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In Person Appointments & Yoga

Hello lovely people!

Surrender to the Moment

Lockdown ends at 12.01 am Wednesday 2 December. I am offering in-person appointments from 7 to 22 December. Please do book in if you would like an appointment before Christmas. If you are booked in but feel uncomfortable about meeting up, just let me know. We all need to do what is right for us in the spirit of self care and kindness to others.

There is a suggestion that the virus will spike again after Christmas. I do not know what this will mean in terms of future Tiers and lockdowns. Currently, I am able to work whichever Tier I live in but will take each day as it comes. My therapy room is only used for work and obviously we will need to work within guidelines: masks, handwashing, sanitising etc. I will be in touch 24 hours before your appointment to ask some screening questions:

Yoga classes will continue online. I suspect this will be the case until the Spring next year. Thank goodness for zoom and the internet. Life would feel very bleak without it. The Morning Dailies and Early Bird Fridays are a haven of connection and community. As ever, our Wednesday evening classes continue the rhythm of term yoga:

Guided Meditations and Reiki Shares also continue online. Distant reiki is available too – a completely novel idea to some of you but it works:

Gift Certificates are available for all therapies and yoga

Namaste! Yvonne x

‘The future buddha is the sangha’

Here’s a link to an interview between one of my yoga teachers, Chris Priest, and J Brown Yoga. It covers the recent history of practice, shares anecdotes, looks at the spirit of practice and the importance of practice as well as community. A few of the many highlights for me were:

  • needing to find a balance between our ego letting us do whatever we want (sukha) and our ego being over controlling (sthira); being disciplined with our practice so that there is just the right amount of tension
  • the need to work with a practice that will hold the mind and reveal how the body is related to the mind
  • the use of ujjayi to explore a gross awareness of the subtle with the possibility of refining our awareness of the subtle
  • the importance of the teacher/student relationship to allow the student to be aware of the games their ego plays and be open to the appropriate practice with guidance
  • how the teacher/student relationship has the possibility of making us aware of the games we play
  • the test of our practice is the way our relationships play out and the way we become aware of the mistakes we make and then our ability to deeply learn from our mistakes and move on
  • the accountability of the teacher and the necessity of peer supervision and presence of community
  • ‘viniyoga’ is an approach not a style; it is a system which allows creativity and spirit of practice
  • the future buddha is the sangha – Thich Nhat Hanh:
    • the teachings cannot be carried by a single person, the community needs to carry the teachings; in this way power is shared and individuals are accountable to one another
  • it is important that there is not an one individual around which the community forms and then stands and protects and therefore hides the shadow side of that individual

The interview with Chris starts at about 18 minutes in: https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

Let me know what you think and if you want to discuss anything that’s covered

Yvonne x

Coffee Pot Philosophy

Thanks for getting in touch about meeting up online to talk about yoga practice and life. I am going to set up one session at a time and we can decide as a collective when to meet next. I feel we need a container or theme for our hour together and each time I will bring selected ideas from the yoga sutras. Here are the details for our first afternoon:

  • Topic: Citta vrttis and the purpose of yoga
  • Time: Friday 27 November @ 2.00 pm for an hour
  • Cost: £10.00 (full rate) / £7.00 (lower rate)
  • What you need:
    • a drink (optional) and comfy chair
    • zoom link (to be supplied)
  • What would be useful but not essential:
    • a copy of the yoga sutras
  • What you don’t need:
    • any prior knowledge

If you want to come to the session but are unable to, there will be a recording available the following week so do still book in and I will send you the recording. I imagine there will be a flow between sessions as some ideas will generate more discussion and reflection than can be fitted into an hour

Please book online or contact me for information/to book: Contact

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