June 2022 newsletter

Happy June

Yoga class doing side balances

We have a busy June at The Dorchester Yoga and Therapy centre, but then it is a busy time of year as we fill all these long light days with activity!

Make sure you get the right balance of yin and yang. Chrissie Haskett’s Yin workshop will do just that – “nurture the energy of the Fire Element, the Element of summer in the Traditional Chinese system of medicine”.

We are very excited to have Dr Kausthub Desikachar giving a 3 day seminar on the Cakra-s.

cakra image

This three-day immersion course will provide a solid platform for serious practitioners to explore the topic of Cakra-s in depth. I am sure it will be amazing.

Dr Kausthub Desikachar is known for his remarkable knowledge and his ability to present the ancient teachings in a way that is both profound and applicable for modern day practitioners. He will also offer an hour of Peace Chants and an Introductory seminar on his Yoga Therapy course which he hopes to run in 2023.

kausthub photo

We reach Mid -Summer, the longest day of the year and the day that yoga is celebrated all around the world.

For International Yoga day this year we are listing a whole load of free classes, we hope you will come along and join us and bring your friends and family! Please keep an eye on the website and all events will be listed there.

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


New / changing classes

We have three new classes starting soon

‘Breathe Deeply” with Al Beales

Beginners Class with Natasha Hope

Tai Chi and Qi Gong class with Tim Button

Magdalena’s Om Shanti  and Shakti Dance workshops will finish for the Summer, but she will host a drumming and chanting evening at Ringstead beach on 25th June from 7:30pm onwards, please contact Magdalena for details: 07796 656969. Bring drums and food to share!


Classes, Courses and Workshops: June

Exploring Our Energy Centres with Dr Kaushub Desikachar

Vedic Chants For Peace with Dr Kaushub Desikachar

Rajadhiraja Yoga with Jez Culley

Introduction to Yoga Therapy Course with Dr Kaushub Desikachar

Pilates Masterclass with Sharon Morgan

Mini First Aid with Sue Fisher

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with Sarah Ryan

Yin Yoga with Chrissie Haskett

International Yoga Day


“When you listen to yourself, everything comes naturally.
It comes from inside, like a kind of will to do something.
Try to be sensitive.
That is yoga.”
~ Petri Räisänen ~

May 2022 newsletter

Welcome to our May newsletter.

To lighter days, more sunshine, blooming gardens,  and bank holidays! Our horse chestnut tree outside the window is at its most glorious!

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


Energy centres, Cakra-s and health

cakras diagram
The Yogin-s understood the human body differently from how we perceive it today. Apart from understanding it as a complex physiological structure, the Yogin-s also realised that we are made up of an intricate subtle body.

An important part of this subtle entity is the major energy centres known as Cakra-s, (note Western spelling with an ‘h’ to help pronunciation of the Sanskrit) which are linked together through subtle channels called the Nāḍī-s. Each of these Cakra-s is associated with vital physiological and emotional functions. Hence the Yogin-s firmly believed that any imbalance in the Cakra-s could result in physiological and emotional illness and vice versa.

Thus they had a deep and profound understanding of the Cakra-s and also developed tools and methods to influence them when they were in a state of disharmony. In fact this understanding of the subtle body was the main basis for evolving the multiple tools of Yoga.  For each modern Yoga practitioner it is important to learn the way Yogin-s saw the human body through this understanding of the subtle anatomy and how Yoga’s tools can be utilized to influence the energy centres in the body. When the Cakra-s are properly understood and Yoga’s tools are appropriately administered, they become powerful allies in the path of health and expansion of hidden potential.

The many tools of yoga include postures (Āsana), breath regulation (Prāṇāyāma), meditation (Dhyāna), dietary recommendations (Āhāra-niyama), lifestyle suggestions (Vihāra-niyama), chanting (Mantra), visualisations/affirmations (Bhāvanā), special energetic seals (Mudrā), symbolic gestures (Nyāsa) and guided self-inquiry (Svādhyāya).

