June 2024 Newsletter

Welcome to our June Newsletter

Oh, do not tell the priest our plight
For he would call it a sin
But we’ve been out in the woods all night, a-conjuring summer in
We bring you good news by word of mouth,
Good news for cattle and corn
Sure as the sun come up from the south,
By Oak, and Ash, and Thorn
Sing Oak, and Ash, and Thorn, good sirs
All on a midsummer’s morn
Surely we’ll sing of no little thing

In Oak, and Ash, and Thorn
Rudyard Kipling/Peter Bellamy

Midsummer Celebrations

June 21st is when we celebrate midsummer or the summer solstice. As feels very appropriate on a sunny day, traditional midsummer celebrations centre around the figure of the solar god archetypes and the coming of full strength. The word solstice comes from the Latin solstitium describing the apparent stillness of the sun as it hangs steady in the sky for a few days. This sense of time standing still for a moment can be something of a relief for we are at our busiest, filling the long days and light evenings and being our most energetic. Hopefully, you can find a spot of beauty, the sea or a stone circle and enjoy some stillness.

Yoga Therapy

International Yoga Day

June 21st was also chosen by the United Nations in 2014 as International Yoga Day. It was considered important by the UN to globally promote this wellness practice, and to recognize around the world that Yoga exercises have shown significant benefits for physical and mental well-being and thus many celebrations of yoga can be found around the world on this day. Indeed this is a time in the Northern Hemisphere when we can take our yoga practice outside and celebrate in parks, gardens, festivals, beaches and on paddle boards!!

Ellen Wells

Ellen Wells – Sound Healing

Ellen Wells will be offering a Sound Healing with Crystal Bowls on the evening of the 21st June, for more information visit: Sound Healing with Crystal Bowls

Christopher Matthews

New Classes

Many of you will know Christopher Matthews who is a regular attendee to many classes at the yoga centre. Christopher has a long-standing spiritual and meditation practice and is sharing his wealth of knowledge by offering a new monthly class ‘Conversations with Chris’. These Conversations are designed to allow students to look at the shared ideas at the root of all religions and of the non-religious approach to spirituality which is common today. The first class will be Wednesday, July 3rd 5-6pm. For more information visit: Conversations with Chris.

We hope you enjoy and celebrate yoga and the long hours of light this month,

From Sharon and all at the Dorchester Yoga and Therapy Centre

Monthly Courses & Workshops

Friday 7th June, 6.30-7.30pm
Breathing and Yoga Nidra with Sharon Cox-Button

Saturday 8th June, 10.30-11.45am
Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with Sarah Ryan

Saturday 8th June, 12.00-1.00pm
Vedic Chanting with Sarah Ryan

Sunday 9th June, 10.00-12.00pm
Restorative Yoga For Deep Rest with Tracey Boast

Friday 14th June, 7.00-8.30pm
Tuning Forks For Stress Relief with Nicki Greenham

Monday 17th June, 11-1.00pm
Mini First Aid with Sue Fisher

Friday 21st June, 6.30-8.00pm
Sound Healing with Crystal Bowls

Saturday 22nd June, 10.30-12.30pm
Yoga Energetics with Ness Sherry

Friday 28th June, 6.00-7.30pm
Yin Yoga Workshop with Toni Franklin

Sunday 30th, 1.00-4.00pm
Iyengar Yoga with Cheree Low

“Anybody can breathe, therefore anyone can practice yoga”
T.K.V. Desikachar ~

May 2024 Newsletter

May brings us Beltane, a genuinely ancient Celtic celebration marking the end of Winter and the birth of Summer, more recently celebrated as May Day.

Unite and unite and let us all unite,
For Summer is acome unto day,
And whither we are going we will all unite,
In the Merry morning of May”

The Padstow May Night Song

The sap that lay dormant in nature in the dark of Winter, has risen through early Spring and exploded into green. Beltane is about joy, ecstasy and love and so reminds us all to get back in touch with our own sense of delight. To do what brings us pleasure, and to remember what a gift it is to be alive. There is a lovely May Day celebration at the Cerne Giant reenacting the vibrant May Day tradition, when the Morris Dancers and villagers gather at dawn on the Trendle, the original site of the village Maypole at the top of the Cerne Giant. It’s an early and steep start to get up to salute the sunrise, but it will certainly be joyful to celebrate the start of summer with a barrel of Beltane Beer!

We are so used to working hard and being responsible and sensible that we can forget to do the things that bring us pure joy. Beauty and joy and laughter are necessities of our being, and nature brims with them… In May flawless blue skies, vibrant green fresh shoots, smells of bluebells and wild garlic in the hedgerows, lilac bursting from buds, cacophony of the dawn chorus and the lushness of fields all around.

