October 2016 newsletter

Hello and Welcome to our October newsletter.

It was great to see our classes so full in September. Everyone was tanned and relaxed from the lovely summer and seemed eager to be back into a routine and back to their yoga. Keep it up!

As ever, keep up to date with the calendar on the website for class information

As we all know, our yoga practice helps to keep us healthy and strong, our emotions balanced and our minds calm, but sometimes we need a little bit of a helping hand from other places. In this newsletter I’d like to focus on the therapists in our therapy room who are offering us that helping hand.

Over the next couple of months we will hear a little bit more about each one in detail, starting with Jonathan Austin (or Joggan as he is known to many), who has been with us from the beginning.

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

Jonathan Austin

image-2I am a Registered Osteopath, who works here at the Dorchester Yoga and Therapy Centre. I also work in Bridport and Weymouth, and provide Osteopathy on the NHS. I take a keen interest in observing fine movement patterns and how they are intertwined with posture, ergonomics and sports-related activities.

Being an Osteopath, I strive to approach treating my patients with a breadth, encompassing their lifestyles, psychological, anatomical and physiological perspectives. A core Osteopathic principle is to improve function, which often has the desired outcome of decreasing pain, discomfort and stiffness that derives from a musculoskeletal origin. Osteopathy involves techniques including soft tissue massage, mobilisation, manipulation, and a gentle form of osteopathy called cranial.

A bit about me – I am a keen tennis player where I have just competed in the National over 35 Tennis Championships, and finished runners-up representing Dorset. I also play Banjo and guitar in a local blues/folk band called Stealing Whiskey! I live in Dorchester with my wife and daughter.

Osteopathy can help with

  • aches and pains
  • chronic and acute low back pain
  • neck pain/headaches arising from neck -athritic pain
  • sciatica
  • shoulder and elbow pain
  • muscle spasms
  • sports injuries and tensions
  • joint pains from knee/hip osteoarthritis in association with other treatment for this condition

If you are interested in a treatment with Jonathan please contact him:

This month we have 4 new therapists joining us and we will hear more from them over the next few months:



Medical herbalist



And not forgetting yoga! Yoga this month

Breathing and Yoga Nidra with Sharon Cox-Button

Japa and Sound Vibration with Stuart and Debbie Harvey

Soulful/Herbal Yoga Nidra with Fiona Heckels and Magdalena Atkinson

Kirtan with Magdalena Atkinson

Shakti Dance with Magdalena Atkinson

Soothing Saturday Yoga with Sian Alcock

British Wheel of Yoga Day with Teacher Zoe Knott: arm balances

  • Saturday 22nd 10-4.00pm
  • More about British Wheel of Yoga class

Healing Sounds Workshop with Dominique Preston


New weekly classes starting in October

Kundalini Yoga with Arianna Moretti

Beginners with Jez Culley

  • From Wednesday 26th, 8.15 – 9.30pm
  • Suitable for beginners or those who want to go at a slower pace
  • More about Jez


Looking ahead to November

Yoga Sutras with Sarah Ryan

British Wheel of Yoga Dorset Festival

  • 6th November 9:30 – 4:00pm
  • A celebration of the diversity of yoga teachers and students in Dorset with a holistic and eclectic mix of yoga styles and traditions. This is a festival for members and teachers, and the wider public to join together for a day of connecting and sharing our love of yoga
  • More about British Wheel yoga festival day

Tribute to TKV Desikachar with Sarah Ryan

  • 20th November
  • To honour the passing of one of the greatest teachers of our age. “We shall honour him, his memory and his contribution to yoga. We shall talk about him a little, and do a meditative practice together. It will be suitable for anyone who loves yoga, whether you ever met this great man or not.”
  • More about Tribute class