NEWSLETTER

 

Hello everyone

Welcome to the Autumn Newsletter

 

I hope you feel strong and centred as we settle into the cooler Yin months of the year.

In Chinese Medicine Autumn is associated with the Metal element – an element of refinement and discipline. The natural energy of the Metal element is about consolidation - letting go of what no longer serves; and holding onto what is precious, to see you through the Winter. It makes sense that the organ pair of the Metal element is the Lungs/Large Intestine, both being associated with “taking in and letting go” (think about it!).

I’m really delighted that as I write (mid October 2021) I am teaching in-person classes again as well as still running a few on Zoom. It’s such a pleasure to see real people, to feel their energy in the room and be able to see them clearly around me as we practice. But I’m also grateful for the flexibility that teaching online offers.

I do feel that despite the challenges of this past year or so, they have actually made me a better teacher. That, and the support of my students, will help sustain me through the Winter and into 2022.

 

Warm wishes

Rachel

 

 

 

Things to do in the Autumn

 

 Finish up any Summer projects

  • Get stuff off your chest! – in a constructive way
  • Allocate more time to quieter (more Yin) pursuits such as meditation
  • Focus on breathing practices (pranayama) which will strengthen and nourish the lungs
  • Consider any areas of your life where you are having trouble letting go and take some time to work on them.
  • Spend time walking outside, breathing deeply
  • Wear a scarf to protect the lungs which are considered very delicate

 

Autumn Nutrition

  • Always try to eat lots of food that is locally in season rather than foods transported from abroad
  • Warming, pungent and spicy foods like ginger, cinnamon and curry spices are great at this time of year, although don’t overdo it if you’re already a warm person or suffer from inflammation of any kind.
  • “White” fruit & veg are considered especially beneficial – think of cauliflower, celeriac, leeks, onions, mushrooms.

 

 

You can find out lots more about Autumn in the Chinese 5 Element System here:

 

 

YIN YOGA NEWS

 

I’m really delighted that in the last 18 months or so the Yin Yoga class on Zoom fund-raised over £2500 for different charities in and around Letchworth and Hertfordshire. 100% of funds raised were forwarded to the recipient charities…Find out more about them here: Fundraising

 

The Yin class on Zoom runs monthly – usually the last Friday of each month, 6.30-8pm. Investment - £10 per session, or if fundraising, donation of your choice.

 

The next Fundraising class will be on December 17 - We will be raising funds for Open Art Box - a wonderful local charity, run by former student, Christina: “Engaging people through visual art, we run creative workshops for people living with dementia and their carers in Hertfordshire”. Find out more about their work here: Open Art Box

The funds raised from this class will support extra special Christmas-themed boxes for the charities particularly isolated participants. Our Yoga community will be acknowledged by the charity.

 

You are welcome to make a donation whether or not you attend this class. Message me for details.

 

 

Yin Autumn dates are as follows:

 

  • 26 November
  • 17 December (Fundraiser)

Yin Yoga – last Friday of each month on Zoom – 6.30-8.00pm

 

COURSE NEWS

 

Seasonal Yoga Teacher Training Course

 

I’m delighted that the first Seasonal Yoga Teacher Training in our region started last weekend. The Teacher Training runs over 12 weekends, 1 per month.

The weekend was busy but absolutely amazing and we have a wonderful group of trainee teachers embarking on a year long journey with us. They’ve made a fantastic start! – I can’t wait for the next session.

 

This really unique course is also suitable for those looking to deepen their personal knowledge and practice 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.

 

We very much hope that following the success of this course we would be running the Teacher Training on a regular basis. So the next course would start in late 2022/early 2023. Message me to register your interest.

 

Find out more about this 200 hour Yoga Alliance accredited course here:

https://seasonalyoga.net/teacher-training/courses/foundation-courses/200-hours

 

 “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

 

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