Namaste beautiful Yogis,
Just a short reminder about the class cancellation tomorrow:( Most of you know that one of the areas most neglected in my life during the past year has been my own practice! One of my teachers once told me that in order to be a good teacher, one needs to first be a good student and master the art of negation. So i have decided to take a few days off and catch up with my own practice.
In the science of yoga this self practice is referred to as “Niyama” which deals with our attitude toward ourselves and lifestyle, how we interact with the people and the environment, and how we deal with our problems. These all form a part of yoga, but they cannot be practiced. What we can practice are asanas and pranayama, which make us aware of where we are , where we stand, and how we look at things.
I’m sorry about the interruption in your weekly practice and look forward to seeing you all next Thursday.
I hope this finds you well. Just a quick reminder that the new term starts tomorrow…..
Monday 09 April 7:30 – 8:45 pm – Market hall – Dynamic flow to awaken the energetic body and spirit through a potent combination of creative asana and pranyama.
Tuesday 10 April 6:30 – 7:45 pm – Market hall – Teach your body alignment and your mind stillness .
Thursday 9:30 -10:45 am – St Mary’s hall – Release habitual tension from you body & mind. This class will welcome you back to your body and encourage a greater focus.
Please note: Tuesday 8:00 pm vinyasa class will not be running this term….! As most of you know this class was originally formed to take the overflow of the Monday vinyasa class, but as the numbers in the Monday class have reduced to a comfortable degree, I have decided not to run this class. My sincere apologies to the few regular practitioners in this class.
I hope you all had a good Easter and look forward to seeing you back on your mats – Here is a thought for you…….
“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then i can change.” – Carl Rogers – and – “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to bloom.” – Anais Nin
Dear yogi friends,
Now that the worst of the snow seems to have melted away, we can start to look for signs of spring and renewal. Seasonal yoga emphasises the importance of sequencing and being in alignment with nature. Within the art of yoga, there are many ways to help rediscover the body’s inner wisdom and the intrinsic joy and health of living in balance from one season to the next. This mindfulness offers us the ability to truly understand that what is happening in nature is also occurring within each of us. We are not separate from nature; you are nature and from the Ayurvedic perspective, you are composed of the same five elements—ether, air, fire, water, and earth just like everything around you.
I feel that, for our own wellbeing, it’s important to connect to nature as much as we can. There is something inherently sacred and beautiful about bringing awareness to the rhythms of the day (sunrise and sunset), to the moon cycles (waxing and waning), to seasonal shifts (spring, summer, winter, and autumn), and to our own life phases (student, worker, parents, householder, retirement), so we can rediscover how dynamic life is and remember not to take any of it for granted.
Since humans are part of nature, we have the opportunity to be graceful and let the seasons flow without clinging or grabbing at it. It’s natural to have preferences to certain seasons, they resonate with our core elements and make us feel more like ourselves. But developing contentment with all seasons, regardless of dosha, or where you live, is so important to our wellbeing. This is where ‘sequencing’ can be useful.
One of the key practices within seasonal vinyasa yoga is to put a brief pause after each season. Your body can benefit from discovering and adapting to new environments, new routines, and foods; growing stronger, more resilient, and keeping you in touch with the cycles of nature. To start a seasonal Vinyasa practice consider the following questions at the beginning of each season:
· What changes are going on outside in nature? · How does this season make me feel? · What are the challenges I face? · What brings me joy during this season? · What diet or lifestyle routines do I want to change? · Am I getting the right amount of sleep? · What yoga or exercise routine feel the best to me?
As often as possible, spend time outside, time your routines with the sun rise and fall and appreciate the dynamic flow occurring in the world around you. Let nature guide your seasonal routines. Seasonal vinyasa teaches us that change is good. The yogis believe that you are one with nature. In order to flourish, you need diversity. If you live a stagnant life and choose the same foods, practices, and environments again and again, your view of life and the world will begin to narrow. Not only does the body weaken, but your spirit may suffer if you are not adapting to new environments or challenges regularly. When we don’t have stimulation, which disappears when we are stuck in a routine, it’s possible to get too comfortable or attached to things becoming permanent, which is the opposite of what is occurring in nature and against yogic teachings.
