It’s that time of the week again! Yoga tomorrow morning 7.30 – 8.30 am – let me know if you would like to join us. If you wake up in the morning and feel the urge to practice, send me a text to let me know you are on your way … (07954 416194). Or you can email me via the page: Early Bird Yoga
Other dates coming up:
One more class next week and then we are on a break until …
Yoga at Yanley Wednesday yoga: 11 April – 23 May (7 weeks) @ £70 / £65
Reiki days: 23 April (this is full atm but let me know if you are interested in case a space becomes available)
I’m a bit behind with my writings following being under the weather and the snowy weather. In lieu of information about our ideas during class, these are the two readings from this term taken from Soul to Soul: Poems, Prayers and Stories to End a Yoga Class written, edited and collected by John Mundahl:
There is a morning retreat at Yanley Court on Sunday 29 April. Early bird prices apply until tomorrow!Heres the link: Morning Retreats at Yanley
To avoid the maybe/maybe not confusion, I’m cancelling tomorrow’s Early Bird Yoga. The chances are it will be icy at 7.30 in the morning and I would rather you did not get stuck trying to get to Yanley Court. Hopefully back to normal next week. I’m sure the snow will be a distant memory by then!
I hope you’re keeping warm in the East wind. So far, Long Ashton is snowless but if that changes I will let you know in case access is difficult to Yanley Court. I travel on foot so should be available for appointments and classes as usual.
The exception: if we do get the forecast snow on Thursday I will cancel Friday’s early bird yoga. Travel early Friday will probably not be advisable.
I have returned the blog/website to it’s former glory. Some people didn’t get my message that yoga was cancelled last week. If you are looking for a list of dates, please click on the ‘Guide for 2018’ link, top centre of whichever page you are on.
I wanted to highlight a few dates coming up; there have been some changes due to additional courses starting:
Reiki shares: Monday 12 March 1900-2100. Then: 4 June, 6 August, 17 September & 5 November
Reiki days: 23 April: (1/6 spaces left); Then: 2 July, 1 October & 17 December
Thank you for all your lovely messages and warm well wishes. I finally feel like I am in recovery. Still a little fragile but moving in the right direction which is a huge relief. All being well, I will be back to work on Monday.
Monday evening there is a reiki share (1900 – 2100), please let me know if you would like to come along. I’m really looking forward to this! There are four spaces left and you are welcome however little or much reiki experience you have: reiki shares
And yoga returns for a reduced four week term on Wednesday (3 classes) and Friday morning. All classes now have spaces. Thank you for being patient, I very rarely cancel yoga. Please let me know if you would like to join us for the term: Yoga at Yanley
I’m so sorry everyone but I need to cancel all my yoga classes this week. I’ve joined the masses and succumbed to illness. Some of you have already paid me. I can either refund you or put it towards next term. Please let me know what you would prefer.
I will be charging for a 4 week term as follows:
Wednesdays 28 February – 21 March:
0930 – 1100 @ £40
1800 – 1915 @ £35
1930 – 2100 @ £40
Fridays 2 March – 23 March @ £10 per class (drop-in)
I am hoping to continue with one to one appointments from Thursday but will be in touch with you individually to confirm.
A beautiful changeable day for our first morning retreat at Yanley yesterday morning. We explored our connection with this time of year through bhavana (visualisation) and practice, as well as connecting to the centre of our breath. I hope the lovely group of yogis can put the chilliness of the first session into their experience of emerging Spring, with one foot in winter and one foot in spring. (I hadn’t realised that anyone was feeling the more wintery side of the year – apologies!)
The next morning is Sunday 29 April (0930 – 1300). You can book by going to the booking system or sending me an email via this link: Morning Retreats at Yanley
Thank you for a very grounding and meditative yoga term. I hope the ideas about winter, earthing and finding your root support (muladhara) informed your practice. The next term starts Wednesday 21 February. Full details can be found via this link: Yoga at Yanley
February sees the beginning of Spring, bringing our focus to the chest and heart centre to create space for inspiration and compassion.
