October 2021 newsletter

Welcome to October 🙂

The Dorchester Yoga and Therapy Centre opened its doors in November 2015.

From  almost the beginning there has been a regular monthly meeting with yoga teacher Sarah Ryan looking at  the amazing Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. This is probably the most important yoga book ever written. It is written in Sanskrit, and contains four logically written chapters, with 195 aphorisms, or concise statements known as sutras, describing the whole philosophical system of yoga.

We have slowly been working our way through the book and have reached Chapter 3 which talks about the last 3 of the eight ‘limbs’ or branches of yoga; the internal ‘limbs’ of concentration, meditation and complete absorption- samadhi.

Sutra 111.1 “desa-bandhah-cittasya dharana”

Concentration is fixing the mind in one direction. When the mind remains bound to the chosen object without failing, this is concentration, the preliminary condition for reaching the next stages of dhyana and samadhi (meditation and complete absorption).

I am struck by how Autumn seems to throw up an extraordinary amount of beautiful objects or scenes on which to practice one’s concentration. Many flowers in the garden are finding energy to make their last few blooms before the slow dying back of Autumn begins, the colours are changing, the spiders are spinning, the harvests are being brought in and perhaps the last few swims are being enjoyed before the weather changes. As one of my heroines said

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” 

~~ L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables ~~

Enjoy the wonderful weather and beautiful surroundings.  Slow down into Autumn, find time to practise concentration, and come and enjoy some of our workshops 🙂

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

Some news

We welcome Tom Anderson to our team of therapists. Tom is a CBT therapist.

I am really pleased that the Reiki Share is back on our timetable, please see details below.

Our thanks go to Leanne Jones who has been teaching a Jivamukti class once a month on a Friday evening for many years now. She is off to open her own studio in Wimborne, we will miss her and we wish her well with her new venture (… although she’s only in Wimborne so do check out her new studio).

Here is our teacher Sam Stevens enjoying her class:


And lastly big congratulations to our fabulous yoga teacher Kim Mackie who got married last week to Fred; so lovely to see Kim in her beautiful dress as we normally only see each other in yoga leggings!



Classes, Courses and Workshops: October

Breathing and Yoga Nidra with Sharon Cox-Button

Shakti Dance with Magdalena Atkinson

Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra with Sharon Cox-Button

Yoga For Runners with Kim Jones

Rajadhiraja Yoga with Jez Culley

Saturday Soundbath with Bex Leonard

Yoga Sutras with Sarah Ryan

Saturday Soundbath with Bex Leonard

Restorative Yoga for Deep Rest with Tracey Boast

Gong Bath with Arianna Puran Udini

Reiki Share with Karen Giles and Wrio Russell

Looking ahead to November

We have a new weekly Saturday morning Mixed Ability Yoga class starting with Katie Pitney 10.45-11.45am.

  • Please email Katie if you are interested in joining the class