Welcoming 2021

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Dear Yogis, 

We made it! What a journey 2020 has been with so many twists and turns – we all had to learn to adapt quickly. We had to continually find our inner centre, to try and find some form of balance and stability in the world around us, we really do hope your yoga practice helped you in some way with this.

In today’s newsletter we build on hope with 10 reasons to be grateful. We also take a look at our ability to embrace change and how we can take it forward in a positive way.
 
We also take a look at what’s happening in our expanding online schedule with a new class and a new teacher for you. We have a great online workshop to help boost your immunity and mood this Winter. 

Have you got your 2021 Mantra yet? We have some great ideas from our community. We also have a healthy treat recipe for you and some top podcast and book recommendations to inspire you into the New Year. 

Welcome to Yoga House 2021.

OUR ONLINE SCHEDULE | SEVEN DAYS A WEEK 
NEW CLASS | NEW TEACHER
 We are so happy to be able to welcome Annie Edwards to the Yoga House teacher family. Annie will be teaching Mindful Flow at 6.30pm on Wednesdays from 13th January. And Dan Breakwell is back teaching his regular Yin and Qigong from next Tuesday 7pm.

HOW TO BOOK 
Members can access all online classes as before. 
Non members can choose from one of our packages:
1 Session for £9
10 Sessions for £70
20 Sessions for £130
BOOK HERE
If you are unable to make the time of a class, you can still book in and request a recording of the class to do later. Please email support@yogahouselondon.co.uk with any requests.
WORKSHOPS

How to Boost Your
Immunity & Mood in Winter
Yoga & Nutrition

With Kasia Blackwell
& Zannie Krogh

Saturday 30th January  
2-4pm | Online | £15
BOOK HERE
They say humans are creatures of habit. We don’t like change and fear the unknown. This can seem strange as the only thing certain in life is that things will change. John Lennon once said: “Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans.”
 
Why do we fear change? Why do we stay in jobs we don’t like, relationships we have outgrown and hold on to habits that no longer serve us? This is part of our survival instinct. We want to know the outcome to feel safe. There is nothing wrong with this, but when the fear becomes overwhelming, it can hold us back from truly living our lives.
 
So how can we embrace change? Firstly, we can take a look at how we were able to adapt to last year. We had to change our daily routine, our way of life and how we interact with others. And we did it and are undoubtable stronger for it (whether you know it or not). We didn’t ask for this change in life events, as often is the way, but we were able to change.
 
It’s now time to look at what we do want to change in our lives. Draw on the lessons from the past and know we are able to make the changes necessary to step closer to the lives we truly want. Know that however rocky the journey, we can get ourselves to a more stable place.
 
Yoga is powerful in assisting change. It cultivates a deep grounding in our body, mind and spirit to help us navigate challenges more calmly. It helps us draw on our true inner intentions and ability to trust our intuition over the many outside voices. Our practice is also always there for us, no matter what is happening externally.
The cheer and pretty lights of December maybe fading away, but that doesn’t mean it’s time crawl back under the duvet until Spring. If you are struggling for joy, we have put together 10 reasons to be grateful this January.
 
1. Sunrise | A true gift of nature that occurs every day. As less of us are commuting, we have more of a chance to watch the dawning of the day. You can also join our weekday sunrise classes at 7am.
 
2. Our Bodies | This may be the time of year you are meant to look at your body and point at the bits you hate and vow to change. These body parts are actually quite valuable and we should be very grateful to have them. You can try doing a body scan from your toes to your crown of your head, naming each body part and giving it love. 
 
3. Our Health | While being surrounded by adverts for this diet and that health fad, just take a minute to be grateful for the health you have. The breath in your lungs, the beating of your heart and all the body functions that work silently to make you you.

4. A Cup of Tea | A hug in a mug. There are so many wonderful teas in the world, each with their own healing properties and all with the ability to bring a smile to your face. We can’t wait to be back in the studios filling our teapots for you.
 
5. Music | Smell is meant to have the strongest memory tigger, but everyone has at least one song that takes them back to an exact time and a place again. Music has the power to change your mood in minutes.

6. Quiet Moments | When there is no work, no chores and your phone is out of battery and you can just be. When was the last time you had a quiet moment? If you can’t remember, you should try our Tuesday night meditation class with Ryan at 8pm.
 
