Namaste my dear friends
Lovely to be speaking with you in this cooler period of the year as we have now made a shift in daylight! The long dark days of winter can lend themselves to a less physical body, fatigue and hibernation starts to creep in. Keep practicing your Sun Salutations to promote circulation, do some extra twists to strengthen your metabolic fire and include some forward and backward bends to tone the kidneys and urinary bladder which regulate water in the body as well as our emotions. Also draw upon some Yin Yoga (Restorative) to honour the pause before we are called to expand once again! Create a quiet, calm mind and deeply rest by allowing time to stay still to activate the body’s parasympathetic nervou system that’s responsible for rest and digest! Mental tensions soften and the body’s natural healing mechanisms switch on. Try a supine twist placing a blanket between the knees or supported Bridge Pose with a block on its lowest elevation underneath the sacrum. Settle here, it should feel surprisingly comfortable. Enjoy renewal.
Exciting news now of my Spring retreat…….
BODHI – Spring Yoga Retreat – April 27-29 2018
The Sanskrit word bodhi translated means the true nature of things. It is traditionally translated into English with the word enlightenment, although its literal meaning is closer to “awakening” – perfect for Springtime too!
I will be hosting a retreat at Brancaster Staithe Harbour on the glorious and beautiful North Norfolk Coast.
An opportunity to dive into the richness of yoga through mindful movement, heart opening practices and a peaceful time for reflection. I bring over twenty six years of teaching experience, exuberance and compassion to my retreats and yoga practices both as a tutor and practitioner.
The weekend is designed to inspire depth, whole heartedness and grace both on your yoga mat and in your life.
This retreat combines asana (postures) to open the body, uplifting pranayama (breathing), guided meditations and activities to lead you into the pulsing intelligence of the heart as spring awakens.
Each day will begin with a sunrise practice to uplift, cleanse and energise to find peace within. The midday and afternoon sessions are a combination of philosophy, asana to open the heart and meditation. The evening sessions are to prepare the body and mind for rest at the end of the day with Yoga Nidra (a form of sleep). There will also be free time over the weekend to deepen your connection to self explore.
The weekend is open and welcome to all. Come and join me in this heartfelt exploration of yoga!
We will be staying at Dial House which was built in the 17th century and converted in 1998 by the National Trust to provide accommodation for schools and groups. Dial House is sited within Brancaster Staithe harbour on the North Norfolk coast. It boasts spectacular views over the surrounding coastline including the Brancaster Manor and Scolt Head National Nature Reserves. North Norfolk has many beautiful Flint villages, historic houses and many stunning beaches along the coast. Inland there is beautiful countryside shaped by Norfolk’s rich agricultural heritage.
Norfolk is one of the most biologically diverse counties in the UK making it a perfect location for yoga and nature lovers whatever time of year!!
The accommodation is dormitory style bedrooms, seven with en-suite and two with reserved shower rooms. (I’m only taking 10 bookings for the weekend) – there will be plenty of space as the centre sleeps up to 48! There is a large upstairs dining room and a well equipped kitchen, a lovely snug room with wood burning stove and balcony overlooking the harbour. South facing garden with seating. Free WiFi. The yoga studio/area will be downstairs.
Retreat Price is £375.00 which includes accommodation, all food will be vegetarian (dietary requirements to be discussed prior to) and 8 yoga sessions. An initial non refundable deposit of £100 to secure a place then the balance around mid March. Places are already being taken and are limited. Please get in touch with me 07776440542 or (01953) 882345 or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you all for joining me in yoga this year, my wish for you is health, happiness and peace for 2018. See you all on your mats in the New Year.
True yoga is not about the shape of your body, but the shape of your life!
Yoga blessings with love
All photos © Debbie Harris, 2up Photography