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YOGA HOUSE WEEKLY


Welcome to December! As the usual business of the month sets in, we are here with restful nourishment to guide you through. Starting this weekend, Alice is back in the studio with a Winter Bliss workshop. Expect getting cosy with bolsters and blankets and releasing yourself into yin, nidra and journaling.
We also have new teacher Richie to introduce you to. Below you can read all about his yoga journey and what to expect from his new weekly class in Lee Wednesday nights.
During December, we will continue our toy collection for Lewisham Hospital until the 19th. We have plenty of great workshops and will only be closing our doors on Christmas & Boxing day. You can take a look at our Christmas Schedule below. 
And finally, to help you a little bit more, we have our Christmas Gift guide for you! Including gift vouchers, retreats, workshops, retreats and our studio shop. 

HAPPY READING

New at Yoga House

This week we welcome Richie Benson to the Yoga House teaching team. You can join him Wednesday nights at Lee for Vinyasa Flow. He is also hosting our Men’s Beginners Workshop in January. Possibly the best gift for a loved one to tempt them into yoga. Richie has written a great piece for you to get to know him…

Meet Richie Benson

Yoga isn’t for me. Or so I remember thinking when I first began practicing it around 15 years ago, as a counterbalance to the way I was brutalising my body as a competitive velodrome track cyclist. I didn’t know how to move slowly and mindfully, and I didn’t really want to either – it felt very much against my natural cadence and everything I was striving to be. As a man, it just didn’t work for me. 
 
Despite the initial resistance to the practise, the way it always made me feel afterwards was magically welcome in comparison to the lung-busting exhaustion my body was used to feeling after movement. And so, somewhat unwittingly, my journey into yoga began; one which brings me through to my teaching practise today.
 
Sporting pathways are a pretty common journey into yoga – turning up for the physical benefits, before then leaving with the mental, spiritual and energetic benefits. It was certainly mine. I’m not big on Instagram yoga quotes yet one which resonates is framing yoga as a ‘work in’, rather than a ‘work out’. It’s reductive, for sure, but it does begin to help articulate some of the shift in thinking I was going through when I first began questioning what ‘that stretching stuff on the mats’ was all about. 
 
But there’s more to it. From where I’m sat, there seems like there’s a gendered-element at play here too.
 
I say that as someone who sees the world through the lens of gender (my pronouns are he/him). Alongside teaching I also work in the world of social justice and anti-oppression, where my focuses are on masculinities, gender equality and gender-based violence prevention. In real terms, this means I work with boys and men in schools, colleges, higher education institutions, pro sports, youth workers, prisons, night time economy spaces, and workplaces, unpacking masculinities, with a focus on how it impacts those who identify as being a man, and also those that don’t. It’s compassion-led work, which at times can be super challenging, and as a result can feel very embodied. 
 
How is this all relevant to my yoga classes, you might wonder?
 
Well, it makes me committed to making my classes truly inclusive spaces, where students feel both supported and empowered on their mats. I want people to come to yoga and feel as though they belong. 
 
There are a lot of reasons why men and male-identifying folk stay away from yoga. Whether it’s feeling like they’re not being flexible or mobile enough, carrying a sporting injury that has become part of their identity, or being hesitant towards being in a space where they are outnumbered by those with a different gender identity; yoga is still sometimes seen as ‘not for men’. Which strikes me as odd, given that the practise is believed to have early roots in the Brahmins (“men of learning” who were considered to be highly knowledgeable).
 
And no, I’m not an advocate for renaming it ‘broga’ or ‘manflow’ in order to bring more men onto their mats. Nor do I believe there should be any attempts to reclaim spaces in any way; rather I’m interested in creating a new one that feels safer and braver for everyone – and one which is inclusive of all identities. Where everyone, in whatever body they are in, feels curious to explore it through movement, following the question of ‘how does it feel, if?’ Rather than ‘how does it look if?’. Moving past performance and results, and into acceptance and joy. 
 
So, if every student I work with is able to turn up with authenticity and love where they are at in their practise, then I as a teacher am doing my job. Which would further reinforce my belief that maybe, after all, yoga is for me.
Book your class with Richie

December Workshops

Winter Bliss | Yin, Yoga Nidra & Journalling with Alice Billerey

Join Alice for a blissful 2 hours as you take a step back from the Christmas hustle and melt into a deeply restorative practice of yin yoga, yoga nidra and journaling.


Saturday 3 December | 2-4pm | £20 | Lee Studio

Let Alice tell you what to expect

Family Yoga with Mary Shepherd

Bringing light inside us…warming and loving oneself…Fun sessions for little yogis (5-11yr ) and their parents.


Sunday 4 December | 1.30-2.30pm | £8 per Yogi 
Catford Studio

Yoga Club | Shake you Asana
With Imir, DJ NATH_EPS & Bottle Bar

Join Imir for a guided practice that will lead you intuitively into the flow with music. DJ Nath_EPS will provide the chilled tunes, while Bottle Bar Catford will supply mocktails.


Saturday 17 December | 6-9pm | £25*| Catford

Winter Solstice Aroma Yin & Alchemy Bowl Sound
with Patricia & Kasia

Prepare for the darkest night of the year. Give yourself the gift to experience these through the practice of Yin with Essential Oils, Cacao Ceremony and the beautiful sound of the Alchemy Bowls

Sunday 18th December | 4-6pm | Lee Studio | £25

Christmas Eve | Gong & Alchemy Bowl Sound Bath
with Kasia & Junior

Join us for our annual Christmas Eve get together by our Gong Master Junior Valentine and Alchemy Bowl Practitioner Kasia Blackwell.

Saturday 24 December | 2.30-4pm
Lee Studio | £25*

Toy Collection

After two years of no physical presents, Lewisham Hospital are now accepting new toys, toiletries and crafts. Giving the children a gift to open. You can wrap them yourselves, please just write boy or girl and age. We will be collecting over the above dates and will be dropping the gifts on off on December 20th. Toiletries gift sets for teenagers are great. No plush toys please due to infection. Please bring along to either studio reception and we will arrange drop off. 

Christmas Schedule

Christmas Gifts for your Yogi

Gift Vouchers

We offer vouchers for classes, packages, memberships or workshops.
You can buy one online or pop into studio and pick up a gift card

Retreats

Really treat someone with one of our retreats.
You can join us in Turkey or Morocco in 2023.
Payment plans are available.
And why not treat yourself too!

Workshops

Our 2023 workshop schedule is already packed with options. Find your yogi a workshop for rest, play or learning. For teachers, we have our Teacher Series to expand skills and we have a Beginners Workshop too.

Studio Shop

We have; Yoga House t-shirts; leggings from Vayumudra & Skimmed Milk; Yogi Bare mats; House scented candles;  jewellery & much more.

Pop in a find the perfect stocking filler.

Treatment

After the Christmas haze settles, wouldn’t everyone want a massage or healing session? Our treatment room in Catford is haven. An after class massage is the perfect way to spend a day. Take a look at our treatments. 

Take a Peek at 2023

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