Back to routine offer, new classes, gong, alchemy bowls, oils, workshops, member offer and lots more….

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WELCOME TO YOUR YH WEEKLY

Making time for yourself is paramount, but can be at the bottom of your to do list. This week we invite you to try doing one thing a day just for you. It might be putting on your favourite song as you wake up, taking a walk at lunch, cooking a nourishing meal or heading to a yoga class. See what a difference it makes. 

With lots of new things happening at the studios, we thought it time for a little update. We have just launched a back to routine studio offer open to everyone. 
David shares a short clip of his handstand practice and steps to get you up on your hands too. David is back in Catford on October 3rd for Finding Flight Workshop. We have lots of other Autumn workshops to tell you about too!

Kasia shares her love of Crow in our Teacher’s Asana Series. We have some more information on Imir’s 200HR Teaching Training and finally we share the best warming soup recipe for Melissa Hemsley. 
There is lots going on at the studio which we are thrilled to update you on!

Hello & welcome back 

Back to routine studio offer
We are pleased to launch our back to routine offer, 2 classes for £18, this is open to everyone, whether you have been to the studio previously or not. You can claim the offer here  – terms are the 2 classes to be taken within 1 month of purchase and can’t be transferred or extended. 

Other exciting news..
We are also getting ready to welcome Lydia back mid October. She will returning to her Saturday Mandala classes (08.45 Catford & 11.15 Lee studio) and Thursday Rocket (18.15 Catford) to start with. 
Emma has done a beautiful job as Lydia’s maternity cover and you can now also catch her on Tuesday evenings at Catford for Hot Flow (18.30 Catford) & on Sunday afternoons for Yin Yang (4pm Catford)
If you are missing the beautiful Annie on Friday evenings, you can now find her on Wednesday night with a Restorative Flow (19.45 Catford). We will be adding a Community Class to Fridays very soon where you can pay £5 for the class and proceeds go to a chosen charity. 

We will also be running few more classes over October and November with some new teachers so keep an eye out on social media and these newsletters.

Covid impact and moving forward
There are now no social distancing guidelines set in place by the government, but we are going to still run classes at 60% capacity to allow for space in the studio and reception. Our reception team will be laying out blocks to indicate where to place your mat for busier classes. Our teachers are now moving around the class a little more and the teas are back at reception. Please do wear a mask around the studio if you feel more comfortable, our cleaning protocols are still in place and we have hand sanitiser throughout. Also, where you can please bring your own mat/towels/pillowcase for bolsters, to practice or you can hire from the studio (mats are free to members) We hope as time goes on we can get back to some sort of normality to practice. 

Other offers
We have opened up a few more annual memberships here or you can join as a monthly member, both give you workshop discounts, access to both studios (hot and traditional) and online including our on demand library and free mat hire in studio. We also have 10 class passes (£110) and 15 class passes (£150) with a 3 and 4 month expiry respectively here .

Looking Forward
As things are getting back to normal, we will be continuing to add to timetable and will expand our workshop offerings. We are here to serve our community and if there is anything you’d like to see at Yoga House, please drop us an email.
 
Keep practicing when you can and you will feel in your mind and body much better to deal with the world around us. 
YH TIMETABLE
Sunday 3rd October | 1-3pm | £20 | Catford Studio 
Do you struggle with the idea of getting upside-down and jumping up in the middle of a room? Want to improve your hang-time or simply start your journey to finding flight? PLUS have fun in the process? This 2 hour workshop will equip you with the knowledge and confidence to get you playing handstands. You can try out your handstand with these 6 steps to flight. David is showing his handstand here for inspiration! 
  1. Come into downward facing dog with your hands about 6 inches away from the wall.
  2. Walk your feet in closer to your hands, bringing the shoulders over your wrists and, if possible, your hips over your shoulders.
  3. Keep your right foot on the ground lifting onto the ball of it and begin to bend at the knee. Lift the other foot off the floor straightening the lifted leg behind you. Take a few hops here, jumping off from the bent leg and lifting the straight leg toward vertical. Flex your lifted food the entire time for engagement.
4. Try bringing both heels to the wall. Keep your head down between your upper arms and breathe deeply.
5. Practice taking the heels off the wall and balancing, remembering to keep your feet flexed. You will need to strongly engage your legs and reach up through your heels. You can also start to work on bringing your gaze to the floor.
6. Bring one leg down at a time and rest before trying to kick up with the opposite leg for balance.
FINDING FLIGHT WORKSHOP
Sunday 3rd October | 1-3pm | £20 | Catford Studio 
BOOK IN TO FIND FLIGHT
 

Gong Bath 

with Junior Valentine
Join our signature sound bath run by our qualified Gong Master Junior Valentine, who will take you on a magical sound journey with his three gongs. Setting intentions for our rebirth back to the world and connecting to the universal energy.
Friday 1st October | 7-8pm | £25* | Lee Studio 
*£25 per person or £40 for pair booking
If booking for two, please email support@yogahouselondon.co.uk
 

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 9th October | 4-6pm | £20 | Lee Studio 

Halloween Sound Bath
with Kate Young 
Join us for this special Halloween Sound Healing. 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 30th October | 5-6pm | £25* | Lee Studio 
*£25 per person or £40 for a pair booking
If booking for two, please email support@yogahouselondon.co.uk

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 20th November | 1.30-3.30pm | £20 | Lee Studio 
BOOK YOUR WORKSHOP

Continuing our Teacher Asana series,
Kasia shares her love for Bakasana / Crow pose 

Crow (Crane) aka Bakasana or Kakasana, is probably one of the first arm balances that we all get introduced to in our yoga practice. Bakasana is performed with straight arms, in Kakasana elbows are slightly bent. 

