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This week’s yoga – about gratitude 🙏🏽

Dear yogis and yoginis,  

Transitions are always difficult as they require an adjustment period – trying and testing new methods and ways of doing things, seeing what works and doesn’t work and keeping it up without feeling disheartened. Tough!
It does come in waves though… Sometimes it takes a complete breakdown of an old system for a new one to be born.

This is why I want to thank all of you who have been loyal to Stay Gold Yoga through these hard times and those who are being flexible through the adjustment period. Thanks to you I can try and test new ways to keep Stay Gold Yoga alive. Thanks to you I can keep teaching and sharing that which I am passionate about. Thanks to you I have pulled through the lows and reached the highs. Thank you for coming with me through this journey from our WPCA classes to the Glass House, from online yoga to Wild Yoga and to a mix of all and beyond! My heart swells with gratitude 💖

Yoga helps you ground through ungrounding times. Yoga helps you to be flexible, not just in your body, but also in your mind. Yoga will keep you focused in times when focus is hard to find. It is not about where or how we practice yoga – it’ll be easier in the quiet, so the challenge of noise is a gift to be embraced for a stronger, fuller practice. It is what happens inside, behind the scenes of this 3D body, which matters; and it radiates through to the outside, to our tangible realm. It is food for the soul.

So our weekly schedule may go through small changes as I aim to teach as many outdoor classes (Wild Yoga) as possible through the summer to make the most of this glorious weather. As the Saturday Wild Yoga was so successful – sorry to those who couldn’t make it due to the number restrictions – I will add a second Saturday Wild Yoga session at 11am if the 10am class gets full. These classes are restricted to 5 students for now so this is my offering to you so you all can benefit from our Wild Yoga at the park!

This week’s yoga

Monday:
7pm – Level 1 Yoga (online)

Tuesday:
1pm – Lunchtime Yoga (online)
7pm – Wild Yoga

Wednesday:
10am – Slow Flow Yoga (online)

Saturday:
10am – Wild Yoga
11am – Wild Yoga (tbc)

You can book for class here.

I hope to see you on the mat soon!

Much 💛

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This week’s yoga and astral insights 24.02.20

Dear yogis and yoginis,

Today marks the exact midpoint of this Mercury retrograde in Pisces – run away and hide! Mercury retrograde has acquired pretty bad rep – failed communications, failed travel, failed connections… But what Mercury retrograde is really offering us is another chance – an opportunity to stop and recalibrate. If we take it for what it is and work with this energy instead of trying to push through with our own (generally busy) agenda, we can find true hidden treasures! Pay attention to your dreams. Meditate. Go out for a walk in nature. Rest a little more…

As new structures are trying to come into place, it is normal to feel a bit (or a lot!) confused during this Mercury retrograde in Pisces (dreams, emotions, water, intuition) – this is our chance to (re)find our truest ideas, perhaps some of which came to us long ago and had to be parked aside due to limiting conditionings we had back then. Well, now is the time to reflect on those, dust them out and see if they are still true to who we are.

There are a couple of sextiles coming close to the weekend. The first one is a Mercury retrograde in Pisces sextile to Mars in Capricorn. Mars in Capricorn has a very sensual energy, and calls for us to be true to ourselves through our intuition (Mercury retrograde in Pisces). This could mean synchronicities and people from the past coming back in to our lives, be it past lovers or ex-partners who could support said ideas. If this is the case then it could be the right time now to find the new structures to ground those dreams and ideas.

The second sextile happens on Friday, Mercury retrograde in Pisces sextile Venus in Taurus. This is a great time to end addictions and patterns which no longer serve us, such as toxic relationships.

As Mercury retrogrades in Pisces there is a double edge of confusion as we will have to tune in and discern whether that synchronicity or person from the past is here to stay or whether it is a toxic pattern we need to put an end to… So have fun working this one out!

This week’s yoga

Monday:
7:30pm – Level 1 Beginners Yoga

Tuesday:
7pm – Level 2 Improvers Yoga

Saturday:
9:30am – Complete Beginners (week 5/5)
11am – Open Level Yoga

You can book your classes  here.

Looking forward to seeing you on the mat soon!

Much 💜

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This week’s yoga and astral insights

Utkata Konasana, Goddess stance or horse stance – This asana tones and strengthens the core muscles, strengthens the quadriceps and inner thigh muscles, heats the body and increases circulation

Happy Imbolc yogis and yoginis!

Imbolc celebrates the re-emergence of the life force, the re-awakening of the Earth as the Sun’s energy starts to increase. With Imbolc, meaning ‘in the belly’, starts the period of incubation after conception. It is the moment when the kundalini serpent raises up through the spine in sacred and sexual union in which the self merges with the infinite.

There is a lot of second chakra, Svadhisthana, energy in this period – our pelvis and sexual organs, our intuition flowing with the water element, the return of emotional Pisces towards the end of the month. It is important to check now for any old debris which may still be lingering around in the form of patterns or conditionings which we no longer need and are stopping us from stepping ahead into the new. By clearing our space we welcome the new!
This is a fantastic time to start bringing your plans to life, start ‘cooking’ and rooting stuff.

