Gratitude in December, embrace the Yin season

December blessings

Hey yogis,

I hope you are well. I am so looking forward to many exciting things happening in 2018 and December of this year. I have some awesome new yoga T's and hoodies, an exciting new workshop with sound therapy, as well as a few timetable updates.

Hoodies and T's click here

Gratitude thoughts: 

There is a very old Sufi story about a man whose son captured a strong, beautiful, wild horse, and all the neighbours told the man how fortunate he was. The man patiently replied, "We will see." One day the horse threw the son who broke his leg, and all the neighbours told the man how cursed he was that the son had ever found the horse. Again the man answered, "We will see." Soon after the son broke his leg, soldiers came to the village and took away all the able-bodied young men, but the son was spared. When the man's friends told him how lucky the broken leg was, the man would only say, "We will see." Gratitude for participating in the mystery of life is like this.

The Sufi poet Rumi speaks of the mystery of life coming from God in his poem "The Guest House": "

This being human is a guest house / Every morning a new arrival. / A joy, a depression, a meanness / some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. / Welcome and entertain them all! / Even if they're a crowd of sorrows / who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture. / Still, treat each guest honorably. / He may be clearing you out for some new delight." (The Essential Rumi by Coleman Barks)

Gratitude practiced in this way brings delight, balances out your tendency to focus on the negative, and can even lift a dark mood, lets do it yogis x

Stand Up Paddle Board yoga continues in December with one off sessions, these will be on the 1st December, 15th December, 22nd December and 5th January. All these sessions will be £15 and well worth it. They run on a Friday evening at 7pm -8pm Please contact Redcar Leisure Centre to book 01642 771070

Sound therapy 

I am so grateful to be working with two amazing ladies, Adrienne Woods who will be providing the sound element of the workshop and Kerrie Murray who will be offering a Dru yoga session to follow.

Sound therapy – the therapeutic use of sound and music to promote wellbeing and health. Instruments used include the monochord harp chair, therapy monochord, gongs, crystal bowls, Tibetan bowls, drum, tuning forks and other musical instruments, in addition to the voice. A multi-sensory experience of sound, vibration, and touch. 

This beautiful morning session will run from 10:00am until 13:30, includes Yin Yoga, Sound Bath, Dru Yoga and vegetarian lunch. 21st January 2018 in the Saltburn Community Hall. 

Time table changes over Christmas in the Community Hall
Tuesday nights last class is on 19th December and starts again on the 9th January 2018
Thursdays Yin class will continue until 21st December and then resume again on the 4th January
Sundays - I have confirmed that I have all the Sundays in 2018 apart from 2,  so no more changes will occur throughout the new year. 
Ashtanga Sunday will be on the following days in December
Monday 4th December
Sunday 10th December
Monday 18th December
Sunday 7th January 

Your help

I am in the process of collecting reviews and comments about the different yoga mats we all have, so far about 50 of you have filled in the short survey, it would be amazing if I could get a few more so that we can have a really good over view of the pros of cons of all these mats. As soon as I have a good number I will make a little summary to share with you all. Please follow this link to help me out.

Victoria Stovell