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What are the Morning Dailies?

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At the start of lockdown, I began the Morning Dailies. These 30 minute daily yoga practices were to enable anyone to have access to regular yoga practice and to provide the opportunity for daily contact. Some people came every day and continue to do so, others once or twice a week. The majority of the time, people have been in their homes but we have had away visits from Preston and Bournemouth.

I know recorded yoga classes are useful but I find them limited. If I go to a class, I want to be able to ask the teacher about the practice. As the lessons are live, I can respond to the class and adapt the practice where appropriate, just as I would if we were in a non-virtual space together. There has also been the opportunity for everyone to share sadness or joy both COVID and non-COVID related. We have met every weekday except bank holidays since 24 March. As of today, that’s 145 thirty minute lessons!

My first answer to the question, What are the Morning Dailies?

The Morning Dailies are a gift. An unexpected treasure.

As the space developed so did the intention. In response to conversations and questions, it seemed natural to bring a sustained focus to the practice. Each week, the practice remains more or less the same. As with the weekly term yoga, this allows familiarity to develop and the experience to inform, develop and on occasion ‘for something profound to be revealed’ (a sentiment passed to me from my teachers).

The start of lockdown was a shock for us all but also a unifying experience even in isolation. The initial practices focused on opening the heart to encourage acceptance but I also hoped everyone would be able to acknowledge how they felt beneath the resignation without feeling overwhelmed. I was overwhelmed.

We had a practice including chanting; perhaps a little ambitious first thing in the morning and with everyone muted! We played with twists. We considered devotional practice with the hands. In June, we started a journey to explore cobra or bhujangasana. There were many questions. The most common ones: Where am I meant to be moving from? How do I stop my back pinching? What do I do with my shoulders?

We focused on supporting the body with the individual effects of the inhale and exhale. We brought attention to lengthening the spine while opening the chest and shoulders. Shoulder and arm movements were introduced keeping the priority on lengthening the spine. We visualised the breath moving from root to crown and crown to root. Cobra developed into variations of locust or salabasana. This highlighted how the movement of arms and legs impacts on the back and the neck; we also brought attention to the hips. Eventually we made it to the bow or dharanasana and some comedy moments using a belt …

Through August, I am teaching practices to release the neck and shoulders. Did you know that the position of your head affects how you hold your pelvis? Did you know that jaw tension affects the whole of the back, first feeding into the neck and shoulders? Tension in the upper body affects the action of the breath which creates movement and shape change in the body – did you know that inflexibility in the upper spine can affect the quality of your breath which has an impact on the whole body?

I love teaching these shorter regular practices. I have benefitted from the connection and shared care. I have the yoga bug; I am privileged to have a life where I can roll out my mat at the start of each day. On the days I don’t, it is down to me not outside influences. In an ideal world, everyone would roll out their mat daily. For different reasons, this is not feasible for everyone … work, family, health, general busyness. For yoga to be most effective, a consistent approach is needed. If this cannot be daily, it is helpful to at least aim for regularity. In a busy world where the mind wanders off and multi-tasks, regularity is the key to returning to centre, focus and awareness. This is the path to maintaining an uncompromised immune system. Our autonomic nervous system (ANS) can be influenced by the way we breathe. Mindful breathing can encourage the ANS to turn off our stress responses which can become chronic if unchecked (sympathetic nervous system). This allows the focus to be on repairing the body and activating the immune system to respond appropriately to our internal and external environment (parasympathetic nervous system). I accept that health is not this simplistic but we can do so much for ourselves to make it simpler. An answer to a strong and adaptable immune system is to live a life that is sustainable, balanced and healthy. This needs to be done in an environment where we take responsibility for ourselves, each other and the natural world.

It won’t surprise you that I feel the starting place for all of this is a regular practice. A moment each day (or most days) where we are fully engaged and focused; where we tune in and are honest about how we are on all levels. A moment to connect and realise that we are part of the world and nature and have a central part to play. We may not be in a place where we can actively change in that moment but mindlessly falling forward will not facilitate change either.

What practice you choose is up to you. But you have to do it not just think about doing it. This was not the motivation for creating these classes but it is the sustaining principle. So, What are the Morning Dailies?

A space to explore sustained, regular practice

Yoga Sutras Chapter 1.14: sa tu dirghakala nairantarya satkara adara asevito drdhabhumih

It is only when the correct practice is followed for a long time, without interruptions and with a quality of positive attitude and eagerness, that it can succeed.