Please let me know if you are not returning to yoga next term (it would be very useful to know before the start of term). Thank you!
If you go to the home page there are diary dates for the year. This includes links for yoga terms, morning retreats and the residential retreat in September.
I hope this new format makes it easy to find out information. At the top of the page are quick links to the most popular pages.
I hope you had an inspiring and restful weekend. I made a trip to Slimbridge and whilst sitting in the Kingfisher hide was joined by this chap (or chap-ess). I also saw my first flocks of lapwings. I feel recalibrated.
I have spring-cleaned the website/blog. If you do access it for information, let me know what you think. I am hoping it is clearer to see what’s available and easier to read.
Right, now to do what I meant to start 2 hours ago …! Hope your week has spaces to feel the oncoming Spring
We are continuing aligning our yoga practice to the seasons. In winter we can focus on the BK – bahya kumbaka: the empty pot. This is the still space that follows our exhale, before we inhale. Last term we used the exhale to bring us into the lower abdomen and then paused to take our awareness into the root of the body, muladhara (mula = root; dhara – support). This term, the attention is on the BK.
Muladhara and winter are associated with the element of Earth, illustrated beautifully by
Image by Erika Pochybova-John
this image. This time of year allows us to bring our inner wisdom out of the dark unconscious where it has been rooting in the earth and preparing a foundation for the year ahead to grow and develop in the light.
If you tune into the season, the Earth is beginning to pick up energy and prepare for spring. We are not separate to this process, we are part of the system.
As before we can work with cakras physically and/or symbolically. You can choose which approach works for you. Muladhara’s superficial location on the body is in the perineum, the space between the vagina/testes and anus. Within the body it is found in the nerve plexus of the coccyx. It is said that if muladhara is balanced, we will be able to find our path in life and stand on our own two feet; we will have the ability to put down roots and nourish ourselves physically and spiritually. Wonderful sentiments for the start of a new year.
The yantra for muladhara is painted with shades of red and includes the stability of the square, a four petalled lotus and the solidity of a black elephant. Muladhara is the starting point of the three nadis: susumna, pingala and ida. In some traditions, the base of the nadis holds primal female energy symbolised as a coiled snake. Through yoga, this energy rises up the nadis to meet with the male energy from above. (Kundalini yoga works strongly with these ideas if it is something you want to explore further.)
Working with the BK (and so muladhara) in asana, pranayama and meditation, our ability to be firmly rooted, stable and steady in the mind and body is increased. The BK prepares the body for the inhale of spring; it gives a springboard for the inhale to create space and lengthen.
Working in this way can have a deeply meditative effect and you can choose to embrace it or fight it. It’s a space to be rather than do. Here is an opportunity to explore the moment and embrace where you sit in life and the universe.
Four wonderful bodies braved the heavy frost and arrived for yoga at 7.30 today! The mornings are beautiful at this time of year. The quality of the air and stillness is full of expectation for sunrise; the moon and her friends stay as long as the sun will allow. Annie has sent me a wonderful piece of writing to share her experience of the morning:
So it was alarm in the dark, and scraping frosted windscreen then mad dash to get to the 7.30 yoga early morning session. My first at this hour at Yanley Court. In candle lit semi darkness, we were a smal intimate group of 4 others. It was wonderful. The quiet and stillness. Witnessing the day awakening: at one point watching the gleam of sunshine on a way overhead aeroplane. And then such the gradual waking up of my body with a flowing sequence of poses. One of the highlights was in a floor based twist turning my head and seeing the frosted branches of the bushes outside with birds both still sleeping and also starting to flit around. I would highly recommend this way of starting your Friday whether that be before work or the start of your weekend
What a great way to start the day – come and join us next week!
Just a quick note to remind you that Early Bird Yoga is on Friday morning 730-830 at Yanley Court. Bodies are always a bit more reluctant to move first thing but that can be accommodated. It’s a great way to start the day: Early Bird Yoga
And another reminder that there is a reiki share on Monday evening 1900-2100. Please let me know by Sunday evening if you are joining us so I can confirm numbers: reiki shares