Winter Nourishing & Winter Solstice

Namaste dear friends xx

I start my post with an apology of absence over the past weeks, it has been an extremely busy time as we have been looking for a new house since the beginning of the year and we finally moved recently! We have started a self build project which has taken a lot of research prior to the move which also meant weekends came and went until this period of rest we are now in giving me the opportunity to put ‘pen to paper’ . Classes have continued as normal with retreats and workshops on hold until the Spring.

Thank you for your patience. xx

Winter – the season of introspection, hibernation and surrender – the perfect time to go deeper into your yoga practice. Winter is a time for stabilising, it’s a time to think about slowing down, to drift along, to dream, to vision. Its a time for gentle and nourishing postures for the cold winter months and a time to support your immune system, gently squeezing toxins from internal organs and lowering stress hormones in the body.

Some suggestions for supportive poses to see you through this time of year would be seated forward bends to tone the abdominal organs and stretch the lower back. Triangle pose to improve digestion and alleviate stress. Shoulder stand to stimulate thyroid and parathyroid glands. Cobra to improve blood circulation and strengthen and improve flexibility of the middle and upper back. The Bow to tone legs and arm muscles and Locust to tone nerves and muscles especially in the neck and shoulders. You could also mix 1 teaspoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon Ginger and a tablespoon of honey in a cup of warm water to drink.

At this time of year we clear a space, creating a spiritual candle for the return of light – Winter Solstice will soon be upon us on Wednesday 21st December, a time to celebrate the return of the sun, give birth to our visions and name our dreams, our ‘Solstice Resolutions’ which will grow with the increasing light. The way is now open for the rebirth of our active selves and coming out of hibernation. This is also a dual celebration and we pause to look back on our journey since the summer solstice, acknowledging what we have completed and the insights and understandings we have gained from inner reflection!

Breathing in, I calm my body.
Breathing out, I smile.
Dwelling in the present moment
I know this is a wonderful moment.
Breathing in, calm. Breathing out, smile.
Present moment. Wonderful moment.

Thank you all for joining me in yoga 2016, I wish you all a very healthy, happy, peaceful and positive 2017. Will post details of forthcoming yoga events as soon as I have them. Classes resume from January 3rd 2017.

My yoga blessings to you all.
Love Susan xx

All photos © Debbie Harris, 2up Photography

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