July Newsletter

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newsletter#23 July 2019

Summer is the time of Pitta dosha according to Ayurveda.
It's the fiery, intense, hot energy that gives us a boost to keep moving, to get things done. The summer sun is hot and the energy is powerful, make the most of it and keep your yoga practice going strong. Taking a more challenging class or trying something new is a great way to use up the extra energy.

If you're naturally a fiery person you can cool down and balance Pitta by drinking or eating cooling things like coconut water
, cucumbers, watermelons. Practising calming pranayama or spending some time in tranquil surroundings.

We have all you need at the studio to keep your summer full energy and wellbeing from our weekly timetable of dynamic and restorative classes to wonderful workshops.

 
KEEP YOUR MEDITATION GOING 

We've just had our first meditation workshop last weekend and to keep the momentum going we've asked Ryan from Leviate to give us some easy exercises to keep it up. Here's what he said.

Task 1: Mindful breathing
  • Simple practice, take 2 deep breaths, allow your body to relax. Next bring your attention to your senses (what can you see, hear, taste, smell, touch?), then shift your attention to your physical sensations, then your emotions and finally your breath. Notice each time your mind/attention wanders (and where to). Gently bring it back to your breath. Don't beat yourself up - if your mind wasn't wandering you wouldn't be learning how to bring it back to where you want it to be.
  • Set a timer, first thing each morning, starting with 4 minutes on day 1, then add 1 mindful minute to your practice per day. Work your way up to 10 minutes per day by the end of week 1. This is MUCH easier first thing in the morning. Make it part of your morning routine.

Task 2: Pick a buddy
• Meditation and mindfulness are not about isolating yourself or getting stuck in your own head. They are really about connection. 
• So find a friend, partner, family member who will spot you. Your task is to keep each other on the straight and narrow. Check in at least once during the week to see how the other person is getting on.


Task 3: Watch this
• Dan Harris (ABC news anchor who once had a panic attack live on air, before discovering the power of meditation) on “mindfulness as a super power” at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6T02g5hnT4


Any questions, just drop Ryan (founder of Levitate) an email at ryan@levitate.london
 
YOGA RETREATS

FRANCE - our first retreat is around the corner! We are very excited about it and we still have two spaces left so you can join us at this lovely French Riviera retreat. 
Join us for 5 days of yoga (twice daily), glorious sunshine and organic food in a beautiful French Villa, over 11-15th September 2019. You will be looked after by not one, but two experienced teachers (Kasia Blackwell & Kristin Zink) to make your stay even more enjoyable. Meditation and dynamic Vinyasa in the mornings, relaxing and deeply restorative Yin Yoga with the sound of Alchemy Crystal Bowls in the evening. Delicious and nutritious alfresco dining with much of the produce coming from the Villa's own gardens and locally sourced organic food.

Optional Excursions:
Visit Cannes for sightseeing or shopping
Gourmet chocolate making at Florisan
Gorge walking and rock pool jumping
Treatments at the house, including massages, facials, manicures and pedicures
Perfume making at Fragonard or Galimard in Grasse (make your own scents and tour of the factory)
 

COST: £950 pp (flights not included, nearest airport is NICE). £500 deposit upon booking.

Rooms are on a shared basis. Supersized luxury rooms with option of twin or double, all rooms are ensuite. A limited number of single rooms available at a supplement



MOROCCO - Spring 2020 (March 19-23) 5 days/4 nights in a stunning Moroccan Villa.
The retreat will include two yoga classes each day.
A day hike to Atlas mountains with lunch and meditation/yoga there before heading back to the villa.
A sunset dinner in a stone desert outside Marrakech, including yoga session before sunset and dinner there.
Plus lots of spare time to enjoy the beautiful villa and the lovely pool. The villa comes with a housekeeper and a private chef to make the stay even more comfortable.
The price includes accommodation, food (breakfast, fruit, light lunch and dinner, plus unlimited soft drinks), yoga sessions and planned excursions. Flights are not included.

Early bird prices for shared accommodation: £780 per person
for limited single occupancy: £910 pp

Please get in touch for more information or to reserve your space. It will be truly magical.

 
OUR WORKSHOPS FOR YOU THIS SUMMER 

YOGA HOUSE workshops and events  - some amazing things not to be missed!


SLOW DOWN YOGA HOUSE with Lisa Hood Saturday 13th July 4-6pm (Catford, studio 2)
Join Lisa from LaHoodyoga for Slow Down Yoga House - an evening of Yin yoga, crystal grids and essential oils. Expect slow, mindful and deep Yin practice that will help you tune out of your usual distractions and give you space to just be you. It’s an opportunity to open up to a fresh perspective and connect with your intuition. You’ll learn practices and tools that you can incorporate into your everyday life so that you can come back to these zen feelings, again and again.

Welcome to your new ritual. What to expect:

A warm candle light greets you in the wonderfully peaceful space at the studio. With a cup of herbal Love tea in your hand, you choose your mat and get comfy on the soft bolsters and blankets. Soothing Doterra Essential oils are there for you to enhance the mood or energy that you want to experience. Pick your oil (or oils!) and breathe deeply and then come to gaze at the crystal grid. We will be working with Rose quartz and opening the heart Chakra Anahata in the yin sequence. This will work to unblock negative energy locked up in the body and mind, and allow new positive free flowing energy to encapsulate the body. After a lengthy resting savasana (everyone's favorite part in yoga!!), the final task for you is to pick an oracle card. Sometimes the card is all that's needed to cement that answer you've been questioning.

It’s an event of self care, a moment to check-in with yourself and take time out.

You know you deserve this. This session is open to all. Early bird £20


TEEN YOGA + MINDFULNESS with Project Yogi Sun 14th July 1.30-2.45pm (Catford)
A 75 min long Teen Yoga + Mindfulness Workshop.

Running monthly and based around a specific theme i.e. being unique, self-confidence, self-awareness and self-development.

The workshop will include a flow yoga class, introducing teens to a real adult style yoga class. Here teenagers will learn more challenging postures, do breath work, meditation, mindfulness, partner and acro-style yoga, helping with balance, focus, flexibility, strength and reliving stress.

Breathing and mindfulness exercises and discussions around the chosen theme.

Open to all levels. Run by Amani from Project Yogi, £12 per yogi.

 

WOMEN'S BALANCE with Kasia Blackwell & Zannie Krogh Sat 20th July 2-4.30pm (Catford)
Women's Balance Yoga + Nutrition for balancing hormones and any emotional imbalances during menstruation and menopause. Hormonal irregularities can make PMS, periods and menopause much more uncomfortable and painful. This workshop is specifically designed for women to support them and their natural hormonal balance.

This workshop includes:

- A 60 minute Yin yoga specifically designed to ease out the symptoms of hormonal fluctuations with Kasia Blackwell. When talking about hormonal imbalances in women, stress management is a good place to start. This yoga sequence will calm your nervous system and detox your organs.

- A 60 minute talk & q&a with the nutritionist Zannie Krogh. Hormonal changes affect almost all body parts and bodily functions, ranging from mood to mental and sexual function. Symptoms including mood swings, fatigue & poor sleep, joint pain, low libido and gut problems can be caused by hormone imbalances and poor detoxification. Zannie Krogh will explain how we can optimise our diet with the right nutrition and how making lifestyle changes that can support our body to balance hormones and support better detoxification.

- A cup of balancing herbal tea and a healthy snack, time for more questions and closing.

Early bird £20

FILMING AT THE STUDIO 

We are excited to announce that on Sunday 14th July we will be filming a short promotional video at our Catford studio, showcasing the classes and the studio vibe. We won't be filming any live classes but instead hosting a staged class, so if you'd like to take part in the filmed session please email us to get more info. hello@yogahouselondon.co.uk. 
The video will be used to promote the studios in Catford and Lee and to spread the feel for the lovely Yogi community that we are surrounded by. 
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June Newsletter

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newsletter#22 June 2019

Hello and welcome to our June newsletter. This month the focus is about all things wellbeing, from yoga and meditation to a detailed summary on how to keep your gut happy and healthy. We have asked our Yoga House friends and experts in their field to contribute. We hope you enjoy reading and find it a useful guide..

We highly recommend keeping your yoga practice regular, even in the warmer months when there is more temptation to be doing other things. Through regular practice you embark on the journey of self discovery, the journey of purification of body and mind. It's your personal journey and requires awareness, commitment, courage, inner strength, patience and self discipline. But this journey brings balance between the mind, body and spirit. It awakens the desire to reconnect to your True Self, and the true Self is free, it gives access to joy and bliss, 'I am Happiness' is the nature of Self.

Yoga, meditation and healthy nutrition combined together are life changing. Set yourself a challenge, try to change just one habit that's not serving you but is there ever appearing in your life, change it for something good, maybe it can be one of the suggestions from our newsletter. We hope you feel great.  
WAYS TO GET MEDITATION PRACTICE OFF THE GROUND by Ryan Nell

We know that regular meditation practice is a wonderful way of keeping the mind free and body healthy, but we also know that it's not always easy to get it going. We have asked Ryan Nell the founder of Levitate Meditation to give us a few tips on how to start and keep the mediation practice consistent.
Ryan will be running a Meditation and Mindfulness Workshop at our Catford Studio on Saturday 29th June 4-6pm, £15 (booking available on the website) with more meditation classes planned very soon.


Meditation is a marathon, not a sprint. At Levitate we know that the biggest benefits of meditation come from consistency. The science is compelling... Meditation has the power to change the structure and function of your brain (and body) for the better. It can even reverse or slow the hallmark features of ageing. Many of these benefits are trait-like changes brought about by long term practice. However, as a society addicted to quick results, meditation can seem painfully slow, downright abstract, and substantially less gratifying than any number of reliable short term fixes. So how do we keep going when the going gets tough?
 
1) KEEP IT SHORT! 
 
One thing is guaranteed to ensure that you are on the road to becoming an ex-meditator... running before you can walk. By making meditation onerous, we guarantee that our best laid intentions don't stick. A routine of one minute a day of mindfully watching your breath, is far better than a short-lived formal practice of half an hour twice a day for the first week, followed by inevitable skipped days, missed weeks, and soon meditation silently joining the long list of things -- like crossfit, journalling, and breadmaking -- that you've tried and dropped. 
 