Dr Kausthub Desikachar will be in Dorset in June and will offer a 3 day course at the yoga centre on the 10th, 11th and 12th June exploring these energy centres.

In addition, on Friday evening he will offer Vedic Chants for Peace (donations to charity), and on Saturday evening he will give a free lecture on his 3-year yoga therapy course, which he hopes to run again in 2023.

A simple practice to become more aware of each energy centre is to hold your hands over each cakra, either going to sleep at night or in the morning before getting up, or both and noticing any sensations such as  heat, coolness, a sense of energy or lack of, or simple take your thoughts to each centre when you have a quiet moment.

As with any aspect of yoga, practice is needed to be become more aware and skilled.

~ Abhyasa vairagyabhyam tat nirodhah ~
~ Patanali  Sutra 1.12 ~
~ The state of yoga arises out of regular practice and detachment ~


Classes, Courses and Workshops: May

Breathing and Yoga Nidra with Sharon Cox-Button

Yin yoga with Chrissie Haskett

Rajadhiraja Yoga with Jez Culley

Om Shanti/Kirtan with Magdalena Atkinson

Yoga Sutra of Patanjali with Sarah Ryan

Restorative Roll and Release with Dominique Preston

Iyengar Yoga Workshop with Cheree Low

Shakti Dance with Magdalena Atkinson

Reiki Share with Karen Giles and Wrio Russell

 


 

Courses: May

6 week IAIM Baby Massage Course with Sharon Cox-Button

3 day Exploring our Energy Centres Course with Dr Kausthub Desikachar

April 2022 Newsletter

Despite unknown origins, Yoga was documented for the first time in the form of the Yogasutra, authored by the great Yogi Patanjali (we study this text once a month with Sarah Ryan). This text documents the entire philosophical system of yoga, exploring our deep psyche, and helps to facilitate personal and spiritual transformation. Yoga is not just a physical exercise, tying yourself up in knots!

Sutra 1.12: Abhyasa-vairagyabhyam tat-nirodhah

“Mastery of the fluctuating mind comes from practice (concentration/meditation) together with detachment.”

patanjali

As life ‘seems’ to become ever more bonkers, it seems our meditation practice and detachment is needed more than ever. Detachment doesn’t mean ignoring or being selfish to what is going on around you, but it does mean choosing carefully when to watch news/read newspapers, and choose your sources carefully. News is always biased and always someone else’s opinion.

Remember to feed yourself on all levels with good things: music, books, laughter, pets, nature, exercise and quiet contemplation, life has so many wonderful things on offer….

I have spent the weekend in mid Wales, doing just that. A friend invited me for walking and yoga in the Welsh mountains and it was just what I needed. To be taught rather than teach, to walk rather than sit at a computer, to eat healthy food that someone else made! It doesn’t take much, just two days in my case to come back restored; physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, all the many layers that make us whole. To make us feel like we can cope with our everyday commitments and chores. It is worth it! You are worth it.

You may not not be able to find a weekend away but hopefully we have plenty on offer that I hope will feed you too!

A bit of outside yoga: a hip opener as I dried my feet after a very cold paddle in an icy lake:

Happy Easter to you all 🙂

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


Courses update

 


Classes, Courses and Workshops: April

Breathing and Yoga Nidra with Sharon Cox-Button

Om Shanti/Kirtan with Magdalena Atkinson

Yin Yoga with Chrissie Haskett

Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra with Sharon Cox-Button

Rajadhiraja Yoga with Jez Culley

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with Sarah Ryan

Iyengar Yoga with Cheree Low

Saturday Soundbath with Bex Leonard

Shakti Dance with Magdalena Atkinson


“Learning to be present with yourself and to abide in that which is steady and comfortable does not allow space for self-judgment.
When you live this way, you are practicing yoga: you are living fully.”

~ Judith Hanson Lasater ~
~ Living Your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life ~

March 2022 Newsletter

Happy March.

We have a wonderful Yoga Sangha at the yoga centre.

