YH Weekly | summer with us

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The Leo Season is now upon us, it invites us to let down our hair and become more playful. 

In today’s newsletter we will be looking at some great things to do with the beautiful Summer days ahead. Aina kicks off our teacher asana series by sharing her favourite pose and we have some playful summer workshops to deepen your practice and a lovely full moon sound bath. We finish up we a great smoothie recipe and a reminder on how we are continuing to stay safe at the studios. 
SUMMER FUN
Just a short distance from our studio doors there is a mountain of fun places to explore & things to do. We have picked out some of our favourites…
ROOFTOP CINEMA CLUB
Spend those Summer Nights singing along to Grease or catching new films like Cruella at the Rooftop Cinema Club in Peckham or Stratford. Enjoy the city skylines, sunsets, starlit evenings, awesome drinks, delicious food and great movies on the big screen.
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ALFRESCO FRIENDS
If you are looking for the perfect place to catch up with friends in the open air, then head down to Model Market in Lewisham. You will be spoilt for choice with so many different and delicious food and drinks venders. There are also live dj’s and over 400+ seats – bring all your friends!
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OPEN WATER SWIMMING
Find out for yourself what all the fuss is about at Beckenham Place Park Lake!
This beautiful location is perfect for getting a good dose of nature. Dive in to the lake solo or get an open water swimming lesson from one of the coaches. There is even SUP Yoga! 
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ASANA SERIES | SURYA YANTRASANA
Over the next few weeks our teachers will be sharing their favourite poses, benefits & tips with you. Today Aina tells us about Surya Yantrasana – Sundial Pose. 

My favourite pose is Sundial pose/seated compass pose or Parivrtta Surya Yantrasana in Sanskrit. I love it not only because it is a hip opener, but it is a great lead in for some fun arm balances like elephant trunk/ Eka Hasta Bhujangasana and Astavakrasana/ figure of 8. Sundial pose is also a good prep for the arm balance Bhujapidasana.

A good warm up for sundial pose is a seated hamstring strech ie Krounchasana/ heron pose. 
Get your hip slowly ready by cradling the leg in your elbow like rocking a baby.
Slowly move into the sundial pose by carefully bag packing your leg over the same shoulder whilst holding the foot with opposite hand.
Extend the leg within your range and look under elbow.

GETTING INTO THE POSE

  1. Start seated in a cross-legged position. Place the sole of your right foot on the floor, leaving your left foot where it is, and hug your right knee into your chest.
  2. Lengthen your right arm along the inside of your right knee and grab hold of the outside of your right foot. With your left hand behind you for support, lean back as you lift your right foot off the floor until the sole of your foot is facing the front of the room, shinbone parallel to the floor.

  3. Holding onto the outside of the right foot with your right hand, flex your foot as you pull the right foot and knee straight back alongside the outer right ribs.

  4. Flex your left foot as well, and firm your left inner thigh down to lengthen up through the spine. Then raise your left arm up and across your chest, reaching over the top of your right foot to grab the outer edge of that foot with your left hand.

  5. With the left hand holding the right foot, release the right hand down to the floor beside your right hip with your right arm inside and under your right leg.

  6. Leaning onto your left hip, pull your right knee further back with your left hand and swing the leg higher up and over your right shoulder (as though you were throwing a purse over your shoulder).

  7. Pause and take a deeper inhale. With your left hand griping your outer right foot lean more into your right hand now, and begin to straighten your right leg, pushing your right foot into your left hand, on the exhale.

  8. As you begin to straighten your right leg, simultaneously pull back with your left hand, bringing the left arm behind your head, and turn your chest, belly and gaze to the left, looking up under your left armpit.

To release re-bend the extended top knee, remove your right arm out from underneath your right leg and release the foot to the floor.

BENEFITS

• Opens the hips, groins and shoulders.

• Lengthens the side bodies, spine and hamstrings.

• Stimulates abdominal and reproductive organs.

MODIFICATIONS

• Use a strap around the top foot.

Aina will be working on this pose in her Summer Workshop. Details Below – You can also find her on Mondays teaching 7am online sunrise yoga, Tue 7.15pm Power in Catford, Wed 10am Vinyasa in Lee and Sat 8.15am Power in Lee

SUMMER WORKSHOPS

Love Your Hips
with Aina Wethal
Join Aina for this hip loving workshop that will focus on all areas around the hips including the groin, hip flexors and glutes – connecting you to the element of water. Expect opening meditation, playful sequences and gentle yin. 
Saturday 31st July | 2-4pm | £20 | Lee Studio

Headstand & Pinchas
with Louise Brown
A chance to dive deeper into your inversion practice with Louise. This 2 hour workshop will work on building strength, stability & mobility through the shoulders with a focus on working towards headstand & forearm stand variations.
Saturday 7th August | 2-4pm | £20 | Lee Studio 

Full Moon Sound Bath
with Kate Young 
Join us for this special Sound Healing that falls under the Red Full Moon. The healing is hosted by the beautiful Kate Young. Kate creates a journey using quartz crystal bowls and her voice which thread together and unify in their own soul song.
Saturday 21st August | 5-6pm | £25* | Catford Studio 
*£25 per person or £40 for pair booking
If booking for two, please email support@yogahouselondon.co.uk
BOOK YOUR WORKSHOP
SUMMER SMOOTHIE
Strawberry Fields
INGREDIANTS
1/2 cup coconut water
1/2 cup coconut yogurt
1 cup strawberries
1/2 cup frozen peaches
DIRECTIONS
Put all ingredients in blender until smooth YUM
 
STAYING SAFE
We have maintained the majority of our Covid secure measures and the studio is running at 60% capacity. There have been some small changes which you can see in the graphic below. You can find our full studio guidance here. 

We are here for you, please get in touch and
Keep Practicing!

LOVE from the YOGA HOUSE team

& Kasia x

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