December 2023 Newsletter

Winter: time to rest and renew…


What’s happening in Nature in the Winter?

Many of our workshops this month, such as the Restorative Workshops, the Yin Workshops, and the Yoga Nidra (sleep), connect us to what nature is doing – resting. This ‘wintering’ or hibernation is a crucial activity, giving the earth and other living things time to rest so that they can renew themselves again. These times of darkness can give us refuge and a moment to pause.

Wintering invites us to strip back our own layers, just as the deciduous trees shed their leaves and reveal their form. It can be a time for us to contemplate who we are, who we present to the world, and then maybe make some changes with our new year resolutions or our sankalpa as we do in yoga nidraNikki Greenham’s workshopLet Love Shine is a unique event that combines the power of meditation, tuning fork sounds and the therapeutic practice of journaling. This is a lovely way to enter a state of deep relaxation, allowing you to release stress and tension, and get clarity for any worries or life decisions you may be facing.

Many of us may still have to work, but we can have more time under the duvet, eat nourishing soups and stews, switch off the tv, sit and read or just stare at the firelight.

Sitting Meditation

Be Reminded of Natures Lessons

Light is such an essiential part of well being, so if you struggle with the lack of it, enjoy the xmas lights, light candles, decorate your home with twinkling lights and make sure you walk outside each day, for the little light there is and to be reminded of nature’s lessons.

We have a Candlelight Yoga class with Kim Jones, and two wonderful workshops: Winter Solstice Drum and Chant with Magdalena Atkinson and Honouring the Winter Solstice with Sian Alcock. The Winter Solstice is a celebration of the light returning, the days growing longer and the strength of the sun returning.


Many of our teachers and therapists will take time to rest over the Xmas break so do check the calendar for your weekly classes.

Seasons Greetings to you all, we hope you have a nurturing Winter time, with lots of festive cheer too.

From Sharon and all the teachers and therapists of Dorchester Yoga and Therapy Centre

December Courses & Workshops

Breathing and Yoga Nidra with Sharon Cox-Button
Friday 1st December, 6.30-7.30pm

Let Love Shine: Angelic Healing Meditation and Journaling Workshop with Nicki Greenham
Saturday 2nd December, 10.00-11.30am

Restorative Yoga For Deep Rest with Tracey Boast
Sunday 3rd December, 10.00-12.00pm

Yin Fascial Yoga: Roll Release Relax with Dominique Preston
Sunday 3rd December, 2.00-5.00pm

Tuning Forks For Stress Relief with Nicki Greenham
Friday 8th December, 7.00-8.30pm

Iyengar Yoga with Cheree Low
Saturday 9th December, 1.00-4.00pm

Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra with Sharon Cox-Button
Sunday 10th, 1.30-4.00pm

Winter Solstice Drum and Chant with Magdalena Atkinson
Friday 15th, 6.00-9.00pm

General Yoga with Hannah Lovegrove
Saturday 16th, 9.30-11.30am

Yin Yoga Workshop with Chrissie Haskett
Sunday 17th, 2.30-5.00pm

Candlelight Yoga with Kim Jones
Friday 22nd, 7.00-8.15pm

Honouring The Winter Solstice with Sian Lalita Alcock
Saturday 23rd, 10.00-1.00pm

Yin Yoga Workshop with Toni Franklin
Friday 29th December, 6.00-7.30pm

Looking ahead to January

We have Duncan Hulin visiting on Saturday 27th January with his familiar Holistic Yoga day: breath-only kriyas, sopana & asanas (both held and dynamic), satsang (meditation followed by philosophical discussion), miscellaneous practices, and pranayama. A day not to be missed so book early!

“Winter is the slow-down. Winter is the search for self. Winter gives the silence you need to listen. Winter goes gray so you can see your own colors.”
~ Terri Guillemets ~