There will always be a tendency to start practice with enthusiasm and energy, and a desire for sudden results. But the continuing pressures of everyday life and the enormous resistance of the mind encourages us to succumb to human weaknesses. All this is understandable, we all have these tendencies. This sutra emphasises the need to approach practice soberly with a positive, self-disciplined attitude and with a long-term view toward eventual success (‘The Heart of Yoga’: Developing a Personal Practice, TKV Desikachar)

This was going to be a light-hearted writing about the Morning Dailies. How you approach these classes is entirely up to you. The starting point for accessing yoga is often the need to stretch the body, to find a bit more flexibility or strength. The Morning Dailies provide that. How you engage with these classes is up to you.

Thanks for reading. For more information you can write to me using this link: contact. Or you can book online …

Yvonne x

I’m celebrating

I’ve just taught a face to face yoga lesson in my garden and it was wonderful! I felt nervous. This was not because of the pandemic but because I felt I was stepping into the new and unknown, then my lovely person turned up and it was completely normal, familiar, lovely and human. She has confirmed that she is a very happy outdoor student!

Yoga teachers have been able to teach outside to groups of six for sometime but as the online provision suited most of you, I decided to continue classes online and these still continue. We have been meeting online for 17 weeks! After some organisation at the weekend, I am very happy to say that there is access to my garden, where there is a private space to work together in the real world. In line with Government guidelines, we are able to maintain a distance of two metres and there is copious fresh air.

You can book online or contact me direct. I will contact you on the day of your lesson to confirm that the weather is on our side (and to check that you have none of the Covid-19 symptoms or been in contact with someone who has Covid-19).

  • Full rate @ £45.00
  • Lower rate @ £35.00
  • Please provide your own yoga equipment

I could teach a small group in the garden but it isn’t a nice flat rectangular space! It’s a Long Ashton up and down garden! If a few of you fancy giving it a go let me know and I will set up a taster session.

All online provision remains. Thank you for your continued support and openness to doing yoga differently. I think we have all adapted incredibly well. Yoga = strength and flexibility; wouldn’t be without it.

Happy days!

Yvonne x

This week and a bit of July …

Happy Monday!

I am planning a month at a time for now. Until I am told otherwise, classes will continue online. I am organising July’s schedule on this basis. If things change, I will update you. Here are reminders for this week and some ideas for July.

The Morning Dailies continue to be available all week – thirty minute practices to connect with yoga practice and other people. The power of regular short practices is being commented on by regular attendees. As a teacher, it feels more akin to individual lessons. We are beginning to explore some of the subtleties of yoga. And even on a screen with the sound off I can see the quality of practice deepening and being embodied. The few minutes of discussion at the end of practice make for a heart felt start to the day:

  • Mondays and Fridays @ 0830 and 0930
  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday @ 0930

Friday Early Birds returns at 0730 from 3 July. If you are signed up for a week of Morning Dailies, this earlier and extended class of 45 minutes can be included as your fifth practice of the week. It is also a stand alone class.

  • From 3 July – Fridays @ 0730-0815

Wednesday Term Yoga will be available for five weeks from 1 July to 29 July. Classes are for a maximum of eight people. (We have two more classes in June.) If a term is not for you, the morning dailies and early bird yoga are drop in classes:

  • 1630-1730
  • 1800-1900
  • 1930-2030
  • Five week term @ £50.00

The Meditation Gatherings are well attended. Four dates were set for June. Would you like to continue through July? Are the timings working? How would you like these to develop? Do you have anything you would particularly like to explore or are you happy for me to provide the space and guide the session? These are the current times for the meetings:

  • Mondays @ 2000-2045
  • Fridays @ 1100-1145

Suggested timetable for all classes through July:

I wil be writing about free taster sessions for new yoga students. If you follow me on Instagram/Facebook you will already know about these.

Reiki shares continue on Wednesday mornings. I am continuing with my own development. I started my reiki studies in 2002 and finally spent two years with my teacher and friend, Nixie James Scott, studying reiki at teacher/master level, completing my apprenticeship in 2009 … not sure where more than 10 years has gone. During the last couple of years I have been sharing the work of Reiki Evolution (Taggart King). I really enjoy this approach. In addition to my previous studies and with Nixie’s full support, I am working with a Reiki Master/Teacher based in Exeter. I have paused my own teaching and hope to be teaching again in the Autumn. There will be a different but familiar shape to courses and I will be inviting students to return to experience connecting and considering healing energy.

This simple but profound philosophy and practice has similarities to yoga and massage and bodywork practice. If we are lucky, I guess all our roads lead back to a point of central truth.

Any questions about booking in or practice in generaly, please get in touch: contact

Yvonne x

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