Habits Well Being Tool Kit... Our latest course starts on the 1st May. We will be working within a small group aimed to give practical advice and coping strategies to dispel negative thoughts and fears, and cope with everyday life.
FREE HAIR CUTS are still going, so we are happy to announce another session on the 23rd April. Appointments go fast so make sure you book in, and keep an eye on what's coming up at Under 1 Roof for future dates.
Our next healing sessions are on the 20th April and the 4th May. of April Half hour appointments are available between 10.15 and12.15. If you've never tried it before and want to find out more then give us a call.
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Releases endorphins which reduce your perception of pain
Boosts self esteem and confidence
This issue focuses on health and you will find a number of articles relating to movement activities. We are told time and again the benefits to our body that are gained through good nutrition and
Protects against Alzheimer's dementia and other dis-eases
Spring is here and we are now in British Summer Time. Blossom is starting to appear on the trees, and we already have 5 more hours daylight and with the clocks going forward we have another hour. Roll on the Summer!!
Come the spring we all feel rejuvenated and have a renewed sense of optimism and vigour.
When natural sunlight hits the skin it triggers the body’s production of Vitamin D (also known as “the sunshine vitamin.”) It is a crucial ingredient for overall health; protects against inflammation, lowers high blood pressure, helps muscles and improves brain function and may even protect against cancer.
This issue is all about health. We at under one roof offer a plethora of health related courses.
Art Work of
A big thank you to Belona who has been running the Press Ahead journalism course at Under-1-Roof for the last two months. Everyone who participated has learnt so much and this newsletter is a direct consequence of all her efforts. If you want to try your hand at writing an article for the newsletter or you have an opinion you want heard then please come and join the editorial team between 11am and 12am every thursday. We need your contributions and enthusiasm.
We asked Sally, our yoga tutor to tell us a bit about her classes:
"Yoga is about the mind -body connection and learning to come back to yourself. It is sometimes about challenging yourself and finding your limits: other times its about softening, letting go and relaxing into who you are.
I often hear people say I'm not flexible enough to do yoga or they feel they have the wrong body shape. The truth is , there is a form of yoga for everybody and if you can breathe you can do yoga!
A yoga practice brings so many benefits. On a physical level it helps develop strength, flexibility balance and stamina. Yoga also benefits our mental health by moving though the postures, syncing our breath with the movements and focusing on the sensations of the body we learn to become more present, more aware, more mindful. Eventually we learn to still the mind, to quieten that incessant internal chatter. As we focus on the body we learn to let go of tension, stress and worries. We learn to slow down, develop better control of our emotions and increase our sense of calmness.
So as we challenge ourselves and find our centre in a yoga posture on the mat, it can help us deal better with other areas of our lives which may be difficult. It helps us find balance by developing a deeper understanding and trust of our own unique bodies; our strengths and weaknesses. Yoga can bring a wonderful sense of well-being so why not give it a go and you may discover something new about yourself."
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The government scheme will see a bundle of income-based benefits, including Jobseekers’ Allowance, tax credits and housing benefit - merged into one payment starting in October in Norwich.
This reform of the benefits system has proved controversial, with previous claimants having to wait up to 6 weeks for payment. To address this, the initial 7 day waiting period has been removed and advances are now available within 5 days of asking. This is an advance and does need to be paid back, but you will have up 12 months to do that.
Universal Credit is paid monthly in arrears, directly into your account. Most benefits in the existing system are paid fortnightly in arrears. The monthly payment is designed to make benefits feel more like a monthly salary. To assist with this, Housing Benefit claimants will receive an extra 2 weeks payment when they first claim Universal Credit bridging the gap before it settles into a regular monthly payment cycle.
Before it comes in, the two main things people can do to prepare is to make sure they have an account it can be paid into, and to develop a monthly budget plan.
At Under 1 Roof we run the Trusted Tenants Programme that can support people on these areas and also other matters relating to sustaining your tenancy. If our members want more support in developing a budget plan then we can arrange an appointment with an advisor from Shelter. There is also an online money manager for Universal Credit claimants from the money advice service.
Preparing now in advance of it coming in will make the transition to Universal Credit much smoother for those claiming it.
