October 2020 newsletter

It feels so good to be open and busy.

It seems that everyone has missed their yoga, pilates and tai chi, as our classes are very full. We hope you are well.
Yoga class doing forward bends
Welcome to Pilates teacher Michelle Skelland who started with us in September. She has been teaching on Wednesdays 10:15 – 11:15am. From October she will also be teaching on Fridays at 4:00 – 5:00pm. This means we now have a Pilates class Monday to Friday for all of you Pilates fans out there.

Welcome to Yoga teacher Nancy Chantrell who has been teaching yoga in Dorchester for as long as I have – about 20 years!!! Nancy is offering a gentle Yoga Class. She teaches classical Hatha Yoga in the tradition of Advaita Vedanta on Tuesdays 1:00 – 2:30pm from October.

Have you had any trouble accessing a class?

As our class numbers are limited, if you are having trouble accessing a class please let us know and then we can put on more classes for you.

Enjoy the gorgeous Autumnal weather; be outside as much as you can in the fresh air and soak up the Vitamin D. And come and enjoy many of our relaxing and nurturing workshops we have on offer in October – good for the nervous and immune systems and wonderful for the soul!

We are offering classes face to face in the centre and online

And, 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


Workshops: October

Breathing and Yoga Nidra with Sharon Cox-Button

Returning To The Balance – Shakti Dance with Magdalena Atkinson

Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra

Mindfulness with Jem Shackleford

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with Sarah Ryan

Saturday Soundbath with Bex Leonard

Jivamukti Yoga with Leanne Jones

Saturday Soundbath with Bex Leonard

Splits Workshop with Victoria Boast

Saturday Soundbath with Bex Leonard

 

September 2020 newsletter

Hello and welcome to our September newsletter.

I am so pleased that there is a September newsletter and that we have opened our doors again to our students and clients. Many of our teachers and therapists have been busy behind the scenes teaching online and I am sure many of you have enjoyed that lifeline of yoga in your own homes, or someone to help on a screen or phone.

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March 2020 newsletter

Welcome to our March newsletter,

Our fabulous Kim Mackie has just come back from the first fortnight of her Holistic Yoga Therapy Training with the Krishnamacharya Healing & Yoga Foundation. Here she is receiving her introduction pack, with her class group, and showing off her wonderful henna-ed hands. What a journey Kim, we wish you well.

 

All our March courses, workshops and regular monthly classes are below, we look forward to seeing you at them.

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

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February 2020 newsletter

Welcome to our February newsletter.

February can be a difficult month for many people, with cold dull days and nothing to look forward to, and a seemingly long wait to brighter days. But for me the longer days, and lighter evenings and the appearance of the first Spring flowers reminds me that we are at the beginning of a new cycle of growth. The first snowdrops are up in my garden; such strength beneath that delicate appearance;

“She too pursues her ends,
Brutal as the stars of this month,
Her pale head heavy as metal”
(Ted Hughes).

There are lots of wonderful events to choose from this month. Magdalena Atkinson is offering Imbolc – an ancient Celtic celebration which marks the beginning of early Spring and the anticipation of the coming warmer seasons. Her Shakti Dance workshop is an afternoon of Yoga & Intuitive Dance, music & chanting.

If it’s the ‘strength’ side of things you need to work on to hold up that heavy head, try a full day of yoga with BWY tutor Zoe Knot’s Strength in Asana, or a morning of Iyengar yoga with Cheree Low, or Rocket Yoga with Jess Obermeier.

For those of you still hibernating and feeling the need to nurture yourself, we have our usual abundance of Yin and  Restorative Yoga and plenty of Sound Baths. The month ends with the rare  opportunity to work with Dr Kausthub Desikachar in his Sound Silence and Meditation Seminar, exploring the ancient art of mantra. Mantra is one of the main tools of traditional yoga, particularly in the areas of healing and spirituality. Mantras are very powerful, influencing change from within, taking us to the silence of our deepest self.

I am sure you will find something to get you through February!

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

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January 2020 newsletter

Welcome to a New Year, a New Decade, a New Beginning!

January is a great time to make a Sankalpa.

Sankalpa is a Sanscrit word. One of its meanings is an intention formed by the heart and mind – a solemn vow, determination, or positive will. In practical terms a Sankalpa means a one-pointed resolve to focus both psychologically and philosophically on a specific goal. It is a tool meant to refine the will, and to focus and harmonise mind and body.

Cute baby doing yoga

We repeat a Sankalpa at the beginning and the end of yoga nidra practice, when the mind is quiet and in a perfect state to let the Sankalpa take root. Any time when the mind is in such a state can you repeat your Sankalpa, always using the same short precise sentence to make an impression on the mind for example when you are meditating, walking in nature, first thing in the morning, anytime when the mind is quiet and receptive.

The power of thought is amazing!

It  begins to activate new neural networks in your brain. These networks begin to fire, and re-wire and create new pictures. These pictures signal to the limbic brain to create neural peptides. These are chemical messengers that signal hormones, and with the hormones dock onto receptor sites of cell.

These cells get a new message, and signal new genes which makes new proteins. New proteins mean the expression of life, and the expression of life is a healthy body.

This all comes from just choosing a positive thought.

Whatever your age or ability, we have something for everyone, take a look at our new timetable.

As ever, the details are below and in the calendar – please check it!