2) SET INTENTIONS!
 
Parents know that often the best way to get a child to eat their food, is to reframe it as something they WANT to do. We need to approach meditation in the same way. Think about what you want from the practice. What will keep you coming back? Peace of mind, reduced anxiety, clearer focus, greater resilience, balance and compassion... these are all things that can come from a regular practice, but you need to decide which are important to you. Reminding yourself of this each time you practice, and looking out for signs of these benefits when you are off the mat and out in the world, will keep you doing it even when you're not in the mood.
 
3) ENJOY THE PROCESS!
 
When you are getting started, and the benefits feel far off, it can feel like "present you" is getting a raw deal, so do remember to enjoy the process too! Approach your practice lightly. Give yourself the occasional day off and drop the judgement about it. Keep it interesting. Make it fun. Bored of watching your breath? Try a compassion meditation, a chocolate meditation, a mantra meditation, or a walking meditation... The variety will keep it fresh, and satisfy your need for learning and interest. An enjoyable practice will be one that you look forward to.
 
So, keep it short, set intentions, and do remember to enjoy the process!
GUT HEALTH by Zannie Krogh

The warmer days and longer evenings give us more occasions to socialise and go out. This can sometimes influence our eating and drinking habits which will have a huge impact on our overall wellbeing. We have asked our friend and nutritionist Zannie for  advice on how to keep the gut happy and look after our overall health. Here's what she told us...

As a nutritional therapist when I support my clients to better health I always start with the gut. The importance of good gut health goes beyond just the absorption of the nutrients from our food. Our body also contains its own inner ‘ecosystem’ of bacteria, fungi and yeast – which predominantly resides in the gut – and this is called the microbiome and it is unique for each person. 
Our gut and our digestive system although it is inside our body forms a protective barrier between the outside world and our bloodstream. Here we have important immune cells which are regulated by our microbiome and which help to protect us from unwanted pathogens.
Furthermore many of the diseases that are on the raise in the western world are linked to the health and diversity of our gut and microbiome. Allergies, asthma, autoimmune diseases, cardiovascular disease and obesity but also mental health are now being shown to be affected by the health and diversity of our microbiome.
Optimising our diet is one of the best way we can support our body and build up better immunity and health.
It is important to highlight that nutrition is individual and not everything works for everyone but for most people these simple changes can help reset our gut and improve our overall health.
  1. Diversity – Firstly eating a diverse diet! Many people are creatures of habit and we like to eat the same things very day. But variety and diversity in the diet is key to a diverse and healthy gut microbiome. Aim for 30 different types of plant based food a week which include fruit and vegetables, seeds, nuts, legumes and grains. These give us a variety of important nutrients – vitamins and minerals and polyphenols and the all-important fibres which the body needs for a good digestion. Take advantage of the summer season and all the fresh seasonalvegetables and fruit and make sure there is plenty of colour on your plate. 
  2. Fibres - aim for at least 30 grams of fibres a day. An example is an apple which is on average 4 gram,  a cup of raspberries are on average 8 gram and a stalk of broccoli around 4 gram. But if you include lots of fresh fruit, vegetables and wholegrain in your diet you will reach 30 gram easily. 
  3. Prebiotics – these are fibres that the body cannot digest but instead the good bacteria in our gut breaks the fibres down by fermentation and create short chain fatty acids which are very important for our health. Short chain fatty acids have been shown to reduce inflammation, it has also been shown to affect fat metabolism and help regulate blood sugar levels. Examples of good sources of prebiotics are Jerusalem artichoke, dandelion greens, oats, garlic, leeks, onions, chicory and asparagus. 
  4. Probiotics - has the ability to change the composition of the bacteria’s in our gut to the more favourable kinds. Examples of probiotic foods are live plain yoghurt, fermented food like kefir and kambucha, sauerkraut and good quality sourdough bread. 
  5. Mindful eating – our digestion starts in the mouth. Make sure you chew your food properly, because when we chew we start to break down the food and make it easier for the nutrients to be properly absorbed. Allowing yourself plenty of time to eat and in a non-stressful environment and always away from your desk at work is important as our digestions slows down when our body is stressed.
If you want to know more on how you can improve your own health – contact me to book a free 15 minute phone consultation. 
 
Zannie Krogh Registered Nutritional Therapist @ Yoga House Catford 
e. nutrition@zanniekrogh.co.uk  w. www.zanniekrogh.co.uk
NEW CLASSES

PILATES - it's finally coming to Yoga House!
We are very excited to now be offering Pilates twice a week at Catford. Join us on Saturdays (starting on 8th June) 11.45am and Wednesdays 9.45am. Booking available on our website, normal class pass booking / free to members.


Pilates is a method of exercise that consists of low-impact flexibility and muscular strength and endurance movements. Pilates emphasizes proper postural alignment, core strength and muscle balance. Pilates is named for its creator, Joseph Pilates, who developed the exercises in the 1920s. 

HOT YOGA - our hot yoga classes in Catford are proving to be very popular so we wanted to give you a bit more information about our heating system.
Studio 2 in Catford uses an Infrared Heating system which apart form providing a lovely warmth, has also got great health benefits.
We offer Hot Yoga classes on Mondays 6pm, Thursdays 10am, Fridays 10am + 7pm - and more are coming to our timetable soon. Remember to bring a towel for your mat and a water bottle, showers are available and you can rent a towel from the reception desk if needed.
Here's what our infrared experts mentioned about this heating system. 

Far infrared heat is the same sort of heat that you will feel when you are outside on a warm summer’s day. Radiant heat (i.e. infrared) heats objects and not the air. We humans also emit radiant heat naturally and we are particularly good at absorbing infrared heat rays. Many therapeutic treatments incorporate infrared (such as physiotherapists for pain relief) in their treatment.

An infrared heater generates warm wavelengths that our bodies absorb naturally. This extra heat helps our capillaries expand naturally which increases oxygenation and regeneration of red blood, both of which are extremely important for detoxifying our major organs. White blood cell numbers are increased through infrared heating, which boost our immune system.

When the body absorbs infrared heat, it increases blood circulation, enhances the immune system, and reduces joint pain and inflammation. 

Infrared Panels Prevent the Spread of Allergens – With the use of infrared heating panels, dust and allergens in the air are more contained. This is due to the fact that the panels do not use air to transport heat.

LOCAL FESTIVALS 

There are two upcoming yoga events we wanted to let you know about.
On Saturday 15th June Yogific Vegan Festival is back in Greenwich - this is their third festival. There will be lots of yoga and meditation sessions, vegan food, organic and natural produce - so if you have a free Saturday and fancy trying out some new things here's there link to their page 
https://yogific.org/greenwich/   
I'll be there 'decoding' arm balances at 2pm in room A.

On Friday 21st June the world will celebrate the International Day of Yoga and Sweaty Betty in Blackheath are organising a class on the Heath that I will be leading. We will start at 6pm, but please let Sweaty Betty know that you are coming as they only have a limited amount of mats available
 020 8318 3918
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May Newsletter

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Welcome to YOGA HOUSE
newsletter#21 May 2019

Hello and welcome to our 21st newsletter! We hope you're finding these interesting and helpful. If there are any topics you're interested in or keen to find out more about please do let us know and we will try to explore them for you.

Our Catford studio is now fully up and running with lots of new yogis coming to enjoy the practice of yoga and we are already starting to build a lovely community together. All members and class pass users can use both studios and it is great to see so many of you taking advantage of this.

We are also very excited to start HOT YOGA classes from next Thursday 09/04 at Catford in studio two. We will be adding more and more sessions at various times from early morning till evening so please keep checking our online timetable as this will be the most up to date.

As always we have some amazing workshops coming up and now they are spread across both studios please check the location of the events that you're booking. 
YOGA WORKSHOPS 

YOGA HOUSE workshops and events  - some amazing things not to be missed!
 

GONG BATH with Junior Valentine Friday 10th May 7-8pm (Lee)
Our monthly 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 the month ahead and connecting to the universal energy.

The gong is a sacred and ancient instrument of healing, rejuvenation and transformation. Feel the deep relaxation and stress relieving effects of this amazing Sound Bath. All you have to do is lie down and let the sound vibrations flow through your body and mind. Please bring a small pillow for an extra comfort.

Open to all levels. £15 pre-booked or £18 on the door.
 

MANDALA TO YIN with Jonelle Lewis & Dan Breakwell Saturday 18th May 12-2.30pm (Catford)
A magical 2,5hr journey through MANDALA and YIN practices led by two amazing teachers and good friends  - Jonelle Lewis and Dan Breakwell.

We will start the workshop with a WATER MANDALA practice - expect fluid flows that will make you feel amazing accompanied with some great music led by Jonelle, followed by deeply restorative and soothing Yin led by Dan. This workshop will include a full moon ritual plus a beautiful chant from Dan.

One not to miss. Open to all levels, beginners please note Mandala is a fast flowing practice.

Early Bird £20
 

BANK HOLIDAY SPECIAL GONG BATH with Junior Valentine Monday 27th May 6-7pm (Catford)
Join us for this late May Bank Holiday spacial 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 the week ahead and connecting to the universal energy.

Open to all levels. £15 pre-booked or £18 on the door.
 

YIN JOURNEY THROUGH CHAKRAS with Marina de Lima Saturday 8th June 1-3pm (Lee)
2 hour workshop focusing on healing and deeper levels of embodiment through the practice of yin and guided meditation.

Join us for this wonderful workshops of chakra balancing through a blissful practice of yin.

Yin Yoga is a slow paced style of yoga, with postures being held for longer periods of time. It helps to improve flexibility. Yin stretches and targets connective tissues between the muscles and fascia in the whole body. It helps to increase circulation in the joints and is a wonderful way to practise stillness of the mind. Yin also helps to regulate the flow of energy in our body.

The Sanskrit word Chakra literally translates to wheel or disk. In yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda, this term refers to wheels of energy throughout the body. There are seven main chakras, which align the spine, starting from the base of the spine through to the crown of the head.

