December 2016 newsletter

Welcome to our December newsletter. The horse chestnut tree outside the studios is just about bare, reminding us of the passing of time. We still have a few exciting workshops in store before the yoga centre quietens down and our teachers and therapists take some time out.

If you are struggling with your health and need to book in with our therapists there are still a few weeks to go before Xmas or perhaps you could buy some vouchers for presents for your friends and family.

As ever, check the studio calendar for the up to date goings-on.

With best wishes from Sharon and all the teachers and therapists at Dorchester Yoga and Therapy Centre. Merry Xmas and a Happy New year.

Throughout December we will be collecting money to help those affected by the war in Syria, lookout for our donation jars.


We are very excited to have Sarah Burt joining us on a Tuesday morning starting on December 6th. Sarah has been a Naturopath and Iridologist for 17 years and is bringing a wealth of knowledge to share with us. For the month of December Sarah will be offering Iridology consultations for £30 where a digital photograph will be taken of your eye and a diagnosis offered. Iridology is thought to show us our own constitution and can highlight the factors that lead to ill health.

For more information look at Sarah’s profile on the website.

Our in-depth look at our therapists focuses this month on Matthew Griggs who has been with us since we opened.

What is Solution Focused Hypnotherapy and how can it help?

By Matthew Griggs

This is the question I am often asked when people find out I am a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist, often quickly followed by will you “make me cluck like a chicken”! Well the answer to the second question is very definitely no, in fact modern clinical hypnotherapy couldn’t be further removed from the theatrical performances you may have seen at a theatre or on television.
I offer a free initial consultation, which lasts between 40 to 60 minutes so that I can properly answer the first question above, however in general terms this is the answer:

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy brings together the latest breakthroughs in neuroscience, Solution Focused Brief Therapy techniques, and hypnosis. Our understanding of the human brain gives us insights into how and why we can sometimes find ourselves with problems in life. The human brain evolved over millions of years and some of its most ancient parts served to help our ancestors survive in very hostile environments; the fact that you are reading this is testament to how well your ancestors adapted and survived for tens of thousands of years! Unfortunately, sometimes in our modern world, these inbuilt survival mechanisms can work against us, but once we have a clear understanding of how the various parts of the brain work, we can utilise this to change our thoughts and unwanted behaviours.

One very common issue is anxiety, this can manifest itself because of one problem (or event) that throw us off course, or it can build up over many months or years. Eventually after struggling along for a while, something will have to give, we often see this when we suffer with problems such as: sleep- related issues, over-eating (weight control), issues with anger, drinking too much, IBS and/or OCD among others . Using Solution Focused Brief Therapy techniques we are able to tackle the issues related to: anxiety/negative thinking/ruminating on the past and/or projecting our fears and insecurities into the future. This is a dynamic, interactive and positive process that allows us to break free from negative patterns of behaviour, it also frees our minds so that we can consider how we want our lives to develop over time in a positive, focused way.

Hypnotherapy is used to harness the power of our unconscious mind, allowing it to access all available resources, concentrating them on the work that needs to be done. Unlike some hypnotists seen on TV and in films, it is not necessary to induce a deep trance state to achieve therapeutic goals, on the contrary we work to achieve a relaxed natural “trance like” state through relaxation techniques. Customers often comment that it is the best half an hour of their week and that they look forward to getting lost in this wonderful dreamy state.
I also teach self-hypnosis and other techniques, where appropriate, which can be very helpful for increasing confidence, reducing nerves, modifying mood and even improving skills for sports people.

Fears & Phobias are tackled using various techniques, including Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP). These are employed by many hypnotherapists simply because they are so effective; in my experience no one needs to suffer with a fear or phobia that impacts upon their lives. It is also worth dispelling the old myth that you have to face your fears to overcome them, this again is for the celebrity hypnotist as it makes good television. However I have been told a number of stories (after the event) where clients have picked up that spider etc. The customer is surprised and pleased but of course once the fear or phobia has gone it is just a small helpless insect!

To find out more or book a free initial consultation at Dorchester Yoga and Therapy Centre please go to Matthew’s website and complete a contact form or call him on 07546 069756 and I will be happy to discuss any specific issues or answer any questions you may have.


Please check the calendar on the website as our teachers will be taking some time off over Xmas.


  • Friday 2nd December Breathing and Yoga Nidra 7-8pm with Sharon Cox- Button
  • Saturday 3rd January Yoga Sutras 10.45-12.15pm with Sarah Ryan Sunday 4th December
  • Sunday 4th December Yin Fascial Yoga Workshop 2-5pm with Dominique Preston
  • Thursday 8th December 7.30-9pm An Introduction To Alexander Technique with Liz Watson
  • Friday 9th December A Special Xmas Kirtan and Drumming Circle 7-8.30pm with Magdalena Atkinson
  • Sunday 11th December Xmas Japa and Sound Healing 7-8.15pm with Stuart Harvey
  • Tuesday 27th December Yoga Workshop: Five Winds at Xmas 10-1pm Isabelle Taylor and Yogi Lea

Looking ahead to January

  • Tuesday 17th January A Workshop for Midwives and Doulas: Homeopathy for Pregnancy and Labour 10-1pm Zofia Dymitr
  • Tuesday 24th January Mini First Aid 12-2pm with Sue Fisher

We have two new teachers joining us in January:

Sammie McFarland who will be offering:

  • Beginners Pilates Tuesdays 9.30-10.30am starting Tuesday 3rd January
  • Post-natal Pilates Tuesdays 10.45-11.45am starting Tuesday 3rd January
  • Pilates for Backs Thursdays 5-5.45pm starting Thursday 5th January

Sandy Tubby will be offering

  • A general Hatha Yoga class on Tuesdays 7.30- 8.45pm. starting Tuesday 10th January