Day time Reiki Share – poll

healing imageA few people are available for daytime reiki shares but so far I’ve not managed to offer a time/date anyone can make. These are in addition to the Monday evening reiki shares.

Please check all the day/times you can make and I will choose the most popular.  It would be helpful if you only choose the ones that are definite rather than possible.


Reminders …

tree-poseIt’s that time of the week again! Yoga tomorrow morning 7.30 – 8.30 am – let me know if you would like to join us.  If you wake up in the morning and feel the urge to practice, send me a text to let me know you are on your way … (07954 416194).  Or you can email me via the page: Early Bird Yoga

Other dates coming up:


  • One more class next week and then we are on a break until …


Yoga Class Readings and Retreats

I’m a bit behind with my writings following being under the weather and the snowy weather.  In lieu of information about our ideas during class, these are the two readings from this term taken from Soul to Soul: Poems, Prayers and Stories to End a Yoga Class written, edited and collected by John Mundahl:

There is a morning retreat at Yanley Court on Sunday 29 April.  Early bird prices apply until tomorrow! Heres the link: Morning Retreats at Yanley

I am still waiting to hear about the catering for the residential retreat on Dartmoor.  Once this has been confirmed I will post booking forms with information: Yoga on Dartmoor Retreat – September 2018


Morning Retreat Sunday 29 April

goddess_mandala_by_nahimaartI hope you are having a happy snow day!

The morning retreat in April is now on Sunday 29th.  A morning of practice, reflection and connection.  The morning will include yoga practices, social time, group discussion and pranayama (seated breathing practice) & meditation.

Next date:

  • Sunday 29 April 2018 (please note new day/date)
  • Our discussion will include yoga philosphy and aspects of the season
  • Time: 0930 – 1245
  • Spaces: Maximum 10
  • Cost: £35 per person or Early bird £30 per person by 14 March 2018

Click the link to book your space: Morning Retreats at Yanley

Yoga tomorrow: Friday Early Birds cancelled

To avoid the maybe/maybe not confusion, I’m cancelling tomorrow’s Early Bird Yoga.  The chances are it will be icy at 7.30 in the morning and I would rather you did not get stuck trying to get to Yanley Court.  Hopefully back to normal next week.  I’m sure the snow will be a distant memory by then!

Weather and dates

i-love-snow-especially-through-a-window-while-i-am-under-24512766I hope you’re keeping warm in the East wind.  So far, Long Ashton is snowless but if that changes I will let you know in case access is difficult to Yanley Court.  I travel on foot so should be available for appointments and classes as usual.

The exception: if we do get the forecast snow on Thursday I will cancel Friday’s early bird yoga.  Travel early Friday will probably not be advisable.

I have returned the blog/website to it’s former glory.  Some people didn’t get my message that yoga was cancelled last week.  If you are looking for a list of dates, please click on the ‘Guide for 2018’ link, top centre of whichever page you are on.

I wanted to highlight a few dates coming up; there have been some changes due to additional courses starting:


All things being well …

spring blossomThank you for all your lovely messages and warm well wishes.  I finally feel like I am in recovery.  Still a little fragile but moving in the right direction which is a huge relief.  All being well, I will be back to work on Monday.

Monday evening there is a reiki share (1900 – 2100), please let me know if you would like to come along.  I’m really looking forward to this!  There are four spaces left and you are welcome however little or much reiki experience you have:  reiki shares

And yoga returns for a reduced four week term on Wednesday (3 classes) and Friday morning.  All classes now have spaces.  Thank you for being patient, I very rarely cancel yoga.  Please let me know if you would like to join us for the term: Yoga at Yanley


Yoga Classes cancelled this week

Good morning!

I’m so sorry everyone but I need to cancel all my yoga classes this week.  I’ve joined the masses and succumbed to illness.  Some of you have already paid me.  I can either refund you or put it towards next term.  Please let me know what you would prefer.

I will be charging for a 4 week term as follows:

Wednesdays 28 February – 21 March:

  • 0930 – 1100 @ £40
  • 1800 – 1915 @ £35
  • 1930 – 2100 @ £40

Fridays 2 March – 23 March @ £10 per class (drop-in)

I am hoping to continue with one to one appointments from Thursday but will be in touch with you individually to confirm.

