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                                                                      SUMMER  NEWS AND WORKSHOPS

How wonderful that our summer has arrived! The season that typically associated itself with excitement, playfulness, love and social gatherings, we just need to be careful to temper our enthusiasm, so we can support our body and mind to stay balanced. I often talk about doshas and elements in my classes. Summer is strongly fire (pitta) which is so incredibly creative and out there, however, if our constitution is Pitta we can sometimes have a tendency to burn out this season by naturally wanting to gravitate towards cardiovascular workouts, strong yoga classes and committing to loads of social events. This can often create so much heat in the body, which can lead us to inflammation and exhaustion. Therefore we need to be more mindful with what we are eating, drinking and to learn what cools that pitta energy and supports us through this energetic season - so here are just a few tips which may help:


Eat during the coolest time of the day
Eat light
Eat raw veg/fruit
Drink coconut water
Exfoliate the body
Avoid or moderate alcohol and caffeine intake
Moderate exercise
Yin Yoga
Meditation


However, whatever your constitution is, your body temperature will rise and can increase our irritability and perhaps even experience feelings of anger, jealousy and frustration. Therefore all the poses below will be of great benefit to us all.


Cooling yoga practise


Whilst practicing the yoga sequence using the link below, try and maintain a soft Ujjayi Pranayama (Victorious Breath) to enhance focus and introversion
https://youtu.be/Uy_afV2AjQQ

What’s new?
In these last few months we have been offering Renta’s wonderful ‘Gong Baths’ They have been so incredibly popular that we aim to keep offering them most Sunday evening closest to the New Moon. A gong bath is a form of sound therapy where the gongs are played in a way to bring about relaxation.
The term ‘Gong Bath’ means that you are bathed in sound waves, there is no water involved or clothes removed. Ideally you will experience the gong bath lying down comfortably on your back with a pillow and blanket. The gong is an amazing and powerful instrument for bringing people into a deep, meditative relaxed state.


We have also been so privileged to have Denise Ferguson teaching a 3 hour Ashtanga workshop for all abilities. Denise is an extremely qualified yoga teacher in Hatha, Ashtanga, Flow Yoga and Kundalini, she is also physiotherapist specialising in muscular skeletal conditions. Therefore her workshops are fantastic if you are new or experienced in the Ashtanga series, as she will aid correct alignment for you to work safely through the Ashtanga practise with ease. The next Ashtanga workshop is:


Date: September 22nd 2019
Time: 10-1pm with vegan lunch
Cost: £35


The event I‘m personally most excited for is our Charity Yoga morning for Noah. Noah is a 4 years old who can no longer walk and needs a certain wheelchair which costs £22,700. Noah has had no diagnosis yet and is currently under Great Ormond Street for his rare genetic degenerative muscular myopathy. This is something that is very close to my heart having 2 siblings who also have a degenerative disease with no diagnoses. I would love nothing more than for us to raise a huge amount of money at the studio by doing our ‘Annual Yoga Morning’ which starts with a yoga practise, followed by a raffle and cake sale.


Date: 28th July 2019
Time: Yoga class 10.30-13.00pm (£20)
Tea and cake 13.00-15.00pm (£5)
Raffle (£5)
There is also a collection pot in the studio and I would be most grateful for any contribution.


I am also so happy to share that the studio now offer a beautiful Kirtan Evening. Elaine and Jimmi’s Bhakti Heart Kirtan share heart felt and powerful music which leaves you feeling lifted, full of clarity and open hearted. Through mantra, singing and coming together to practise, you will get to experience another incredible yoga practise. The next offering is:


Date: Saturday 21st September
Time: 6pm-8pm
Cost: £15


I am still running my pregnancy 6-week yoga course with the next term commencing on Thursday 19th July from 6-7pm. Additionally, my Mummy and Baby yoga course which starts on Wednesdays 11-12pm. Limited spaces are left so let please let me know if you are interested or have someone who would benefit from these wonderful sessions.


That only leaves me to once again express my deepest gratitude to you all. I have meet and taught so many new, loyal and returning students this last few months, Thank you. Also a huge thank you to the amazing teachers who have been offering their wisdom and knowledge - The Yoga Being is blossoming once again all thanks to you.


Enjoy this beautiful sunshine and I wish you all an incredible summer.


Much love


Lisa Hickingbotham