Soup Salutes the Sun in Snowdonia


Yoga is such a huge trend and more people are being recommended to try it and reap the many benefits it has to offer. YouTube boasts hundreds of yoga videos shot in stunning far-flung beach settings, like Hawaii, Australia and LA, which is enough to make anyone want to jump on a mat. However, there’s not many films that are shot in North Wales, where temperatures are at the lower end of the scale. This promotional video for Yoga by 18, was filmed in the achingly, beautiful Llyn Ogwen in Snowdonia. A truly stunning spot, I’m sure you’ll agree, that’s popular with walkers and climbers all year round. Filmed, just last week, it was a little on the chilly side to be practising yoga outdoors in the middle of October but it was well worth it and we’re really pleased with this mini film, which is set to be the start of a series of short sequence videos, all filmed outside.

This short film features Soup’s Video Catalyst, Emma Garland. You’ll often find Emma behind the camera, making sure all our video and animation projects are running smoothly, alongside, creative directors, Garan and Stewart. Emma braved the cold and jumped on the mat to film this Sun Salutation for her Yoga Business, Yoga By 18. Co-founded in 2014, she teaches 4 yoga classes a week, in Chester city centre, @Commonhall Social and @The University of Chester, as well as running day-long workshops throughout the year. She’s also a clean-eating fan and her website features many gluten-free and sugar-refined recipes to try out.

This 30 second film shows one round of Sun Salutation A, followed by a modified version of the sequence which is suitable for beginners and those new to yoga. Ashtanga yoga, which Emma teaches to beginners is focused on building strength, with flexibility coming later. The common myth of being able to touch your toes is something that can be dismissed, as this is certainly not a requirement. Yoga is for everyone, no matter what your ability and there’s a modification for everyone. Emma knows this only too well, having completed her Teacher Training in India whilst 6 months pregnant, with her first child. The intensive training, consisting of 13 hour days, over a 6 week period, in 34C heat, was not only physically challenging but also mentally draining. Modifying poses in the Ashtanga Primary Series, taught Emma that anyone, no matter what your age or ability can practice yoga and gain the many benefits it boasts.

This promotional yoga video production was filmed in Llyn Ogwen, Snowdonia. Watch the film.


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