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Xmas and New Year Yoga

Welcome to that liminal time between Christmas and New Year… Endings to tie up and plans for new beginnings as we come out of the Xmas slumber and back into reality. And reality is uncertain right now. Even our NYE plans are uncertain as we wait for announcements with, possibly, more restrictions in the next few days.

Getting used to uncertainty takes time and practice. Being able to live in the present moment is not easy feat, especially when surrounded by chaos and fear. As human beings we need some kind of order in our lives. Some routines. We like to make plans.

The good news is that we ourselves can create those routines and rituals to bring in some much needed grounding, such as:

  • On waking: free-write three pages in your journal, let it run, whatever comes to your mind. Get it all out before you start your day!
  • Reward yourself with your favourite cuppa, tea or coffee, as you write your morning pages
  • Think of three things you are grateful for each day – you may choose to write these down in your journal so you can go back to them when you need to
  • Spend some time in meditation. Even if it’s just 5 minutes. I do 11 minutes each morning. I recommend some good noise canceling headphones and a simple timer – I use InsightTimer (you can choose your own background music and bells). Try to focus on your breath and every time you stray – and you will, we all do! – just bring yourself back to the breath. Start small, then slowly add more time if you feel you need to
  • If you sit down a lot for work, set some alarms in your phone throughout your working day to get up and move. Science tells us that moving the body also moves the mind (mind and body are one after all!), so play your favourite tune and have a little dance, or do some yoga, you will see how your creative juices start flowing!
  • Join a class – yes it is good to have recordings and freedom to practice whenever we feel like it instead of at an established time but hey, it is even better to connect with others and practice together, either online or in person. Connection is a human need, we are pack animals after all. Lack of connection brings feelings of ungroundedness and depression, as well as anxiety
  • Go for walks in nature. Get lost. Awaken your own intuition. Leave your phone’s maps behind and trust your gut. This is gold and we are totally missing this nowadays. But it is never too late to start to remember!

My two cents to structure and routine: I have added free recordings throughout the holidays until we reopen on 12.1.2022, every Wednesday and Sunday there’ll be an evening flow class and morning flow class recordings for you to access. Recordings for this week are already up and next week’s will be up next Monday. You can access these from now until the end of the day’s class (ie. Wednesday class ends at 8.15pm so you can access this class from now until that time only).

Wishing you a smashing walking out of 2021 and into 2022 with new perspectives and ways to navigate these times!

Much 💙

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Full Moon in Aries – Breaking Through

You may already be feeling the energy of this swelling Aries moon, which will become full this Wednesday. Aries is the first sign of the zodiac and deals with our primary needs, survival, the things we can not ‘be’ without. This is the sign of the ‘I’ and it’s ruled by Mars, the planet of action and fire. The full moon in Aries is calling us to pay attention to those non negotiable ‘I’ needs and to have a proper look at ourselves within relationship (Sun in Libra): What is it in ‘I’ that could be blocking the ‘us’? or, on the other hand, where in ‘us’ am I? Am I being heard, seen? This is the counterpart of the new moon in Libra at the beginning of this month and it will challenge or inspire us within relationship.

This full moon is calling the (fiery) emotions ruled by Mars to come out, the water is boiling, and we must pay attention to feelings of anger, or even rage – how do we deal with this emotions and how can we let them out without ‘burning’ others or ourselves? This fire is wanting to transform something in our lives that is stuck and this full moon is the portal through which this will be unstuck.

Mercury is going direct, but for the next few days it’ll be stationary – an even stronger energy than it going retrograde – it is important to think before we talk, as we could say things we may regret and not be able to take them back. Sometimes it is best to leave the room or go outside if we feel a volcano erupting within – finding an alternative way of channeling those emotions, perhaps through bodywork or the arts, using this energy in a creative way.

How do we take this planetary energy to the mat?

Wednesday’s class we will explore the energy of the Aries full moon during a Restorative and Yoga Nidra class – inviting our subconscious to talk to us while we allow those feelings and emotions to get unstuck in a safe environment.
Sunday’s will be a Morning Flow Yoga class – working with transforming that fire energy into wellbeing, more of a higher energy class. You can book both classes here online or in studio.