We are breaking for Easter on Friday 30 March. Normal class schedule will resume on Monday 09 April.
Warmest Namaste & Love
I hope your inner fires kept you warm and cozy during the freezing cold weather last week, I’m sorry about the disruption to your regular yoga practice due to class cancellation and I hope some of you were able to practice at home.
Please see below the list of classes in March…..
Monday 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm & Tuesday 8:00 pm – 9:15 pm Vinyasa Yoga. The Dance Of Shiva ( consciousness ) and Shatki ( energy )…….Kindling your inner fire. Tuesday 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm – Low and slow. Discover the benefits of bringing the qualities of yin to your yang. Above classes are held in Market hall, Market Square, Old Amersham.
Thursday 9:30 am -10:45 am – Gentle hatha yoga flow to create balance and harmony in your body, mind and heart. This class is held at St Mary’s Church hall, Old Amersham.
Whether you wish to deepen your own practice, discover yoga for the first time, or move beyond the asanas to embrace the full spectrum of yoga as a way of life, each of these regular weekly classes provide you the healing space and fertile ground to spread your wings and grow.
Saturday 31 March 10:30 am – 12:00 pm Coleshill Village Hall – Meditation and sound spa to honour the energy of the 2nd blue moon this year. The blue moon is a powerful healing force. its etheric, soothing and nurturing qualities have a profound affect on our body, mind and emotions. Join me and Deborah Henderson from The Chiltern Sound Spa, and let’s together remind ourselves of all those things we are truly grateful for and have clear direction in how to channel our energy towards wholeness.
Please note: Unfortunately Market hall is unavailable on Monday 12 March. Please feel free to join the Vinyasa class on Tuesday 13 March 8:00 pm – 9:15 pm.
Term ends on Thursday 29 March. New term starts on Monday 09 April.
I have been very indecisive about whether the class should go ahead tomorrow at St mary’s, but with more snow expected tonight, biting winds and severe frosts overnight…..I think its wise to cancel. I’m sorry if its short notice and I hope you all get to see this email.
Normal schedule on Thursday 08 March.
Keep warm & shining bright. x
Namaste beautiful yogi/nis,
I hope your New Year’s resolutions aren’t dwindling and you’re still energised by the intentions you set at the start of the year. If they have, why not think of January as a trial month and reset your intention. Intentions ( sankalpa ) focus on the process of change rather than an instant goal. Goals stifle us, intentions set us free to be our best selves – Joan Hyman
As we are entering love week, why not choose ” self love ” for our intention?! Self love is often seen as a moral flaw but in a positive sense it’s accepting ourselves and all our flaws. Eric Fromm – psychologist and social philosopher argues that in order to truly love another person, a person needs to first love oneself.
Thank you everyone for a great start to the term. Remember there are no classes this week.
Normal class schedule resumes on Monday 19 February.
Wishing you true balance and wholesomeness.
An opportunity to meet one another and foster a deeper connection off the mat and into the hearts and minds of our beautiful yoga community.
Thursday 14 December 7 pm, Season’s cafe, Old Amersham. Please RSVP to me, Season’s Cafe or click on the link below to list your name.
Christmas is also the time to give back. It doesn’t have to mean to a charity or volunteer work, we can give back by simply being kind, caring for others, sharing our gifts and being a light in the darkness.
“Yoga is not to get out of this world, but to get in to it!” Caring for others will bring you closer to liberation than anything else – Jivamukti Yoga
Join me in my quest to find the jivamukta within ourselves and make liberation possible by accomplishing a good deed every day on the run up to Christmas.
Namaste to you all…….
Dear Yogi/nis, We are almost mid way through the term. The aim of our yoga practice this term has been to build a strong yet pliable interior core. The challenge in yoga is to bring lightness and lift to the core without tightening or causing unnecessary constriction. One of the primary aims in all my classes is to mindfully build core stability. We do this through both mobilising and stabilisation techniques, paying attention to correct alignment and being fully aware that all movements are initiated in the core.
Mid term break from Wednesday 25 Oct – Monday 06 Nov – Autumn term finishes on Thursday 21 Dec.
