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. 

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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!

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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!  

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

Rowan Woodhouse

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.

Rachel

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.

Viniyoga Therapy Course participants

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!

Child thinking positively

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 ~

July 2023 newsletter

sunrise at burton-bradstoc beach in summer solstice 2023

We have passed the Summer Solstice. I watched the sunrise on the 21st June with my dog on Burton Bradstock beach and did some walking meditation. In the afternoon I met a friend at The Kingston Russel Stone Circle. Prehistoric stone rows, stone circles and standing stones are littered across the West Country. If you can get to them, they make a nice pilgrimage for midsummer celebrations. Being in their presence not only makes you wonder what our ancestors felt and did during solstice festivities, but the considered placement and their ability to withstand millennia of change can be very inspiring.

These moments make us stand back from our daily routines.

There is a sense of time standing still. This gives us time to pause and examine our lives; both reflecting back and looking forward to what we want to manifest.

This can be a relief when our lives are otherwise in a state of constant busyness.

Like nature we must learn when to expel our energy in the act of creation and when to rest and be still.

While the turning of the year back into the dark half half can feel a little sad, for some it can be a relief to step away from the long hours of light and the frenetic pace of life. There is a sense of the calm returning. Although the days are getting shorter, there is plenty of summer still head of us. Many weeks ahead of fun, relaxation, reading books, sunshine, good food, hanging out with friends and family, and enjoying nature, the sea, and all that our beautiful countryside has to offer.

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Summer is a great time to do work on deeper backbends, as we feel flexible with the hot weather and active with the long hours of sunlight.

  • Backbends are invigorating and strengthening.
  • They stretch the quads and hip flexors and help open up the shoulders and chest, an area where lots of us hold tension.
  • They build strength and power in the legs, arms and back muscles.
  • By increasing mobility and awareness of the spine, backbends improve posture and can help to alleviate some kinds of back and neck pain.

As backbends open the chest and upper body they stimulate the Heart chakra (Anahata) allowing us to open more fully in our lives too; to our emotions, experiences and in our relationships.

Have a wonderful Summer enjoy all that it offers, and enjoy all that we have on offer too.

There will be no newsletter in August so both July and August workshops and course dates are below. 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


Hengefest 2023

Home of Hillforts & Henges is an exciting event from 28th to 30th July that will celebrate Dorchester’s neolithic, bronze and iron age landscape, rich in earthworks and the people that have lived here for over 6,000 years.

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We are taking part in the final day of the Hengefest festival again this year in Maumbury Rings. We will be offering free classes throughout the day:

  • 10.00 am:  Meditation with  Sharon Cox-Button
  • 10.45am: Gong Bath with Bex Leonard
  • 11.30am: Tai Chi with Tim Button
  • 12.15pm: Tuning Forks with Nicki Greenham
  • 1.00pm:  Gentle Yoga with Helen Heger
  • 1.45pm: Tai Chi with Tim Button
  • 2.30pm: Gentle Yoga  with Kim Jones
  • 3.15pm: Tuning Forks with Nicki Greenham

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Classes, Courses and Workshops: July and August

~ ~ July ~ ~

 

Mixed Ability Vinyasa Thursdays with Toni Franklin

Breathing and Yoga Nidra with Sharon Cox-Button

Venture into Alignment with Ruth Mitchell and Ness Sherry

Tuning Forks for Stress Relief with Nicki Greenham

Restorative Yoga for Deep Rest with Tracey Boast

Gong Bath – Arianna Purna Udini

Yin Yoga with Toni Franklin

Reiki Share with Wrio Russell

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with Sarah Ryan

~ ~ August ~ ~

 

Summer Iyengar Yoga Workshop with Hannah Lovegrove

Yin Yoga Workshop with Chrissie Haskett

Yin Yoga with Toni Franklin

 


“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 ~

June 2023 newsletter

statue of hindu god Siva

I have been catching up with my study of the Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali, after a busy few months. The sūtras are the most important source for any yoga teacher to refer to. They present the entire yoga system, its core philosophical principles and deep insights into the many practices. In the monthly class we are studying chapter 3 with my teacher Sarah Ryan. This is the chapter for the yogi who has achieved samādhi (meditation) and wants to explore the mind further.  It is the first chapter though, Samādhi -pāda, which is more suitable to those of us  with a reasonably stable mind who are trying to achieve the first goal of yoga, spiritual absorption, (no not touching your toes!!).

