Hi everyone

Welcome to the Autumn Newsletter

In the Chinese 5 Element system Autumn is associated with the metal element, a time of descending energy…we move towards the Yin season of Winter. This is a time to consolidate and refine…hold onto what’s precious and let go of what’s no longer needed.

In our yoga practice the big focus is the breath, as the organ pair associated with this season is the Lungs/Large Intestine.

I look forward to sharing yoga in this misty season!




Foundation Course news

I’m really excited to announce that I have been authorised to teach an official Seasonal Yoga Elemental Foundation Course in Letchworth – starting in 2020.

The course teaches you what you need to know to build a solid home practice and integrate yoga into your life. The emphasis is on self-development through practising at home what has been discussed in the sessions. I genuinely believe this course is potentially life-changing. The course will include Yoga, Meditation, Pranayama, Anatomy and lifestyle.


The first course will run on Saturday afternoons, 1-6 pm starting 4th January and running until 23rd May 2020. If there’s enough interest I will run a second course later in the year.


Spaces are limited to 12 maximum. Read more about the course HERE.




Email Rachel for prices and details of how to book.


In the longer term I will be bringing Seasonal Yoga Teacher Training to Letchworth. Watch this space! – contact me if teaching in this way appeals to you.


Things to do in Autumn

·         Begin to wind down

·         Start to wear warmer clothes

·         Eat more healthy comfort food

·         Eat more spices to keep up your internal temperature

·         Add flora-enhancing foods to your diet (look after your Large Intestine)

·         Get outside regularly for walks

·         Breathe!


Shallow breathing bad for you!

It’s said that many of us only use half the capacity of our lungs. We’re not getting the optimum amount of oxygen for our bodies; in this case often our minds will be jittery and anxious. Apparently when tense (or sometimes when concentrating) we often hold our breath. When you find yourself doing that, remind yourself to breathe! Find out more…



The Mechanics of Breathing

Ever wondered how breathing actually works? There’s no doubt that understanding will enhance your yoga practice!


For those of you interested:


“Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh, Being Peace

Diary Dates

Ahimsa Yoga diary dates


Sat 16 November – IYN Regional Day of Yoga – Westmill Centre, Hitchin.

A lovely day of sharing yoga… open to all – beginners and improvers, members of the IYN and non-members. Sessions (with a wide variety of teachers) will include talks, meditation and pranayama as well as posture practices. Full programme available online:

 Tickets from here:


January 2020 - Seasonal Yoga Elemental Foundation Course starts.

More details on the Course page

For prices and details of how to book, email Rachel.


Fri 23 to Sun 25 October 2020 – Yoga Retreat with me at Highgate House in Northants

Details to follow soon.


 “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


Ahimsa Yoga diary dates