Sangha is a Sanskrit  word that means company, or community or association. The shared sense of community amongst yoga practitioners has grown worldwide in recent years. This has helped novice yoga practitioners to assimilate more easily into the yoga culture, whilst seasoned yogis are able to share their experience and lifestyle choices with a larger audience. Yoga is fashionable!!! What starts out as a physical exercise for many, is the beginnings of a lifelong practice of turning in, listening to the body, and beginning the steps to concentration and stilling the mind, and answering the questions ‘Who am I?’.

Our own Dorchester Yoga Sangha continues to grow and grow. Our aim has always been to  provide classes to suit everyone depending on age, interest and ability no matter where they are in their yoga journey. The yoga centre is coming to the end of its sixth year, and many of our students have been regular, and committed to the centre since the beginning. They give as much to our yoga community as they receive. They offer supportive groups to their fellow yogis through times of need, and I witness that so much throughout the weeks.

One of my recent emails from David one of my chair yogis, had been inspired after we were practising Mountain Pose (Tadasana):

man doing Tadasana yoga pose

The idea of a vertical line connecting heaven and earth comes from Vedic times. Later this was symbolised as a mountain, with its roots in the earth and its peaks in the heavens. The mountain is aligned along the pull of gravity and should be both stable and relaxed. David was inspired to go home and paint a picture of mountains:

picture of wintery mountains

And then proceeded to bring me a framed copy along with a poem by Hokusai. It was so beautiful I had to share it, and I have put it up for all to see in the centre.


Hokusai says look carefully.
He says pay attention, notice.
He says keep looking, stay curious.
He says there is no end to seeing

.

He says look forward to getting old.
He says keep changing,
 you just get more who you really are.
He says get stuck, accept it, repeat
yourself as long as it is interesting.

He says keep doing what you love.
He says keep praying.

He says every one of us is a child,
every one of us is ancient
,
every one of us has a body.
He says every one of us is frightened.
He says every one of us has to find
a way to live with fear.

He says everything is alive —
shells, buildings, people, fish,
mountains, trees, wood is alive.
Water is alive.

Everything has its own life.
Everything lives inside us.
He says live with the world inside you.

He says it doesn’t matter if you draw,
or write books. It doesn’t matter
if you saw wood, or catch fish.
It doesn’t matter if you sit at home
and stare at the ants on your veranda
or the shadows of the trees
and grasses in your garden.
I
It matters that you care.

It matters that you feel.
It matters that you notice.
It matters that life lives through you.

Contentment is life living through you.
Joy is life living through you.
Satisfaction and strength
is life living through you.

Peace is life living through you.
He says don’t be afraid.
Don’t be afraid.
Love, feel, let life take you by the hand.
Let life live through you.


Sometimes I just have emails that make me burst out laughing, as my student Ann shared a use for her heavy yoga bag propping the door shut in the recent windy weather:

yoga bag holding a door closed

We love our sangha!! And love to hear from you.

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


New courses in March

6 Week Baby Massage Course with Sharon Cox-Button

Developmental Circle Thursdays with Jayne James


Classes, Courses and Workshops: March

Yoga Sutras with Sarah Ryan

Winter Yin Yoga with Chrissie Haskett

Mini First Aid with Sue Fisher

OM Shanti Concert/Kirtan with Magdalena Atkinson

Rajadhiraja Yoga with Jez Culley

Saturday Soundbath with Bex Leonard

Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra with Sharon Cox-Button

Gong Bath with Arianna Puran Udini

Iyengar Yoga  Workshop with Cheree Low

Reiki Share with Karen and Wrio

Shakti Dance with Magdalena Atkinson


The mind can go in a thousand directions,
but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace.
With each step, the wind blows.
With each step, a flower blooms.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh ~

February 2022 Newsletter

Happy February to you all.

Although we are all waiting for the first signs of Spring, I thought I would share my lovely Amaryllis that I had for Xmas.

amaryllis

The yoga centre and therapy rooms are busy and there is an air of optimism for more normal times. It feels like we may be heading back to a more ‘normal’ way of life!