What is a Kundalini Awakening?

The energy of the rising sap in nature has many similarities with the rising of the energy of kundalini. In Sanskrit, kundal means “coiled snake.” Kundalini refers to the feminine energy that is believed, in tantric yoga tradition, to be present within each of us since birth and coiled at the base of the spine. Kundalini energy is considered to be the ultimate life force and the source of our creative power, spiritual gifts, and shakti, or divine feminine energy. Tantric tradition holds that when dormant kundalini energy is unleashed through yoga practice, it flows upward through the seven chakras (energy centres) to the crown of the head, balancing the energetic body and accessing expanded consciousness.

It is believed that your entire being—mind, body, and spirit—goes through a massive energetic shift, causing you to move through life in a very different way. A kundalini awakening is a powerful experience in enhanced self-awareness. According to tradition, an awakening can instigate long-term changes, including: feelings of blissfulness, enhanced psychic abilities, more compassion and empathy, increased creativity, increased spiritual connection, feeling aligned and ‘in the flow’.

But yoga is never about results, and this may never be achieved. The purpose is the practice itself, which will help you understand where you need to focus your energy, when you need to find more compassion for yourself and others, and how to become more aware of your own needs.

Your own kundalini awakening could be as soft and gentle as sitting in quiet meditation for 15 minutes and experiencing more peace than ever before or it could be a more emotional process.

The point isn’t the actual moment of the kundalini awakening. It’s the continued awareness that accompanies the practice of yoga and the growth that accompanies it. Yoga is practice, keep practising.

Changes to Classes

Kim Mackies Wednesday Classical yoga at 6pm is changing to an Advanced Practitioner class only (not suitable for beginners) – you must have some knowledge of traditional Yoga texts, Sanskrit, Prānāyāma techniques and at least five years of regular practice. Booking is essential, no drop-in option unless agreed with the teacher.

Sun Salutation

Kim is also offering a Sun salutation workshop which will be fun and may also help you to establish a regular practice, you can find more information here.

Sun Salutation

Ness Sherry is extending one of her Saturday morning classes in May and offering a yoga workshop on Magical Alignment

Eye

Sarah Burt taught a course on Iridology (study of eye for health) last year, it was very popular and she is hoping to do the same this Autumn. She is offering an Introduction To Iridology so that you can find out more.

All our regular workshops are below, I hope they bring you much joy, laughter, delight and practice,


With love from Sharon et al

Monthly Courses & Workshops

Friday 3rd May, 6.30-7.30pm
Breathing and Yoga Nidra with Sharon Cox-Button

Saturday 4th May, 10.30-11.45am
Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with Sarah Ryan

Saturday 4th May, 12.00-1.00pm
Vedic Chanting with Sarah Ryan

Monday 6th May, 12.30-2.00pm
Sound healing with Crystal Bowls with Ellen Wells

Friday 10th May, 7.00-8.30pm
Tuning Forks For Stress Relief with Nicki Greenham

Saturday 11th May, 10.30-12.00pm
Sun Salutation Workshop with Kim Mackie

Saturday 11th May, 3.00-4.30pm
Introduction to Iridology with Sarah Burt

Sunday 12th May, 10.00-11.00am
Pilates Short Course – Men More To Core with Sharon Morgan

Friday 17th May, 6.30-8.00pm
Sound Healing with Crystal bowls – Ellen Wells

Saturday 18th May, 1,00-4.00m
Iyengar Yoga with Cheree Low

Sunday 19th May
Pilates Short Course – Beginners Balance and Basics with Sharon Morgan

Wednesday 22nd May, 11.00-1.00pm
Mini First Aid with Sue Fisher

Saturday 25th May, 2.00-4.30pm
Yin YOGA with Chrissie Haskett

Friday 31st May, 6.00-7.30pm
Yin Yoga with Toni Franklin

Friday 31st May, 6.30-9.00pm
Reiki Share with Saira Francis

“The success of Yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships.”

T.K.V. Desikachar ~

April 2024 Newsletter

Blackthorn Blossom

We hope you have had a lovely Easter Weekend.

There is much-needed blue sky and sunshine out of the window as I write this. As much as I appreciate all weather, the rain has been very testing and we are all ready for some sunshine. Despite the weather, there are beautiful signs of Spring.

Viniyoga Therapy Training

Our Yoga Therapy Viniyoga training group have finished the first 10 days of the second year. 

We always have a pink day, as part of our 10-day training, as it makes us feel so good, and here we are:

Viniyoga Therapy Training group

The closing ceremony at the end of our 10 days consisted of the New Zealand  “hongi “,  a traditional Māori greeting performed by two people pressing their noses together, and touching foreheads. The meaning of ‘hongi’  roughly translates to the “sharing of breath”. With this powerful practice of sharing of breath, we offered a flower or piece of fruit, to someone along with the offering of what we had learned from our yoga therapy practice that day. 