With thanks, Yvonne

Reminders of dates

A few things coming up in February, leading to Easter.  The home page has a list of dates with links to relevant pages with information about events and how to book: About Yvonne & 2018

Here some highlights:tree of life

  • New yoga term: Wednesdays 21 February – 21 March and Fridays 23 February – 23 March
  • Reiki share: Monday 26 February (4/6 places left)
  • Reiki Day: Monday 23 April (2/6 places left)
  • Morning retreat: Sunday 29 April (new day/date)

April sees a new term of classes and May has the Introduction to Reiki Course

Please please please let me know if you can’t find something or need more information.  It all looks clear to me but I wrote it!

Blessings, Yvonne x

Morning Retreat at Yanley: 29 April

soul-searching-quote-2-picture-quote-1A beautiful changeable day for our first morning retreat at Yanley yesterday morning.  We explored our connection with this time of year through bhavana (visualisation) and practice, as well as connecting to the centre of our breath.   I hope the lovely group of yogis can put the chilliness of the first session into their experience of emerging Spring, with one foot in winter and one foot in spring.  (I hadn’t realised that anyone was feeling the more wintery side of the year – apologies!)

The next morning is Sunday 29 April (0930 – 1300).  You can book by going to the booking system or sending me an email via this link: Morning Retreats at Yanley

Yoga next term

imbolc-snowdropsThank you for a very grounding and meditative yoga term.  I hope the ideas about winter, earthing and finding your root support (muladhara) informed your practice. The next term starts Wednesday 21 February.  Full details can be found via this link: Yoga at Yanley

February sees the beginning of Spring, bringing our focus to the chest and heart centre to create space for inspiration and compassion.

Please let me know if you are not returning to yoga next term (it would be very useful to know before the start of term).  Thank you!

If you go to the home page there are diary dates for the year.  This includes links for yoga terms, morning retreats and the residential retreat in September.

I hope this new format makes it easy to find out information.  At the top of the page are quick links to the most popular pages.

Any questions, please do get in touch: Contact

Website: Ever evolving

I hope you had an inspiring and restful weekend.  I made a trip to Slimbridge and robin.jpgwhilst sitting in the Kingfisher hide was joined by this chap (or chap-ess).  I also saw my first flocks of lapwings.  I feel recalibrated.

I have spring-cleaned the website/blog.  If you do access it for information, let me know what you think.  I am hoping it is clearer to see what’s available and easier to read.

Right, now to do what I meant to start 2 hours ago …!  Hope your week has spaces to feel the oncoming Spring

February Newsletter

The days are beginning to rush towards the Equinox in March.  I’m really enjoying watching the light return.  I hope you are too.  There’s quite a bit going on this year.  I am slowly creating a full diary page with links to relevant information.  This will become the front page of the website, which I hope will make it easy to find everything.  In the meantime, here’s some highlights:

Early Bird Yoga

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Yanley Court this morning


Thank you for making it to Yanley Court in the dark and sometimes frost.  It’s been a great start to a new class.  We now have an extended break and return Friday 23 February for 5 weeks: Early Bird Yoga

Morning Retreats at Yanley

The February morning retreat is fully booked.  If you want to book for April, please message me or book online: Morning Retreats at Yanley

Wednesday Yoga

the loft
The Loft at Yanley Court

Next term runs 21 February to 21 March: 0930-1100; 1800-1915; 1930-2100.  Please email me to confirm attendance.  Details: Yoga at Yanley


Although classes have a break I am still available for appointments and individual lessons Monday to Friday.


Yoga on Dartmoor

Grimspound walk

For the residential retreat, I will be inviting you to return to High Heathercombe Retreat Centre on Dartmoor.  Spaces are not limited to students who have been away with me before, everyone is welcome.  There will be a maximum of 12 spaces.  There will be an option to arrive at different times during the day on the Friday.  I am waiting to confirm details and costs with the centre.  Once I have these I will let you have full details: Friday 28 September to Sunday 30 September.