Open to all levels, Early Bird £20

CAFE POP UP OPPORTUNITY & THERAPY ROOM

We have an exciting opportunity for foodie entrepreneurs in the area. We would like to start offering some warm drinks like matcha and turmeric lattes, raw juices plus light snacks (energy balls, banana bread etc.) - If you're interested in popping up with us please get in touch ---- hello@yogahouselondon.co.uk

Our therapy room in Catford is now slowly starting to take shape and for the month of May our friend and nutritionist Zannie 
Krogh is offering 25% off her services. You can book a private nutrition consultation with Zannie at our studio with this reduced rate. www.zanniekrogh.co.uk

We also have a great offer of 25% off with www.unity-healing.co.uk (Paulina & Tawa that also work at the studio) for Reiki and Angelic Reiki plus other alternative therapies and healing. Please get in touch to book the sessions or to find out more.

Our therapy room will soon be offering much more like massages, acupuncture, physio sessions etc. keep your eyes peeled.


 
CLASS UPDATES +  CHARITY OF THE MONTH 

The new month brings some additions and small changes to the schedule. Please always refer to the online timetable as it most up to date.

Here are some of the changes. 
Tuesday at Lee studio - Mind Body with Hannah will now be starting earlier at 7pm and the Restorative Yoga at 8.15 - 9pm. 
Thursdays  - we are now introducing HOT YOGA at Catford, starting this week at 10am (please bring a towel to use on your mat).
Friday BABY + ME class will move to Catford and will be starting at 11.15am.

Our CHARITY CLASS is going well, thank you to all who have been supporting the new teachers and local charities. So far we've raised money for Lewisham Food Bank and Grace Charity (helping refugees). This month it's time to help Celia Hammond Animal Trust (rescuing stray and unwanted cats in London and the Southeast). We are now running two charity classes - Wednesdays 12pm in Catford + Thursdays 12pm in Lee. These classes are only £5 suggested donation so a great way to catch a reduced priced class.

 
RETREAT / TEACHER TRAINING (new September date) 

If you would like to take your yoga practice to the next level we have two amazing offerings for you.

Our first Yoga House Retreat (only last final spots available!) is slowly approaching and now is a great time to start booking your space. Join us for 5 days of yoga (twice daily), glorious sunshine and organic food in a beautiful French Villa over 11-15th September 2019. You will be looked after by not one, but two experienced teachers to make your stay even more enjoyable. Meditation and dynamic Vinyasa in the mornings, relaxing and deeply restorative Yin Yoga with the sound of Alchemy Crystal Bowls in the evening. Delicious and nutritious alfresco dining with much of the produce coming from the Villa's own gardens and locally sourced organic food.
For more info and how to book please visit the website or email the studio.


Thinking of becoming a Yoga Teacher?
Teacher Training at Yoga House - run by Imir Frazer, is now open for booking. The Parampara School of Yoga 200-hour TT and foundations studies will start again in September 2019 at Yoga House. Here are the proposed dates and the cost - for more info please get in touch with us.
It's a wonderfully structured course with a highly experienced teacher who will look after you in a nurturing way and take your practice to the next level.


Dates 
09:00 – 17:00 daily 

September 
Monday 9th, 16th & 23rd 
October
Monday 7th, 14th & 21st 
November
Monday 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th 
December
Monday 2nd & 9th 
January
Monday 6th, 13th & 20th
February
Monday 3rd & 10th

Course Fee £2750 (£500 holding deposit only required)
 
STUDIO STUFF

The all natural candles by Into The Green are restocked with the lovely flowery new scent  - Kissed by the Moon. This is a limited addition candle with scents of Jasmine, Lavender and Sandalwood - lovely!!

Our retail space is growing with an offering of handmade jewellery, crystals, candles, eye pillows, bolsters and some fantastic yoga mats!

We are always on a look out for more helping hands so if you'd like to join our karma yogi scheme (free yoga in exchange for help at the studio) please do get in touch.
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PS. The Sweaty Betty 20% discount is still ongoing (until 23rd of May) - if you mention my name at their Blackheath store you can get this offer on multiple occasions and for any purchase - their new collection is lovely! Enjoy.


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Welcome to YOGA HOUSE
newsletter#20 Apr 2019

We are now officially in Spring and really hoping the weather catches up soon!

I've just returned from the lovely Goa where I spent two weeks immersing myself in yoga studies. Time away was really needed, not just to simply recharge, but also to bring new, fresh ideas back to the way I teach my classes but also to how the studio operates. The last couple of months have been really challenging with building and setting up our second studio and it's very easy to get side tracked when you're running under a lot of pressure, sometimes wanting to even give it all up..... if you find yourself in a situation like this, just take a step back, know that you're not alone and you can take it at a slower pace. If you stay committed, passionate, but also kind, you will succeed for sure.
YOGA HOUSE CATFORD 

YOGA HOUSE CATFORD is nearly ready and will open the doors for the first time on Saturday 13th April for two taster classes!
Join us for either a 12pm or 5pm class and/or drinks after or just pop in throughout the day to see the studio. 

The timetable will be ready on Monday for you to book and remember current members and anyone with a class package can use both studios. You can already find the Catford site on the Mind Body app under YOGA HOUSE London 2-3 Winslade Way.

We are super excited about the way the studio will look, and of course, it will carry on with the same theme as our Lee studio with a bohemian / vintage feel, filled with lots... and lots of beautiful plants!  After the initial weekend launch we will start with a slower timetable to ease us in and then grow and expand the timetable in a short amount of time, we are so pleased many of our teachers from our Lee studio will be joining us for this new venture! We also have some amazing plans to make the timetable across both studios a varied and exciting set of studios. If you have any questions or would like to discuss anything regarding the new or existing studio please do get in touch.
EASTER SCHEDULE

To make the half term and Easter even more enjoyable we are keeping our schedule running almost as usual with some additional exciting things planned. Please keep an eye on our timetable.
CARROT CAKE RECIPE - NICE AND EASY FOR EASTER.... OR EVERYDAY 

The time has come to share one of the favourite recipes. 

Carrot cake, filled with mixed nuts, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon and orange zest definitely speaks happiness to me :). This cake is one of my favourites to make - all ingredients go in one pot, then oven, then my tummy...
You simply have to give it a go, the vegetable oil keeps it moist and fresh for quite a while - that is if you can keep it going for more than 2 days!!

Here's what you need:
**I'm using cups to measure out ingredients, the key is to use the same cup size to measure all, you can use tea cups or glasses but stick to one size.**

for the cake:
2 cups of finely grated carrots - it comes up to around 4 medium sized carrots
2 cups of brown sugar
2 cups of white plain flour or wholemeal plain flour
1 and 1/4 cup of oil - I like using grapeseed or rapeseed oil
4 free range eggs
2 tsp of cinammon
2 tsp of baking powder
2 tsp of baking soda
pinch of salt
handful of chopped mix nuts, raisins or pumpkin seeds - you can add all or just pick ones you like

for the icing:
2 tubs of soft cream cheese - around 200g each
2 tablespoons of butter
3/4 cup of icing sugar
few drops of vanilla extract
few drops of lemon juice
orange zest - this is optional, but adds lovely flavour!

Here's how to do it:
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Prepare a round cake tin (I like using butter and bread crumbs to line the tin.
Peel and grate the carrots. In a mixing bowl beat the eggs with sugar. Gradually add flour and oil, keep mixing. Next add grated carrots, baking powder, soda, cinnamon and nuts/seeds that you are using. Mix all to combine well. Transfer to the cake tin and bake in the middle of the oven for about 45-50mins.

You can use a skewer to check if the cake is baked in the middle - when you pierce the cake it should come out fairly dry, if after 50 mins of baking it's still looking wobbly and wet in the middle, bake for a bit longer.
While the cake is baking, you can start preparing the icing. In a small pot melt the butter then take off heat and add icing sugar, with a wooden spoon mix so both ingredients combine well. Add all of the soft cream cheese and mix, it's nice to use an electric hand mixer to make a more fluffy mixture, but just using a spoon is ok too. Add a few drops of squeezed lemon juice, vanilla extract  and orange zest if using - I would use no more than a heaped tea spoon. Taste your icing to check if you need to add more sugar or lemon juice - depending on how sweet or sour you like it. Once you're happy with the taste of your icing place it in the fridge until it needs to go on the cake.

Once the cake is ready take it out from the oven, place on a cooling rack and cool down.
When it's not so hot anymore, I like cutting it half way, taking the top off so it cools down quicker.
When it's ready divide the icing into half, spreading one half on the middle of the cake and the remaining mixture on top.

And here it is. It goes really well with a nice cup of herbal tea or coffee and it's perfect in the morning, afternoon or evening, all day everyday :-)
RETREAT / FOUNDING MEMBERSHIP & TEACHER TRAINING 

If you would like to take your yoga practice to the next level we have two amazing offerings for you.

Our first Yoga House Retreat (last few spots available) is slowly approaching and now is a great time to start booking your space. Join us for 5 days of yoga (twice daily), glorious sunshine and organic food in a beautiful French Villa over 11-15th September 2019. You will be looked after by not one, but two experienced teachers to make your stay even more enjoyable. Meditation and dynamic Vinyasa in the mornings, relaxing and deeply restorative Yin Yoga with the sound of Alchemy Crystal Bowls in the evening. Delicious and nutritious alfresco dining with much of the produce coming from the Villa's own gardens and locally sourced organic food.
For more info and how to book please visit the website or email the studio.

Founding annual membership -  Last few memberships available - Get access to all classes at both studios. Sign up to a years membership of £780 (£65pm) and receive unlimited access to both Yoga House studios, 15% off all workshops, sound and gong baths + you will be able to freeze the membership for up to one month during the year - this is a great opportunity to get the cheapest access to an unlimited package. This offer is also available to current members. Claim your offer on the prices tab on our website 

https://yogahouselondon.co.uk/prices
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Thinking of becoming a Yoga Teacher?
Teacher Training at Yoga House - run by Imir Frazer, is now open for booking. The Parampara School of Yoga 200-hour TT and foundations studies will start again in June 2019 at Yoga House. Here are the proposed dates and the cost - for more info please get in touch with us.
It's a wonderfully structured course with a highly experienced teacher who will look after you in a nurturing way and take your practice to the next level.