My Daily Mantra

From this, I have established a daily mantra, that before I get out of bed, (and when I go to bed and any other time I feel I need it), I say or feel my mantra. I am joyous and grateful for all I have and for the people in my life. And I don’t just recite this mantra, I feel it in my body – it helps to smile at the same time! I have encouraged some of my students to do the same and invite you all to try it. This is a powerful practice, the modern science of epigenetics describes it as revealing how our thoughts, emotions and environment can influence the activity of our genes, ultimately shaping our health, behaviours and experiences. Of course, the ancient yogis always knew that we are masters of our own destiny. 

Reiki Gokai (Principles)

I would like to say a big thank you to Wrio Russell who has been travelling a great distance to take our Reiki Share gatherings for the last couple of years. As well as sharing his great wisdom and experience of Reiki from his teachers, he introduced us to the Reiki Gokai (principles) which we chanted before our Reiki Share. They too make a lovely daily mantra:

Kyo dake wa (just for today)
Ikaru na. (do not be angry)
Shinpai suna. (Do not be anxious)
Kansha shite. (Be grateful)
Gyo o hage me (do your duty)
Hito ni shinsetsu ni. (Be kind to others)

Wrio feels it is time to hand the baton over, don’t worry our Reiki Share will continue, and details will be in the next newsletter.

New Classes

Early Morning Pilates

With the lighter mornings, the promise of Spring, and the clocks changing, it is the perfect time to try the new early morning Pilates session with Sharon Morgan (Wednesdays 8.00 – 8.45 am). This new 45-minute session is most suitable as an introduction to Pilates, a before-work session or to aid recovery from illness or life in general.

Mixed Ability Yoga

We also have a new afternoon class starting in April with Sam Stevens.  Some of you have requested more options in the afternoon as this is your only time between work and/or picking up children. Sam Stevens will start a Mixed Ability class on Monday the 15th of April at 1.30 – 2.45 pm.

New Teacher – Ellen Wells

Ellen Wells

We are also very pleased to welcome a new teacher, Ellen Wells, who will offer two monthly Sound healing classes with Crystal Bowls (a daytime and an evening class).

Two Special Events

As well as our usual monthly workshops we have two special events.

  1. Embodying Menopause with naturopath Sarah Burt and Qoya teacher Victorai Smisek.
  2. The Alchemy of Sound Healing, a chance to learn how to play Tibetan bowls, tone your voice and create your own sound journey. An amazing half-day special with Rj Noble – Sound Bowl Master/teacher and healer from Sweeping Sounds, and Magdalena Atkinson – singer/songwriter, music teacher and Shakti Dance yoga of dance facilitator.

Enjoy April whatever the weather, from all at Dorchester Yoga and Therapy Centre.

Sharon

Monthly Courses & Workshops

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

Saturday 13th 5.30 – 6.45 pm 
Saturday Soundbath with Bex Leonard

Sunday 14th
Pilates Short – Men More to Core with Sharon Morgan

Sunday 14th 10.00 – 1.00 pm 
The Alchemy of Sound Healing with AJ Noble and Magdalena Atkinson

Wednesday 17th 11.00 – 1.00 pm
Mini First Aid – Sue Fisher

Friday 19th 6.30 – 8.00 pm
Sound Healing With Crystal Bowls – Ellen Wells

Saturday 20th 10.00 – 4.00 pm
Embodying Menopause – Sarah Burt and Victoria Smisek

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

Saturday 27th 10.00 – 12.30 pm
Gong Bath For Sleep – Arianna Puran Udini

Saturday 27th 1.30 – 4.30 pm
Iyengar Yoga With Cheree Low

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

“True yoga is not about the shape of your body, but the shape of your life. Yoga is not to be performed; yoga is to be lived. Yoga doesn’t care about what you have been; yoga cares about the person you are becoming. Yoga is designed for a vast and profound purpose, and for it to be truly called yoga, its essence must be embodied.”
Aadil Palkhivala ~

March 2024 Newsletter

Full moon

We had the most wonderful full moon last week. Hopefully, you caught a glimpse of it between the rain clouds.

For the past two weeks, my personal practice has been saluting the moon with the chant Om Somaya namaha. This refers to Lord Chandra, the deity of the moon. Chanting “Somaya” is said to invoke the energy and essence of Lord Chandra, seeking his blessings for emotional balance and inner peace.

