Welcome to the Winter Newsletter
I hope you feel ready to settle into the most Yin months of the year.
In Chinese Medicine Winter is associated with the Water element – an element which is situated at both the beginning and the end of the 5 Element cycle. Water represents downward energy…stillness and depth; it’s also all about our ability to change course and to flow around any obstacles that are in our way.
The natural energy of the Water element is resting and still…this is the time to hibernate, cozy up and restore/recharge your batteries so you have plenty of energy for the more Yang months of the year.
As I write we are still unable to meet in live indoor settings to practice yoga together, although I’m hopeful we will be able to do this in 2021.
I’m very grateful that I’m still able to share yoga (on Zoom!) and feel that despite the challenges, these past months have actually allowed me to acquire a lot of new teaching skills. Hopefully making me a better teacher.
Things to do in the Winter
· Get plenty of rest – early nights and late mornings
· Take short naps during the day to restore energy
· Take up a meditation practice – even just 10 minutes a day will make a difference
· Keep your kidneys warm – no crop tops at this time of year!
· Take stock of where you are in your life
· Take walks outside (wrapped up warm) but don’t overtire yourself
· Gentle Yoga – high energy practices are not recommended at this time. Yin Yoga is great.
· Work on releasing fear – the emotion associated with out of balance kidney energy
I am really delighted to be able to raise funds for local charities with my monthly Yin Yoga Class (last Friday of the month, 6.30-7.45).
In 2020 we sent donations to the Letchworth Foodback, Garden House Hospice, Citizens Advice, Green Care at Norton, Woody’s Wildlife Rescue, Open ArtBox, and Hetties Helpers Hedgehog Rescue.
If you’d like to join in with these classes please contact me for details. Everyone is welcome. You can also make donations without attending classes. And if you’d like to nominate a charity, please feel free to do so. I want to focus on small local charities that might be struggling for funds at this time.
Thank you so much to everyone who supports these classes.
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
The Online Seasonal Yoga Foundation Course has been running since August, and finishes in February 2021. The time has gone so quickly, with so much progress made by everybody!
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, 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…
The course focuses on yoga fundamentals (asana, pranayama, meditation), as well as the Chinese 5 Elements and wellbeing practices. It gives you all the tools to take your practice to the next level!
If you’d like to register interest for the next course we run (maybe in 2021!) do contact me.
Seasonal Yoga Teacher Training Course
Despite the challenges of planning ahead, I’m delighted to say that I’m still hoping to run a Teacher Training in Letchworth in 2021, licenced by Seasonal Yoga in Glasgow. At the moment we are assessing what form this course will take, bearing in mind the situation with Covid19.
The live format of the course runs 1 weekend per month over 13 months.
Teaching by me would be supplemented by guest appearances from Julie Hanson and Sue Woodd, the co-creators of the Seasonal Yoga approach.
I am also looking at a “blended” version of the course which would involve an online course supplemented by live teaching on Zoom or in person when permitted. This version of the course would give flexibility to adapt during uncertain times. Home-study using the online aspects can be fitted in around the individual’s own schedule. The added live element means that attendees have the support they need from tutors as well as being connected to the rest of the student group who are taking part.
Whichever approach we use, this really unique course is suitable for those looking to 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.
Contact me if you are interested.
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.”