Yesterday was national menopause day – accompanied by a slew of press articles, many bossily telling us how to ‘sail through’ this phase of life as if nothing were happening. The transitions going on in our bodies are often referred to as ‘symptoms’ that need to be ‘treated’. The assumption behind this medicalised approach, presumably, is that there is something wrong with us, that we are ill. But menopause is no more an illness than menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth or breast-feeding.
In fact, all of these phases are just some of the normal parts of a life being human, adult and female. Half the human population goes through menopause – if we are lucky to live long enough – and the transition can last up to 12 years. Menopause is a normal part of being human.
How would you like a whole afternoon of deep relaxation and rest for your body and mind combining the healing power of Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra?
In these three-hour workshops, experienced yoga teacher Chris Holt will guide you through a series of supported poses and guided relaxation to help you overcome fatigue and renew your sense of wellbeing.
When: Sunday 29 December 2-5pm and Saturday 4 Jan 2-5pm Continue reading
The New to Yoga course will build on the basics of yoga – without the pressure of learning alongside people who have been practising for years! Suitable for complete beginners or those who enjoy a slow, gentle approach.
Book online here.
You have probably heard of the many benefits of yoga – improving flexibility, learning to relax, building strength and feeling better in our bodies and ourselves. But some of us are put off from joining a class alongside lycra-clad beauties performing amazing physical feats.
Lucy invites you to Yoga Najac
Four-day retreat of rest and renewal especially for yoga teachers. South-West France Thurs 13th to Mon 17th June 2019, price: €200.
- Do you sometimes feel isolated in your work as a yoga teacher?
- Are you interested in learning from other experienced teachers – but put off by the high cost of some training intensives?
- Do your own energy and resources need a boost?
If this sounds familiar, you are warmly invited to join Lucy Ackroyd in her beautiful home in south-west France for a four-day sharing retreat, especially devised to meet the needs of yoga teachers.
How would you like to take a mid-winter pause between the frantic activity of Christmas and New Year? A whole afternoon of deep relaxation and rest for your body and mind combining the healing power of Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra.
In these two special mid-winter workshops, experienced yoga teacher Chris Holt will guide you through a series of supported poses and guided relaxation to help you recover from the exertions of the Christmas season, overcome fatigue and renew your sense of wellbeing.
When: Saturday 29 December 2pm-4.30pm OR Sunday 30 December 1pm-3.30pm Continue reading
Brixton author Tamsin Grey first thought of becoming a writer when she was just seven, but buried the idea in her 20s and 30s considering it, ‘deeply embarrassing and big-headed’ to think she might be able to write something other people would want to read.
It was only in her 40s, with an established civil service career as a speech-writer, that she took the risk of going for it. And it was possibly yoga that gave her the courage to try. (For a while she taught a regular yoga class at Brockwell Lido.) “The yoga philosophy of dharma – or life’s purpose – set me on the journey of writing my first book,” says Tamsin. “I became obsessed with the fact I needed to do it before I died or I would regret it on my deathbed.”
That book – She’s Not There – was published to critical aclaim by Harper Collins in April. Ian McEwan describes it as ‘a debut with a sure touch’; Lisa Jewell calls it “mesmerisingly good’.
Sharing again this reflection – or meditation – which was conceived on 20 June, Midsummer’s Eve 2015, with 19 of my yoga friends forming a sunny circle in a grassy Dorset meadow.