The moon’s association with water also signifies emotional fluidity, making this mantra particularly beneficial for those seeking emotional healing and release. Chanting this mantra regularly is said to bring emotional stability and harmony to relationships. It is believed to help individuals overcome mood swings and find inner balance with the soothing vibrations of the mantra.

Today most of our education is secular, and learning is intrinsically linked to reading rather than chanting. In ancient times most knowledge, particularly sacred knowledge was transmitted through chants. Thus chanting and learning were intimately linked. As well as preserving knowledge it develops the intellect and memory. Learning to chant refines our capacity to listen and listening requires an open mind. The ancients used chanting to cultivate and celebrate our relationship with ourselves, our society, our environment and our source. If you want to learn more about chanting, we have a monthly Vedic Chanting class with Sarah Ryan on a Saturday.

This month the yoga centre will be full of chanting as we have the third module of the Viniyoga Yoga Therapy course UK. This is taught by Dr Kausthubha Desikachar, of the Viniyoga tradition of which mantra and vedic chanting is an essential aspect following the holistic and classical teachings of Professor Sri T Krishnamacharya. The 10-day module will mean there may be disruptions to the timetable so check the calendar for your usual classes as 5 of our teachers will once again be immersed in the ancient teachings and yoga philosophy and techniques from the Viniyoga tradition. 

Moon Salutation 3

Many of us are used to the various sun salutations but maybe not so well known are the moon salutations, above is a beautiful moon salutation.

New Classes

Traditionally meditation has always been done either as a morning or evening practice and so we are delighted to have a new meditation class to complement our established Morning Meditation Class with Marj Snape. 

Claire Pullinger

Claire Pullinger will be leading a meditation class starting from March 19th every Tuesday from 6:15 pm to 7:30 pm. The class will be based on the Buddhist wisdom and techniques of the Theravada and Mahayana traditions she has trained in.

You can read more about Claire.

Sharon Morgan plans to start an early morning Pilates class on Wednesdays from 8:00 am to 8:45 am, providing an opportunity for early birds and those who want to exercise before work. Also, check the workshops page as she has some more Sunday shorts coming up in April. The men’s workshops are proving popular as are ‘basics’ for beginners.

March Courses & Workshops

1st March, 6.30 to 7.30 pm
Breathing and Yoga Nidra with Sharon Cox-Button

2nd March, 10.30 to 11.45 am
Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with Sarah Ryan

2nd March, 12.00 to 1.00 pm
Vedic Chanting with Sarah Ryan

3rd March, 10.00 to 12.00 pm
Restorative Yoga For Deep Rest with Tracey Boast

8th March, 7.00 to 8.30 pm
Tuning Forks For Stress Relief with Nicki Greenham

9th March, 1.00 to 4.00 pm
Iyengar Yoga with Cheree Low

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

16th March, 5.30 to 6.45 pm
Saturday Soundbath with Bex Leonard

23rd March, 2.00 to 5.00 pm
Perimenopause and Menopause Workshop with Kim Jones

24th March, 2.30 to 5.00 pm
Yin Yoga Workshop with Chrissie Haskett

29th March 6.00 to 7.30 pm
Yin Yoga with Toni Franklin

30th March 10.00 to 12.30 pm
Gong Bath For Stress with Arianna Puran Udini

30th March 2.00 to 3.30 pm
Reiki Share with Wrio Russell 

“What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it, all the rest are not only useless, but disastrous.”
Thomas Merton ~

February 2024 Newsletter

There are snowdrops appearing, and the daffodils and tulips are shooting closely behind. With the excitement of Spring just around the corner, there is also dismay of our natural environment suffering.

Since the 1930s there has been a steady decline in biodiversity in this country. According to the charity Plantlife, 97% of UK wildflower meadows have been lost since the 1930s. A lot of that would have happened during and after the war, and land that might previously have been left as meadows would have been given over to intensive farming and pesticides.

Now we are not used to seeing wildflower meadows, something that would have been so common to our grandparents. Wildflowers are the food plants for so many invertebrates, and they in turn provide food for birds and mammals. Without these plants, there is no life. The functioning of the planet and our survival depends on plants. Encouraging wildflowers to grow on our own patches of green, however small, is a wonderful way of keeping in touch with the wild on our own doorstep. 

Hands holding petals

Whats grabbing your attention?

We live in an ‘attention economy’. Attention is now a prime commodity, which can be bought and sold by advertisers and corporations. Everybody wants our attention. Intention follows attention. Our attention shapes our perception of the world, our actions, and the reality that we want to create. With our attention, we decide who we want to hear, and see, and how we want to spend our time. Our ability to respond to the earth’s suffering demands a capacity to keep returning to it, even when there is so much to distract us from it.

