June 2023 newsletter

statue of hindu god Siva

I have been catching up with my study of the Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali, after a busy few months. The sūtras are the most important source for any yoga teacher to refer to. They present the entire yoga system, its core philosophical principles and deep insights into the many practices. In the monthly class we are studying chapter 3 with my teacher Sarah Ryan. This is the chapter for the yogi who has achieved samādhi (meditation) and wants to explore the mind further.  It is the first chapter though, Samādhi -pāda, which is more suitable to those of us  with a reasonably stable mind who are trying to achieve the first goal of yoga, spiritual absorption, (no not touching your toes!!).

And I find myself this morning at sutra 1.33:

“maitrī karunā munditā upeksānām sukha punya apunya visayānām bhāvanātah citta prasādanam.”

“Develop friendliness towards those who are happy, compassion to those who are suffering, appreciation of those who do good and non-judgementalism towards those engaged in ignoble actions, the mind (will then find) tranquility.”

This is an important sutra in that Payanjali doesn’t offer a choice here, but says we must develop these 4 attitudes if we want to reach the state of yoga:

  • maitrī – friendship
  • karunā- compassion
  • muditā- appreciation
  • upeksānām- non judgementalism

Workshops in June

We have many wonderful workshops this month to support our health, alongside our usual monthly yoga workshops. The two introduction workshops to Kinesiology and Iridology are a repeat from previous months due to their popularity.

Come and explore these complementary health systems: Kinesiology: an introduction with Jane Collison and Introduction to Iridology with Sarah Burt.

There is also a new workshop called Tuning Forks Stress Release with new teacher Nicki Greenham which is being offered in the daytime and evening.

close up photo of an eye

And from eyes to feet, our newest therapist to join us at the centre is Susana Woods, who will be offering reflexology in the therapy room.

Susanna Woods-photo


New classes and courses in June

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: June

Gong Bath with Arianna Puran Udini

Tuning Fork Stress Release with Nicki Greenham

Post natal course with Kim Jones

Breathing and Yoga Nidra with Sharon Cox-Button

Introduction To Iridology with Sarah Burt

Restorative Yoga For Deep Rest with Tracey Boast

Tuning Fork Stress release with Nicki Greenham

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with Sarah Ryan

Iyengar Yoga with Cheree Low

Mini First Aid with Sue Fisher

Menopause Yoga with Kim Jones

Saturday Soundbath with Bex Leonard

An Introduction to Kinesiology with Jane Collison

Yin Yoga with Toni Franklin

Coming in July

Venture into Alignment with Ruth and Ness

This 3 hour workshop is a journey to a frequency gateway, aligning body and spirit using the energetics of yoga and powerful energy activations. If you’ve ever wondered “Why am I here?” “What was I born to do?” or “What is my purpose?” or if you are ready to commit to who you really are and what you came here to do, this workshop is for you.