Why I love it
It’s a fun and invigorating pose, that invites playfulness into the practice and gives you a sense of achievement and enjoyment when you catch your balance. It’s also a pose that can be modified if your wrists are a bit sore – see below my tips.
It’s one of those poses that when you find comfort and balance in it, you want to explore more – for me it was like a door opening up the world of all other arm and hand balancing poses. 🙂
,How to prepare for it 
Make sure you warm up your wrists. A few circles and some poses that add weight bearing – like a few sun salutes would be great.

Top Tips:
Start in a squat or Malasana. Open your knees as wide as the hips and see if you can slide the knees into your armpits  – if this is quite challenging bend your elbows more and place your knees on the outside of the elbows – hug them in. Have your hands spread out on the ground, gaps between each finger. Lean forward, keep going back and forth until you feel that you can lean forward enough to stay balanced, but legs start becoming lighter.
You can start taking one foot off the ground then the other, once you feel more comfortable try both at the same time.

The top tip is to lean forward enough that legs become lighter, but to also activate your feet – don’t let them feel heavy dragging you down, activate – big toes touch and zip your heels towards your bum.
Have fun.  
 
Variations
Baby Crow – use your forearms instead of your hands! This is a fun variation that can be used if you’re afraid of the hight of the usual crow balance or if you want to give your wrists a little break. 
Place your forearms on the mat, slide your knees up to your armpits, lean forward enough that the legs become lighter and start lifting then engage your feet – heels up to your bum. Active legs are key 🙂 see pic below.

Here’s my mini video tutorial on Crow – enjoy. https://www.instagram.com/tv/B_12vy3DP2n/?utm_medium=copy_link

200HR YOGA TEACHER TRAINING

Hatha | Vinyasa | Yin | Thai Yoga | Mediation | Pranayama | Anatomy | History | Philosophy
Signing up for Imir’s 200HR Yoga Teacher Training is a gift to give yourself. You may never want to teach a class, but these 200HRs will allow you to deepen your knowledge of something you love. You’ll learn that Asana is just one branch of the Tree of Yoga and what all the other branches can bring to you life. It’s a truly transformational experience – just ask any of our teachers! Imir is available for any questions you may have. Email her HERE.  

Dates of Training 

2021

October: 10, 17, 24, 31

November: 14, 21, 28

December: 5, 12, 19

2022

January: 9, 16, 23, 30

February: 13, 20, 27

FIND OUT MORE

LEEK, POTATO & KALE SOUP
WITH HALLOUMI CROUTONS 

INGREDIENTS

2 medium leeks or 1 big onion
2 tbsp butter or oil
2 medium potatoes or 1/3 peeled celeriac or mix of potato & celeriac, 400g
100g kale or a mix of mainly kale / greens
100ml any milk
1.2 litres veg stock /organic bone broth
Sea salt & black pepper, to taste
Halloumi croutons:
250g halloumi, chopped into 2cm chunks
1 tbsp butter / ghee / oil
Herby drizzle:
Handful soft herbs (parsley/mint/dill/basil/coriander)
6 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp vinegar or citrus juice
Sea salt & pepper

METHOD

1. In a medium saucepan, gently fry the leeks or onion for 5 minutes while you get on with dicing the potatoes and peeling and dicing the celeriac.

2. Add the potatoes and celeriac, add a pinch of salt and pepper and fry for another 2 minutes, stirring from time to time so the leeks/onions are softening but nothing is browning too much.

3. Add the stock/broth, pop the lid on, bring to the boil then immediately turn down to a medium simmer for about 15 minutes until the veg is tender. (While the soup is simmering, prepare the herb drizzle, chop up halloumi & pat dry).

4. Add the milk and kale and any herb stalks, stir and simmer for another 3 minutes.

5. Blitz the soup straight away until creamy, add a splash more water if too thick and season to taste. Serve up each bowl with a drizzle of olive oil if you like plus chopped herbs and extra pepper.

6. Straight away, heat up a large frying pan, add more ghee/oil & add the halloumi cubes spacing it out so they’re not overcrowded & fry for a min until golden, turn over & repeat. Serve straight away on top while they’re hot and perfect.

We are here for you, please get in touch and
Keep Practising!
LOVE from the YOGA HOUSE team

& Kasia x

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