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What a week!

Thank you for joining me for yoga, meditation, reiki and bodywork online. Your openness to try something different and to connect has been hugely supportive. I’ve been touched by your feedback, generosity and concern for my own welfare.

Note to me: reminders, learning & gratitudes

  • Yoga can be simple. The simplest practices are often the most profound (Ranju Roy and Dave Charlton)
  • Practice: Doing it is more important than what you do (Chris Priest)
  • I need to be offline as well as online
  • By putting the support in place, I can let go of the outcome (abhyasa/vairagya)
  • Learning and wisdom arises when needed
  • People are generous and like to help
  • Community/Sangha is wanted and needed
  • Telling the people I love that I love them
  • I’m lucky

I am working until 5 pm today and back on Monday morning. I will return messages then but am aware some of you are self-isolating and on your own. If you need contact before Monday please ask.

Next week there are two 30-minute classes each morning, an hour class on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, a reiki share on Wednesday morning. And I’m seeing some of you for individual appointments. There’s plenty of space for more appointments/classes … let me know if you want to meet up.

In the meantime this beautiful and pertinent reading from Soul to Soul:

Coronavirus update & support

Good morning, I hope you’ve had a healthy weekend. Following my email last week I wanted to discuss some ideas and get some feedback if you feel drawn to give it:

Me: I am fit and well without symptoms and am continuing to work until I am told otherwise. My governing bodies are repeating the advice from PHE and I am washing hands, wiping surfaces, offering hand gel out, using paper towels, clean couch covers, etc. I have requested that anyone who feels unwell stays at home to rest, even if the symptoms are not related to Covid-19 virus. If you have been abroad then it is probably best to rearrange your appointment to cover yourself and me and the clients who are coming to see me. When you visit Yanley Court, please wash your hands when you come in and as you leave.

Cancellation policy: I ask for 48 hours notice but I do not charge for cancelled appointments due to illness. This leaves me in a bit of a scarey financial position. I have had four people cancel this week. Cancellations are occurring because individuals have have decided to self-isolate due to being in the high risk group or are not sure if they feel well or not. I want everyone to do what is right for them. There is no point in coming for an appointment if it makes you feel vulnerable and I am very grateful that my well being is also being considered. So this is my plan in terms of a cancellation charge:

  • To request 50% of the appointment fee at time of cancellation and then charge 50% of the appointment fee when you come for your next/rearranged appointment. This means I spread my potential income and stay afloat whilst honouring my policy to support people who have to cancel due to illness

This has been received favourably so far. Again, I’m very grateful.

YOGA CLASSES: At this stage, I am planning to teach my Wednesday classes. It may be that I am advised otherwise and will update you as I am updated. As I said last week, please bring your own mats, towels to cover shared equipment and wash your hands on arrival and as you leave the centre. If you feel unwell, please forego the class.

Individual yoga lessons could happen over skype or similar video call services if you would prefer.

REIKI SHARES: There is a reiki share on Friday afternoon. One person has cancelled as they are in the high risk group. I am thinking the share could be different: reikju empowerments, meditation and a healing circle for all. This would avoid close contact but allow us to get together. The shares are a very healing space and that’s what is needed at the moment. Please let me know your thoughts and let’s stay in touch as the week progresses.

SELF-HELP: There are lots of ideas being shared on social media. Long Ashton now has a facebook page for supporting all residents which is a great idea. I’m sure you’ve thought of the following:

  • Research taking supplements. I am not a nutritionalist so am unable to advise. I’m taking a high quality vitamin C supplement and eating plenty of pulses and fruit and veg (while it’s available)
  • I’m keeping up my exercise and movement and going into the garden or walking
  • I’m finding ways to counter anxiety and fear by going online and finding some meditations to do. I’m also finding films and programmes that I enjoy
  • My home yoga practice is invaluable. Go online and look at yoga practices for ideas or get in touch with me for a home practice
  • Find out what your local shops are offering. Our Post Office is offering out of hours services by appointment and home deliveries. Our farm shop is also offering support

If you need to isolate yourself physically but please reach out and stay connected to others. We can always have a chat on the phone or online if you’re wanting some contact.

Any comments about this post / sharing information would be great.

Much love Yvonne

Visiting Yanley Court

Good morning!

After a stunning day in LA yesterday, this morning is treating us to icy rain! It certainly has a sting.

As concern increases over the spread of Coronavirus, we want to reassure you that we are taking the necessary measures to keep Yanley Court as clean and safe as possible.

Hand sanitiser is on order and will be at each entrance from the end of this week. In the meantime, there is plenty of hand wash for use in the bathrooms. Please can I encourage you to clean your hands when entering and leaving Yanley. You may not be in one of the high risk groups but many of the therapists have clients who are. It will be supportive and reassuring for those clients to feel that we are doing what we can to make their visit to the centre safe and nurturing.

If you come to classes in the Loft, there will be wipes to clean mats and equipment at the end of each session. Most of you bring your own mats which is great. If you do not have your own, perhaps now is a good time to invest in one? Please bring a towel to place over blocks and bolsters if they are for shared use. If you require water please bring your own water bottle as we are going to restrict the use of our glasses and mugs for the time being. If you carry your own sanitising gel it would be greatly appreciated if you can bring it with you.

I have had some people cancel appointments or not come to class because they are feeling unwell. For me, this is a very positive result and something I hope will continue into the future. If you are unwell, please stay at home and rest. Perhaps we will get rid of the attitude of ‘it’s just a cold’ and allow ourselves to rest up and get properly well. The body is intelligent, it will tell us when we need to stop. We just have to listen.

If you have any comments or concerns, please let me know.

Many thanks, Yvonne

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