Yoga in Herm

Last weekend I was privileged to attend a Beinspired Yoga weekend in Herm.

Everyone had lots of fun and benefited from some great classes and instruction from Emma, Vicky and Sheila. My job was to take some photographs to show the workshop, as well as sneak away occasionally to try and take some personal work. Another prominent feature of the weekend of course was the weather, we saw some disruption to the programme due to the severe gales and rain that hit the area that weekend. But nothing could dampened the spirits of the people who braved the journey. The staff on Herm were wonderful, the classes took place at the White House Hotel and we had some lovely meals at the Mermaid Tavern.

I will let Emma cover the weekend from her perspective on her website, but here are a few of my images of the weekend.

The classes were very well organised and I must say I have great respect for those who practice yoga, whatever their experience and abilities, it really does seem to be a way of life for many.

Sheila also took an introductory session in watercolour during some free time in the afternoon, what better for people to practice on than scenes of the lovely island of Herm. The enthusiasm was infectious.

Thank you to Vicky for taking the time to allow me take a few photographs of her doing some yoga on the beach, also for being taken by me to the other end of the island in the rain only to find that the conditions were so bad we didn't take any more pictures.

But if you can't do what you want to there are always other opportunities, like this delightful detail of rain dripping off some pine needles.

Now most people probably thought I was still in bed when they started their yoga class on Sunday morning, but no, one of my loves is landscape photography and a gale and driving rain wasn't going to put me off! I got my spiritual fulfilment walking around for a few hours from well before dawn. All the pictures you see here were taken in the rain. But bad weather also means mood and emotion, something I love portraying. Overall I impressed myself with what I managed to achieve under the conditions, though I was limited to pointing the lens away from the wind to avoid the rain. My camera gear is still drying out in a container with lots of silica gel.

There was no obvious sunrise, it just gradually went from black to dark grey and lighter shades of grey, Belvoir Bay is seen here still pre-dawn with one of the highest tides of the year.

Shell Beach in Herm is world famous, here is my view from the weekend, making use of the billowing grasses in the blowing wind.

Herm Common is surprisingly large and on such a wild and windswept day has an appeal that reminds me of moorland such as the Yorkshire Moors, even though the sea is just behind.

The whole weekend was a very worthwhile experience. Thank you Emma for asking me to attend.