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Yoga & Meditation

Yoga Online

I am now working from my therapy room at home and I’m really enjoying it. I am able to offer more online classes and these start next week, alongwith the Wednesday Term Yoga classes. If you know anyone who wants to start yoga, the new Monday morning class is a good place to start.

For June all classes are online. It may be that from July I can teach ‘face to face’ classes providing we can observe social distancing. If this is possible, I will teach these in addition to online classes. I know some of you expect to continue isolation practices. Here is the timetable for June:

Lessons to explore yoga practice: If you want to try a yoga class but always find an obstacle to booking one, this is the place for you! You can come to one class or every Monday (@ 1030) until you feel comfortable enough to join one of the other group spaces. You may decide that a brief encounter is all you need – you are not committing to ongoing practice if it is not for you

Evening meditation: I want to create a simple practice and dispel the idea that meditation is difficult or inaccessible. These evenings will be a gentle step towards learning to sit with your own thoughts. This is a practice to engage and focus the mind. To learn how to be with your natural busyness and intellect. The mind can be thought of as a child. You would not expect a child to sit still and silent without support and guidance. There are many ways to meditate, we can explore what they might be. We are starting small with a 30 – 45 minute space. This will be a mixture of talking about what meditation means to you and a guided practice (Mondays @ 2000)

Morning Dailies: 30 minute lessons every weekday morning @ 0930. Mondays and Fridays are popular so there are two additional classes on these days @ 0830. I am open to teaching 0830 class every weekday if there is demand

Wednesday Term Yoga: Term classes return the first Wednesday of June (next week) @ 1630, 1800 and 1930. I am teaching a four week term and then we will see if other options are available

Reiki Share: On Wednesday mornings there is a group reiki share. These are guided meditative experiences to connect with healing energy for the group and for the wider community. If you are interested but do not have any reiki experience, I suggest you book an individual appointment to experience this space: contact

If you have 30 seconds and are curious about how I made it from Yanley to home, here’s a short slideshow:

Do get in touch if you have any questions or want advice regarding yoga and bodywork.

I hope you have a beautiful day. These blue skies are breath taking

Yvonne x

Online Evening Meditation

Through June there will be an online evening meditation on Mondays at 8.00 pm. Meditation is often viewed as something other people do well. It is seen as difficult or beyond our reach. Conversations about personal meditation practice drip with self-criticism and judgement and yet we are drawn to it. We want to be able to do it. I’m curious as to what ‘it’ is. I suspect ‘it’ is misconception and misunderstanding.

These evenings will be a gentle step towards learning to sit with your own thoughts. This is a practice to engage and focus the mind. To learn how to be with our natural busyness and intellect. The mind can be thought of as a child. You would not expect a child to sit still and silent without support and guidance. There are many ways to meditate, let’s explore what they might be.

This is appropriate for new or inexperienced meditators

You do not need the perfect space:

  • If people are around then have your earphones handy
  • A meditation stool, yoga block or chair are useful – lying flat often ends in sleep …
  • A light blanket/wrap in case you feel chilled
  • A glass of water
  • Optional: a lit candle, a small object for focus

I have booked 30 to 45 minutes to begin with. I want to take the pressure off. Let’s start small and see where it goes

  • Full rate £6.50
  • Lower rate £5.00
  • Book online or through me: contact

If a daytime meet would be easier, let me know …

PAGE: Evening Meditation

This week’s virtual fare

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@Kateelue

I hope you’ve all enjoyed Easter. This week sees a continuation of the online morning classes, the start of the new six week yoga term and the weekly reiki share (all via zoom):

  • Yoga Dailies: 30 minute classes at 9.00 am and 10.00 am
  • Yoga Term:
    • 1630-1730
    • 1800-1900
    • 1930-2030 (This class is full)
  • Weekly Reiki (with meditation) Share: Wednesday at 11.00 am

Online appointments are also available:

@dearseymour

It feels like we are finding our rhythm with this new way of life. I am aware of how privileged I am. I am being offered space and rest and time with my family. I know this is not the same for others, with or without a pandemic.

I am hoping that I will be able to meet you face to face from June. That is my hope. If it is sooner I will be pleasantly surprised. With time to reflect, I am considering new ways of working. I will be keeping some online presence. This has proved invaluable during this time but has also made people think about how they can access practice when they return to fuller timetables.

I am playing with my massage practice, I have pulled the futon out again to work with my family, as well as the massage couch. I stopped working with the futon due to the perimenopause playing havoc with my body. I stopped drinking alcohol at the start of the year and I believe this has provided a monumental shift to my physical and mental well-being. I need to practice being on the futon again to ensure I am fit and safe enough to practice this way. I would like to have both the couch and futon available but it has to be sustainable. I will keep you updated.

I have a question for you: Why do you come to me for massage? Is it the type of massage or is it the way I apply it? I am not looking for plaudits or criticism. I am wondering if I should call it massage or massage & bodywork rather than name the approach or discipline. When people want Ayurvedic massage they tend to call it, ‘the name I can’t remember’. Or I am told, ‘I don’t mind what you do, whatever you think I need’. I know when some people are referred to me they are wary of anything other than ‘massage’. Sounds like I’m answering my own question … but I would still like to hear what you think?

In summary, I am reframing how I work. I have been given the opportunity to pause. I am grateful for the years of training and practice I have had the opportunity to experience. The time I have invested and the different ways I have been taught about energy and application have come together to allow me to continue to work and feel positive about the time ahead.

I truly hope you are in the same position. If you are not, I am happy to connect to listen to your story; perhaps I can provide a space to support you?

Here’s to the week ahead, with love & gratitude, Yvonne

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