Yoga helps us reclaim our attention, attention thankfully can be replenished. Mindfulness practices encourage us to experience the sights, smells and sounds of our immediate surroundings. Training our attention in meditation deeply enriches our experiences of life. When we look with different eyes at the already familiar, it generates wonder, and compassion, which in turn generates more attention, more love for the world and more joy in relating to it. Deep attention calls us into deeper relationships, which leads to a great sense of belonging and connection.

There is an urgent need to understand ‘attention’ as a valuable resource for social and environmental regeneration. Where we can and do place it, matters more and more.

So decide where you want to place your attention, maybe start with flowers in your garden, on your window sill, or in the pavement cracks as you walk along. Notice the wildflowers that grow in any tiny scrap of spare land, let your attention wander in nature all around you, feel the joy, the compassion, the wonder…

New teachers and classes

We are pleased to announce two new teachers who are joining us. They are both newly qualified but come with lots of enthusiasm and eagerness, and step into previously popular classes that have been missed.

Claire Jones will be offering a Sunday afternoon class, and we know that many of you enjoyed a late Sunday afternoon class previously so I am sure it will be popular. A Yin and yang class offering a stretch but also some quieter poses to end with to prepare you for the week ahead!

Claire Jones - Yoga
Claire Jones

And Fred Burnham is offering a Men’s Yoga Class on a Wednesday from 4.45 to 6.00 pm. Our previous Men’s class came to an abrupt halt due to personal reasons so I am sure there will be great delight that there is one back on the timetable, we welcome you both to the team!  

Picture 1
Fred Burnham 

A special class new fortnightly class with our therapist Melina James, called Sister Circle, will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6.00 – 8.00 pm. This is a unique opportunity to receive ongoing support throughout the year from a group of women committed to growth and self-empowerment. See our website for more information.

Melina James
Melina James

In the journey of the Wheel of the Year, it is Imbolc or Candlemas, a time to look back at what has served you well and be rid of anything that hasn’t and then look forward to Spring, and the year ahead.  We have two wonderful workshops celebrating Imbolc:

Breathwork, Yoga Nidra and Gong Bath with Tracey Boast and Arianna Puran Udini
Friday 2nd February 6.00 – 7.30 pm

Honouring Imbolc Workshop with Sian Lalita Alcock
Saturday 3rd 2.00 – 5.00 pm

Enjoy the lighter days and the awakening earth throughout this month.

Sharon and the team!

February Courses & Workshops

Breathwork, Yoga Nidra and Gong Bath with Tracey Boast and Arianna Puran Udini
Friday 2nd 6.00 – 7.30 pm

Breathing and Yoga Nidra with Sharon Cox-Button
Friday 2nd 6.30 – 7.30 pm

Sun Salutation Workshop with Kim Mackie
Saturday 3rd 10.30 – 12.00 pm

Honouring Imbolc Workshop with Sian Lalita Alcock
Saturday 3rd 2.00 – 5.00 pm

Pilates Men Only with Sharon Morgan
Sunday 4th 10.00 – 11.00 am

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with Sarah Ryan
Saturday 10th 10.30 – 11.45 am

Vedic Chanting with Sarah Ryan
Saturday 10th 12.00 – 1.00 pm

Iyengar Yoga Workshop with Cheree Low
Saturday 10th 1.30 – 4.30 pm

Pilates – Balance and Bone Health with Sharon Morgan
Sunday 11th 10.00 – 11.00 am

Tuning Forks For Stress Relief with Nicki Greenham
Friday 16th 7.00 – 8.30 pm

Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra with Sharon Cox-Button
Sunday 18th 1.30 – 4.00 pm

Gong Bath – Overcoming Depression with Arianna Puran Udini
Saturday 24th 10.00 – 12.30 pm

Sacred Space Workshop – Sharon Bentley
Saturday 24th 2.00 – 4.00 pm

Mini First Aid with Sue Fisher
Wednesday 28th 10.00 – 12.00 pm

“You are the gardener of your mind, and you are sowing seeds every moment of every day with the thoughts you think and the actions you take. The seeds you plant today will determine tomorrow’s harvest. Choose mindfully.”
Unknown ~

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

Amaryllis

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.

Ayurveda
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 ~

December 2023 Newsletter

Winter: time to rest and renew…

Winter

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.

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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 ~

November 2023 newsletter

Welcome to Autumn; crisp mornings and beautiful colours.

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Kim Mackie

As well as a change in the seasons and the clocks, we also have lots of changes at the Yoga and Therapy Centre. Our wonderful Kim Mackie who has been teaching Ashtanga Vinyasa for the last 8 years ever since we have been open, is changing her classes to Classical Yoga, a Viniyoga approach which she has been studying now for several years. This change will take place in November with slight changes in timings too so please check the timetable.

