Barefoot Takes Over Symphony Hall – Yoga for Alzheimer’s

Monday 13 June, found Symphony Hall’s spacious Grand Foyer overrun not by concert-goers in their glad-rags but colourful yogis of all ages and abilities, armed with their yoga mats and ready to sweat, stretch and breathe for a good cause.

4 of your favourite Barefoot teachers took it in turns to lead the 3-hour yoga fiesta. By the end, participants were completely chilled out and fired up for the week. There was a palpable sense of dreamy, feel-good vibes that seemed to permeate through the building. Even the rush and bustle of lunchtime crowds through the building felt like a part of the vibrant flow.


Suzi got our yogic fire going with some pranayama (breathing exercises) and gentle movements to limber up. She brought our attention – and intention – towards the theme of the day: memory and forgetting. Imagine if you forgot the faces of the people you love? Terrifying as the thought was, she offered a fresh perspective – forgetting can also be liberation, freedom. In our day-to-day lives, perhaps we can forget the little stresses and strains, forgive the little injustices, and live a little freer.

Triangle pose

Faye’s strengthening Hatha sequence was a perfect build-up to the more physically challenging flow led by Rosanna.

Revolved wide legged standing forward fold

Tag-team teaching is fab! Massively beaming smiles and radiating out love, teachers love the chance to take part in classes too.

Hilary Evans, Chief Executive at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “The money raised will make a real difference, bringing us ever nearer to finding new preventions and treatments through the world-class research we fund.”

Thanks to everyone who contributed your time, money, efforts and kind intentions, as well as helped raise awareness about Alzheimer’s!