A yoga practice is a constant that keeps us calm through uncertain times.

If you haven’t had that through the last few years and feel like it’s time to start, please let us help you find a class or some one-to-one sessions.

January has always been a busy month for us, and it is always good to see everyone coming back with all those good intentions. We still have some classes with spaces.

Check whether a class is full or not by looking at the classes page on the website.

So many of our teachers and therapists are carers, nurses and/or parents, giving constantly to others. Despite all that, they still find time to teach and share their passions, saying that they get so much back from it.

Dorchester and the surrounding area is lucky to have such a great, committed team of people!

Looking to February we have an interesting array of workshops so make sure you find some time for yourself to enjoy some of 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

We have a few changes to our timetable this month

The Qi Gong class with Tim Button has moved to 5:00 – 6:00pm on Tuesdays.

There is a new Intermediate Mat Work Pilates class on Tuesday evenings 7:45 – 8:45pm with Sharon Morgan. Her Mat Work Pilates classes on Tuesdays 8:00 – 9:00 am and 9:15 – 10:15am, and  Wednesdays 9:15 – 10.15am are also  resuming.

sharon morgan doing pilates

tim button doing qi gong

Chrissie Haskett took a short break to look after her elderly parents and is very keen to get back to her teaching. Her Yin Yoga classes are on Monday and Wednesday mornings at 10:30am – 12:00pm.

 


Classes, Courses and Workshops: February

Restorative Yoga for Deep Rest with Tracey Boast

Breathing and Yoga Nidra with Sharon Cox-Button

Gong Bath with Arianna Puran Udini

Pilates, Movement and Balance Masterclass with Sharon Morgan

Winter Yin Yoga Workshop with Chrissie Haskett

Mini First Aid with Sue Fisher

Indian Head Massage with Jayne Jame

RajaDhiraja Yoga with Jez Culley

Om Shanti Interactive Concert with Magdalena Atkinson

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with Sarah Ryan

Couples Connection with Sixe

Restorative Yoga for Deep Rest with Tracey Boast

Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra with Sharon Cox-Button

Reiki Share with Karen and Wrio

Shakti Dance with Magdalena Atkinson

 

Have only love in your heart for others.
The more you see the good in them,
the more you will establish good in yourself.

~ Paramahansa Yogananda ~

January 2022 Newsletter

Welcome to January 2022!

We started the New Year with a wonderful Om Shanti Concert with Magdalena, chanting and drumming, shaking our shakers and relaxing to Magdalena’s beautiful voice; a very special and soulful way to begin the new year in the centre.
egg shaped shakers

We have a new class of Gentle Yoga starting on Thursdays at 1:30 – 3:00pm with Helen Heger. We also have a new IAIM Baby Massage Course starting on Thursday 13th January with Sharon Cox-Button 12:00 – 1:15pm.

Our January workshops are below.

We wish you all a Happy New Year and look forward to welcoming you to our centre.

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: January

 

Breathing and Yoga Nidra with Sharon Cox-Button

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with Sarah Ryan

Restorative Yoga for Deep Rest with Tracey Boast

Restorative Yoga for Deep Rest with Tracey Boast

Rajadhiraja Yoga with Jez Culley

Saturday Soundbath with Bex Leonard

Restorative Yoga For Deep Rest with Tracey Boast

Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra with Sharon Cox-Button

Mini First Aid with Sue Fisher

Restorative Yoga For Deep Rest with Tracey Boast

Iyengar Yoga with Cheree Low

Reiki Share

Shakti Dance with Magdalena Atkinson

Saturday Soundbath with Bex Leonard


December 2021 Newsletter

Hello and welcome to our December newsletter

Yoga centre sign at night with christmas tree
We have made it to the end of a precarious year, and like many others we are extremely glad to be still open!

Thank you to all the teachers and therapists who have worked through such difficult times watching their class sizes go up and down, their clients go up and down, not knowing if they will have enough students or clients to cover their rents.

And of course, a big thank you to all our students and clients who have supported us on Zoom and in the studios and therapy rooms.