All good teachers are constantly training and constantly learning, and changing not only their own practice but their teachings for their students so that it is appropriate. The ancient yogis based their concept of physical fitness and health on an entirely different set of criteria to modern times:

  • a feeling of lightness in the body
  • an ability to withstand change and
  • a stable body and focused mind ready to sit for pranayama and meditation.

They understood that our physical needs change and so they developed the science of asana practice as a way of promoting the balanced growth of a body into old age. From infancy to senior years the physical yoga practice should change according to the individual: constitution, place, season, gender, time, age, capacities, aspirations and activities. For Kim’s students this change will be no surprise as they will all have been changing and developing along side one another.

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Year One of Our Viniyoga Therapy Course

Both Kim and Arianna and myself have just finished Year One of our Viniyoga Therapy Course, a traditional teaching based on Patanjalis yoga sutras and also on an ancient model of health from the Taittiriya Upanisad, which has been transmitted by word of mouth from student to teacher over thousands of years. Our students I am sure will all be reaping the benefits of these teachings from the three of us!!

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Ness Sherry

For those who love their Ashtanga practice we are pleased to say that a class will remain on a Saturday morning at the slightly later time of 10.30 – 11.45am with new teacher Ness Sherry. A big warm welcome to Ness. Watch this space as she hopes to offer more classes in other aspects of yoga too.

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Rowan Woodhouse

A big warm welcome to another new teacher, Rowan Woodhouse, who will be offering a weekly evening breath class. He is initially offering 4 weeks in November, starting on November the 9th at 8.00 – 9.15pm, with tasters of his breath work. He will then start a regular Thursday evening class in January.

Vedic Chanting for Peace

For this month’s Vedic Chanting Class donations will be for will be for Medecins Sans Frontieres and we will be specifically chanting for peace in the world, all welcome even if you have no experience.

Vedic Chanting for Peace, with Sarah Ryan
Saturday Nov 4th, 12.00 – 1.00pm

No previous experience necessary.

When people come together with a common purpose, it can be very powerful. Please come and join us as we chant for peace in the world.

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November Highlights

We are excited to have experienced Iyengar teacher Rachel Lovegrove coming to the yoga centre. Rachel is offering a weekend of Iyengar Yoga, although you can book each day as a stand alone if you can’t make both days.

We are very pleased to have Magdalena back with her Drums and Chanting monthly workshop, Kim Jones with her Menopause Yoga Workshop and a Gong Bath and Kundalini Yoga Workshop for Anger with Arianna Puran Udini

We have lots of lovely Yin and Restorative Workshops to help you slow down, and embrace the inevitable onset of Winter, the dark part of the year: the darker evenings, the later dawns,  the storms of winter, and hopefully time for stillness and a more internal focus. Stillness brings tranquillity, which in turn brings insight, leading to understanding, wisdom and a new sense of purpose. 

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Welcome Melina

As well as new yoga teachers we have a new member in our Therapy team, welcome to Melina who will be offering Swedish massage Reiki and Rahanni Healing. She is taking bookings from the beginning of November.

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Looking Ahead to December

We are pleased to have Dominique Preston back again with her lovely Yin Fascial Yoga Workshop – Roll Release and Relax, the first Sunday of December 2.00 – 5.00pm.

And an exciting workshop called Awakening The Dancer in You with Bowen Therapist Melanie Philip.

Warm wishes, from Sharon et al


November Courses & Workshops

Breathing and Yoga Nidra with Sharon Cox-Button
Friday 3rd, 6.30-7.30pm

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Saturday 4th, 10.30-11.45am

Vedic Chanting N.B. Special Peace Chanting with Sarah Ryan
Saturday 4th, 12.00-1.00pm

Menopause Yoga with Kim Jones
Saturday 4th, 2.00-5.00pm

Drums and Chanting with Magdalena Atkinson
Friday 10th, 6.30-8.30pm

Iyengar Yoga with Rachel Lovegrove
Saturday 11th, 11.00 – 4.00pm

Iyengar Yoga with Rachel Lovegrove
Sunday 12th, 10.00 – 2.00pm

Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra with Sharon Cox-Button
Sunday 12th, 2.30 – 5.00pm

Restorative Yoga For Deep Rest with Tracey Boast
Friday 17th, 6.00 – 8.00pm

Tuning Forks For Stress Relief with Nicki Greenham
Friday 17th, 7.00 – 8.30pm

Gong Bath For Anger with Arianna Puran Udini
Saturday 18th, 10.00 – 12.30pm

Iyengar Yoga with Cheree Low
Saturday 18th, 1.00 – 4.00pm

Sacred Space Fun Workshop with Sharon Bentley
Sunday 19th, 10.00 – 12.00pm

Yin Yoga Workshop with Chrissie Haskett
Sunday 19th, 2.30 – 5.00pm

Mini First Aid with Sue Fisher
Wednesday 22nd, 10.30 – 12.30pm

Yin Yoga with Toni Franklin
Friday 24th, 6.00 – 7.30pm

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with Sarah Ryan
Saturday 25th, 10.30 – 11.45pam