And I find myself this morning at sutra 1.33:

“maitrī karunā munditā upeksānām sukha punya apunya visayānām bhāvanātah citta prasādanam.”

“Develop friendliness towards those who are happy, compassion to those who are suffering, appreciation of those who do good and non-judgementalism towards those engaged in ignoble actions, the mind (will then find) tranquility.”

This is an important sutra in that Payanjali doesn’t offer a choice here, but says we must develop these 4 attitudes if we want to reach the state of yoga:

  • maitrī – friendship
  • karunā- compassion
  • muditā- appreciation
  • upeksānām- non judgementalism

Workshops in June

We have many wonderful workshops this month to support our health, alongside our usual monthly yoga workshops. The two introduction workshops to Kinesiology and Iridology are a repeat from previous months due to their popularity.

Come and explore these complementary health systems: Kinesiology: an introduction with Jane Collison and Introduction to Iridology with Sarah Burt.

There is also a new workshop called Tuning Forks Stress Release with new teacher Nicki Greenham which is being offered in the daytime and evening.

close up photo of an eye

And from eyes to feet, our newest therapist to join us at the centre is Susana Woods, who will be offering reflexology in the therapy room.

Susanna Woods-photo

 


New classes and courses in June


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: June

Gong Bath with Arianna Puran Udini

Tuning Fork Stress Release with Nicki Greenham

Post natal course with Kim Jones

Breathing and Yoga Nidra with Sharon Cox-Button

Introduction To Iridology with Sarah Burt

Restorative Yoga For Deep Rest with Tracey Boast

Tuning Fork Stress release with Nicki Greenham

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with Sarah Ryan

Iyengar Yoga with Cheree Low

Mini First Aid with Sue Fisher

Menopause Yoga with Kim Jones

Saturday Soundbath with Bex Leonard

An Introduction to Kinesiology with Jane Collison

Yin Yoga with Toni Franklin


Coming in July

Venture into Alignment with Ruth and Ness

This 3 hour workshop is a journey to a frequency gateway, aligning body and spirit using the energetics of yoga and powerful energy activations. If you’ve ever wondered “Why am I here?” “What was I born to do?” or “What is my purpose?” or if you are ready to commit to who you really are and what you came here to do, this workshop is for you.


May 2023 newsletter

We’ve just passed Beltane, the Gaelic May Day festival that marks the beginning of Summer.

Trees are bursting into blossom and glorious shades of bright green are appearing all around, and… dare I say it some sunshine.

All the seeds of Winter’s dreaming can begin to gather strength, draw energy and start to grow.


Workshops in May

We have some really special workshops this month and next month, that offer the chance for lots of growth, and we are very excited to have old teachers rejoining us with new classes.

Victoria Smisek, who used to teach Qoya at the centre, is offering a Women’s retreat day with Mindfulness and Qoya.

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Jane Collison is offering a 3-hour introductory kinesiology workshop for the first time. She has taught Foundation and Practitioner courses at the centre, but is offering this workshop to anyone, so that you can use the techniques at home to help your own health. You will have the chance to learn how to muscle test, to find out what supplements you need, what foods agree or disagree with you and what flower essences may help your emotions. This workshop will be repeated on June 25th.

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Kim Mackie is offering the chance to learn Sun salutation to suit you as a daily practice.

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New classes

We are so pleased to have back two of our old teachers:

Toni Franklin is offering a monthly Yin Workshop on the last Friday of the Month, 6:00 – 7:30pm

Toni Franklin photo

Jess Obermeier will be teaching a weekly Balance Relax Yoga class starting on 12th May on Fridays 9:15 – 10:15am

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

Enjoy all that DYTC has to offer and all that nature has to offer too!

