January 2024 Newsletter

Happy new year to you all!

I would like to start January’s newsletter with an ancient universal prayer, which is part of the Pavamana Mantra from the Brhadaranyaka Upanishad. The translation of the entire mantra is: 

“Lead us from ignorance to knowledge, from darkness to light and from death to immortality.” It is used as a purifying prayer which is chanted for the wellbeing of oneself or for humanity.

Om asato ma sadgamaya
Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya
Mrtyor ma amrtam gamaya
Om shanti shanti shanti

ॐ असतो मा सद् गमय
तमसो मा ज्योतिर् गमय
मृत्योर् माम्रतं गमय
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः


What’s happening in nature?

Our December newsletter began with an observation of what was happening in nature, and this newsletter continues with the same theme. There can be a lot of pressure to jump into the New Year with new resolutions and suggestions to try new things, new diets, get fit… with lots of energy, and push, but this is just getting back onto the treadmill.

Winter River

We are still in the depths of winter, take a moment between times to look back at the year that has passed and to let go of what is no longer serving you. It is a time to look forward to what you would like to see in your life ahead, a time for observation and introspection. Nature is still sleeping, it throws up the odd snowdrop, and primrose, but there is still a long time before Spring is here. Take your time, there is no rush, keep your yoga practice slow, and nourishing and supportive, there is no need to end your period of rest and recuperation. Our workshops this month still offer plenty of opportunity for this. And our weekly classes are trickling back to a full timetable by the time we are half way through January.  

Restorative 3

New therapist Lauren Watson

We offer a big welcome to Lauren Watson, who is joining our wonderful team in the therapy room. She is offering her Spirit Ayurveda. Ayurveda is considered by many scholars to be the oldest healing science. In Sanskrit, Ayurveda means “The Science of Life.” Ayurvedic knowledge originated in India more than 5,000 years ago and is often called the “Mother of All Healing”, and naturally goes hand in hand with yoga. It stems from the ancient Vedic culture and was taught for many thousands of years in an oral tradition from accomplished masters to their disciples.

Lauren Watson

Ayurveda allows us to access our inner healer, change our actions, and, in turn, transform the world! We are so pleased to have Lauren offering her skills at the yoga centre. You can read all about Lauren here.

The Ayurvedic Doshas

New Class: Well Woman Yoga

Kim Jones is offering a new weekly evening yoga class for women.

Well woman yoga offers women tools to stabilise fluctuating hormones, build pelvic strength and improve vitality through every cycle of life. Whether its menstruation or postnatal recovery to the menopause and beyond. Experience a blend of restorative yoga postures, gentle flows, and rejuvenating breathing and relaxation techniques to help harmonise your mental, emotional and physical states.   

  • Teacher: Kim Jones
  • Day: Mondays 7.30 – 9.00pm
  • Cost: £9 
  • Book Now

We look forward to seeing you soon at Dorchester Yoga and Therapy Centre

Om Shanti

Sharon and the team  

January Courses & Workshops

Breathing and Yoga Nidra with Sharon Cox-Button
Friday 5th January, 6.30 – 7.30pm

Tuning Forks for Stress Relief with Nicki Greenham
Friday 12th January 7.00 – 8.30pm

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with Sarah Ryan
Saturday 13th January 10.30 – 11.45am

Vedic Chanting with Sarah Ryan
Saturday 13th January 12.00 – 1.00pm

Iyengar Yoga with Cheree Low
Saturday 13th January 1.30 – 4.30pm

Mini First aid with Sue Fisher
Monday 15th January 10.00 – 12pm

Restorative Yoga for Deep Rest with Tracey Boast
Friday 19th January 6.00 – 7.30pm

Gong Bath – Free yourself from Fear with Arianna Puran Udini
Saturday 20th January 10.00 – 12pm

Yin Yoga Workshop with Chrissie Haskett
Sunday 21st January 10.00 – 12.30pm

Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra with Sharon Cox-Button
Sunday 21st January 1.30 – 4.00pm

Yin Yoga with Toni Franklin
Friday 26th January 6.00 – 7.30pm

Holistic Yoga Workshop with Duncan Hulin
Saturday 27th January 10.00 – 4.30pm

General Yoga Workshop with Hannah Lovegrove
Saturday 27th January 11.00 – 1.00pm

Reiki Share with Wrio Russell
Saturday 27th January 1.30 – 3.00pm

Restorative Yoga For Deep Rest with Tracey Boast
Sunday 28th January 10.00 – 12.00pm

Dalai Lama

“There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow; so today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live.”

~ Dalai Lama ~