100 Day Challenge: supporting Great Ormond Street Hospital

By 22 November 2016News
Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity

As an early preview of next month’s theme of GIVING, we are very pleased to introduce Fierce Grace Brixton member Affiong Uffort.  She is currently midway through a 100 day hot yoga challenge to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) so of course we wanted to find out more…

On discovering hot yoga

“I discovered Hot Yoga 12 years ago. After having my twin girls, I was overweight and going through some personal challenges. I saw someone practicing hot yoga on TV, and I immediately researched it online, and joined my local branch.  Prior to Fierce Grace, I was just practicing the normal Bikram yoga which was just the same series of 26 postures for every class. Fierce Grace gave me options. It allows me to go deeper into my practice. I love the variety of classes, and all the teachers bring something different to each class.  Fierce Grace is amazing.”

Why a 100 Day Challenge?

“I previously did a 90 Day hot yoga challenge for great Ormond Street Charity in 2011. That was very challenging but thoroughly enjoyable. I went deeper with my postures. Some that I couldn’t do previously just fell into place during the challenge. I just had a beautiful little baby boy in August, and I’m just thankful for his health I just wanted to give back. Hence the challenge for charity.”

GOSH

“I chose this particular charity because I love Great Ormond Street and appreciate the work they do. As someone with three wonderful children, sometimes we tend to forget about those who are struggling with a sick child. To have hospital like GOSH there to care for the really sick children and make them better is really amazing. Especially when you see them all grown up and adults in the community. It’s important to support them financially to ensure they can keep doing the great work they do.”

The 100 Day Challenge

“My practice has definitely changed. I can now do a proper back bend and the pain in my spine from my epidural has completely disappeared. I still struggle with some postures, but with time I’ll get better.  I use the full range of classes to work my whole body but my favourite is classic.   It’s still tough as nails, but I really enjoy it.  I love triangle pose! It’s funny, but every time I do triangle I feel free, like I release the stress, the worries, the tension and everything else I want to get rid of.  Standing head to knee still eludes me, but I will keep pushing.  Watch this space!”

Local life

“I’ve lived in Tulse Hill for about 12 years and I love how vibrant Brixton/Tulse Hill is. Brockwell Park is amazing! I love hanging out here in the summer, picnicking with the kids, and I love the Ritzy Cinema, it’s very cosy and welcoming.”

Donating

“Support Great Ormond Street and make a donation at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Affiong-Uffort2

And support our charities long term by shopping at http://affyuffort.arbonne.com. 20% of our profits go to GOSH and HTB charities.”