On 19th March, we celebrate the Spring equinox which marks the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator – the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth's equator – from south to north. The word equinox comes from Latin and means “equality of night and day.” So this is a day of balance when there is as much light as darkness.
Even if I will be away for 6 weeks, I would like to set an intention for us to work on till the Summer Solstice (21st June). This intention revolves around exploring both the light and darkness within us.
What are the qualities we embrace and what the faults we dislike? What are the happy feelings we seek and the difficult feelings we avoid? Which are the parts of our bodies that work well and we forget about and those which give us pain and discomfort? Who are the people in our lives who bring us joy, love and lightness and those we need to support through their struggles? ....
I would like us to bring these explorations onto the mat as we unroll it every day - e...
It feels as if we barely had a chance to embrace summer, before the Halloween parties, pumpkin soups and cosy jumpers are out. And as much as I personally try to cling onto my shorts and flip-flops, the chilly winds and changing colours are a sure sign that Autumn is here.
Autumn is a time of transition. Trees and shrubs are quietly shedding their leaves. There is a subtle browning of the earth. Temperatures are definetly dropping. Wildlife is more scare, either migrated or preparing for the cold winter. And the wind is slowly gathering strength, carrying the tides of winter on its breath.
Autumn harbors a certain emptiness which can leave us feeling exposed and a little raw, but it is also filled with possibility as a time when we can also strip down to a quiet essence of being and embrace more simplicity in our lives.
Yoga helps us do that by allowing us to slow down. When we do a yin or restorative practice, we activate our rest and digest response and create the right conditi...
“Recognize that you have the courage within you to fulfill the purpose of your birth. Summon forth the power of your inner courage and live the life of your dreams.”– Gurumayi Chidvilasananda
I hope you have eased yourself nicely and happily into the new year.
We had a lovely and fairly mellow workshop on Sunday and I plan to do more in 2018 since this one was so popular and since I have now found a new warm and convenient location for us to get together.
The theme we are starting the year with is EASE.
We are going to look at letting go, seeing things differently and being at ease. Yoga helps us to shed old ways of seeing things. I would like us to work on seeing our practice as an opportunity to let go of struggles, of striving, achieving, getting it right, having it all, balancing everything... as an opportunity to make room for a new way of seeing and a new way of being. For this, we are going to work towards handstand as this pose is a great chance to allow us to turn ou...
I know the summer was great, but now we can be thankful for Autumn: the season of red, orange and gold, an explosion of colour, nature's grand finale! I look forward to walking amongst carpets of fallen leaves as the air turns chilly and the body intuitively feels the need for warmer gentler practices and for more nurturing food. Although I also look forward to a hot chocolate sitting in front of the first fire!
In this newsletter I want to tell you about the new timetable and what is happening over the next month. Plus I want to share my feelings on Autumn, but feel free to skip them if you just want to go to the timetable info.
As you will see I have put together the Beginners Yoga with the Restorative Flow on Monday evening, so that there is only one class starting at 6.30 pm. This is because I feel that the beginners are now more than capable of joining the earlier class. It will be slightly longer maybe 15 mins to accommodate time to go through some basics and focus on one posture e...
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth's dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.
—Percy Bysshe Shelley
Sunday 24th April: a morning of both dynamic and restorative Yoga with some time to set inspiring habits. We will use laughter, mindfulness, breath to bloom into a sunny, joyful and positive spring and open our hearts to our full potential. Followed by juices, lunch, treatments and more!
9.30 am - 12 pm: Yoga practice
12 - 1 pm: spring juices and time to chat
1 - 2 pm: picnic / bbq lunch cooked for us by the chef at Old Park Hall
2 pm onwards: spa and treatments for extra cost (at members' price!)
Please note that children and partners can join us for lunch!!
Yoga and juices £28 / Yoga, juices and lunch £38 / Lunch £12 adults, £5 children
I am really excited to have been asked to teach Yoga at the wonderful and newly opened Old Park Hall in Axminster. Not only it is a cool and cosy boutique B&B, but it also has a relaxed Yoga studio looking out onto the Devon countryside.
Check it out oldparkhall.co.uk
The first class will be Sweat, Stretch and Surrender on Sunday 20th March 10 - 12.
We will start with some breathing and mindfulness, move onto a dynamic and sweaty standing sequence, followed by a much slower and more restorative sitting practice, and end with a long savasana to enjoy the stillness of body and mind.