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Welcome to the Winter Newsletter

 

We all recognise that winter feeling of needing to hibernate, especially after Christmas when energy can be especially low.

In our yoga classes we will honour this feeling by encouraging flow to keep the energy moving through the body, but also stillness in poses to allow time for grounding and introspection. Winter is an excellent time to include more Yin Yoga, or start attending Yin yoga classes; it’s also a great time to start a meditation practice, as we are naturally more inward focussed.

The element of Winter is water, and the associated organ pair the kidneys and urinary bladder. Our practice will include plenty of forward and backward bending which stimulates and nourishes the energy channels of these organs.

 

Love and light

Rachel

 

“Practicing with total attention within the body is advanced yoga, no matter how easy the posture; practicing with your attention scattered is the practice of a beginner, no matter how difficult the posture”

 

H.David Coulter

 

“Set your life on fire.

Seek those who fan your flames”.

 

Rumi

 

Retreat at Felden Lodge, August 2017

 

We had a lovely weekend at Felden Lodge, sharing yoga, conversation, food, nature and just being. Our time together included Yin and Yang yoga, some meditation, a session on yogic anatomy (know your chakras from your nadis!) and a savasana (relaxation) workshop with Ellen Lee. A big thanks to Ellen and to everyone who came along.

 

“Stimulating, relaxing, thought-provoking” – one of this year’s participants.

Relief for Tight Hamstrings

 

We’ll be doing a lot of forward bending this block…if you have tight hamstrings and are interested in anatomy, this article may be for you. Especially useful for explaining why bending knees on forward bends keeps us safe.

 

https://yogainternational.com

Earthing and Grounding?

 

Here’s an interesting article on the benefits of being physically in contact with the Earth. It feels intuitively true for me, and there’s no question that my personal experience is one of better emotional health at least when I have more contact with the outdoors, especially barefoot.

It’s quite hard to keep contact with the Earth in the Winter as we tend to be indoors so much of the time, and probably wouldn’t want to take a walk barefoot; but getting outside and doing some gardening which includes touching plants and trees which are rooted in to the ground might help.

 

https://wellnessmama.com/5600/earthing-grounding/

 

Diary Dates

 

February 3 2018 – IYN Regional Day of Yoga in Hitchin

All welcome. A choice of classes, workshops, and talks throughout the day. A chance to experience a broad variety of approaches and teachings, as well as to share friendly community at a very reasonable price.

Teachers include Ellen Lee, Sarah O’Connor, Neelam Taneja, Sue Hix, Sharon Cohen, Paul Collins, Luke Lucas and myself. Cost: IYN Members £35, non-members £45

Buy tickets here: http://iynyogadays.org/index.php/hitchin/

 

24 March 2018- Seasonal Yoga Workshop (Spring)

Saturday 24 March, 2-5pm

Evergreen Centre, Works Road, Letchworth

 

Delve into Spring yoga practices! See Events Page for details.

 

April 21 2018 – IYN Conference – The Future of Yoga.

Venue: Linden House, Tettenhall Road, Wolverhampton. A discussion day with a “question time” format, open to all with an interest in yoga. For more information and to buy tickets

follow his link: http://iynyogadays.org/index.php/conference/

 

May 29-31 2018 – Yoga Retreat

At the Dower House, Hexton. Limited spaces remaining. Contact me if you’re interested.

See Events Page for details.

 “The success of Yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures

but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships.”

 

TKV Desikachar