With best wishes from Sharon and all the teachers and therapists at Dorchester Yoga and Therapy Centre


Classes, Courses and Workshops: May

New balance Relax Yoga class with Jess Obermaier

Breathing and Yoga Nidra with Sharon Cox-Button

Womens’ Retreat: Mindfulness and Qoya with Victoria Smisek

Saturday Soundbath with Bex Leonard

Surya Namaskar Workshop with Kim Mackie

Yoga Sutras with Sarah Ryan

Iyengar Yoga with Cheree Low

An Introduction to Kinesiology with Jane Collison

Mini First Aid with Sue Fisher

Yin Yoga Monthly Workshop with Toni Franklin

Yin Yoga Workshop with Chrissie Haskett

Reiki share with Wrio Russell and Karen Giles


“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers,
the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters,
and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.”
~ John Lubbock ~

April 23 newsletter

Yoga Therapy class photo of pupils in Dorchester Yoga and Therapy Centre

For the past 10 days the yoga centre has been full of the sounds of Vedic chanting as myself and two fellow teachers Kim Mackie and Arianna Moretti have been immersed in the first seminar of a 3 year Viniyoga therapy training taught by Dr Kausthubha Desikachar and chant teacher Sarah Ryan (who teaches our monthly class of Yoga Sutras of Patanjali).

In many traditional cultures the use of sound is a significant aspect of spiritual practice. In Indian tradition sound is exalted second only to the Supreme.

The term “Veda” implies “that which can be known”, it is a vast collection of hymns, the authoritative source of many significant schools of Indian wisdom and philosophy, they expound upon the practical ways of meeting human needs while living meaningfully, and lead to personal and spiritual transformation.

There are several benefits of reciting the vedas. The mantras within them are powerful sounds which when produced in the right manner and with the right intention produce specific vibrations in our body. These vibrations have the ability to positively influence our physiological state, thereby improving physical, mental and emotional health. They also bring the mind to complete attention, making it a meditative process in itself.

It is an intense training including all the wide range of yogic tools: postures (Asana), breath regulation (Pranayama), meditation (Dhyana), dietary recommendations (Ahara niyama), lifestyle suggestions (Vihara niyama), chanting (Mantra) visualisations/affirmations (Bhavana), energetic seals (Mudra) symbolic gestures (Nyasa), and self enquiry (Svadhyaya). By undergoing this intense journey teachers may then facilitate others in the journey towards self-empowerment, healing and personal transformation.

For this training we have been joined by students from the USA, Israel, Spain and Germany; a wonderful International community chanting and learning together.

There is still a chance to join this Yoga Therapy course if you are interested, you can contact Sarah Ryan email: saryan6630@googlemail.com


The clocks have changed, Spring has Sprung, we have it all to look forward to.

We wish you a Happy Easter and remind you to check the calendar to see when your teachers are taking an Easter break.

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 and Courses

 

Mixed Ability Yoga Class with Katie Pitney (suitable for beginners)

  • Friday mornings 9.00-10.15am.
  • More about Mixed Ability Class with Katie Pitney

The first class will be the 21st April and you can email Katie on bodyofgrace108@gmail.com if you want any more information or to book a place.

5 week Post natal Yoga Course with Kim Jones

6 week IAIM Baby Massage Course with Sharon Cox-Button


Classes, Courses and Workshops: April

Restorative Yoga for Deep Rest with Tracey Boast

Saturday Soundbath with Bex Leonard

Postnatal Wellness course begins

IAIM Baby Massage course begins

Breathing and Yoga Nidra with Sharon Cox-Button

Drum and Chant with Magdalena Atkinson

Iyengar Yoga with Cheree Low

Mini First Aid with Sue Fisher

Gong Bath: Overcoming Your Stress with Arianna Puran Udini

Yoga Sutras with Sarah Ryan


Looking ahead to May

Women’s Retreat

  • Mindfulness, Qoya and Journalling with Victoria Smisek

“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 ~