YH | Hello July ☀️

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Summer is here and we have so much on across the studios; We have opened up bookings to sound baths and crystal bowls sessions over the summer, join family yoga or one of our new workshops designed to deepen your personal practice. Take a look at our WORKSHOPS

We have a few new and exciting updates happening at the Studios too, read on to hear about them. New teachers, great schedule changes + much more…
Alice shares her own yoga story on how yoga helped her with her arthritis diagnose. We have a new video on our recorded library and a great new annual membership offer open to 10 students! We also take a look at what’s on sale in the YH Studio Shops. 

NEW LOOK SATURDAYS AT LEE

We have a new teacher and new timetable for our Lee Studio starting this week!
8.15am Power Vinyasa with Aina
9.30am Pregnancy with Natalie (new time)
10.45am Hatha with Sammy (brand new class!)
 

WELCOME SAMMY

We are thrilled to welcome a new teacher to our YH family! Sammy is a mover, shaker and life enthusiast. She has had the pleasure of training with teachers such as Bernie Clark, Sarah Powers, Ana Forrest, Michael James Wong and Dr. Melody Moore, as well as studying with Elena Brower and Leslie Kaminoff. Sammy’s classes were very well received during her covers for us and now we are lucky to add her to our permanent schedule, make sure you try it out. 

STUDIO CAPACITY 

We have increased capacity in the big studio room to 30 mats. This is five extra from where we have been but still 10 under our pre-covid capacity. We have new floor stickers to show where to place your mats and there is still plenty of room to stretch out. 

ADJUSTMENT CARDS

We have introduced Adjustment Cards to the studios. As teachers now offer more and more hands on adjustments, you can easily opt out by placing one of these cards on your mat. Adjustments are a personal preference and we hope the cards make you feel more comfortable in class.  

SUMMER MEMBERSHIP OFFER
We only have 10 available this term, they prove to be one of our most popular packages.

Annual Membership now £795
was £895
(Now equivalent to £66.25pm)

Six month membership now £460
was £510
(Now equivalent to £76.66pm)


All members receive a 15% discount off all workshops, free mat hire, access to both studios and all classes.
Also able to take one month pause during the term (in 1 go)
HURRY TO GET YOURS

ALICE SHARES HER STORY

YOGA & ARTHRITIS
 I started practicing yoga in my local gym in 2011 after a friend suggested that it might be a good way of managing my back pain. I am so grateful for that friend and for her suggestion as she wasn’t wrong! 
 
I started experiencing pain in my lower back and pelvis in my early 20’s. I found out 12 years later that I have a form of arthritis that affects the spine called Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS for short). It’s a form of arthritis that affects young adults. Unfortunately the average diagnosis time is 8.5 years so many people will live with symptoms for a long time without receiving help or treatment.
 
My experience of practicing yoga in my local gym soon led me to my local yoga studio. I went from practicing once a week to as many times as I could. I was hooked! I was also astounded because I was no longer in pain with my back! I was convinced that yoga had cured me of my back pain. This profound experience is what prompted me to study yoga and become a teacher. 
 
Of course there is no cure for arthritis. So whilst I am sure yoga played a huge role in managing my symptoms at that point in my life, the pain in my back did return. Arthritis tends to be cyclical. One can experience periods of remission (which can last for months and years) where the disease is fairly or completely inactive. Followed by periods of activity, often referred to as a flare. 
Living with a chronic health condition and persistent pain can be challenging and can have implications not only on one’s physical health but also mental. I am so grateful for the practice of yoga which has been instrumental in my healing journey and my management of arthritis. I feel extremely blessed that I am able to manage my arthritis largely through lifestyle choices which involve daily exercise, strength training, managing stress levels, nutrition and getting good quality rest. 
 
These are my favourite yoga practices and how they’ve helped me:
  • Asana – whether it’s yin or vinyasa I am always able to find something within the yoga repertoire that my body responds well to. Over the years I have learnt to adapt my practice and incorporate more strength work to support my joints.
  • Coherent breathing / Sama Vritti Pranayama – this breath practice involves breathing in for the same amount of time as you breathe out. I love its simplicity and its known benefits for balancing the nervous system, which can help to reduce pain and anxiety.
  • Yoga Nidra – I practice this form of meditation most often as it helps me to rest and restore and manage my stress levels.  
  • Mindfulness meditation – learning to sit with one’s self can be such a healing practice. I like to follow seated meditation with journaling, where I write about how I am feeling on that day and what might have come up for me during the meditation. 
If you’re concerned that you or anyone you know might be suffering from AS then here is a very helpful website with lots of resources: https://nass.co.uk/about-as/
 
You can practice with Alice online:
Mondays | Yin & Yoga Nidra | 8pm
Fridays | Sunrise Flow | 7am

ALICE IS BACK IN TOWN WITH A NEW SUMMER WORKSHOP
STRENGTH FOR YOGIS

In this two hour workshop Alice will share with you some ideas on how you can feel stronger and more capable in your asana practice by increasing your tolerance to load. You will explore how body weight exercises, such as those found in yoga, can be adapted in order to bias certain areas of the body. Through this exploration of classic yoga postures we will also debunk the idea that there is one perfect alignment for a pose.

SATURDAY 6 AUGUST | 2-4PM | £20 | LEE STUDIO

BOOK YOUR WORKSHOP
Alice is an accredited Yoga Therapist so if you have any health concerns please let Alice know as she can help guide and advise you.

NEW VIDEO ADDED TO OUR RECORDED LIBRARY

The wonderful Patricia has recorded a beautiful new 40 minute Flow to our Recorded Library. Members can access the Library for Free and no members can get a month’s access for only £15.
You can enjoy Pilates, Yin, Mandala, Alchemy Bowls and so much more!
BROWSE OUR LIBRARY

Yoga Class followed by relaxing massage
…could there be a better combo?

Our therapists offer Holistic Deep Tissue Massage, Nutritional Therapy, Mind Therapies, Swedish, Reflexology & lots more.
BOOK YOUR SELF CARE SESSION

FIND A YOGA GIFT AT ONE OF OUR STUDIOS

Whether you are looking to treat a friend you bring a smile to your own face, we have some lovely pieces for you to take home. 
👗 Get a style bargain from our Vintage Rail 
🕯 Fill your space with beautiful smells from candles, incense or sage
🧘‍♀️ Treat yourself to some suitable yoga ware
✌️ Adorn yourself with a mala bracelet or get a cute key ring 
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