There is a Universal Credit Helpline on 0800 328 9344 and further information is available at www.understandinguniversalcredit.gov.uk
Since then I have noticed my anxiety is much lower and my general mental health is much more under control. I am 100% convinced that yoga has played a huge part in achieving this. I strongly recommend it to everyone who has mental health issues. Why not give both yoga and mindfulness a go, after all, what have you got to lose? D Cullingford
THE HORRIBLE PAINS'S STILL WITH ME
GOTTA DRAG MYSELF OUT
I FEEL ADRIFT IN A SEA OF DESPONDANCY
THE ISOLATION'S KILLING ME
IM FEELING SO EMPTY
TIMES PASSING AND LEAVING ME BEHIND
IS JUST SO HORRIBLY LONELY
THE WORLDS STILL TURNING AND ONCE AGAIN
I AM A BYSTANDER
IVE GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS HORRIBLE
BENEFITS OF YOGA ON MENTAL HEALTH
A PERSONAL ACCOUNT
Back in the spring of 2013 I was advised by my probation officer to attend U1R to learn some I.T. skills and gain access to an email address. I started attending the Tuesday basic I.T. class and I achieved those aims. Whilst doing the computer training I became aware of a yoga class taking place at Tuesday lunchtime, but never gave it another thought. I continued with the training and became more curious as to what this “yoga” was all about. I have always been interested in keeping fit and I was and still go regularly to the gym. A mate who I met at computers attended the yoga every week and eventually persuaded me to give it a go. This was spring 2014. I went along thinking I would be sitting crossed legged humming. How wrong I was. The whole experience was great, lots of movement, a challenge to my mind and body, and most important to me, a reduction in my anxiety levels. As a recovering drug addict and alcoholic I look out for any tools which will help me on my journey towards my aim which is contentment. After a while I started attending other yoga classes as well as the U1R class and started noticing progress both physically and mentally. In most things we do in life we judge and are being judged all the time. I found the yoga environment different. The atmosphere in all the classes was calm and relaxed, but full of energy. A real challenge, but not a competition. Just gradual progress. I now do several classes a week and have taken up the Mindfulness classes that are also available at U1R. Both practices compliment each other as learning breathing techniques is the key.
Each movement and set of practices is based on the energy system of the body. The Chinese mapped a whole network of channels around the body showing where the energy flows. When energy naturally flows through our bodies it brings vitality and health. And conversely, when our energy is blocked for any reason, stagnation occurs which eventually leads to disease.
We asked Ed "the boxing guy" why people should join his class. This is what he said "There are a multitude of reasons to take up any sport, but I would argue that boxing is underestimated for what it has to offer. I have seen for years now how much people benefit in ways they never expected when they began. The obvious benefits are fitness, staying active, learning a self defence art. Equally as important is raising self esteem, confidence, relaxation and focus of the mind. Our class is a little unique; we offer real applicable boxing techniques and skills that will boost fitness and stamina all in a relaxed, social environment. "
Alisia said “I come to Boxercise as it is a good atmosphere and makes me feel better. I suffer from anxiety and depression and it lifts my mood and gives me more energy. Good fun too. Good Peeps.”
Colin said " I urge anyone to come to boxercise because they will gain fitness and basic boxing skills in a fun and relaxed environment.
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Qigong is the practice of focusing the mind on simple, gentle movements following the natural rhythm of the breath. Probably best known as the powerful basis of tai chi. Its principles are based on Chinese medicine and has been practised in Eastern countries for thousands of years.
Qigong can be experienced on many different levels, body, mind and spirit, which attracts a wide range of people. It can be used as an effective form of exercise for those who consider themselves unfit or limited in their physical capacity. However, Qigong is much more than this. Qigong literally means energy work and is classed as a healing art because of its powerful healing effects on the body and mind.
THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD AS WE THAT OUR LEFT GROW OLD
AGE SHALL NOT WEARY THEM NOR THE YEARS CONDEMN
AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN AND IN THE MORNING WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
In class we learn where we hold tension in our bodies, and how to move with minimal muscle movement. This simple relaxed movement releases tension, allowing the natural energy to flow. As we relax and our minds calm we experience our energy and we can influence its movement around our body. After just a single class people report feeling relaxed and energised.
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