Yoga Spaces

This is the last week of Wednesday yoga, Fridays finished last week.  The next term begins:

  • Friday Early Bird: Friday 2 November 0730-0830
  • Wednesday 7 November 1800-1915 and 1930-2100

I will of course remind you nearer the time.  Please let me know now if you are unable to return next term.  Spaces are limited and I would like to be able to offer spaces to those who are waiting if they are available – thank you!

Morning Retreats return in 2019.  Click the link for details

Happy practicing!

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Suggested programmes on BBC iplayer

trust me i'm a doctorMichael Mosley seems to be everywhere.  I’m really enjoying the programmes he is involved in.  If you were at one of the Wednesday evening classes recently, here is a link to the programme where they look at the effect of massage on white blood cells.  The massage in question looks like Swedish massage and is skin to skin.  I’m not sure how this translates to clothed massage or the effect of massaging just the feet as in Reflexology.  I would like to think that any therapeutic touch will elicit the same benefit.  I’ve always told clients to choose the therapy they enjoy the most as this is the one that will be the most beneficial.  What do you think? :

Link to Trust Me I’m a Doctor (Eps 5, Series 8)

And the next programme was on last night.  They look at the benefits of Tai Chi compared to Zumba and the results really are worth listening to.  I know we do not do Tai Chi and I suspect a teacher from that tradition would be able to give an opinion on what is happening energetically and physically.  But it makes you think about all mindful bodywork approaches …:

Link to Trust Me I’m a Doctor (Eps 6, Series 8)


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Supporting clients with cancer

‘Yvonne was a great help to me during my treatment and recovery from breast cancer. Throughout our weekly sessions her approach was both flexible and supportive. The therapy I received was personally tailored to how I was feeling that day. I enjoyed massage, reflexology and yoga. I always felt more relaxed afterwards and I am sure our sessions together contributed to me regaining full movement of my arm after surgery.  More recently I have continued to enjoy weekly group yoga / meditation classes with Yvonne that are thoughtfully planned and mindful of our individual circumstances’ (Anon.)

Chronic back pain

‘I’ve been a regular client of Yvonne’s for over ten years now. I first went to see her for help with relief for chronic back pain. I have a slipped disc and eventually, in my fifties, the pain became quite crippling and interfered with my ability to do my job. Initially Yvonne treated me with reflexology, and has since occasionally also used Thai massage.

I have always found her utterly professional in her approach, open and willing to discuss and explain, and totally sympathetic and understanding. My back and I have benefited enormously from her skills. Treatments take place in a calm, soothing environment, conducive to healing, and I always come away feeling physically better (stronger, or less achy, or relieved of a nagging pain) as well as generally uplifted. My back problem is, of course, a permanent one, although regular exercise (Pilates) and some medical interventions, alongside regular sessions with Yvonne have combined to make it entirely manageable.

I trust Yvonne totally and I know I’m in safe hands, which has always been very important for me. Other approaches I tried in the early days (chiropractice, osteopathy, physiotherapy, acupuncture) either made no difference at all, or actually caused me severe pain and frightened me off allowing anyone within a mile of my back. Yvonne has magic hands that channel empathy and healing. She is simply never allowed to move away from Bristol – I could not manage without her.’ (Shirley)

Morning Retreat

Some comments about the morning retreat:

‘… a quiet afternoon after a lovely morning.  Thank you for a lovely start to half-term’

‘… I did enjoy the morning it was perfectly paced. Thank you …’

‘… It was really lovely.  I’ve missed your classes in that beautiful space, and great to practise again in a group …’

‘… It was very different from other classes I have been to. Reflection is not my thing! I did find that we were standing too long which effectively seized up my lower back but it did recover.  It was good to get a different experience but I am not sure that it ticks my boxes. Thank you anyway’

‘… I thoroughly enjoyed the morning.  For me it was the right mix of yoga, discussions and meditation …’

‘... I think this morning was a real success … especially on a Sunday …’