It’s been a while since I’ve written with any news. I have been immersed in courses and study. It’s been lovely to put the books down and enjoy the Spring air!
The newest change to my practice is Ayurvedic massage and I am really looking forward to sharing this with you. A two hour full body massage – marmabhyanga – is available. It’s an amazingly deep, personalised, restorative massage using herb based oils. There is the option of a more focused one hour Ayurvedic massage: ayurvedic-massage
Ayurveda and Yoga are sister philosophies with both practices complementing the other. So an obvious space to offer is a Retreat for One to have a deeper reflective experience: retreat-for-one
My Thai bodywork practice continues. Having used both the couch and the futon, I now practice solely on the massage couch. Unlike Ayurvedic massage, this massage is received through clothes. Both approaches have similar energetic principles. Which to choose is often a combination of familiarity and personal preference. Please contact me if you want to discuss which would be more suitable. Information for can be found here:thai-massage-bodywork
Yoga classes continue for two more Wednesdays then we stop for Easter. We return in the last week of April. As well as the Wednesday classes, Friday Early Birds returns. This is structured differently to last year. All links to the classes, individual lessons and retreats can be found here: yanley-yoga
From 1 April my prices will be increasing. Yoga classes and individual lessons (except courses) remain the same, as do Reiki options: Prices
There is an introduction to reiki course (reiki I) on the first Friday of March. Two places are still available if you would like to learn more about this simple, mindful practice: reiki-courses
Friday morning Early Bird Yoga returns at the end of April. There are already people booking in, which is a heartening response. If you want to join us, you can send me an email and/or book the first session via the online system. Here’s a link to the site page: friday-early-bird-yoga
From April, I will be offering Ayurvedic Massage. I will post some information nearer the time. It’s a really wonderful therapy to give and receive. I’m very excited to share it with you, I couldn’t resist letting you know!
And a huge thank you to clients and students who have written reviews for the booking page. I’m really grateful. If you have been coming to classes or for therapies and feel moved to leave a review, you just go on the booking page, click the review button in the left hand corner and enter the details.
That’s it for now. Happy Monday and see you very soon.
I have finally reached a point where I cannot deny it’s almost Christmas. I am more drawn to the Winter Solstice and the celebration of the returning of the light alongwith the continuation of withdrawal and dreaming; the planting of new ideas and wisdoms to be grown as the light returns. The Solstice is at the end of the week. There are various articles and programmes about what is and what is not a Solstice tradition. A friend and I have made our own! I find it deeply restorative and it’s a moment to be part of time and the universe, not separate to it. In terms of the breath, this is the time of the pause after the exhale, the BK / empty pot. In this moment, we can let go of habits and holdings that are restrictive rather than supportive. It’s a powerful moment to enjoy a pause and observe. You may be surprised what it is your mind suggests you let go of.
This is my final week of work and them I am on holiday until 7 January 2019. My diary is full this week but sometimes clients have to cancel so let me now if you were hoping to book in and I will contact you if a space becomes available.
Yoga returns for a six week term on Wednesday 9 January at 1800 and 1930. Please see Yanley Yoga for information.
Yoga practice: I have not managed to film a practice. Technology failed me, or I failed it. I will try again in the New Year. In the meantime, here’s a practice to allow you to ease into the Solstice and take some time out especially if Christmas is a busy celebration for you. Hopefully the postures will be familiar and the notation is self-explanatory. Do ask if you are unsure. Allow your body to explore the postures and keep the breathing gentle, be mindful without challenging the breath but slow enough for the body and mind to connect and dissolve into the stillness of this time of year. And remember to pause particularly after the exhale. Let go and observe without judgement.
In January I will open bookings for the Morning Retreat on Sunday 17 February. I am not running a residential retreat next year. Would you be interested in a day at Yanley Court? And if so, what time of year would that be? Does it have to be a weekend for you? Let me know your thoughts.
I am continuing to develop my reiki teaching and aspects of elemental healing. I teach reiki to support you to develop your own mindful practice and grow an awareness of what nurtures you and how to be in relationship with your environment. Not dissimilar to yoga practice. Here’s a link to read more about the spaces on offer: Reiki Spaces. Always happy to talk about these ideas. Curiosity is often the first reason for a conversation.
Thank you for spending the year with me. However you celebrate this time of year, I hope it’s full of laughter, love and time to reflect.