Hello October | Retreat Time & Handstands

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WELCOME TO YOUR YH WEEKLY

Happy October! Autumn is here with all the beauty of nature, shorter nights and extra layers. It’s not quite time to hibernate –  we have too much going on at the studio!

We welcome Alex Nino back with a four week Journey To Handstand Course. Alex is an amazing teacher who will help you overcome any fear and give you all the skills you need to get upside down. 
And if you want to get away from the cold weather and recharge before Christmas, you can join our Morocco Retreat this November… with temperatures around 25 degrees, cheap flights and an amazing villa, it will be the perfect escape. 

Our upcoming Workshops provide a chance to rest and nourish yourself. Plus we have a Halloween Special Sound Bath. We also have some fantastic Offers to help you get back to your practice routine. 

Annie shares here favourite asana Reclined Supta Baddha Konasana which is a beautiful read and will have you reaching for your bolsters. We also have some tips to keep you warm and health over the coming months. 

BACK TO ROUTINE

STUDIO OCTOBER 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 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 .
GET YOUR OFFER

JOURNEY TO HANDSTAND
4 WEEK COURSE WITH ALEX NINO

For many adults the thought of inversions fills them with fear.
From complete beginners to those looking to improve, this 4 week workshop will provide you with the understanding and confidence to safely see the world upside down.
Over the 4 weeks, you will learn:
Session 1

Understanding the elements of a straight handstand and how to prepare (flexibility, strength and body awareness)

Session 2
Building capacity & conditioning from a horizontal to vertical position (strength/ endurance)

Session 3
Entires to a handstand
How to safely exit the handstand/ ‘bailing out’

Session 4
Balancing on & off the wall

Homework – there will be plenty of drills to practice in between classes. 😉
DATES
Friday 15 October
Friday 29 October
Friday 5 November
Friday 12 November
6.30-7.30pm | Catford Studio
PRICE
EARLY BIRD OFFER
Sign Up for Four Weeks before
This week early bird price £65!

Price £70 Afterwards
BOOK YOUR HANDSTAND COURSE
Alex Niño, is one of the UK’s leading mobility and gymnastic strength training coaches. His main focus is on the quality of his student’s movements and his approach is one of simplicity and clarity. Alex has coached hundreds of clients from a wide variety of disciplines including yoga, CrossFit, bodybuilding, weightlifting, callisthenics, gymnastics, dancers, fighters, parkour specialists and more. 

We are thrilled to have Alex at the Studio for these 4 weeks. Sign Up now!
5 DAYS, 4 NIGHTS IN A BEAUTIFUL MOROCCAN VILLA WITH A PRIVATE POOL
TWICE DAILY YOGA + TRIPS TO DISCOVER AMAZING SPOTS IN THE LOCAL AREA

 
November 25 to November 29, 2021

We are thrilled to be able to offer our Morocco Retreat to you this November!
With flights currently only around £30 it a great time to get away. 

🌻 Each day will start with an energetic flow followed by a nourishing breakfast. 
🌴 There will then be time to chill by the pool or head out and explore the local area. 
💫 As the sunsets we will come together for a relaxing yin class accompanied by Alchemy Crystal Bowls. 
🌅 Beautiful freshly prepared food by the Villa’s private chef. 
🌌 Sunset dinner on a desert with Alchemy Crystal Bowl soundscape under the stars. 

With Flights cheaper than a taxi to central London and Morocco being open to travel (proof of full vaccination or negative PCR test required) it’s the perfect time to get away!
FIND OUT MORE
 

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, Annie shares her love of Reclined Supta Baddha Konasana (with props!) 

Blocks, bolster, eye pillow, blankets

Reclined Supta Baddha Konasana with blocks and a bolster is the dreamiest pose ever. When I need extra self love (this seems like every day lately) I spend at least 20 minutes here covered in eye pillows and blankets breathing into anahata – the heart chakra. It is actually Heaven on Earth! This pose encourages being in a shape with heightened awareness and cultivates inner listening. A restorative posture such as this one brings us closer to our affirmations and our stillness. In this posture you will get grounded, sloth off any stagnant energy around your heart, come back to you, and give yourself the fuel you need.


Nina Simone once sang, “You’ve got to learn to leave the table when love is no longer being served.” If you are depriving yourself of love, leave behind your busy life for a moment, get down on your mat and find this reclined bound ankle pose.