Vedic Chanting with Sarah Ryan
Saturday 25th, 12.00-1.00pm

Reiki Share with Sharon Cox-Button
Saturday 25th, 2.00 – 3.30pm

Saturday Soundbath with Bex Leonard
Saturday 25th, 5.30 – 6.45pm

Pilates More Core for Men with Sharon Morgan
Sunday 26th 11.00-12.00pm 


“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”
~ Rachel Carson ~

October 2023 newsletter

September was a busy and very thought provoking month. We held the 2nd module of the 3 year Viniyoga Therapy Course in which 3 of our teachers are participating in.

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Talking about Vasanas

One topic from these 10 days was talking about Vasanas (Sanskrit word for impressions). These impressions accumulate over our life time; traumas, thoughts, conditioning from family and society and create the Samskaras, the patterns within which we live our lives. We cannot change these impressions but we can become aware of them, and then change the Samskaras. We can stop constantly repeating the negative patterns that have evolved and made us who we are. Indeed the practices of yoga help us to do that: with mantra, visualization, breath and meditation.

The Miracle and Meaning of this life

At the end of the month we had Derek Thorne from the Vedantarama Advaita Centre in Somerset, who spoke about the Miracle and Meaning of this life. It left me with a sense of how exciting life is and what a great time it is to be alive. Yes there are always terrible things happening, such is the nature of life and human existence, but when you think about how many people exist side by side in peace and harmony on this planet and the acheievements of humanity, it is quite amazing. For several years now I have stopped watching the news or reading the newspapers, as I don’t want those images and patterns to be the predominant ones in my thoughts, thereby creating and shaping the life I lead.

Quantum physics tells us that the the entire Universe emerged from thought. You create your life through your thoughts. What you are thinking now is creating your future life. So think the life you want to live, think positively don’t dwell on the negative!

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A Fairwell to Ed Mitchell

The yoga centre will be 8 years old this Autumn, and throughout this time Ed Mitchell has been beside me helping with the website and the newsletter. The day has finally come when Ed has to move onto other things, so thank you Ed for being such a rock by my side, for being calm and intelligent and funny, I couldn’t have done it without you. And also thank you for finding your replacement and delivering me into the hands of Beccy. A big welcome to you Beccy!


October Highlights

We have some really interesting workshops this month:

Parentmed Newborn Navigation Course

Surviving and thriving in the fourth trimester!

A comprehensive, session covering newborn health matters, helping parents and caregivers understand what to expect in the first life-changing months and when to seek further advice and support. Delivered by experienced NHS Paediatric Consultants.

Sacred Space Fun Workshops with Sharon Bentley

Sacred Space Fun Workshops to reduce Anxiety and stress, balance your energy, transform heavy energy into lightness, joy and happiness, find that childlike playfulness within… using EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique / Tapping), Flower Essences, sacred energy and sound.

An Intro into Authentic Relating with Nichola Motley

Authentic Relating is a set of simple yet profound practices and skills, which help us have more open and vulnerable connections with others and also with ourselves.

Introduction in the Art of Being One with Life with Christian Probst

The important things in life are simple. We just don’t experience it this way. Parts of us complicate things more than they are. But it is more to our life than we usually have in our mind. And there are parts of us which know that too. So, how do we dance with all these parts of us?


October Workshops and Courses

We hope some of thsese will help you change your thought patterns for a more positive life!

Restorative Yoga for Deep Rest with Tracey Boast
Sunday October 1st, 10.00 – 12.00pm

Pilates Short Course with Sharon Morgan
Sunday October 1st, 10.00 – 11.00am

Breathing and Yoga Nidra with Sharon Cox-Button
Friday 6th October, 6.30 – 7.30pm

Parentmed with Dr Clare Hollingsworth, Dr Will Verling, Dr Munisha Balain
Saturday 7th, 10.00 – 12.00pm

Sacred Space Fun Workshop with Sharon Bentley
Saturday 7th, 2.00 – 4.00pm

Yin Yoga Workshop with Chrissie Haskett
Sunday 8th, 2.30 – 5.00pm

Tuning Forks for Stress Relief with Nicki Greenham
Friday 13th, 7.00 – 8.30pm

Yoga sutra of Patanjali with Sarah Ryan
Saturday 14th, 10.30 – 11.45am

Vedic Chanting with Sarah Ryan
Saturday, 12.00 – 1.00pm

Iyengar Yoga with Cheree Low
Saturday 21st October, 1.00 – 4.00pm

Introduction In the Art of Being One With Life Christian Probst
Sunday 22nd October, 10.00 – 1.00pm

Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra
Sunday 22nd October, 1.30 – 4.00pm

Yin Yoga Monthly with Toni Franklin
Friday 27th October, 6.00 – 7.30pm

Authentic Relating with Nichola Motley
Saturday 28th October, 2.30 – 5.00pm


“Learn to become still, and to take your attention away from what you don’t want, and all the emotional charge around it and place the attention on what you wish to experience… Energy flows where attention goes.”
~ Michael Bernard Beckwith ~

September 2023 newsletter

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We hope you have had a wonderful Summer, enjoyed the outdoors and relaxed. I was lucky enough to swim in beautiful clear mountain lakes,  walk in the pure fresh air of magnificent mountains and have some time with old friends on my Summer holiday.  It relaxed me, recharged me, it allowed me to shift gears.

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Taking in the views, swimming, reading novels, cooking and enjoying simple camp food felt like one long meditation. A meditative connection with my surroundings, allowing me to shift from the rush of everyday life… a shift to a low vibrational state of peace that immersed me and connected me deeply with nature. I observed others on holiday busy, with a need to do this and go here and there… and was thankful for my own situation. My daily yoga practice was mostly pranayama; I had time to explore my breath in a deeper way, reaping the benefits, helping me slide effortlessly into relaxation.

The coming month is a time to move into a calmer pattern and more regular rhythm after the high energy and excitement of Summer. We hope some of our workshops support you in finding your rhythm. Meanwhile, all our regular classes resume and as we settle back into our routines.

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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We have a busy September kicking off with the second module of the 3 year Yoga Therapy Course with Dr Kausthubha Desikachar. Dr Kausthub Desikachar is the current lineage holder of the classical Viniyoga tradition of T Krishnamacharya & TKV Desikachar. He is an acclaimed yoga teacher, yoga therapist, healer and spiritual adviser. We are very lucky to have him.This module is for 10 days which will mean that some of our weekly daytime classes will not run so please check the calendar or contact your teacher to see if your class is affected.

He will be able to offer one to one yoga therapy sessions for anyone who is interested. Contact Sarah Ryan for more information or to book a session.


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We are delighted that Derek Thorne is visiting the Yoga Centre in September. Deeply established in the teachings of Advaita Vedanta (the oneness at the heart of all things) Derek is able to bring clear, insightful and inspiring vision to these timeless teachings and to articulate them with clarity and flair.

Derek leads the Vedantarama Community (formerly YogaLiving) and has over 25 years experience guiding and directing people in applying the profound teachings of Vedanta in daily life and navigating this human experience.

The session will include discourse, simple guided meditation and the opportunity for Q & A. Suitable for all levels of experience. Derek will be teaching on the theme of “The Miracle and Meaning of This Life”.

To book please contact Nancy Chantrell:


New classes, workshops and courses for September

We are delighted that Sarah Ryan is teaching a monthly Vedic Chanting class. This will take place after the monthly Yoga Sutra class, a donations based class depending on what you can afford going towards a local charity.

Sarah Burt is offering a short course on Iridology, an ancient method of diagnosis how studying the eye can offer insights into health.

Sharon Morgan is offering a short Pilates course, with a free session for anyone new to pilates and would like to find out more about it.

Hannah Lovegrove

We are pleased to have Hannah Lovegrove (pictured), an experienced Dorset Iyengar teacher, offering workshops throughout the Autumn. The first one is at the end of the month.

To celebrate the Autumn Solstice we have a drumming workshop with Nicki Greenham who has recently joined us with her wonderful monthly Tuning Fork workshops.

Jane Collison is starting  an exciting new weekly group called Heart Healing. This will initially run for 4 weeks.


Classes, Courses and Workshops: September

Breathing and Yoga Nidra Sharon Cox-Button

Gong Bath with Arianna Puran Udini

Mini First Aid with Sue Fisher

Tuning Forks for Stress relief with Nicki Greenham

Heart Healing Group with Jane Collison

Satsang with Derek Thorne

Iyengar Yoga workshop with Cheree Low

Solstice Drumming with Nicki Greenham

Free Taster for Pilates Short Course with Sharon Morgan

Yin Yoga Monthly with Toni Franklin

Parentmed

Yoga Sutras with Sarah Ryan

Iridology Short Course with Sarah Burt

Vedic Chanting with Sarah Ryan

Reiki Share with Wrio Russell and Karen Giles

General Yoga Workshop with Hannah Lovegrove


“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”
~ Lao Tzu ~