This week’s yoga

This week’s yoga will be flowing like the water element, reinforcing Svadhisthana through asana and pranayama. Preparing the grounds for what is coming to flourish in a healthy and fertile soil. Focusing on what is really important to us through meditation.

Monday:
7:30pm – Level 1 Beginners Yoga

Tuesday:
7pm – Level 2 Improvers Yoga

Wednesday:
8:30am – Pranayama and Meditation
10am – Community Yoga

Saturday:
9:30am – Complete Beginners (week 2/5)
11am – Open Level Yoga

You can book your classes  here.

I hope to see you on the mat very soon!

Much 💚

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This week’s yoga and astral insights

Waxing crescent moon image by Juri Pozzi

Dear yogis and yoginis,

It has certainly been an interesting week with so much planetary action going on, including the new moon in Aquarius last Friday. This week brings a beautiful waxing crescent moon, a great time to launch new projects and try new things! This coincides with the celebrations of the Chinese New Year of the Metal Rat – which, in my mind looks something like this… 😅

This week Venus joins Neptune in Pisces (today!) which makes the heart swell – perhaps opening up a new romantic love or increasing compassion towards that special one. Venus in Neptune may tend to over-romanticise things, as Neptune is the planet of magic and dreams. Tomorrow Tuesday may be a low energy day as Mars squares Neptune. Mars is the planet of action, yang planet! and a square in Neptune can also mean low immune function, so it’s recommended to get enough rest and avoid alcohol, stress and anything which may compromise the immune system.

A square between the Aquarius sun and Taurus moon at the weekend may bring a brief tug between freedom (Aquarius) and security (Taurus).

This week’s yoga

Bujhangasana, cobra pose, opens the heart and the lungs, stretching the front body and strengthens the back muscles

Monday:
7:30pm – Level 1 Beginners Yoga

Tuesday:
7pm – Level 2 Improvers Yoga

Wednesday:
8:30am – Pranayama and Meditation
10am – Community Yoga

Saturday:
9:30am – Complete Beginners (week 1/5)
11am – Open Level Yoga

You can book your classes here.

Complete Beginners 5 week course starts this Saturday

The perfect introduction into yoga: throughout these 5 weeks we will explore the basic foundations of yoga in a safe and friendly environment at the beautiful Glass House studio.
Classes are small, up to 6 students to maximise learning experience. Due to the limited amount of spaces in these classes booking early is highly recommended.
You can book for this course here.

I wish you a wonderful week of bright new beginnings and loving energy – remember to rest on Tuesday 😎 – and I look forward to seeing you on the mat soon!

Much 🖤

Astral insights, classes, meditation, studio

This week’s yoga and astral insights

New moon illustration – artist unknown

Dear yogis and yoginis

If you are reading this I have some good news for you: it looks like you have survived Blue Monday (yesterday)! Well done 😉.
The concept of Blue Monday was ‘created’ by a holiday company by calculating, using an equation, which would be the lowest, most depressing day of the year. It is usually the 3rd Monday in January and, guess what, it sits very close to the black moon (which is a time of de-pression). So the darkest point in the darkest month of the year, right after the sparks of the holidays – no surprise we are feeling blue!

This week’s yoga will focus in an uplifting and nourishing practice – tuning inwards in preparation to the new moon on Friday and setting intentions for the year ahead in the Restorative workshop!

Monday:
7.30pm – Level 1 Beginners Yoga

Tuesday:
7pm – Level 2 Intermediate Yoga

Wednesday:
8.30am – Pranayama and Meditation
10am – Community Yoga

Thursday:
7pm – Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra
+++ Start the year with an intention based Restorative Yoga class ending with Yoga Nidra +++

Restorative yoga is restful, nourishing and healing – emphasising in comfort and deep rest, allowing the body to heal without interference.
Inducing deep relaxation, restorative yoga will help your blood pressure and stress hormone levels to drop, reducing anxiety and helping you sleep better.
It can also have therapeutic effects on the heart, and on the immune, digestive and other physiological systems.

Yoga Nidra translates as ‘the yogic sleep’ – a deep state of consciousness when we are neither asleep nor awake but experience total physical, mental and emotional relaxation. Even a short nidra can completely nourish and refresh the mind and body.

This Thursday falls in a period just before the new moon (on Friday) which is what we call the black moon or a blackmooning period. This is because we are not able to see the moon, or we see a black moon. The energy of this night is perfect for ‘being in the dark’ and turning inwards, setting intentions for the new moon and doing yin, slow, nurturing practices.

Saturday:
11am – Open Level Yoga

You can book your classes here.
All classes will take place at The Glass House in Holloway Road.

Stay warm and take it easy this week 🔥🌚🔥

I look forward to see you on the mat soon!

Much 🖤