Dates 
09:00 – 17:00 daily 
June: 
Monday 3rd, 10th & 17th 
July: 
Monday 1st, 8th & 15th 
August: No training during August 
September: 
Monday 9th, 16th & 23rd 
October:
Monday 7th, 14th & 21st 
November:
Monday 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th 
December:
Monday 2nd & 9th 

Course Fee £2750
 
STUDIO STUFF

The Vintage clothes rail is back at the studio courtesy of 'It's All About The Vintage' with some amazing pieces for you to browse. We also have our amazing mala jewellery - some of the pieces are still available at a reduced price, plus a new jewellery line - all items support small local businesses. So when you buy them they will give you that extra nice feeling of supporting someone's dream :-)
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newsletter#19 Mar 2019

We can't believe how quickly March came about! We can definitely feel Spring approaching with longer days filled with more sunshine. Nature around is starting to come back to life. It's natural to feel a little bit of balance during the transitional periods so now is a good time to keep yourself healthy and happy. Having something that allows you to express and awake creativity is a wonderful way to stay motivated and get the endorphins going, as always we recommend yoga and meditation and we have some amazing workshops and classes ready for you to explore. Feeding your body a nutritious diet is always recommended and make sure you give it the necessary rest ~'sleep is the best meditation' Dalai Lama.
WORKSHOPS FOR YOU TO BOOK 

You can book our amazing workshops via our timetable -  members get a 15% discount on all our workshops.



LEO COSENDAI'S GONG BATH SPECIAL
Friday 8th March 7-8.30pm

Immerse yourself in sound with Leo Cosendai - a sound practitioner, meditation teacher and a founder of the #1 sound meditation app THIRD EAR.

Gong Baths have been around for thousands of years as a way of healing. They are deeply restorative and produce an amazing sense of well-being.

Leo has been helping tens of thousands of people transform their life through a combination of sound, yogic mindfulness and breath work;  a behaviour changing formula which helped eradicate the acute anxiety he had suffered from since early childhood. He now spends most of his time sharing those very tools and techniques with groups, individuals and businesses.

https://www.leocosendai.com
Open to all levels £25 Early Bird, £30 after - LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS

 

GET FLEXIBLE WORKSHOP
with Hannah Presence Sunday 17th March 2-4PM

A 2 hour workshop focusing solely on increasing flexibility in a wide variety of ways. A fun, interactive and informative workshop starting with a 45 minute flexibility based yoga class to get the nervous system balanced and the muscles warm before we go in deeper with some assisted partner stretches, allowing practitioner to get deeper into range of mobility with the support and gentle physical persuasion of another person. This is a super fun way to learn, make friends and experience a wide range of bodies and flexibility levels. Finishing up with a look into PNF stretches which instantly increases flexibility. This workshop comes with a take home booklet of the stretches taught in the class and is suitable for people never having done yoga to regular yoga practitioners and teachers.

Open to all levels. £20 Early Bird - limited time only, £25 after.
 

ALCHEMY BOWL SOUND BATH
with Selda Goodwin Sunday 31st MAR 6.45 - 8pm
 

A deeply restorative class using sound of alchemy crystal bowls to move the body into a deep state of rest.
The Alchemy crystal singing bowls are made from 99.992% pure crushed quartz and heated to about 4000 degrees F in a centrifugal mold. They are then infused with gemstones and precious metals, creating the ‘alchemy’. Each bowl has a variety of effects; clearing, activating, restructuring, rebalancing and healing.
Alchemy bowls emit a pure, cosmic sound that expands into a multitude of vibrant overtones. Through sound, vibration and intent they assist in clearing blockages, rewiring brain chemistry, activating chakras and elevating our state of consciousness to ever more refined levels.
Join us on Sunday to enter a state of pure bliss.

Open to all levels, usual class pass.


ARM + FOREARM BALANCES 
with Kasia Blackwell Saturday 6th Apr 12.30-3pm  

Fun 2,5 hour workshop breaking down more challenging arm and forearm balances.

Learning how to transition when playing with more than one arm balance.

This workshop is a great follow up on the first arm balance workshop we ran, but also suitable for those attending for the first time.

Early bird £25

 

YIN JOURNEY THROUGH CHAKRAS 
with our guest teacher Marina De Lima Saturday 8th Jun 1-3pm  

A 2 hour workshop focusing on healing and deeper levels of embodiment through the practice of yin and guided meditation.

Yin Yoga is a slow paced style of yoga, with postures being held for longer periods of time. It helps to improve flexibility. Yin stretches and targets connective tissues between the muscles and fascia in the whole body. It helps to increase circulation in the joints and is a wonderful way to practise stillness of the mind. Yin also helps to regulate the flow of energy in our body.

The Sanskrit word Chakra literally translates to wheel or disk. In yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda, this term refers to wheels of energy throughout the body. There are seven main chakras, which align the spine, starting from the base of the spine through to the crown of the head.

Join us for this wonderful workshops of chakra balancing through a blissful practice of yin.

Open to all levels, Early Bird £20

YOGA HOUSE CATFORD

Our second studio is coming along nicely and we will be sharing our opening weekend with you very soon. We are excited to be entering the vibrant area of Catford, and regularly attend their amazing community events like the monthly Food Market + Vegan Market.
The space we are creating will be as lovingly put together as our studio in Lee and we have some more amazing things lined up for it so keep your eyes peeled.
And we would like to announce that our current members will be able to enjoy both studios on their contract - so even more reasons to join!
GIVING BACK - OUR CHARITY CLASS + KARMA YOGA

We are delighted to say that our GUEST TEACHER CHARITY CLASS raised over £200 in the month of Feb, all for Lewisham Food Bank Charity. These classes happen every Thursday at 12pm and are open to all with as little as £5 suggested donation. We invite various teachers and give them an opportunity to share their teachings and we will continue to support local charities - still raising money for lewisham Food Bank in March.

Another way of giving and receiving back at our studio is our KARMA YOGA scheme. Volunteers help us to set up before and after the classes in return for free yoga. If you would like to join our lovely group of Karma Yogis please email the studio.

Two of our Karma Yogis have now moved on to our paid reception positions, so there are always opportunities for more.
RETREAT + TEACHER TRAINING 

If you would like to take your yoga practice to the next level we have two amazing offerings for you.

Our first Yoga House Retreat is slowly approaching and now is a great time to start booking your space. Join us for 5 days of yoga (twice daily), glorious sunshine and organic food in a beautiful French Villa, over 11-15th September 2019. You will be looked after by not one, but two experienced teachers to make your stay even more enjoyable. Meditation and dynamic Vinyasa in the mornings, relaxing and deeply restorative Yin Yoga with the sound of Alchemy Crystal Bowls in the evening. Delicious and nutritious alfresco dining with much of the produce coming from the Villa's own gardens and locally sourced organic food.
For more info and how to book please visit the website or email the studio.

The Teacher Training run by Imir Frazer is coming to a close and we are now opening the bookings for the second time. The Parampara School of Yoga 200-hour TT and foundations studies will start again in June 2019. Here are the proposed dates and the cost - for more info please get in touch with us.
It's a wonderfully structured course with a highly experienced teacher who will look after you in a nurturing way and take your practice to the next level.


Dates 
09:00 – 17:00 daily 
June: 
Monday 3rd, 10th & 17th 
July: 
Monday 1st, 8th & 15th 
August: No training during August 
September: 
Monday 9th, 16th & 23rd 
October:
Monday 7th, 14th & 21st 
November:
Monday 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th 
December:
Monday 2nd & 9th 

Course Fee £2750
 
TURMERIC LATTE RECIPE 

Golden Milk is one of our favourites and it's very easy to prepare at home. This drink is anti - inflammatory, comforting, immune boosting, cold curing and preventing!!

Turmeric itself has amazing anti-inflammatory properties, is full of antioxidants, it's great for our gut health and skin. With this recipe you can add extra amazing superfoods like ginger, cinnamon and the wonderful honey.

What you need:

A cup of favourite milk (ideally plant based)
2 tsp of turmeric powder 
1/2 tsp of ginger powder
1 tsp of honey
black pepper
cinnamon  

How to do it:
place the milk in a small sauce pan over low heat, add turmeric, ginger and cinnamon to the milk - heat it slowly then transfer to a cup, add honey and sprinkle with a little bit of black pepper (this helps a better absorption of turmeric)

Enjoy your sunshine in a cup!
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Welcome to YOGA HOUSE
newsletter#18 Feb 2019

February is finally here!
We are getting closer and closer to Spring. The energy is changing with more daylight around and a sense of lightness returning back to our lives.

This month is a very special month for our studio - on Sunday the 10th of Feb we will be celebrating our first birthday!!!

We are so lucky to have such a wonderful community around us, and we would love to celebrate this special occasion with you. 
Our birthday is next Sunday (10th Feb), but the celebrations will start from Saturday 09th Feb for the whole weekend.
We will be treating you to some amazing vegan goodies, healthy juices, great classes and lots of amazing prizes to win!

We would love for you to take part in our mini competition ahead of the birthday weekend - simply take a pic of yourself in your favourite part of the studio, post the pic on social media and tell us why you love coming to the studio, tag us and use this hashtag so we can see your entries #yogahouseturns1

The prizes include:
£50 credit to be used at the studio (for classes or workshops) 
2 x £40 vouchers from Sweaty Betty Blackheath
A pair of leggings from Vayumudra (the softest kind!!)
Mala jewellery 
Chakra chain for the room

Apart from celebrating the whole year of yoga goodness, we are also very excited about our second studio that will be opening Spring time in Catford! The works have already started and we have some amazing plans of how to transform the space into an urban sanctuary, we will keep you posted on the progress.

January had brought a lot of you back to the mat, our classes were very busy with a lovely energy and vibe. Make the most of your practice and keep this amazing life long habit going, you will feel wonderful.
Your February at Yoga House 

This month we have a great selection of workshops and sound meditation sessions.
You can book these sessions via our timetable - our members get a 15% discount on all our workshops.


