We’re delighted to welcome Donna from Simply Soulful Yoga. She will be hosting a guided Yoga session for beginners. Tickets here…
Her interest in yoga, meditation and holistic therapies dates back to pre-2004; the 30th year of her life became one of great significance when, not only did she embark on a journey of self-discovery but she also decided to change career, life style and relocate to Devon as a result of this journey.
Her interest in well-being started with Reiki, when she discovered that we have the ability to self-heal. This led her to another and then another therapy training course, which eventually led her to yoga teacher training; the rest is history as they say!
Donna loves all things yoga and had often dreamed about training as a yoga teacher, but thought she was “too old, too inflexible, too over-weight” to be a yoga teacher. However, when she mentioned this to a friend, she simply said “You’re never too old to learn new things, and besides these things are what will help you be a fantastic yoga teacher” and of course, she was right!
Having worked in this field for almost 15 years, and after extensive training with the Association of Reflexologists (AOR), International Institute of Health & Holistic Therapies (IIHHT), The School of Natural Health Sciences (SNHS), Friends of Yoga Society International (FRYOG), and the Water Skills Academy (WSA) she is a qualified FRYOG Yoga Teacher, Holistic & Complementary Therapist, Nutritional Coach and a WSA Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Board Instructor.
In November 2020, Oxford10 was approached by the charity ‘My Big Career’, which was seeking volunteers to help conduct mock interviews with students at state schools in Hackney hoping to study at Oxbridge.
Without hesitation, the team at Oxford10 drafted an email to its vast network of alumni asking them whether they could offer one or two hours of their free time. The response was truly amazing and My Big Career received overwhelming interest in helping out.
Overall, the charity paired 39 students from 19 schools with 10 of the Oxford Alumni volunteers and after the interviews had finished, Oxford10 received an incredibly kind message from the charity:
We just wanted to extend a huge thank you for sharing the practice Oxbridge Interviews volunteering opportunity with the Oxford10 alumni network. It was a big success and the volunteers were amazing; giving some great advice and calming the nerves of the students who attended the sessions. We hope the volunteers themselves enjoyed the experience and we are really happy that a lot of them would like to hear about future opportunities.
I would also like to give you some feedback figures: – 100% said that they really benefited from attending the event. – 100% said that they felt more confident after the session. – 93% that they would attend another event in the future.
The team at Oxford10 keeps its fingers crossed and hopes that as many participating students get into the Oxbridge universities as possible. We would love to welcome future alumni to Oxford10!
On Thursday 17th December, Oxonians from around the world joined together to sing Christmas carols – virtually!
It was the first time for many of us to sing classics such as ‘Good King Wenceslas’ and ‘O Come, All ye Faithful’ in a Zoom environment, but this did not dampen the alumni’s enthusiastic efforts to bring the carols to life.
We sang to the accompaniment of a recording of the Oxford Bach Choir’s carol concert in the Sheldonian Theatre, which brought back fond memories of the city. Attendees also enjoyed sharing stories of their own holiday customs, and the foods and drink they like to create and share with friends and family at Christmastime.
We would like to thank all the alumni who could join us and who contributed their stories (and their singing voices!) to this festive celebration.
We would like to invite all Oxford Alumni to our ‘Oxford10 Christmas Carol Singing Event’ Friday 17th December 2020 at 19:00 – 20:30.
It will be a great way for all alumni to collate and gather together to celebrate the festive period!
Even with this year being quite different to others, we can come together to sing along and collate our festive stories during this Oxfordian gathering! Backing carol tracks were recorded in the Sheldonian Theatre.
Please register for FREE for the event which is to be held over ZOOM.
Raise a Glass of Christmas Cheer For Oxford Alumni Cohort
Singing Carols (all carol lyrics and materials will be provided)
Final Christmas Message
We look forward to you attending and joining in this unique Christmas celebration amongst Oxford Alumni from across the world!
Note: Zoom Link to be sent to confirmed attendees prior to the event.
Covid 19 has taken the energy out of many of us and we are in a moment of uncertainty. We have no idea how things will unfold.
With this in mind, Oxford10 invited Sophie who has been running mindfulness sessions for many years, to not only give us a talk about mindfulness but to also show us how we can use it in our everyday lives.
In today’s session we learned that mindfulness can give us stability when we feel the carpet has been pulled from under our feet. It appears that we are being distracted 47% of our time and this leads to our mind wandering around.
In two short mindfulness practice tasks of 2 and 4 minutes each, we found out that we have a direct experience and a narrative experience with our mind. Sophie told us what to focus on so that we can shift our experience with our mind in order to stop the talking in our head.
We finished the session by writing down ten things that nourish us and also a few things that deplete us and how we can shift these energy depleting things from our list. A wonderful experience that came at the right time when so many of us are experiencing fatigue and are looking for ways to calm our minds.
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