Wishing you a fantastic week.

🍂 🍁 🖤 🍁 🍂

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💦🐡New Moon in Pisces🐡💦

This was exact at 10.21am UK time this morning.

This new moon is ethereal and otherworldly, Pisces wants you to explore and go beyond past limits of your imagination, visiting new unseen realms within your psyche. Pay attention to your dreams. This is a great time to submerge yourself in any creative form of expression, painting, dancing, writing… whatever gets you ‘in the flow’ – watery Pisces is asking you to feel, letting go of mind restrictions.

I am feeling this Piscean energy strongly as I am writing this up in The Glass House, listening to the persistent rain tapping on the glass roof this morning.

These are a few ideas for you to try today and the next few days:

🐠 Pranayama: there are certain pranayama techniques which help calming the nervous system, mostly by lengthening the exhale and using breath retentions (holding your breath).

🐠 Meditation: make use of this natural watery soundscape and meditate for a few minutes. Burn some sage/ palo santo to clear the space or use any essential oils to help you be calm and focused, such as lavender and clary sage.

🐠 Journaling: free-writing, unedited flow – just a few pages in the morning. Don’t worry if it looks messy, just let the process happen without focusing in the outcome.

🐠 Painting / drawing: get the colours out and paint your feelings! I love this one 😉 Notice if you feel happy, sad, angry,… then notice where in your body do you feel this feeling… what colour is it? Separate the story from the feeling… painting the feeling will help you process it and letting it go if you need to.

🐠 Yoga Nidra: this ancient practice will help you release and relax, opening that portal to the subconscious, allowing you to open up to other realms… If you’d like a link to this Wednesday’s Yoga Nidra recording so you can practice the next few nights send me a PM.

🐠 Dance / body movement – another favourite of mine 😂 Allow your body to move without restrictions! Music / no music. Dance to the sound of rain. Big movements, small movements, let your body go and do its thing…!

I hope you enjoy these next few days and you get time to try some of these, let us know how it felt in the comments below👇🏽

Mermaid pose

Join us in class next week via zoom for more Mermaid love 💕

Much ✨💙✨

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This week’s yoga and new year info

Holding the moon by Eric Houck

Dear yogis and yoginis,

I hope you all enjoyed last Friday’s full moon in Cancer (and solar eclipse) – following Cancer’s energy (my own sun sign) I took time out to nurture myself, resting lots and I am feeling a lot better now and so the yoga schedule is back on!

Monday:
7:30pm – Level 1 Beginners Yoga
Tuesday:
7pm – Level 2 Improvers Yoga
Wednesday:
8:30am – Pranayama and Meditation
10am – Community Yoga
Saturday:
11am – Open Level Yoga

Wednesday evening Level 2 class is now moved to Tuesday, same time, 7pm.

Complete beginners course in February

For anyone wanting to learn Yoga from scratch or revisit the basics of Yoga – this course will take place at The Glass House all Saturdays in February at 9.30am. Spaces are very limited so book yours now here!

New Year Bliss: Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra workshop

+++ 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.

Looking forward to seeing you in the mat very soon!
Remember you can book for classes here

Much 🖤

Astral insights, classes

All classes canceled this week

Dear yogis and yoginis,

Well I started the year being a sick cat – happy 2020 y’all!

Sadly that means there’ll be no classes running this week as I am not well enough to teach. Classes will resume on Monday January 13th – one day after one of the biggest astrological alignments in 2020, a Saturn – Pluto conjunction… This is big, not only because it only happens about once every 34 years, but also because of the nature of these two planets: Saturn is the planet of law and order and Pluto is the planet of death and transformation, pulling out from its deep roots whatever has to go in order to help you grow. Growing pains? Pluto’s fault! So with these two planets conjunct just after the full moon (plus solar eclipse! on the 10th) hold on tight and pay attention to what is going on – somethings may just blow up out of seemingly nowhere. Be ready for the possible challenges coming your way. This is why I am taking the week off. Really. 🤞

Out and over for now – hope you keep up with the yoga this week!

Much 🖤