7. Yoga | Yoga means different things to different people and that is the beauty of it.
There are many styles and ways of teaching and it evolves as we do. The word Yoga means ‘to yoke’ – to come together, a union. Yoga has given us a community that we
are so very grateful for.

8. Love | Love may sometimes be hard to see, but it is always there. The missing we have for family and friends – that’s love. When you step on to your mat to practice – that’s love for yourself. Take time throughout your day to notice the love around you.

9. Ourselves | We often think about ourselves as just a container. Many new year’s resolutions are how to change/improve our external appearance. We need to give some appreciation and love to ourselves within – we are pretty great.

10. This one is for you | What are you grateful for? There are many studies that show a practice of gratitude leads to a happier mind. You don’t need a journal to do this, you can just write on any bit of paper, or in your calendar or notes section of your phone, one thing a day you are grateful for.
Mantra – A tool used to plant an intention deep within your unconscious mind.
Use the mantra to grow your intention and let it blossom into reality. 

Your thoughts become your beliefs
Your beliefs become your actions
Your actions become you habits
Your habits become your values
& Your values become your destiny
– Gandhi

 
If you haven’t set a Mantra for 2021 yet, why don’t you take a look over some of the ones shared by our community on Instagram:
I am at peace because I am good trying my best
Just keep breathing
The body of mine is strong and can overcome anything. Keep pushing and don’t give up
I’m a good person and I have good intentions
I am strong
I am loved. I am loving
I am well. All is well
Calm acceptance
I have faith in my capacity to rise to challenges
Trust in Love
Live in the present
I am here
VEGAN BANANA OAT FLAPJACKS – Yum!
By Christine Bailey

Ingredients

  • 60g cacao butter
  • 60g coconut oil
  • 30g tahini
  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 250g gluten free oats
  • 30g mixed seeds
  • 60g pecan chopped
  • 60g dried cherries
  • For an omega 3 boost try adding a spoonful of flaxseeds or chia seeds to the mixture.
  • You could also add a scoop of protein powder for a protein boost.

Method

  • Grease and line a traybake tin. Preheat the oven to 180C, gas mark 4.
  • Place the cacao butter, coconut oil and tahini in a pan and melt over a lower heat.
  • Put the bananas and the melted cacao butter mixture in a food processor or blender and process until smooth.
  • Put the oats and the other dry ingredients in a large bowl and stir well.
  • Pour the banana mixture over the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  • Spoon the mixture into the traybake tin and press down firmly with the back of a spoon.
  • Bake in the oven for 20-30min until golden brown.
  • Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars.
  • Store in an airtight container for 3-4 days. They can be frozen for up to 1 month.
BOOKS
The Untethered Soul | Michael A Singer
This book offers simple tools to guide you towards inner peace and freedom. A must read for anyone looking to transform themselves and the world around them.
 
Wild Power | Alexandra Pope
& Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer

Discover the magic of your menstrual cycle and awaken the feminine path of power. 
 
Intuition | Amisha Ghadiali
A beautiful book that helps you access your inner wisdom, trust your instincts and find your path.
PODCASTS
Yogaland
This podcast offers weekly inspiration to deepen your practice. It covers topics from yoga philosophy to breaking down poses to world events and so much more.
 
Feel Better Live More
This isn’t your standard eat less, move more health podcast. It looks deeper into root issues and explores many tools to a happier, healthier life.
 
My Dad Wrote A Porno
Life doesn’t always have to be so serious. Laugh out loud to this hilarious podcast. Based on real life events. 

Final Note of thanks:
Thank you to everyone for your support. Whether you are attending online classes or not, engaging with us through social media or just keeping in contact through reading these newsletters, we have lots of love for you all.

We will all come out of this more wisely and appreciative of the world around us and what it has to offer. From the freedom to go to the local shops and restaurants, to entertainment venues and on our holidays, we believe at some point in 2021 we can all come back together and share our experiences and move forward stronger as a community, we hope that Yoga House has and will bring you some joy, love and health over 2021 and beyond.  

We are here for you, please get in touch if you have any questions and keep practising. 
 

LOVE from the YOGA HOUSE team
& Kasia x

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