Notice to yogis who take their class at Market Square; The hall is being used for an art festival on Monday 23 Oct & Tuesday 24 Oct. I have managed to secure St Mary’s Hall which is a short walk away- opposite the church in Church Street on Tuesday 25 Oct. There will be 2 classes held that evening, 6:30 – 7:45 pm for yogis interested in the therapeutic application of yoga and 8:00 – 9:15 pm for yogis who are drawn to the energetic flow.
Unfortunately I couldn’t find a suitable local venue for the Monday evening Vinyasa on 23 Oct. Please feel free to join the Tuesday 8 pm Vinyasa group at St Mary’s hall. Please click here for directions- www.google.co.uk/maps/place/St+Mary‘s+Parish+Church,+Church+St,+Amersham+HP7+0DBemail@example.com,-0.6165694,14z/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x4876679df3310e39:0x59cf75dfe2e27848
Thank you for half a term of practice with me and offering yourself an honest and authentic expression of the practice you love.
Dear Yogi friends,
Old Amersham Charter Fair parade takes place on Tuesday 19 Sep. Some of you may remember that last year we went ahead with our regular vinyasa class and much to our surprise, It was a good class. This year however, It’s been decided that the 6:30 Hatha Yoga class goes ahead as normal, and the 8 pm Vinyasa class should be cancelled, as we might be overwhelmed by the noise and fun filled atmosphere in full swing by then:) Yogis who take the 8 pm Vinyasa class on Tuesdays are welcome to join the 7:30 Vinyasa class tomorrow evening. Yogis for the 6:30 class are advised to park at Tesco or the Old Town car park, off the broadway Hp7 0HL.
Dear Yogi friends,
With most of the hectic summer behind us and autumn routine beginning, consider nurturing habits that will carry you gracefully through the rest of the year. Speaking of grace, I would like to talk about the principles of asana practice. What is an Asana? Asana translates as “posture.” The word is derived from the sanskrit root “as” which means “To be”, “to stay”, “to sit”, or “to be established in a particular position.” Patanjali’s yoga sutra ( widely regarded as the authoritative text on yoga ) describes an asana as having 2 important qualities: sthira and sukha.! Sthira means steadiness and alertness. Sukha is comfort and ease in a pose. Both qualities should be present to the same degree when practicing any posture.
When we go into a posture or carry out a movement that feels tense, it is difficult to notice anything else besides that tension. Perhaps when we sit in a cross-legged position our only thought is for the pain in our strained ankles. In doing this we are not really in the asana we are striving for — We are obviously not good for this particular position. Rather, we should find ways of modifying the posture to achieve more steadiness, alertness, and overall comfort.
If we want to make this principle of asana practice a reality, we have to accept ourselves just as we are. If we have a stiff back we have to acknowledge this fact. It may be that we are working with an injury or the shape of our body limits our range of motion. It may be that we are very supple but our breath is very short. It is also possible to feel comfortable in an asana while the mind is somewhere completely different. This is not asana either. It is only possible to find the qualities that are essential to asana if we recognise our own uniqueness and learn to accept it.
According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), metal is the primary element for autumn and governs our core, the most refined part of ourselves. We often think that the core is somewhere in the middle of our body, right around the abs, but this complex series of muscles extends far beyond that. The core extends to our low back, outer-middle back, running down along the sides of the torso, from the ribs to the upper hips, hamstrings, backs of the thighs, buttocks, muscles that run from below the sternum to the waist and more….. Related organs are stomach, gallbladder, liver, spleen, pancreas and large intestine. The energy of the core is associated with personal power, self esteem and issues dealing with questions such as “who we are in the world”, “what remains constant in a forever changing world?”
Join me this month at aquariusyoga to strengthen this complex series of muscles to create stability for the entire body and replenish our vital energy.
Classes resume on Monday 04 Sep:
Monday – Vinyasa flow 7:30 – 8:45 pm Tuesday- Hatha Yoga ( gentle flow ) 6:30 – 7:45 pm Tuesday- Vinyasa flow 8:00 – 9:15 pm Above classes are held in Market hall, Market Square, Old Amersham
Wednesday- Hatha Yoga ( all levels ) 6:00 – 7:00 pm, Dr Challoner’s girls school, Little Chalfont.
Thursday- Hatha Yoga ( all levels ) 9:30 – 10:45 am, St Mary’s Church Old Amersham