What a positive and determined group of teachers, students and therapists, working hard to keep the centre going.

The Dorchester Yoga and Therapy Centre lease came up for renewal throughout lock down and many said I would be stupid to sign another in such uncertain times, but there was no doubt that we have all come to realise what our priorities are, and for many the classes and therapies offered here are things we cannot live without!

For anyone unfortunate enough to have suffered Covid 19 and still has some ongoing symptoms (or if you know someone who has), the article below about Sarah Burt may interest you.

Xmas Vouchers

Yoga relaxation pose

Enjoy spending time with your friends and families this year. Remember it is a time for relaxing, slowing down and resting, and of course eating and drinking in moderation, as is the yogic way.

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


7 Weeks to Wellbeing Course

For anyone unfortunate enough to have suffered Covid 19 and still has some  ongoing symptoms (or if you know someone who has), this article might be of interest to you:

Sarah Burt photo

Sarah Burt has over 20 years experience working as a naturopath, herbalist, homeopath, iridologist, and nutritionist, and is a member of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), and the General Council of Registered Naturopaths (GCRN).

This is what she has to say about her “7 Weeks 2 Wellbeing” course:

Post viral symptoms are no laughing matter. Extreme fatigue, anxiety, memory impairment, digestive changes and inability to sleep are just some of the symptoms people are left with after viral infections such as Covid-19.

In order to return to full health it is vital to repair the organs and systems that have been compromised from having the viral infection, to enable the immune system to restore itself.

The 7 weeks 2 well-being programme is a carefully researched and designed 7 week course of herbal tonics that aims to do just this using NATURES WAY and not chemicals.

The first two weeks of tonics restores the liver function and digestive system as the breaking down and absorption of food will have been compromised.

The next two weeks of tonic include medicinal plants that nourish and mend the nervous system and the adrenals which have been weakened causing lower resistance to stress. If not addressed this can lead to further deterioration of these areas leading to possible mental health issues.

The final three weeks of tonics cleanse and restore all the organs associated with cleansing toxins and waste products from the body, the kidneys, bowels and lymphatic systems. This means that all remaining by products of the virus are successfully removed out of the body leaving all these areas toned and able to effectively detox again.

The 7 week 2 well-being course is made from 100% organic herbal products and the programme is £89 including postage.

This course is extremely good value and if anyone books this in December, Sarah will give them a free copy of her book Getting Healthy in 7 simple steps.


Classes, Courses and Workshops: December

Restorative Yoga for Deep Rest with Tracey Boast

Breathing and Yoga Nidra with Sharon Cox-Button

Iyengar Yoga Workshop with Cheree Low

Yin Yoga Fundraiser with Chrissie Haskett

Gong Bath with Arianna Puran Udini

Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra with Sharon Cox-Button

Rajadhiraja Yoga with Jez Culley

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with Sarah Ryan

Restorative Yoga for Deep Rest with Tracey Boast

Winter Solstice Workshop with Sian Lalita  Alcock

Candlelit Soundbath with Bex Leonard

 


Looking forward to the New Year!

OM SHANTI – Interactive concert with Magdalena Atkinson

November 2021 Newsletter

Welcome to our November newsletter

Andromeda Galaxy Milky Way

  • If you hold your thumb at arm’s length up to the starts at night, there are 4 million galaxies that fit just under your fingernail!
  • There are more stars than all the grains of sand on earth!
  • There are more cells in our body than stars in galaxies!
  • We can still trace particles from the Big Bang!
  • Everything around us is made of star dust!

I learnt these amazing facts at the museum in Edinburgh, and marvelled at the Wonders of the Universe, aware that soon Scotland will host COP26 (26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties) to discuss the fact that mankind, instead of marvelling at, respecting and living in harmony with the world, has brought us to the point of irreversible destruction, all for the sake of chasing money.

We are lucky that so many brave, courageous souls will be descending on Glasgow to put pressure on the powerful, to let them know we need a new way, a system change. To feel part of this movement you can join in with many local actions.

