November 2022 newsletter

Halloween, Costumes, Bonfire Night, the time of year is awash with lights and fire and spooky excitement. As our  skies darken and our clocks change I will be celebrating the older festival of Samhain. The 31st October is the night when the worlds of the living and the dead were deemed closest and the souls of the departed were said to return for one night only.

red funghi in woodland

The theme of this festival is how we view death and how we honour our ancestors. Themes of death and resurrection are common in old myths and legends as people come to terms with the onset of winter.

Winter was a time when inevitably people had to face their own mortality, as not everyone would make it through the harshness of the season. We don’t think like that in our modern life indeed some might say we have created an unhealthy distance from thoughts like these. But the presence of death is still always around, is it is a natural part of life.

The dark evenings bring us a time for stillness and reflection, to remember those we have lost. Maybe with a fire or a lighted candle and an internal focus to sustain, bring understanding and wisdom and with that a new sense of purpose. The days are for slowing down, breathing, and opening our eyes to the beauty of Autumn.

woman playing musical bowls autumn woodland

Just like last month, a lot of our workshops are  slow, nurturing and sustaining, helping us adjust to the time of year. They will help you as you balance the light and the dark, the slowing down and the busyness. Enjoy whatever you choose.

people doing restorative yoga pose woman doing restorative yoga pose

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

Looking ahead

Some of you may remember Vikki Smisek who taught Qoya at the centre a few years ago.

She is back from her travels and is offering a workshop on Saturday December 3rd.

Workshops: November

Pilates for Endurance with Sharon Morgan

Breathing and Yoga Nidra with Sharon Cox-Button

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with Sarah Ryan

Iyengar Yoga with Cheree Low

Restorative Yoga with Sharon Cox-Button

Menopause Yoga with Kim Jones

Saturday Soundbath with Bex Leonard

Pilates for Menopause with Sharon Morgan

Pilates for Balance with Sharon Morgan

Om Shanti/Kirtan with Magdalena Atkinson

Birth Preparation with Kim Jones

Yin Yoga with Chrissie Haskett

Restorative Yoga for Deep Rest with Tracey Boast

Gong Bath with Arianna Puran Udini

Reiki Share with Wrio Russell

Shakti Dance with Magdalena Atkinson

In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me,
an invincible summer.
~ Camus ~