Fife yoga teacher to bring Zen to homeless people on the streets of London

Fife yoga teacher and Holistic Scotland Magazine columnist Scott Hutchison-McDade is set to embark on an all-night outdoor meditation on the streets of London to help raise awareness of the Rough Waking project, which brings Zen yoga and meditation to those who are confined, imprisoned or homeless.

Scott, who is the founder of Dysart-based Positive Change Yoga will join dozens of other peaceful demonstrators at Charing Cross for an 11-hour outdoor stint as part of Buddhist Action Month (BAM) this weekend (Saturday, 29 June 8pm – Sunday, 30 June 8am).

The sitting – organised by Zenways, a training school which promotes and encourages activities and practises to enhance human wellbeing –balance and awakening in the modern world – has been organised to help boost the coffers of the Rough Waking project’s crowdfunding campaign, which has been launched to improve the mental health of the UK’s most vulnerable.  

The cash raised from the crowdfunding campaign will help the Rough Waking project to expand its work – which, for the past five years, has been carried out in partnership with the St Giles Trust charity in London – into other areas of the UK.

The project is supported by a Rough Waking book, which relies on sponsors for its distribution into prisons, libraries and various other venues.

Yoga teacher Scott, who is a former student of Zenways, said: “I’m looking forward to teaming up with my former classmate Bridgette Pallas to do this 11-hour outdoor meditation together to help bring awareness to the plight of homelessness.”

Scott runs a programme of Zen yoga classes and sound journeys at various venues in Fife and beyond. He also hosts yoga and meditation retreats in Cupar and Killin, with a Portugal retreat set to launch next year.

He is involved in various charity events, including a Walk for Positive Change, which will see members of the Fife community walk the Fife Coastal Path from Dysart to North Queensferry on August 18. The sponsored walk founded by Scott will raise money towards the renovation of Dysart Community Hall, as well as Muirhead Outreach Project, which supports vulnerable children.

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