On November 6th, the Global Day for Climate Justice, you can be part of the Worldwide movement to call for change.

In Weymouth many local groups will come together for speeches and to march together. Add your support to this Global day and be part of history.

  • Meet 12pm Midday Weymouth Pavilion car park for rally and speeches
  • March 1pm leaving from Weymouth pavilion

Vishnu statue

Vishnu as a young man holds the three of his four symbols – a conch shell for creation, a discus for the mind, and a club for strength. Vishnu, the preserver, is one of the three great Hindu Gods, the other two are Brahma the creator and Siva the destroyer. Together they create, look after and destroy the world in an endless cycle. As always a balance is needed; we need to find the balance before it is too late!

Savasana pose at yoga class

There are lots of nurturing workshops to choose from this month, which is just what we all need as we settle into Autumn’s shorter days and dark evenings. Slowing down, turning in, finding peace and balance.

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


Two new weekly classes

Mixed Ability Yoga with Jez Culley

Mixed Ability Class with Katie Pitney

 


Classes, Courses and Workshops: November

 

6-week Baby Massage Course with Sharon Cox-Button

Breathing and Yoga Nidra with Sharon Cox-Button

Iyengar Yoga Workshop with Cheree Low

Saturday Soundbath with Bex Leonard

Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra with Sharon Cox-Button

Mini First Aid with Sue Fisher

Restorative Yoga and Deep Rest with Tracey Boast

Rajadhiraja Yoga with Jez Culley

Saturday Candlelit Soundbath with Bex Leonard

Autumn Yin Yoga with Chrissie Haskett

Thursday Candlelit Soundbath with Bex Leonard

Kirtan/Om Shanti Interactive Concert with Magdalena Atkinson

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with Sarah Ryan

Reiki Share with Karen and Wrio

Saturday Candlelit Soundbath with Bex Leonard

Restorative Yoga for Deep Rest with Tracey Boast

Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra with Sharon Cox-Button

Mind Calm for Me with Sandy Tanner

Shakti Dance with Magdalena Atkinson

 

 

July 2021 Newsletter

Welcome to our July newsletter.

The Fire element is associated with the season of Summer, and combined with coming out of lockdown… WOW!… all that energy!

woman doing a yoga backbendWomen doing a yoga inversion on a chair in yoga studio

There have been lots of energetic inversions and backbends in classes and lots of joy and laughter at being together again. So our workshops in July are a reminder that a balance is always required and perhaps after all our excitement we need to calm down again.

woman doing a relaxing yoga backbendsoundbath equipment in yoga studio

We have Soundbaths and Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga classes for you to find your balance (an Iyengar workshop with Cheree for those still enjoying their yang energy!).

We still have restricted numbers in our weekly classes, and although this means some of our classes are full, we have room in many other classes so please check the classes page to see what spaces are available.

I would like to welcome a new therapist to our therapy rooms, Roger Mortimer who is a hypnotherapist.
More about Roger, and Hypnotherapy, on the Therapies page

International Yoga Day 21st June – the longest day of the year, was celebrated around the world by many yogis. I celebrated with my own students in my Monday evening class. The lights were on, the blankets came out, and in spite of the vigorous backbends, the weather was cool and it felt like December 21st.

I am sure there will be plenty of sunshine to come over the next few months, so enjoy the outdoors.

Yogis believe that air is our most essential food, and one should look to find air that is more highly charged with prana or life-force and marked by negative ionization. This air is by the sea, in the mountains, by lakes and in large open spaces.  We are lucky in Dorset to have so many wonderful outdoor places in which to breathe deeply.

Our leaders and politicians seem to care little for the planet and the health of its nation, as we have had air pollution problems in Britain for many years. We must look after our own health and we must look after these beautiful spaces. Let’s try to reduce our use of cars, share our journeys, use public transport or even go electric! And we need to remind our politicians of the need for better public transport systems. Practicing your breathing, meditation and asana in these special places is a joy to be thankful for.

