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November 2017 newsletter

Hello  – Where did October go???

We are well and truly into Autumn and the horse chestnut trees outside the yoga studios are looking gorgeous! October was busy in many ways and also because our second therapy room was being finished.

It is a lovely space, and with more room we can offer more therapies. If you are interested in joining us as a therapist and using our therapy rooms please email me. If you are interested in receiving therapies check out our therapies page!

I would like to welcome Setsuko Susuki who does Yu-ki Energy Therapy and Reiki and is joining us from November (more below).

I would also like to welcome Bonnie Bloxham to the centre who will be teaching Power Yoga on Tuesday mornings 9:30 – 10:30am starting on Tuesday 7th November.

As ever, the details are below and in the calendar – please check it!

With best wishes from Sharon and all the teachers and therapists at Dorchester Yoga and Therapy Centre

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October 2017 newsletter

There’s a peaceful revolution quietly spreading through West Bromwich Albion’s training ground this season.

More and more players are starting their working days trying to balance their yin and yang on the yoga mat with Tamworth teacher Lee Canterbury-Evans.

Last season, 47-year-old Lee would only get three of four players to each of his sessions – held every Tuesday and Thursday before training.

But word is spreading, the classes are growing, and a lot of the new faces are Albion’s summer signings. It’s always been a voluntary session, but there’s one player in particular who is there week in, week out.

“Craig Dawson has been doing it for about five years,” revealed Lee. “You can tell because he’s never had a strain, or a hamstring problem. It’s a preventative tool and because he got on top of it, it’s spread through the dressing room.”

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… Dorchester Yoga and Therapy Centre have also kicked off to a busy Autumn with lots of new courses and classes including:

  • Sammie McFarland’s six week Pelvic Health course
  • Marj Snape’s Wednesday Morning Meditation class
  • Helen Heger’s Therapeutic Yoga class
  • Kim Jones’ Kids and pre-school Yoga classes are bringing a joyous and lively sound to the normally quiet yoga centre!!!

We have four new courses starting in October and some lovely workshops to look forward to, and we hope to have another chair yoga starting soon as the Monday one is proving so popular!

As ever, the details are below and in the calendar – please check it!

With best wishes from Sharon and all the teachers and therapists at Dorchester Yoga and Therapy Centre

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West Brom balancing their yin and yang on the yoga mat

There’s a peaceful revolution quietly spreading through West Bromwich Albion’s training ground this season.

More and more players are starting their working days trying to balance their yin and yang on the yoga mat with Tamworth teacher Lee Canterbury-Evans.

Last season, 47-year-old Lee would only get three of four players to each of his sessions – held every Tuesday and Thursday before training.

But word is spreading, the classes are growing, and a lot of the new faces are Albion’s summer signings. It’s always been a voluntary session, but there’s one player in particular who is there week in, week out.

“Craig Dawson has been doing it for about five years,” revealed Lee. “You can tell because he’s never had a strain, or a hamstring problem. It’s a preventative tool and because he got on top of it, it’s spread through the dressing room.”

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Therapist Marj Snape

Following and exploring a profound spiritual yearning during Marj’s adult life led her to Yoga and Meditation, and two years ago she completed the Certificate in Ecumenical Spiritual Direction at the Franciscan International Study Centre in Canterbury.

marj snapes photoSpiritual Direction or accompaniment provides the opportunity to discuss privately and honestly the search for spiritual meaning in your life. Many of us question what this life is for, why we are here , do we have a soul, what happens when we die, is there a God?  We may be looking for greater depth or wholeness in our lives, or want to look at some troubling issue from a different perspective.

Spiritual Direction can offer a safe, non-judgemental space for you to explore these questions and also, through mutual conversation, guidance can be offered on developing a deeper spiritual and inner life. Marj practises meditation daily and is a regular church goer but these sessions are not aligned to any specific religious or spiritual tradition.

September 17 newsletter

Welcome to our September newsletter.

We hope you have had a lovely summer and enjoyed some healthy outdoor activities. Here are some of ours :

We have a busy Autumn with some new classes and lots of workshops coming up. This newsletter will only contain September’s events but do check the website if you want to get in early for other events in the Autumn.

We welcome back Grace Martin and Sammie McFarland our Pilates teachers and Yogi Lea who have both had a break over the summer.

As ever, please check the calendar for all our regular and new classes on offer this Autumn.

With best wishes from Sharon and all the teachers and therapists at Dorchester Yoga and Therapy Centre

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September 2017 newsletter

Welcome to our September newsletter.

We hope you have had a lovely summer and enjoyed some healthy outdoor activities. Here are some of ours :

We have a busy Autumn with some new classes and lots of workshops coming up. This newsletter will only contain September’s events but do check the website if you want to get in early for other events in the Autumn.

We welcome back Grace Martin and Sammie McFarland our Pilates teachers and Yogi Lea who have both had a break over the summer.

As ever, please check the calendar for all our regular and new classes on offer this Autumn.

With best wishes from Sharon and all the teachers and therapists at Dorchester Yoga and Therapy Centre

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Therapist Jane Collison

Jane Collison photoHi, I’m Jane Collison and I’m really excited to join the team of therapists at DYTC.

I offer Systematic Kinesiology, Meridian Aromatherapy Massage and Nutritional Therapy.

I work with high-quality, food-state nutritional supplements, essential oils, Bach flower remedies, herbal extracts and other natural remedies to create balance where it’s needed so your body and mind can return to great health.

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July 2017 newsletter

Welcome to our July newsletter.

We hope that those of you who attended our International Yoga Day on the 21st June enjoyed your class. Phew that was a hot day!

The centre will quieten down as we approach the summer, a time to be outdoors doing your yoga! Plenty of weekly classes but not so many weekend workshops. Please do send us any photos of your yoga practice in unusual places to share in our September newsletter.

This newsletter will cover July and August and so the next newsletter will be for September.

Please check the calendar for teachers’ holidays, and maybe try a different class if your teacher is away. You can drop in to any class.

Have a fabulous summer from all the teachers and therapists at DYTC

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Yoga Sutra of Patanjali – Pranayama

The fourth step is Pranayama.

The word is composed from two Sanskrit words:

  • Prana: meaning life force (noted particularly as the breath), and
  • either ayama: to restrain or control the prana (implying a set of breathing techniques where the breath is intentionally altered in order to produce specific results)
  • or ayāma: meaning to extend or draw out (as in extension of the life force)

Generally translated as breath control, Prana is the life force or energy that exists everywhere and flows through each of us through the breath.

The basic movements of Pranayama are:

  • inhalation
  • retention of breath
  • exhalation

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June 2017 newsletter

In this month’s newsletter I introduce the third of the 8 limbs of yoga described by Patanjali.

As ever, please check out the studio calendar and classes pages on the website for more details, and June’s classes, workshops and courses are below.

With best wishes from Sharon and all the yoga teachers and therapists.


Asana: more commonly translated as posture, is derived from the Sanskrit root “to stay” “to be” or ”to sit”.

Last month we looked at the first two limbs of yoga, yamas and niyamas, would it not be enough to be compassionate, truthful and content? Surely we should work at these? Why do we need to stretch our bodies?

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