REST AND DIGEST DAY RETREAT AT YOGA HOUSE (SOLD OUT)
With Alice Billerey and Charlotte Kjaer Sunday 10th Feb 12-4pm

Yoga Bowl Events is a collaboration between Yoga Teacher, Alice Billerey and Chef, Charlotte Kjaer. 'Rest & Digest' will be a 4 hour day retreat centred around balancing the autonomic nervous system through yoga, meditation and a nutritional plant based lunch. 
 
The afternoon will start will a 75 minute vinyasa flow practice. The flow will be a slow, but strong, exploration of the moving body. Expect a continuous rhythmic flow, each movement will be linked to the breath. This flow will be a moving meditation where the mind and body will intertwine, releasing tension and stress from the body and freeing the monkey mind from chitter-chatter, bringing you into a calm and relaxed state. 
 
Lunch will then be served! Charlotte will create a balanced and healthy meal using plant based seasonal ingredients whilst utilising the wonders of the hemp plant and infusing small amounts of CBD to bring about a sense of wellbeing and relaxation.  
About CBD:
CBD has a wealth of health benefits and is becoming a popular plant based remedy for a variety of ailments. The non psychoactive compound - cannabidiol - interacts with the body's endocannabinoid system which regulates the body's homeostasis impacting functions such as mood, sleep, appetite and pain and immune response. 
 
The afternoon will finish with a 75 minute yin yoga practice. Yin yoga is all about slowing down and giving the body permission to rest. The 'rest and digest' branch of the nervous system will be stimulated through breathing exercises, meditation and long held passive postures to ease out tension and stress in every muscle in the body.  
 
The Schedule:
 12:00 - Meet & Welcome Drink
12:15 - 75 Minute Vinyasa Flow Practice
13:30 - Plant Based Lunch 
14:45 - 75 Minute Yin Yoga Practice
16:00 - Goodbyes and hugs
 
Open to all, Early bird tickets £45
Full Price tickets £50

ALCHEMY BOWL SOUND BATH
with Selda Goodwin Sunday 10th FEB 6.45 - 8pm (after 5.30pm Restore to Flow with Kasia 
Blackwell) 

A deeply restorative class using sound of alchemy crystal bowls to move the body into a deep state of rest.
The Alchemy crystal singing bowls are made from 99.992% pure crushed quartz and heated to about 4000 degrees F in a centrifugal mold. They are then infused with gemstones and precious metals, creating the ‘alchemy’. Each bowl has a variety of effects; clearing, activating, restructuring, rebalancing and healing.
Alchemy bowls emit a pure, cosmic sound that expands into a multitude of vibrant overtones. Through sound, vibration and intent they assist in clearing blockages, rewiring brain chemistry, activating chakras and elevating our state of consciousness to ever more refined levels.
Join us on Sunday to enter a state of pure bliss.

Open to all levels, usual class pass.
 

HANDSTAND READY
with Stephan McGoldrick - Sunday 17th FEB 2-4pm 

Who is it for? For anyone keen to learn how to do handstands no matter what level you are at.
During the workshop we will be covering how to properly mobilise wrists and shoulders ready for practice as well as stretches specific for opening up for handstands (commonly shoulders and hips). Exercises and drills to build awareness for body positioning while upside down. Using the wall to help master technique, paired drills working with a partner.
Steve is an experienced personal trainer, yoga teacher and has completed advanced handstand training intensives and will bring all his experience into this two hour workshop.

Early Bird price £25 (£30 after)


FAMILY YOGA
Workshop Sunday 24th Feb 2.15-3.00pm

Fun 45min sessions for little yogis (5-11yr ) and their parents.

We introduce relaxation and play fun games involving yoga poses. We learn about deep breathing using fun exercises. Kids experience yoga through stories, books, songs and games. We use partner poses and learn simple meditation techniques that can be recreated at home.

Open to all levels. £6 per YOGI


LEO COSENDAI'S GONG BATH SPECIAL
Friday 8th March 7-8.30pm

Immerse yourself in sound with Leo Cosendai - a sound practitioner, meditation teacher and a founder of the #1 sound meditation app THIRD EAR.

Gong Baths have been around for thousands of years as a way of healing. They are deeply restorative and produce an amazing sense of well-being.

Leo has been helping tens of thousands of people transform their life through a combination of sound, yogic mindfulness and breath work;  a behaviour changing formula which helped eradicate the acute anxiety he had suffered from since early childhood. He now spends most of his time sharing those very tools and techniques with groups, individuals and businesses.

https://www.leocosendai.com

Open to all levels £25 Early Bird, £30 after - LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS

TEEN YOGA + MINDFULNESS - a few ideas from our teacher Amani 

Our TEEN Yoga Teacher Amani has written few ideas of how teens can use yoga and breath to relax and reduce anxiety.
She teaches a regular class on Thursdays 5pm (term time only).

 

A quick 10 minute practice for teens

The lives of teenagers can be very stressful socially, at school and at home. There is also a rise in the number of young people diagnosed with poor mental health. Parents and teachers are starting to recognise the mind body benefits of yoga & mindfulness for young people, which can help them to regulate emotions, relax, increase concentration and provide an alternative to competitive sports.

Practicing 10 minutes of restorative yoga or mindfulness is great for teenagers. It can help them to unwind and introduce some physical exercise in their life. It’s a good way to release stress after a long day at school.

Here is a quick 10 minute practice for teens to do at home.

Three Mindful Breaths

Deep breathing can help you calm down, relax and centre your mind. Just taking a few deep breaths can bring us back to the present moments.

Find a quiet place and make sure you are sitting with a tall, straight spine. Take a long slow deep breath through your nose into your tummy, this allows you to fill up your lungs. Hold your breath for 3 counts. Exhale slowly through your mouth, while you release any tension in your muscles.

Three Easy Yoga Poses

Child pose 

  1. Begin by sitting on your knees and taking a few breaths.
  2. Start to lower your torso forward over your thighs and place your forehead on the mat in front of you.
  3. Stretch your arms behind you and lay them by your thighs with palms facing upwards.
  4. Remain here for about 6 breaths and relax your spine feeling the stretch at the lower back and thighs.

Cat-Cow 

  1. Come onto your hands and knees. Place your hands directly underneath your shoulders and your knees under your hips.
  2. On an inhale, gently draw your chest forwards and up, allowing your tailbone to tilt up towards the ceiling and your lower back to soften down slightly towards the floor.
  3. On your exhale tuck your chin in towards your chest, rounding your spine up towards the ceiling. Draw your belly button towards spine.

Downward Facing Dog 

  1. Bring both hands onto the floor, spread your fingers wide and float your hips to sky.
  2. Press into hands, lifting your knees off ground. Push your upper body backwards and press your feet into the ground.
  3. Spread fingers wide, feet hip width apart or wider and push your heels towards the mat.
  4. Pull your abs up and in and point your tailbone towards the ceiling. Hold for 6 breaths.

Gratitude

Practicing gratitude can leave us feeling better about our lives and can allow us to feel positive emotions such as happiness, love and enthusiasm. 

Try and notice the good things and people around you. Pay attention and absorb them. Think about or write down 3 things that you are grateful for. These can include nature, people, and your community.

SWEET POTATO BROWNIES - easy recipe (vegan!)

Here's a lovely recipe we tried recently of brownies with a twist. Give it a go.
Recipe from Deliciously Ella.

For the brownies you'll need: 

500g of sweet potatoes (about 2 medium)

12 medjool dates

6 tablespoons of pure maple syrup or date syrup

100g of ground almonds

2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil

a pinch of salt

100g of ground oats

6 tablespoons of raw cacao powder


For the icing you'll need: 

2 tablespoons of coconut oil

2 tablespoons of almond butter

1 tablespoon of maple syrup or date syrup

2 tablespoons of cacao powder
 

METHOD:

Start by pre-heating the oven to 180C (fan), then peel the sweet potatoes. Cut them into chunks and place into a steamer for about twenty minutes, until they become really soft.

Once they are perfectly soft and beginning to fall apart remove them and add them to a food processor with the pitted dates.

Put the remaining ingredients into a bowl, before mixing in the sweet potato date combination. Stir well.

Place into a lined baking dish and cook for about forty-five to fifty minutes, until you can pierce the brownie with a fork and bring it out dry. Remove the tray and allow it to cool for about ten minutes – this is really important as it needs this time to stick together!

While the brownies are cooking make the icing by simply melting all the ingredients together and stirring well, then place in the freezer for 15 minutes and then the fridge for 15 to firm up a bit.

Remove the brownies from the tray and leave to cool completely before icing otherwise your icing will melt! Spread the icing on top, cut into squares, dig in and enjoy.

OTHER NEWS + OUR RETREAT

Our 12pm Thursday class will, from this month, become a Guest Teacher Charity Class - this will be a donation based class, aimed to support local charities. This class will change on weekly basis, giving an opportunity to practise with variety of teachers covering different styles of yoga. Giving back to local communities. Pay as you wish, with online suggested donation of £5 (or you can simply drop in).

The September retreat in the South of France is getting more and more interest. Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in yoga, lovely food, sunshine and great vibes. For more info please check here


https://yogahouselondon.co.uk/retreats/ 


Our friends from Lee Greens veg are looking for a driver. This vacancy is paid and requires delivering veg bags to pick up points from around 11.30 till 4pm on Thursdays, you would work as a part of two person delivery team. Please get in touch directly to find out more leegreenslewisham@gmail.com.
 
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Welcome to YOGA HOUSE
newsletter#17 Jan 2019

HAPPY 2019!!

January is the perfect time to kick start the healthy, balanced routine again.

It's the time of year when a lot of us are thinking of setting up new intentions, and we strongly believe in the power of manifestation, but being realistic with your plans will help you stay focused and on track in achieving them.

Your plans don't need to be enormous or requiring a lot of commitment - you can start small and see where that takes you. Any, even the smallest positive change will kick-start the process of more positive things coming your way - we also believe in the power of attraction! :-)

Here are some examples of what we are hoping to do more of this year.

Being more sustainable in food and fashion choices (buying second hand is so good!),  generally trying to buy less, using less plastic, eating a more plant based diet, spending more time outdoors and away from the phone and spending more time with friends and family, making more time for self care rituals but also looking out for those that need our support and love, and doing more yoga!