There will be no newsletter in August, but you will find all the information on the website for classes and workshops in August.  Thank you for supporting us through lockdown and now that our doors are open again we are so pleased to see so many of you back again with us.

I hope you enjoy your Summer.

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: July

Breathing and Yoga Nidra with Sharon Cox-Button

Emergency First Aid Day for Teachers

Mindfulness Drop-In with Jem Shackleford

RajaDhiraja Yoga with Jez Culley

Restorative Yoga for Deep Rest with Tracey Boast

Jivamukti XL with Leanne Jones

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with Sarah Ryan

Saturday Soundbath with Bex Leonard

Saturday Soundbath with Bex Leonard

Iyengar Yoga Workshop with Cheree Low

Gong Sound Bath with Arianna Puran Udini

Yin Fascial Yoga: Roll and Release with Dominique Preston

Mini First Aid with Sue Fisher

Saturday Soundbath with Bex Leonard

 

June 2021 newsletter

We are open!!! And it is wonderful!!

Throughout lockdown many of our therapists and counsellors have been continually working to offer their skills and support, and many of our yoga and pilates teachers have been working online.  We opened cautiously in April for a baby massage course and a Kinesiology Diploma course and now it feels fabulous to have the whole centre full again. We are back to a full timetable and the studios are vibrating with energy, laughter, focused work and positivity.

baby massage group in yoga studioZoom classes were great, and indeed we still have a zoom timetable for those who decided it suited them better or for those who aren’t quite ready to return to normal. But for me the smiles on students’ and teachers’ faces as we opened up on the 17th May said it all.

I, for one, am very grateful for some amazing training I was able to do with amazing tutors from around the world who I would not have normally been able to work with.

kinesiology course equipment in studioBut there is a shared energy; a coming together of like-minded people, whose belief in health and happiness with love and compassion for the world is wonderful to share.

Our classes are still restricted in number, and we are operating carefully so that everyone feels safe, but everyone seems to be delighted and relieved to be back! Doing what they know keeps them healthy and happy!

Thank you to all the regular teachers who have gone through the move (once again) from online classes of Zoom/facebook  and back again with enthusiasm!

We have our usual list of yoga, pilates, and tai chi classes. We welcome back Martial Arts’ teacher Pete who used our studio last year when many of his old venues were closed due to Covid.

We have spaces in many of our classes but please check the website and contact the class teacher to make sure there is room as we cannot accept drop-ins.

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


New classes with new teachers

We have three new teachers who have started teaching: Sharon Morgan, Helen Heger and Tim Button.

Pilates with Sharon Morgan

  • 9:15 – 10:15am and 5:00 – 6:00pm on Tuesdays
  • These are run as short courses as an introduction to how Sharon works.
  • More about Pilates

Gentle Yoga with Helen Heger

  • 9:30 – 11:00am on Tuesdays
  • This is a slow class suitable for older students who may have health issues or be recovering from operations /illnesses.
  • More about Gentle Yoga

Qi Gong with Tim Button

Mixed Ability Yoga with Katie Pitney


New classes with old teachers

Pregnancy Yoga with Kim Jones

Gentle Yoga with Kim Mackie

Chair Yoga with Kim Mackie


Children’s classes

We are pleased that Kim Jones is once again teaching her children’s class and Kim Mackie is teaching a Teenagers’ class. Contact them if your children would like to have a taster.

Yoga and Mindfulness for children with Kim Jones

Teen Yoga with Kim Mackie


Classes, Courses and Workshops: June

Breathing and Yoga Nidra with Sharon Cox-Button

Mini First Aid with Sue Fisher

6 week Baby Massage Course with Sharon Cox-Button

Rajadhiraja Yoga with Jez Culley

Saturday Soundbath with Bex Leonard

Summer Yin Yoga with Chrissie Haskett

Jivamukti Yoga with Leanne Jones

Beyond Recuperation – Mindfully Creating a New Future with Jem Shackleford

Sutras of Patanjali with Sarah Ryan

Saturday Soundbath with Bex Leonard