Thanks so much for creating these – it’s been so wonderful to have been able to participate in these short, accessible yoga practices over the last 4 months or so. Whilst I did enjoy weekly classes in person (in what now feels like the olden days!) I often struggled to get there after work, and so having something at the beginning of the day, that I don’t even need to leave the house for (I mostly do the Early morning Zoom) has been a fabulous way to start the day and much more achievable!
On more than one occasion it’s transformed my mood and how my body feels, a huge help in tackling the day. Just great!
It is almost 5 years ago since I first went to Yvonne for a massage and then joined her Wednesday Yoga class. Finding that really helpful I was saddened when lock down meant it no longer functioned. I appreciated it moving online, and then tried out the Morning Dailies.
What a blessing they have been – providing Yoga instruction to a group of up to 8 of us, every weekday morning at 9.00am (or 7.30 if other things get in the way). In these weird times they have provided a structure to each day and they have provided support from others – laughs and tears.
Even more than this, each practice has grown and developed during each week and I have found the cumulative effect really beneficial. I can now touch my toes. My neck is less knotted up. I can manage Cobra without my back pinching. And I am finally beginning to understand the necessity of breathing practice.
I know I am much healthier, both physically and mentally because of them. Thank you Yvonne
What are the Morning Dailies? For me they are what ground my day. At the beginning of Lockdown I was dubious about yoga classes online…I used to attend Yvonne’s weekly yoga class going straight from work to end my day. I appreciated the friendship and encouragement of the gathered group as much as I valued the taught practice. Alongside this I tried to sustain a regular practice at home between classes (I can’t say that it was daily, but certainly several times between classes).
At Lockdown I was designated a key worker and so have continued to work throughout this time. I missed seeing my yoga buddies but my days were filled with ‘zoom’ and the thought of another lengthy session was one thing too many especially as I was shielding my daughter and toddler grandson so a ‘quiet space’ was elusive. However, as time went on and they returned home I felt ready to try the shorter dailies, booking a week at a time meant I could always opt out again if it wasn’t for me. I started tentatively with one or two sessions and enjoyed seeing familiar faces again. The practicalities were so much easier to manage than I thought that I have continued to increase the sessions week by week, glad that their flexibility can fit around my still working from home. There is something special about the shared practice that keeps me focussed and encouraged. Starting the day with yoga really energises me physically and mentally as I go on into my working day.
I’m thankful for the attention Yvonne gives to the questions we ask and the challenges we’ve highlighted and appreciate the way she works with this in the next session – the following day – adjusting her instructions to assist us or modifying (and sometimes extending) postures to support us. Working together this frequently has really helped my practice to grow – cobra was one posture I had really struggled with but now approach with fresh energy. I am enjoying and feeling the benefit of the development of each focussed posture that comes from this regular engagement.
I really recommend giving them a try to start, refresh or grow your yoga practice. Thank you Yvonne for embracing the technology and being so adaptable in your teaching, I hope this continues to be the ‘new normal’.
Yvonne, you’re an inspiration and you embody the best of what is a challenging, alien and strange set of circumstances. Your posts and comments radiate warmth, generosity of spirit and positivity and for that I, and I’m sure many others, are truly grateful. Thank you for an excellent yoga session last night, even though it feels a little odd working on my own rather than in beautiful Yanley Court with our other lovely class-mates. The great thing about this new on-line way of working is that I can share you with a friend who has moved away but misses her yoga sessions with you terribly, so I will forward on your links in the hope she can be involved once again. Keep up your amazing work Yvonne, and please know that everything you do makes a real difference to our lives.
Some comments about the morning retreat:
‘… a quiet afternoon after a lovely morning. Thank you for a lovely start to half-term’
‘… I did enjoy the morning it was perfectly paced. Thank you …’
‘… It was really lovely. I’ve missed your classes in that beautiful space, and great to practise again in a group …’
‘… It was very different from other classes I have been to. Reflection is not my thing! I did find that we were standing too long which effectively seized up my lower back but it did recover. It was good to get a different experience but I am not sure that it ticks my boxes. Thank you anyway’
‘… I thoroughly enjoyed the morning. For me it was the right mix of yoga, discussions and meditation …’
‘... I think this morning was a real success … especially on a Sunday …’
‘Following a wonderful Thai massage (gentle, effective and above all, healing), I approached Yvonne about Reiki training, as I knew that this was also an aspect of her holistic practice. I, along with three others, joined Yvonne for two days of absolute bliss. Yvonne’s open-minded, non-egotistical, loving and caring approach was a joy to be with over the course of the training. The teaching was more of an open-forum of discussion and healing, led by Yvonne’s experience and wisdom. Furthermore, the support doesn’t stop there – the group will be meeting up together with Yvonne to check in and to share healing. I cannot recommend this highly enough!‘ (Duncan)
‘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’
‘I can’t recommend Yvonne highly enough and I really do value her therapies, kindness and friendship. I initially went for my first consultation (2013) as I was struggling with some on-going back/neck problems (a lifetime of nursing) and some frustrating menopausal symptoms – night sweats, tiredness, insomnia; unsurprisingly I was not feeling myself and felt like I was losing the essential ‘moi’.
I would like to think (as a nurse) that I have always been open-minded with my attitude towards alternative therapies and how valuable they can be in supporting more ‘conventional’ therapies. I certainly did not want to start taking HRT – mainly because I wanted to take a natural approach to the menopause if I could, as it is after all a natural (but frustrating) process. Reflexology has definitely helped improve my symptoms and ability to cope with a wide range of symptoms.
Several years on I am nearly symptom free and I still enjoy the feeling of wellbeing that reflexology gives me; overall it has been a great restorative and helped me to feel ‘balanced’ (and in control) again. More recently I have been introduced to Thai massage for my neck and I can completely trust Yvonne’s judgement on which therapy is likely to be best for me.’ (Julie)