Despite unknown origins, Yoga was documented for the first time in the form of the Yogasutra, authored by the great Yogi Patanjali (we study this text once a month with Sarah Ryan). This text documents the entire philosophical system of yoga, exploring our deep psyche, and helps to facilitate personal and spiritual transformation. Yoga is not just a physical exercise, tying yourself up in knots!
Sutra 1.12: Abhyasa-vairagyabhyam tat-nirodhah
“Mastery of the fluctuating mind comes from practice (concentration/meditation) together with detachment.”
As life ‘seems’ to become ever more bonkers, it seems our meditation practice and detachment is needed more than ever. Detachment doesn’t mean ignoring or being selfish to what is going on around you, but it does mean choosing carefully when to watch news/read newspapers, and choose your sources carefully. News is always biased and always someone else’s opinion.
Remember to feed yourself on all levels with good things: music, books, laughter, pets, nature, exercise and quiet contemplation, life has so many wonderful things on offer….
I have spent the weekend in mid Wales, doing just that. A friend invited me for walking and yoga in the Welsh mountains and it was just what I needed. To be taught rather than teach, to walk rather than sit at a computer, to eat healthy food that someone else made! It doesn’t take much, just two days in my case to come back restored; physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, all the many layers that make us whole. To make us feel like we can cope with our everyday commitments and chores. It is worth it! You are worth it.
You may not not be able to find a weekend away but hopefully we have plenty on offer that I hope will feed you too!
A bit of outside yoga: a hip opener as I dried my feet after a very cold paddle in an icy lake:
Happy Easter to you all 🙂
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
- Kim Jones is offering a 4 week post natal course starting Thursday 19th April 11:00am – 12:00pm
- Sharon Morgan is offering a short course as an introduction to Pilates, Starting 27th April on Wednesdays 10:00 – 11:00am
- Jayne James Development Circle, which was initially 5 weeks, is continuing due to popular demand on a Thursday evening. If you would like to join please contact Jayne
- The next 6 Week IAIM Baby Massage course with Sharon Cox-Button begins 12th May, Thursdays 11.30-12.45pm
- Our hypnotherapist Roget Mortimer shares a useful article on quitting smoking, which is well worth a read
- We are very excited to have Dr Kausthub Desikachar come to Dorchester from 10th – 12th June for a 3 day course on Chakras. Keep an eye out for more information coming soon!
Classes, Courses and Workshops: April
Breathing and Yoga Nidra with Sharon Cox-Button
- Friday 1st 6:30 – 7:30pm
- More about Breathing and Yoga Nidra
Om Shanti/Kirtan with Magdalena Atkinson
- Sunday 3rd 5:00 – 7:00pm
- More about Om Shanti/Kirtan
Yin Yoga with Chrissie Haskett
- Saturday 9th April 2:30 – 5:00pm
- More about Yin Yoga
Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra with Sharon Cox-Button
- Sunday 10th 1:30 – 4:00pm
- More about Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra
Rajadhiraja Yoga with Jez Culley
- Friday 22nd 6:30 – 8:00pm
- More about Rajadhiraja Yoga
Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with Sarah Ryan
- Saturday 23rd 10:45am – 12:15pm
- More about Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Iyengar Yoga with Cheree Low
- Saturday 23rd 2:00 – 5:00pm
- More about Iyengar Yoga
Saturday Soundbath with Bex Leonard
- Saturday 23rd 2:30 – 3:45pm
- More about Saturday Soundbath
Shakti Dance with Magdalena Atkinson
- Sunday 24th 11:00am – 1:00pm
- More about Shakti Dance
“Learning to be present with yourself and to abide in that which is steady and comfortable does not allow space for self-judgment.
When you live this way, you are practicing yoga: you are living fully.”
~ Judith Hanson Lasater ~
~ Living Your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life ~