 
January self care rituals at Yoga House 

This is a wonderful opportunity to dedicate some time to bring a much needed balance back. We have a great selection as always and you can book these sessions via our timetable - our members get 15% on all our workshops.

 

FAMILY YOGA
Workshop with Jo Robinson Sunday 20th Jan 2-2.45pm

Fun 45min sessions for little yogis (5-11yr ) and their parents.

We introduce relaxation and play fun games involving yoga poses. We learn about deep breathing using fun exercises. Kids experience yoga through stories, books, songs and games. We use partner poses and learn simple meditation techniques that can be recreated at home.

Open to all levels. £6 per YOGI

 

YOGA DETOX
Workshop with Aina Wethal Sunday 27th Jan 2-4pm

An uplifting and energising workshop that will focus on helping the body's detox process.
We will work on particular pranayama techniques, mudras and asanas that facilitates the elimination of toxins in the respiratory, circulatory, digestive and finally our nervous system.

This is a great workshop if you want to get motivated after the Christmas break or if you just want to get your body and mind off to a good start in the New Year. 
 
The aim is to leave you feeling physically and mentally rejuvenated ready to meet 2019!  
Open to all levels £20 Early Bird
 

ALCHEMY BOWL SOUND BATH
with Selda Goodwin Sunday 27th Jan 6.45 - 8pm (after 5.30 Restore to Flow with Kasia 
Blackwell) 

A deeply restorative class using sound of alchemy crystal bowls to move the body into a deep state of rest.
The Alchemy crystal singing bowls are made from 99.992% pure crushed quartz and heated to about 4000 degrees F in a centrifugal mold. They are then infused with gemstones and precious metals, creating the ‘alchemy’. Each bowl has a variety of effects; clearing, activating, restructuring, rebalancing and healing.
Alchemy bowls emit a pure, cosmic sound that expands into a multitude of vibrant overtones. Through sound, vibration and intent they assist in clearing blockages, rewiring brain chemistry, activating chakras and elevating our state of consciousness to ever more refined levels.
Join us on Sunday to enter a state of pure bliss.

Open to all levels, usual class pass.


YOGA BOWL EVENTS PRESENT...
REST AND DIGEST DAY RETREAT AT YOGA HOUSE
With Alice Billerey and Charlotte Kjaer Sunday 10th Feb 12-4pm

Yoga Bowl Events is a collaboration between Yoga Teacher, Alice Billerey and Chef, Charlotte Kjaer. 'Rest & Digest' will be a 4 hour day retreat centred around balancing the autonomic nervous system through yoga, meditation and a nutritional plant based lunch. 
 
The afternoon will start will a 75 minute vinyasa flow practice. The flow will be a slow, but strong, exploration of the moving body. Expect a continuous rhythmic flow, each movement will be linked to the breath. This flow will be a moving meditation where the mind and body will intertwine, releasing tension and stress from the body and freeing the monkey mind from chitter-chatter, bringing you into a calm and relaxed state. 
 
Lunch will then be served! Charlotte will create a balanced and healthy meal using plant based seasonal ingredients whilst utilising the wonders of the hemp plant and infusing small amounts of CBD to bring about a sense of wellbeing and relaxation.  
About CBD:
CBD has a wealth of health benefits and is becoming a popular plant based remedy for a variety of ailments. The non psychoactive compound - cannabidiol - interacts with the body's endocannabinoid system which regulates the body's homeostasis impacting functions such as mood, sleep, appetite and pain and immune response. 
 
The afternoon will finish with a 75 minute yin yoga practice. Yin yoga is all about slowing down and giving the body permission to rest. The 'rest and digest' branch of the nervous system will be stimulated through breathing exercises, meditation and long held passive postures to ease out tension and stress in every muscle in the body.  
 
The Schedule:
 12:00 - Meet & Welcome Drink
12:15 - 75 Minute Vinyasa Flow Practice
13:30 - Plant Based Lunch 
14:45 - 75 Minute Yin Yoga Practice
16:00 - Goodbyes and hugs
 
Open to all, Early bird tickets £45
Full Price tickets £50

NEW YEAR Wellness Trends 

Wellness Trends - What's hot in 2019!
We read an interesting article from Hip and Healthy .com and it talked about some more alternative wellness trends for 2019. We were very pleased to read that the majority of the new hot trends is something that we already cover and offer at the studio! Slow living, more conscious spending and being, yoga, meditation and sound healing therapies like gong baths and sound bowl sessions. For all of this and more see us at the studio! and here's the full post.


https://hipandhealthy.com/wellness-trends-2019/
SMOOTHIES - easy recipes 

Here's a nice selection of easy and delicious smoothies to help you increase the intake of fruit and veg in your diet. You can find even more recipes here - http://cookingmehappy.blogspot.com/2016/08/super-smoothies_29.html

GREEN DETOX
Ingredients:
handful of washed kale
1 tablespoon of spirulina powder
1 banana
1 or two dried dates - for added sweetness
1 cup of coconut water - you can use apple juice if you prefer

Put everything in a blender and mix till smooth.

We love kale. It has a nutty, slightly bitter flavour and can help to ease lung congestion and benefit the stomach.
Spirulina is a nutrient rich, fresh water plant that has the ability to capture the sun's energy. It helps to cleanse and detoxify the body and it's protein content supports energy levels so it can definitely help after few glasses of wine... ;-)

BEE CACAO
Ingredients:
1 frozen banana
raw cacao nibs - 1 or two tablespoons will work
1 tablespoon of peanut butter - you can also use almond or hazelnut butter
bee pollen - 1 tablespoon
1 cup of milk - any will work, I really like using either almond or coconut milk
you can also add two ice cubes for making the smoothie more crunchy and chilled

Put all of the ingredients into a blender and blitz - if you like it to be more crunchy don't blend it till it's completely smooth. It's absolutely delicious, filling and will give you a nice energy boost and it's a great alternative to a chocolate bar...
Raw cacao is a great source of magnesium, potassium, antioxidants and can improve your mood!
Bee pollen is another super supplement that is rich in proteins, vitamins including B-complex and folic acid, it's rejuvenating and contains all the essential components of life, clever bees!

PICK ME UP
Ingredients:
half of avocado or one small banana
handful of goji berries
baobab powder - 1 tablespoon (optional)
handful of washed kale
few leaves of fresh mint
1 glass of coconut water

Add all of the ingredients into a blender, blitz till smooth and creamy.

Goji berries are wonderful - you can add them to your morning porridge or smoothies. These nutritious little berries are found in the Himalayas and have been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. Adding fresh mint will make the smoothie very refreshing and together with baobab powder (if using) will help to pick you up!!
Reboot your health after the festive period,
by nutritionist Zannie Krogh 


We've asked our friend and nutritionist Zannie to give us a few ideas on how to restore balance after the festive time, here's her message...

As a new year is starting and with the festive season behind us many of us use this time to consider ways to kick start our health. 
I believe we should always be kind to ourselves and don't make unachievable goals that sets us up for failure. 
My advise for 2019 and ahead are based on the belief that our body and mind are connected and by supporting both we can achieve more.

1. Don't crash diet. 
Crash diets are rarely succesful in the long term and are often depleated of many important nutrients. Consider diet change as a long term strategy. Simply by increasing a variety of plant based and fibre rich food in your diet you can increase satiety and support your natural metabolism which will often achieve longer term weightloss. 
2. Prioritise good sleep. 
If you are waking up tired in the morning it is a sign you are not getting enough sleep. Sleep is one of the corner stones for good health and not getting enough sleep can have negative effect on our health and our weight. Ways to improve sleep are by having a good night time routine which includes ways to wind down in the evening. The light from our phone and computer screens affect the melatonin production telling the body we are not ready for sleep. Turning on 'night shift' on our phone at least 2 hours before bedtime can help this. 
3. Decrease stress. 
When our body is chronically stressed our body thinks it is under attack. 
This, among other things, slows down our digestion and lowers our absorption of important nutrients from our food. Stress also raise our blood sugar levels which have negative effect on both our health and weight.
None of us can avoid stress in our life but we can work towards reducing the amount we are exposed to and support better ways to respond to stress.
A healthy wholefood fibre rich diet with less refined sugar can support better stress response. Yoga is one of the best ways to decrease our stress response, by slowing down and being in the moment.

And finally here are a few things I would invest in for better wellbeing in 2019:

Support detoxification:
If December has been a bit wet and festive then include broccoli sprouts in your diet, they are a real nutritional powerhouse that naturally support our liver detoxification pathways.
https://www.abelandcole.co.uk/organic-broccoli-sprouts-organic

Books:
Invest in 'The Diet Myth' by Tim Spector. This book explains why fad and crash diets do not work in the long term and how the best ways to loose weight is by more fibre rich wholefood.
'Why we sleep' by Matthew Walker is an eye opening book that explains the importance of sleep on our health. 

Hydration:
Maintaining good hydration is important. If you struggle to keep track of how much water you have been drinking the bottles from Hydr8me are a good help.
https://hydr-8.com/

Vegetable box scheme:
Signing up to a vegetable box scheme is a great way to include more varied seasonal, locally produced fruit and vegetable in the diet. 
https://www.leegreens.org/

Lifestyle:
Invest in YOGA!! to increase your body's strength, and support better stress response and support better sleep. 

Please contact me nutrition@zanniekrogh.co.uk for more information about my new 4 week dietary program which supports the body's natural detoxification and better gut health for 2019.
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The December draw of a hand poured all natural candle goes to Alice Dwyer.

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Welcome to YOGA HOUSE
newsletter#16 Dec 2018

The end of the year is a time for slowing down, a time for reflecting on the past months and creating future ideas. Very often, instead of taking time to go inwards and observe how we feel and how the year has been so far, we get so busy with planning and attending things that it all becomes a little bit overwhelming and we are not enjoying ourselves any longer.

This is when self care becomes even more important. Everyone is in need of it in the current busyness of the world.... Self care is an action of taking care to preserve or improve our own health and wellbeing. It's available to all who need it and can be as simple as saying no to certain things, going for a long walk, turning off the noise or just sitting down with your breath for few minutes - to recognise what is happening in your internal world, to listen to all the feedback your body is giving you. Self care starts with recognising your needs and creating a self restoring ritual. What is crucial is to remember that what you're doing to help yourself feel better will greatly benefit those around you. You can only give to others when you feel alright yourself.

