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YH Weekly | welcome to August

All that is happening at Yoga House, make it a wonderful August to engage, align and move our lives forward. 

Today we take a look at what the Lions Gate Portal is and what its energy can bring to our lives. Our fabulous teacher Louise continues our teacher asana series by breaking down Pincha Mayurasana. You can learn to turn your world upside down in her Headstands & Pinchas workshop this week. We also have another five workshops to tell you about. And we still have a few remaining spaces at our Late Summer Retreat this September. 

And finally we share a playlist full of uplifting and joy filling tunes. 
The Lions Gate Portal has opened and this energy will be with us from July 26th through August 12th, peaking on August 8th (8/8). This Portal is activated by the numerology of 8/8, the Sun in Leo Season, & the rising of Sirius. This combination of energy opens a galactic portal that allows high vibrational energy to be sent to Earth, which we can all tune in & connect with.

In numerology, the 8th day of the 8th month is a highly spiritual & charged time. The number 8 represents infinity – the infinite soul that we are & the infinite journey that we take. It represents the “forever conscious” part of our soul; the soul that has lived and will continue to live long after this incarnation. 8 is also the number associated with DNA activation, abundance, power, and higher realms of consciousness, making 8/8 a super potent time to charge & clear our energy for receiving.

The Lions Gate is not just about numerology but also astrology & involves the Sun in its ruling sign of Leo and the rising of the star Sirius. Sirius is one of the brightest stars in the sky & is known as our Spiritual Sun. While our earthly Sun illuminates our physical world which is an illusion, our Spiritual Sun illuminates the truth of our timeless soul. While our Sun is responsible for beaming down life for our physical bodies, especially when it’s in its ruling sign of Leo, Sirius is responsible for beaming down life for our spiritual bodies. This is why the opening of the Lions Gate can bring awakenings & lift our consciousness.

The energy of Lionsgate can connect us with the cosmic skies, galactic frequencies, higher dimensional beings, & our own intuition. It can also activate heart healings, the expansion of spiritual wisdom, and help us awaken to our true potential.  

It is a great time to connect back to yourself and yoga cultivates this.
The following are just a few of our spiritual lead classes for you to explore:
Vinyasa/Restore with Kasia
Sunday | Lee Studio | 5pm & Monday | Catford Studio | 7.15pm

Flow to Meditation with Francesca
Sunday | Catford Studio | 11.30am & Wednesday | Lee Studio | 6pm
Mindful Flow with Annie
Friday | Catford Studio | 6pm
Yin/Nidra with Alice 
Monday | Online | 8pm
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Find your inner Lion and Dance,
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Ahead of Louise’s August workshop, she let’s us know why she loves Pincha Mayurasana 
One of my favourite asanas is Pincha Mayurasana (Peacock Feather Pose) or forearm stand. I love its balance of strength, mobility and stability and all of the creative places you can take it, from a straight leg to a hollowback to a scorpion, the possibilities feel endless once you have the stability upside down. It’s a very creative base for a lot of different inversion playtime and whilst very challenging it’s an incredibly rewarding journey. The focus of the drishti (gaze) the mind and the body all come together once you’re upside down, it’s magic!
A great pose to start to work through the shoulders and open through the heart space to prepare for Pincha is another one of my favourites, Anahatasana (puppy pose) or melting heart pose. From a tabletop position, walk the hands as far forward as you can whilst keeping the hips in line with the knees. Soften the forehead or chin down towards the earth or perhaps to a cushion or blanket for more support. The arms can be walked out a little wider to allow more space for the shoulders or even come to prayer and the prayer behind the back of the neck to go deeper.

It’s also very beneficial to build strength through the shoulders through a forearm plank, holding with the breath and engaging through Udiyana Bhanda (core lifting up and back towards the stomach). Once you’ve held for a few breaths, lower the hips down and take a sphinx pose to open through the front of the chest before taking a rest.

After opening the shoulders in Anahatasana and building strength in forearm plank, it’s time to take it to a dolphin pose. From a downward dog, lower both forearms to the ground (for an extra challenge try to do them both at the same time!). Walk the feet in as close as you can towards the arms and lower the gaze in between the feet relaxing the back of the neck. Take a few deep breaths here before lowering to child pose.

From dolphin there are a couple of great drills to do to start to build towards the upside down, again with a focus on balance between strength and mobility.

From Dolphin with the head relaxed, inhale lift up high onto your tiptoes, exhale lower down onto your heels, bringing awareness to bringing the weight forward and back, repeat 3-5 times. Then take an exhale with the head relaxed, inhale drop the chin to the hands, exhale lift the head up and back, repeat 3 -5 times.

Now you’re nice and warm and focused, it’s time to have a play with your pincha mayurasana! Start in dolphin and lift one leg up to the sky, keep the glutes active and turn the gaze forward, from there go high onto the tip-toes and lean the weight forward to start to take flight! Once this feels good, there are many other entries as well, bunny hop, pike press, straddle press, again the world’s your oyster!
Louise’s Headstand & Pincha Mayurasana Workshop
I can’t wait to share these tips and tricks and so much more in my workshop on Saturday August 7th at Yoga House Lee! With all the fun ways to take it upside down to headstand and forearm stand, including the all important how to fall out safely as well as getting up in the air! A balance between strength and mobility with take home tips to add to your own practice. We will have a fun inclusive time with options for anyone wanting to play with taking it up and I can’t wait to share with you all.
Saturday 7th August | 2-4pm | £20 | Lee 
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Reconnect and recharge – Join us this September in a beautiful countryside location for three amazing days of yoga, glorious vegan food and good vibes all around.

A perfect way to recharge and rewind the body and mind. This retreat SOLD OUT very quickly last time so don’t miss it. Last few spots available
14th – 16th September 2021
Canterbury with Kasia Blackwell

Find Out More

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

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 meditations, playful sequences and gentle yin. 
Saturday 11th September | 2-4pm | £20 | Lee Studio 

Prenatal Yoga + Nutrition for Healthy Pregnancy Workshop
with Natalie & Zannie
Join us for an afternoon of Prenatal Restorative: gentle & supported yoga followed by Prenatal Nutrition.
This workshop will show you how to nourish and replenish body & Baby.
Saturday 18th September | 1.30-3.30pm | £20 | Lee Studio 

Radiate Cacao & Sound Workshop

with Lisa Hood
In this late afternoon of bliss we will create a space for you to let go of all that is not serving you. Enjoy sipping cacao, rituals, journaling, meditation, soft gentle movement with Yin Yoga and powerful alchemy crystal singing bowls.
Saturday 18th September | 5.30-7.30pm | £25* | Catford Studio 
*£25 per person or £40 for pair booking
If booking for two, please email

Detox & Energise Workshop
inc Essential Oils

with Patricia Zafra
You will learn what these pure and therapeutic oils have to offer beyond your yoga practice and discover simple tools and daily habits to take a more natural approach in the way you live your life.
Saturday 2nd October | 4-6pm | £20 | Lee Studio 

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Keep Practicing!

LOVE from the YOGA HOUSE team

& Kasia x

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