Reiki Days

I am starting shared spaces for reiki practitioners, whether practice is personal or professional.  The first day is Monday 23 April.  There are 6 spaces, 2 have been booked: reiki days

Reiki courses

I’m really enjoying the reiki teaching and sharing ideas and ways of being with others.  The next introduction to Reiki is in May (Reiki I): reiki I course.

Reiki II will be available in August – unless holidays are an issue for those who are interested.  I am going to offer two levels to this teaching: everyone will develop their own practice and learn about reiki at this level.  There will be an option to develop this further with case studies and supervision; the aim is to support you to start your professional practice.  Details will be published soon.

Reiki shares

20170725_113412_resizedThese are ongoing: reiki shares.

REIKI SHARE ON 5 FEBRUARY IS POSPONED to  Monday 26 February 1900-2100


That’s it for now.  Thank you for your continued presence.  With love and blessings

Yvonne x






reiki day – 23 April

A day for reiki practitioners to meet to share reiki and be nurtured.  All levels are welcome.  We will cropped-ivy-now.jpgstart with gentle yoga practice in the beautiful loft at Yanley Court.  This will lead to a futon-based reiki share.  The day will include conversation relating to healing experiences and the space for sharing ideas and peer supervision.  Our time will end with a distant healing circle and meditation.

I want the day to feel spacious and restorative.  I was introduced to working with reiki on the futon by a friend and fellow reiki practitioner.  I feel a deeper connection to the person receiving and to everyone giving.  If you are concerned about knees, hips, backs, please don’t be.  There are ways to work to ensure you are comfortable and part of the shared healing process.

  • When: Monday 23 April, 10 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Yanley Court
  • Cost: £55.00 per person (early bird price £45.00, booked by 1 March); payment due at time of booking
  • Everyone to bring lunch; tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided
  • Six spaces available

Email me to reserve your space and to arrange payment: 

Future dates:

  • 25 June
  • 6 August
  • 29 October

Yoga: this term

We are continuing aligning our yoga practice to the seasons.  In winter we can focus on the BK – bahya kumbaka: the empty pot.  This is the still space that follows our exhale, before we inhale.  Last term we used the exhale to bring us into the lower abdomen and then paused to take our awareness into the root of the body, muladhara (mula = root; dhara – support).   This term, the attention is on the BK.

Muladhara and winter are associated with the element of Earth, illustrated beautifully by

Image by Erika Pochybova-John

this image.  This time of year allows us to bring our inner wisdom out of the dark unconscious where it has been rooting in the earth and preparing a foundation for the year ahead to grow and develop in the light.

If you tune into the season, the Earth is beginning to pick up energy and prepare for spring.  We are not separate to this process, we are part of the system.

As before we can work with cakras physically and/or symbolically.  You can choose which approach works for you.  Muladhara’s superficial location on the body is in the perineum, the space between the vagina/testes and anus.  Within the body it is found in the nerve plexus of the coccyx.  It is said that if muladhara is balanced, we will be able to find our path in life and stand on our own two feet; we will have the ability to put down roots and nourish ourselves physically and spiritually.  Wonderful sentiments for the start of a new year.

image: Duncan Baird Publishers

The yantra for muladhara is painted with shades of red and includes the stability of the square, a four petalled lotus and the solidity of a black elephant.  Muladhara is the starting point of the three nadis: susumna, pingala and ida.  In some traditions, the base of the nadis holds primal female energy symbolised as a coiled snake.  Through yoga, this energy rises up the nadis to meet with the male energy from above.  (Kundalini yoga works strongly with these ideas if it is something you want to explore further.)

Working with the BK (and so muladhara) in asana, pranayama and meditation, our ability to be firmly rooted, stable and steady in the mind and body is increased.  The BK prepares the body for the inhale of spring; it gives a springboard for the inhale to create space and lengthen.

Working in this way can have a deeply meditative effect and you can choose to embrace it or fight it.  It’s a space to be rather than do.  Here is an opportunity to explore the moment and embrace where you sit in life and the universe.

Thank you for your continued presence