We believe that yoga is a wonderful self care tool. It's a way to self acceptance, cultivating self awareness and feelings of deep wellness. But it needs to be practised with loving kindness to self.

We've planned a lovely December at Yoga House around winter wellness and self care outlined in this month's newsletter, we hope you enjoy what we have for you. 

 
Winter Wellness Workshop (15th Dec) at Yoga House 

This is a wonderful opportunity to take couple of hours to escape the hustle and bustle of the busy city life around Christmas. This workshop will combine yoga, healthy nutrition and meditation to give you time to restore and will provide ideas of self care rituals. 

Winter is the time of hibernation for nature and we can naturally feel a bit sluggish, unmotivated and tired. Our immune system can feel very challenged too. Heading over towards the end of the year, we feel a need to slow down and look inwards, reflecting on the past months. We have a perfect end of the year workshop for you. Our annual WINTER WELLNESS event will allow you to indulge in some delicious yoga and meditation, plus talk all things well-being. We are teaming up with Zannie Krogh, a nutritional therapist, to cover topics related to healthy immune system and overall well-being. Giving us ideas on healthy, varied nutrition to support a healthy gut, which is crucial in creating a strong and balanced immune system and wellbeing.  We will start the workshop with a 60min yin/yang practise to warm and relax the body. After the practise you will be treated to turmeric lattes and red lentil coconut soup. The workshop will continue with a session from Zannie, giving us tips and ideas on how to improve our overall well-being.  We will finish the workshop with a 15min guided mediation. 

Some of our favourite ways of keeping the mind and body feeling well are:

  • Making time to look after yourself, doing little things that matter for you, that make you happy, your body and mind will thank you for it.

  • Healthy warming varied nutrition, especially in autumn/winter months making sure you’re keeping your body warm and nurtured. 

  • Quality sleep.

  • Keeping the body moving.

  • Slowing down, any form of meditation.

FOUR Sound sessions at
Yoga House this December..

We strongly believe in the power of sound.

Sound therapies go back thousands of years. They can be a wonderful way of mediation, especially if you find seated mediation very hard. At the studio we offer regular sound baths. Monthly GONG sessions, Crystal Bowl and Sensory Sound sessions, plus Kirtan. 

The sound of a GONG helps the brain reach deep relaxation. 

Crystal Bowl sounds can evoke true transformation.
Quartz is a vibrational transmitter. It carries the vibrational consciousness of the mineral or crystal into our cellular knowing. Because we are 65-70% water we react to the sound of crystal bowls as their vibration penetrates into us.

Kirtan is a mantra and music induced form of meditation. Through the sound and the vibration of these ancient call and response chants (in Sanskrit) you will get the sense of connection to the source, unity, love and healing. 


This month we have a fantastic selection of sound therapies to deeply unwind and slow down:

Saturday 8th Dec 4pm Gentle Qigong + Kirtan with Dan 
Sunday 16th Dec 6.45pm Sensory Sound Bath with Steph + Laura (after 5.30pm Flow to Restore class)
Sunday 30th Dec 6.45pm End of the Year Alchemy Crystal Bowl Sound Bath with Selda (after 5.30pm Flow to Restore class)
Tuesday 1st Jan 4pm New Year's Day special Gong Bath with Junior 

For more information and to book please follow 
https://yogahouselondon.co.uk/timetable/
BANANA Bread Recipe ~ easy

This is a super easy and delicious recipe, like a tropical breeze that will lift your mood instantly. I love baking this with my kids who all love eating it warm.
This 
banana loaf is gluten free, preservative free and tastes of summer (a great pick up for this time of the year!)

Prep time 10 minutes, baking 50 minutes

Here's what you need:
110g of melted coconut oil
250g of coconut sugar (it's almost like brown sugar, but with a hint of caramel, it's packed with nutriens and minerals with a low glycemic index providing 'slow-release' energy, definitely worth a try!) or alternatively brown sugar
4 ripe bananas
4 tablespoons of plant milk of your choice (coconut, almond, cashew nut)
1 egg
1 teaspoon of good quality vanilla essence or 1 vanilla pod
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
optional desiccated coconut
275g of rice flour, buckwheat flour or ground almonds
* I have tried all the flour combinations and I find that mixing 137g of ground almonds and 138g of buckwheat flour makes the nicest cake. Buckwheat is an ancient grain, becoming more and more popular. Rutin found in buckwheat can treat high blood pressure and increase circulation to hands and feet.

Method:
Mix all the ingredients by hand or electric mixer. Line the loaf tin with baking paper and preheat the oven to 180C.
Once all the ingredients are well combined, pour them into the tin and bake for around 50 minutes.
Leave it to cool and sprinkle with some coconut flakes. For an extra bit of indulgence spread some berry jam or home made chocolate spread (recipe here http://cookingmehappy.blogspot.com/2016/07/healthy-c-h-o-c-o-l-t-e-spread_9.html).

Enjoy all day every day! 
Christmas Opening Hours + Local Offers

Our Christmas opening times are up to date on the website and all December wellness and sound sessions are included and open to book, it can be a great gift for someone you know to share a workshop experience with. We will be open almost everyday up to and between Christmas and the New Year with little changes to the number of classes. Please always check the timetable to book and plan.

The studio will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. 
https://yogahouselondon.co.uk/timetable/


To go with our topic of self care we have two lovely offers for you to consider.

You can now get an hour of Thai Yoga Massage with Aina for £40 (instead of the usual £60). This is a powerful therapy for mind body and soul.
Thai Yoga Massage combines acupressure with effective yoga stretching. Also including  elements of reflexology, physiotherapy, meditation and Ayurveda. Deeply relaxing treatment particularly helpful for shoulders, back and hips - suitable during pregnancy. Offer valid from 1st - 21st Dec (please add Yoga House when booking, book directly with Aina or email us for more info). 



Fawz Farhan, the Botanical Pharmacist and founder of the All Being well Project, gives her top tips of the season.

Herbs
- Milk thistle - a wonderful herb that protects the liver against the toxic effects of alcohol. Take before a night out.
- Chamomile, ginger and fennel tea - settles the stomach and mind and tastes great, especially with a dash of lemon and honey

Aromas
- Lavender and rosemary - for clarity and calm. Put a few drops of the essential oils in a bath (mixed first with a tablespoon of any oil to hand). Add a big handful of Epsom salts to relax tired muscles too. 
- Geranium and lemongrass - to lift the spirits and energise. Especially good after a late night or hangover which can leave you low. Use as a room fragrance in a spray or diffuser

Nature
- Shake off the cobwebs and take a wintry walk in the local park, or venture out to the country or nearest National Trust. 
- Remember to stop, take a deep breath and take in every detail in your surroundings. Maybe forage and gather a few momentos like fallen pine cones, prickly sweet chestnut cases or a few springs of holly. Bring the outside into your home.

Exclusive OFFER - 20% off with code YOGAHOUSE
January 12th - Gut Reaction Masterclass
The gut microbiome affects our immunity, cognitive function, mood, weight and more. So if you want to reset yourself after the festive overindulgence, this workshop is for you.
One last thing before we go.
MEMBERSHIPS ARE CHANGING AT YOGA HOUSE...

Become a member by December 31st and freeze the membership price of £70pm for 2019 (£85pm from 01st Jan 2019) - all members also receive a 15% discount on workshops in 2019 and enjoy unlimited access to our wide range of classes. 
It's a great opportunity to join our growing Yogi community.

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Spread the love and share with anyone you think might be interested. All subscribers will be entered into a monthly prize draw. This month it's a handcrafted candle - all natural and smelling absolutely amazing!

The November draw of a box of our favourite Cocoa and Coconut Rooibos Tea goes to Jade Heritage.

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Welcome to YOGA HOUSE
newsletter#15 Nov 2018

Autumn is definitely here, so this newsletter is themed around cold weather wellness. Improving your wellbeing and health is so much more than eating veg and exercising.  In this newsletter you will find information on how to improve and maintain a healthy gut - so important in the overall wellbeing. If you have problems with sleeping why not trying some of our restorative yoga sessions or even yoga Nidra  - more explained below. A good night sleep is vital in keeping the body strong and healthy and tremendously important in keeping a healthy mind. Making sure you dedicate some time to yourself and to things that make you truly happy will boost your overall happiness and health.
We have some lovely workshops as always for you, from more physical to restorative. We also have two new sessions on the timetable for you. Our Thursday 7pm Vinyasa will now become Forrest Yoga (still with Emily) and on Friday evenings 7pm, we've added UNWIND Friday Yin + Meditation.

 
YOGA NIDRA and your wellbeing 

We've asked our Yoga Nidra teacher Tim Rowe to summarise in a few sentences what this wonderful practice is about.
Our weekly Yoga Nidra happens every Tuesday at 8.45pm - 9.30pm


Yoga Nidra is a form of meditation, performed in Savasana. Deep relaxation which has many benefits and suits many needs at different levels. It's a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, like 'going to sleep' stage. In this stage the body is completely relaxed, and the practitioner becomes systematically and increasingly aware of the inner world by following a set of verbal instructions. Yoga Nidra is among the deepest possible states of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness.

Benefits include:
Physical
improves the quality of your sleep and the amount of your sleep, eases chronic pain, soothes your autonomic nervous system

Mental
enhances your mental focus and attention span
, improves your creativity and whole brain functioning

Emotional
gives you more ease and peace of mind in daily life
, helps create new neural pathways in your brain leading to healthy habits

It is also ideally suited to beginners - particularly those who have 
experienced difficulties with other forms of meditation.
On a deeper level, Yoga Nidra is a NonDual practice which facilitates 
the conscious experience of one’s True Nature or Being, by welcoming all 
sensory experiences: sensations, emotions, thoughts and perceptions, so 
that attachment or aversion to these dissolve - leaving one in a state 
of perfect equanimity and inner peace.
November WORKSHOPS + EVENTS

We have a selection of great yoga workshops and events lined up for you.
To book, simply go to our timetable, select your date and reserve your slot. 

https://yogahouselondon.co.uk/timetable/


THURSDAYS 17.00-18.00 TEENS YOGA + MINDFULNESS with Amani Eke from Project Yogi - this is an ongoing weekly class for teens from 12-16yrs old (term time only). We are putting together a workshop, stay tuned. 
This is a flow yoga class, introducing teens to a real adult style yoga class. Here teenagers will learn more challenging postures, do breath work, meditation, mindfulness, partner and acro-style yoga, helping with balance, focus, flexibility, strength and reliving stress. Open to all levels.