Light a candle, make a sup of herbal tea, fold a cozy blanket under the tailbone and place a bolster propped up on two foam blocks. Lay your spine slowly and gently on the bolster. Make any adjustments with your skull bones – higher or lower. Whatever feels good. You might like an extra blanket or scarf under the brain stem. The softness this creates in my neck and the tip of my spine is like butter. My scalp, skin, tendons, blood, hair, bones, saliva, blood all slow down. I can feel a magnetic sensation in the body like my cells bouncing off each other. Give your body a little massage – rig cage, back of neck, hips, thighs, heart and then settle the hands on the mat. 
Allow shoulder blades to drip off the bolster and yield to the ground. Relax your neck on the bolster and tongue, jaw and teeth release. There is no clenching here. The body is truly able to feel the breath and the rhythm of life. The prana flows in and out like velvet and we start to find the place of stillness that we so long for. 
As you lie on your props, simply lengthen the exhale without force, just by invitation. Notice the ebb, flow, rhythm, and texture of your breath. Continue to allow the prana to flow through your spine. Feel the dance of your breath from your scalp to your tailbone. The dance of breath continuing. The prana ever alive. Simply let go of whatever thoughts come in and no longer serve. The mind is hard to control, but use the breath and ancestral advice and you’ll get there. We are reminded of the ancient verse in the Bhagavad Gita:

Chapter 6, Verse 34 “Oh Krishna, the mind is restless, turbulent, strong and unyielding as difficult to subdue as the wind.”

Allow the soles of your feet to touch and the outer edges of your feet to rest on the mat. The thighs rotate out, but be generous with blocks, bolsters and blankets under the thighs so you are literally propped up and not hyper extending in the hips flexors. Make sure each support, whether a block or blanket, is the same height. Continue sinking the groins into the pelvis. In this asana, I love the release in the pelvis and the abductor muscles of the groin, but for me the real joy is in the letting go. You may want to assist the sinking action by laying a 5 pound sandbag across each inner groin, right where the thigh joins the pelvis (the bags will form a “V” with its apex at your pubis). But don’t use the bags unless your thighs are supported. 

As you exhale soften the elbows and melt the shoulders away from your ears. Breathe deliciously in this pose for 10 to 20 minutes or longer. 

Open all the doorways of the heart. Pull in brand new fresh affirmative energy directly into your heart. Whatever it is that our heart needs from us today. We know this practice – this yoga – opens us up –  listen – notice and transform. 

To exit the pose inhale and draw the knees toward the midline. Exhale and relax your knees to the mat. Lie on your side on the floor in fetal position enjoying the symphony of sensations in the body.

Stillness is a process, not an endpoint. In fact, the research of Dr. Ellen Langer suggests that it’s not those moments of stillness that bring us the benefits of mindfulness, but rather the process of continually coming back to where we are.

This pose can actually deepen our relationship with ourselves and those around us. My favourite part is definitely how being present with myself and cultivating relaxation in my body can make me more present for others, more attuned to their needs, and aware of how I choose to communicate. 

Notice all the magical synchronicities on your journey and remember you’re always supported.

Awake, my dear.

Be kind to your sleeping heart.

Take it out into the vast fields of Light

And let it breathe.

Say,

“Love,

Give me back my wings,

Lift me,

Lift me nearer.” – Hafiz
 

Join Annie’s divine Restorative Flow Classes every Wednesday at 7.45pm at Catford. 

KEEPING HEALTHY & WARM 

The chill is in the air again and the days are shortening. This doesn’t mean we need to hide away for the next 5 months! Here are few things to keep you warm, healthy and practicing over the next few months.
Start Your Day the Right Way
Make yourself a warming cup of lemon, turmeric, honey, ginger and apple cider vinager. This tonic boosts for immune system, improved digestion and provides probiotics to the gut.
Joining one of our online 7am Sunrise Classes or a 10am in studio class allows the body to wake up and warm up in a gentle but powerful way. 
Take Time For Yourself
The year may seem to be running away from us with Christmas knocking at the door…but today try and find time to do something just for you. Rest and self care is the best way to protect yourself from colds and bugs. Whether it’s going to bed an hour earlier or spending 10 minutes Reclined Supta Baddha Konasana, do something for you. 
Hot Yoga
An easy way to warm up! Hot Yoga has so many benefits; it nourishes your skin, gives you a cardiovascular boost, helps with stress reduction and improves flexibility. Join one of our 10 hot classes a week and see for yourself. We have Hot, Warm & Yin/Yang Classes. 
Book Here

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

& Kasia x

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