Happy 2020 from Sharon and all the teachers and therapists at Dorchester Yoga and Therapy Centre

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December 2019 newsletter

We hope you enjoy the end of year festivities. It can be a lot a lot of fun, and it can also take its toll on our wellbeing. We are encouraged to overdo it on shopping, food, drink, merriment, and the pressure of getting it all done.

A little indulgence is great and a deserved treat after you’ve worked so hard the whole year through – but don’t over do it! It really is the season to find some balance.

Find time to sit in candle or firelight, reading or chatting and playing games, to eat nourishing soups and stews, for comfort, warmth and ease on the digestive system, and limit the sweet stuff, so that it’s a real treat when you have it!

Gifting feels good and is a symbolic gesture. And it should be within your means. As well as that, the idea that your gift will sit unused or end in landfill now gives many of us the heebie-jeebies.

Choose simple, gifts with love and a purpose, and wrap with awareness!


And of course we have lots of restorative, yin and breathing classes to help you pace yourself.

Winter is a time to reflect and be thankful, and I would like to say a big thank you to all our students and clients who have supported our centre throughout the year, and all the teachers and practitioners for providing a place of laughter, love, learning, nourishment and care.

As ever, the details are below and in the calendar – please check it!

A Merry Xmas to you all, and a Happy New Year from Sharon and all the teachers and therapists at Dorchester Yoga and Therapy Centre


Classes, Courses and Workshops: December

Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra with Sharon Cox-Button

Mindfulness Drop-In with Jem Shackleford

Breathing and Yoga Nidra with Sharon Cox-Button

Iyengar Yoga workshop with Cheree Low

Holistic Yoga workshop with Duncan Hulin

Mini First Aid with Sue Fisher

Sound Space Meditation with Chrissy Foster

Chakra Workshop with Jez Culley

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with Sarah Ryan

Silent Yoga XL Special with Leanne Jones

Honouring The Winter Solstice with Sian Lalita Alcock

Alignment Flow Yoga with Victoria Boast

Self Practice (Mysore) – Kim Mackie

Yoga at Xmas with Isabelle and Lea

Self Practice (Mysore) Kim Mackie


The Winter Solstice is the time of ending and beginning, a powerful time —
A time to contemplate your immortality.
A time to forgive, to be forgiven, and to make a fresh start.
A time to awaken.
~~ Frederick Lens ~~

November 2019 newsletter

Welcome to our November newsletter.

In Chinese medicine Autumn is associated with the organ The Lung. The lungs are responsible for bringing clean rich oxygen into the body and removing waste, for bringing Prana or Qi into the body – the primal or vital energy that drives life.

Every organ has a partner; the lung is yin, its yang partner is the large intestine, also responsible for letting go of waste. When the two are in balance they are responsible for taking in the new and letting go of the old, for boundaries and renewal, the constant cycle of life.

So Autumn is a good time to let go of any past experiences or finish old projects that we may be holding on to, let go of emotions and generally clean out. This makes room for new ideas; at this time of year they can be creative, internal, cultivating body and mind, becoming more introspective, turning in and slowing down.

Breathe deeply, let go of negativity in your life, walk outside and enjoy the crisp cool air and enjoy the beautiful colours of Autumn.

Reorganise your surroundings, clean and donate to charity anything you don’t require.

This is all strengthening to the lung energy and therefore balancing to the body and mind.

In October our workshops and classes were full of yin and restorative classes as everyone felt the need to begin to slow down and turn in after the exciting but exhaustive nature of summer. This continues through November as our restorative, yin, reiki and breathing practices support the lung energy.

Keep warm, wear a scarf to protect against the wind, and enjoy the rich colours of Autumn

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

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October 2019 newsletter

We have got off to a very busy autumn term at the centre. We have a new Kinesiology training in progress with Jane Collison, Finding Stillness with Marj, an Introduction to Meditation is underway, Annabel Fox has just finished a Reiki One training and our teachers are all back from their holidays and our full timetable is underway.

I would like to welcome two new yoga teachers, Jess Obermaier and Jacqueline Wigglesworth. You can read all about them on the website and see their classes in the new classes listings below.

Jess Obermaier photojacqueline wigglesworth photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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July 2019 newsletter

My word, what a busy month we have had, filling those long days of sunlight, (well light unfortunately no sun!)  June 21st was International Yoga Day and we had a wonderful night on Friday with free classes from 5:15 – 9:30pm. Thank you to all the teachers for offering their time freely and making such a wonderful event, and thank you to all of you who came along and for donating to the The Bus Shelter Dorset who supports those sleeping rough. We raised just over £250!

On Satuday we ran the Holistic Zone at Dorset Fest, with Jane Collison offering aromatherpy hand massage, kinesiology and healing, Rebecca Shalts offering reflexology and Eli Button offering Thai Yoga Massage, plus yoga classes throughout the day. The sun shone and a good time was had by all. Thank you to all those who came along.

Yoga class in a tent at Dorset FestWe would like to introduce our nutritionist Helen to you this month (below), and in our autumn newsletters we will introduce some more of our newer therapists who have recently joined us.

We have a few more workshops in July and then things will quieten down for August. Regular classes are still on but do keep an eye on the calendar in case your teacher  takes some time off for a break.

As usual there will be no newsletter in August but will resume again in September. Enjoy being outdoors, eat good food, relax and enjoy time with friends, all good things to feed the soul.

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

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