Welcome to the Late Summer Newsletter
We are still in challenging times. As I write (at the end of August) I find myself for the first time in my teaching life with a “hybrid” schedule…that is a schedule which mixes live in-person classes, zoom classes and video recorded classes. I hope this variety means that all my students can find a class that best works for them in their current circumstances. I’m very grateful that I’m still able to share yoga with you.
We are moving into the time of the Earth element and the Season of Late Summer. This season is like a pause between the Yang seasons of Spring and Summer, and the Yin seasons of Autumn and Winter. Earth energy is very grounded and centred, with solid roots and emotional stability; in our Late Summer Yoga practice we aim to embody these qualities.
Love and light
The organs of Late Summer
In the Chinese 5 Element System, each element is associated with a pair of organs (1 Yin and 1 Yang). The Earth element’s organs are the Spleen, Stomach and Pancreas.
In Chinese Medicine these organs are considered to be the main organs of digestion, although in Western medicine the Spleen is more associated with the Immune system. Because this approach works on all levels, the Earth element is also about us digesting and processing ideas, thoughts and emotions, as well as nutrients.
When the Earth element and Stomach/Spleen energy in our bodies/minds/emotions are balanced, we feel relaxed, adaptable and grounded. Our food intake is balanced, as is our approach to work. We have a strong but not over-bearing sense of self.
If this element is out of balance, we may experience fatigue, weak digestion of all kinds, excess weight or eating disorders, low self-esteem.
The emotion associated with out of balance Earth energy is worry or over-thinking.
To nourish our Earth element we can optimise our digestion by:
I had a really delightful visit to Green Care at Norton on Wednesday 2 September. We raised £100 for them with our Yin Yoga class on Zoom on Friday 28 August. I got a guided tour of the allotments by Ray, who runs the group, and was able to hand him a cheque for the funds raised.
This is fantastic grass roots project bringing nature and gardening to people who might otherwise slip through the net such as those with learning disabilities, mental health issues or those experiencing unemployment. They grow vegetables and flowers, and any surplus veg goes to the Foodbank.
Thank you so much to everyone who supported this class.
Link to Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ahimsa-Yoga-1551611628187171/
If you’d like to join in with the next Yin fundraising class, or just make a donation, please contact me for details.
Foundation Course News
I’m very pleased to say that the Online Seasonal Yoga Foundation Course started with its first session on 23 August. We have a great group of people, and I’m excited to be sharing with them, as well as working with the lovely Melissa Campbell, who is assisting me on this course.
It’s such an honour to be teaching this, which is the only Seasonal Yoga Foundation course currently being taught in England. If you attend this course, you’re in a really select bunch of people!
Seasonal Yoga Teacher Training Course
I’m delighted to be planning a Teacher Training in Letchworth next year, licenced by Seasonal Yoga in Glasgow. This course runs 1 weekend per month over 13 months, hopefully starting in April 2021.
Teaching by me will be supplemented by guest appearances from Julie Hanson and Sue Woodd, the co-creators of the Seasonal Yoga approach.
This really unique course is suitable for those looking to really deepen their personal knowledge and practice (especially after a Foundation course) even if they have no desire to teach; as well as those who feel in their bones they want to share these wonderful teachings with others.
Find out more about this 200 hour Yoga Alliance accredited course here:
And click here to see our dates for next year:
“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.”