The Nook, a beautiful yoga studio found in the center of Coventry, held an open day with a selection of classes, nibbles & drinks and an opportunity to look around. Having done most of my yoga virtually over the last year I couldn’t wait to get back to an in person class and got myself booked onto a slow flow yoga and I thought the sample day was a great chance to try the calligraphy which I’ve not done before. Joined by my friend Jai, I headed down to the studio, yoga mat in hand…
A friendly greeting upon arrival and a show of where calligraphy would be (this was our first session) and we were settled and ready to go. I wasn’t sure of what to expect from this other than I would be rubbish at it with my unsteady hands and scruffy handwriting.
Michelle, the founder of the Nook and calligraphy teacher gave us a short talk about her background and some foundations about calligraphy which was a whistle-stop as it was a taster session but really interesting and we got cracking at the short exercises to help us develop our skills. I was pleasantly surprised that I wasn’t awful at it (as I was expecting), partly because there is so much more that goes into it than I had imagined! It was so therapeutic and when you get more advanced it can be so beautiful.
By the end of class we had gone through how to handle the pen (which made me feel like I was in Harry Potter with the dipping in ink), a series of pen strokes, followed a template and then onto a freehand go and writing the same as we’d done in the template. Mine is by no means perfect but I’m so proud of it not being a complete mess and it will be going on my study wall.
Michelle runs full calligraphy workshops that takes you through this process in more detail and takes you through the whole alphabet and you can take away the pens and ink, plus there is a cheeky prosecco included! I enjoyed it so much that I’m now booked onto the summer workshop. It also seems like a great way to spend a few hours in the tranquility of the studio doing something calming after how off balance the past year has been.
After some snacks and tea (Lemongrass & Ginger, and Mango Noir were what I tried and both were excellent, Jai tried the snacks which she said were awful in what was a clear lie to make me feel better as, due to dietary requirements, I couldn’t have the cookies!) it was then onto our yoga class. I normally practice with Rebecca’s strong and flexible yoga but I knew her class would be amazing and so thought it would be good to try something a bit different, so opted for Hatha Slow Flow.
It was (for me who does yoga most weeks) a gentle paced class with some lovely stretches and twists so a great one if you want to slow things down or for absolute beginners who want to give yoga a try. The main thing for me though was to be able to practice in the studio again. I’ve said it before and I’m sure I will say it again – it is such a tranquil space. Perfect to be in the moment and allow some mindfulness. There are advantages to online live yoga in your home but nothing can beat an in person class in a place designed as it is.
I’ve recently moved to North Warwickshire so can’t make regular classes anymore but I’ll certainly be getting there when I can, especially if there are any workshops running. If you are thinking of starting or returning to yoga I’d highly recommend The Nook as a place to do so. There is nothing else like this in Coventry and I find that I keep up with my practice better because it is a place I want to go to.
Thank you to Michelle and everyone at The Nook for the open day, I had a great time and look forward to returning. Also it’s worth a note that the studio is fully Covid safe and certified so, they have hand gels, disinfectant sprays, distancing and I felt very safe there.
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