March 2023 newsletter

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Our March newsletter is a celebration of the two wonderful Horse Chestnut trees that have graced Dorchester town centre for many years, companions outside the Yoga Centre since it opened.

They have guided us and our practice through the seasons for nearly 8 years.

From the excitement of the vibrant green new shoots in Spring, the glossy mature darker leaves of Summer, and the exuberance of the amazing white flowers with a yellow to pink blotch at the base of the petals. The fruits that develop from these flowers are green spikey capsules containing nut-like seeds which of course we know as conkers.

With the trees being eye level to the yoga centre it was absolutely fascinating to see the flowers slowly turn to these seeds, and fatten into hard shiny conkers. Then there were the beautiful Autumn colours, and watching the leaves fall to finally the stark bare branches, occasionally covered in snow.

I know that many of you will really miss these magnificent trees, but even in their ending they continue to teach us.

As well as the cycle of Spring to Winter it teaches us the cycle of life. We feel sadness, grief, we have to practice non attachment as we let them go, and then we look forward to new life, of the new trees that will be planted by The Town Council and that we will have the delight of watching grow.

Spring Equinox

A moment of balance will occur this month. On the 20th March the earth will be half in shadow, half in sunlight. We are all looking for balance in our lives, but the spring equinox reminds us that balance is not a stable state, the moment of balance is brief in any extreme, a tiny sliver of time. Moments later the energy of Summer will get stronger, the evenings longer, the bursting of shoots more vigorous.

Like standing on one leg, we have to concentrate our mind,  we have to work at it, practice and more practice, and always adjust to the constant changes.

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

Classes, Courses and Workshops: March

Breathing and Yoga Nidra with Sharon Cox-Button

Introduction To Iridology with Sarah Burt

Prepare to Birth Confidently with Kim Jones

Mini First Aid with Sue Fisher

Drum and Chant with Magdalena Atkinson

Yoga Sutras with Sarah Ryan

Yin Yoga with Chrissie Haskett

Break Out of Your Depression – Gong Bath with Arianna Puran Udini

Iyengar Workshop with Cheree Low

Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra with Sharon Cox-Button

Yoga Therapy Course with Kausthub Desikachar

Reiki Share with Karen and Wrio

 “Life is made up of a collection of moments that are not ours to keep.

The pain we encounter throughout our days spent on this earth comes from the illusion that some moments can be held onto.

Clinging to people and experiences that were never ours in the first place is what causes us to miss out on the beauty of the miracle that is the now.

All of this is yours, yet none of it is.
How could it be? Look around you.
Everything is fleeting.

To love and let go, love and let go, love and let go…it’s the single most important thing we can learn in this lifetime.”

~ Rachel Brathen ~