SUNDAY 4th NOV 14.00-16.00 UNLOCK YOUR BACKBEND with Aina Wethal
NEVER HAVE BACKBENDS BEEN MORE IMPORTANT!

Due to increased stress from living in a busy modern society where most of us sit in front of computer screens, our backs are now starting to feel the consequences.

Backbends help release tension in shoulders and chest. Doing backbends will build incredible strength and power in your legs, arms and back muscles, and can also stimulate your digestive system.

Explore and improve your backbends safely through different variations, modifications and the use of props.

Mindful movement of the spine opens the area around our lungs, improves our breathing and encourages a healthy flow of energy which aids our body `s ability to heal itself.

As our spine increases mobility and we become more aware of how our spine moves we are left with more vitality and energy.

Open to all levels. £20 early bird (£25).
 

SUNDAY 4th NOV 18.45-20.00 ALCHEMY CRYSTAL BOWL SOUND BATH with Selda Goodwin

A deeply restorative class using sound of alchemy crystal bowls to move the body into a deep state of rest.
The Alchemy crystal singing bowls are made from 99.992% pure crushed quartz and heated to about 4000 degrees F in a centrifugal mold. They are then infused with gemstones and precious metals, creating the ‘alchemy’. Each bowl has a variety of effects; clearing, activating, restructuring, rebalancing and healing.
Alchemy bowls emit a pure, cosmic sound that expands into a multitude of vibrant overtones. Through sound, vibration and intent they assist in clearing blockages, rewiring brain chemistry, activating chakras and elevating our state of consciousness to ever more refined levels.
Join us on Sunday to enter a state of pure bliss.
Open to all levels, usual class pass.


FRIDAY 16th NOV 19.30-20.30 GONG BATH with Junior Valentine
Monthly sound baths run by a qualified Gong Master who will take you on a magical sound journey with his three gongs. The gong is a sacred and ancient instrument of healing, rejuvenation and transformation. Feel the deep relaxation and stress relieving effects of this amazing Sound Bath. All you have to do is lie down and let the sound vibrations flow through your body and mind.

Open to all levels. £15 pre booked or £18 on the door.

 

SUNDAY 18th NOV 14.00-14.45 FAMILY/KIDS YOGA with Kasia Blackwell
Monthly Family Yoga class for grown ups and kids 5-10yr. Fun 45 mins of gentle yoga poses, breathing exercises, yoga stories and simple meditation techniques. 

Open to all levels. £6 per Yogi.


SATRURDAY 1st Dec 13.00-15.00 PINCHA MAYURASANA WORKSHOP  with Charles Balogh
Learning to go upsidedown can be a exhilarating and fun experience. Inversions are the antidote to fear, weakness, imbalanced hormones, anxiety and depression. Inverting the body regulates the nervous and endocrine systems. With this workshop Charles will give you tools that you can take home and integrate in your own practice allowing you with continued effort to build a strong and flexible body to get you in and out with grace from your Feathered Peacock Pose.

Remember, consistency and effort are the keys to success!!!

We are going to start with some Yin stimulating meridians and opening the deeper tissues connected to the shoulders. Then moving to a short dynamic flow learning how to engage the core, stretch and activate all the muscles in the back, shoulders, arms and legs. Following this we are going to work on drills to help isolate and activate the different parts of the body needed to take your Peacock to the next level. Including play time putting everything together and going though all the different variations of Pincha Mayurasana. To finish we will come back to Yin to let the body recharge and reconnect with the four elements. 

£20 early bird price (£25 after).



Teacher Training at Yoga House - schedule changes
This is starting on Monday 5th Nov - the classes will carry on as usual apart from our Thursday Warm Hatha class which on these dates will be moved to 12pm as a 60min session. All will be up to date on the timetable.

Thursday 8th Nov, Thursday 22nd, Thursday 6th Dec, Thursday 10th Jan, Thursday 24th Jan, Thursday 7th Feb, Thursday 21st Feb, Thursday 7th March, Thursday 21st March

Gut Health by Zannie Krogh Nutrition

Our local nutritional therapist gave us her advice on how to look after health and overall wellbeing with a focus on a healthy and happy gut.
We will be inviting Zannie to the studio very soon to collaborate and bring you a winter wellness workshop packed with yoga and great advice on how to stay healthy. More details to follow.... Zannie has also kindly offered 20% off first 
consultation for our students.

Our gut is filled with trillions of tiny microbes and the community of these are called microbiome. As we know now a healthy gut and a diverse microbiome is one of the key aspect to good health and digestive problems have been linked with among others autoimmune diseases, mood disorders, cardio vascular disease and obesity. Research shows around 70-80 % of our immune cells are located in our digestive tract where it forms a protective barrier to the outside world of unwanted pathogens and toxins. When we think about our gut it is useful to think about it as a garden we need to nourish and which requires plenty on nutrients to thrive. 
Here are my 3 top tips for better digestion and to support a healthy microbiome.
  1. Consume at least 30 different types of plant based food in a week - this includes; fruit, vegetables, seeds, nut, legumes and whole grains. The fibres in these food are important for the growth and diversity of good bacteria and to support a healthy digestion. 
  2. Include fermented food in your diet like sauerkraut, kefir and good live plain yoghurt. These are probiotics and can help promote the good bacteria to grow.
  3. Rest and digest - allowing a window of 12-14 hours of fasting by eating an early evening meal as our digestion is best when the body is relaxed. And always try and eat mindfully and chew the food properly as a good digestion starts in the mouth. 
 
For more information or to book a consultation please contact Zannie Krogh on nutrition@zanniekrogh.co.uk
Instagram @zanniekrogh_nutrition   
Kids YOGA CLUB

We are super excited to be launching our first Yoga House Kids YOGA CLUB. From Wednesday 7th November we will be running 6 weekly yoga kids classes (term time only) with our new kids teacher Bella Brelu-Brelu. The classes will have a drop off format, where you can drop your kids for 4pm start and pick them up at 5pm. Bella is a qualified kids yoga teacher with a clear DBS check. Here's her outline on what to expect. To sign up please go to our timetable and select the 6 week kids YOGA CLUB package.

We will explore different themes each week through a combinations of yoga sequences, music, breathing exercises, yoga games, creative arts, meditation and relaxations. Our classes will give children the opportunity to celebrate their own uniqueness through learning in how to connect to their mind and body as well with their peers and the outside world around them. Physically, yoga nurtures freedom of movement to build on flexibility and strength; mentally and emotionally, concentration and self-confidence are improved.  Children are given a safe space to explore being in their bodies to learn to appreciate the endless variety for things our bodies can do for us such as balance, twists, bends, jump, play and relaxation. The classes are designed to help children become in tune with themselves, to develop their skills to self-regulate and to create a calm, happy, loving, confident young being as our children are the future. 
 
Benefits:
  • Teaches self-awareness and self-love
  • Builds on coordination and balance as well as improves on strength and flexibility
  • Builds on concentration
  • Helps to balance the mind
  • Nourishes Creativity
  • Encourages cooperation and teamwork
  • Improves on sleep
  • Improves on self-confidence and builds a positive self-image
  • Develops self-discipline and self-control
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Welcome to YOGA HOUSE
newsletter#14 October 2018

Autumn is most definitely here and we are embracing the change of season with an immune boosting focus in this month's newsletter.

Nature looks absolutely stunning with all the colours changing, the mornings are getting a little colder and the evenings draw darker earlier.

The change of seasons can take us a bit out of balance, a little bit more vulnerable and exposed to changes in our health and overall wellbeing. From YOGA poses, workshops, recipes and local ideas for wellbeing and self care, we hope this newsletter can help you embrace Autumn, making it a positive move of season.
YOGA for immunity

Yoga can be very beneficial in helping to boost the immune system. Regular practice will keep you strong throughout the year, but here we've selected a few poses that are particularly good at this time of year.


Downward Dog Adho Mukha Svanasana
A wonderful full body stretch. In this pose our head is below the heart so this asana is a great opportunity for a gentle inversion. It's a calming pose that encourages deep, steady breathing allowing the nervous system to relax and therefore boosting immunity as our body naturally weakens when under stress. 

Twist - Supine Twist or Half Spinal Twist (Ardha Matsyendrasana)
Twist are a great way to stimulate our third chakra (Manipura) responsible for keeping our inner fire (Agni) ignited, especially important in the change of seasons and colder month to come. There are a lot of poses that include twisting so you can try different variations. From more restorative options like supine twist (easy twist on the floor) to more challenging and dynamic ones like Revolved Half Moon! (great for testing your balance too).

Headstand or Viparita Karani (legs up the wall)
An inversion strengthens the immune system by stimulating the lymphatic drainage in our body. It's a wonderful pose to practise at the end of a busy day, keeping your breath steady, allowing the whole body to relax.

Seated Meditation
Take a few moments out of your busy day to sit down and tune into your own breath. This is such a simple, yet neglected practice that should be a part of everybody's daily routine. You don't need to make it too long, even just a few minutes spent away from the busy everyday doing and thinking will transform how you approach your day, it'll enhance your creativity and give you a clearer perspective on things. If this is quite new to you, start your mediation by doing a full body scan in a seated position with your eyes closed, and eventually move on to using meaningful mantras that you recite in your mind and gradually lengthen the time of your practice. 
 
October WORKSHOPS + EVENTS

We have a selection of great yoga workshops and events lined up for you in October.  To book, simply go to our timetable, select your date and reserve your slot. 
https://yogahouselondon.co.uk/timetable/


THURSDAY 11th OCTOBER 17.00-18.00 TEENS YOGA + MINDFULNESS with Amani from Project Yogi - this will be an ongoing weekly class for teens from 12-16yrs old. 
This is a flow yoga class, introducing teens to a real adult style yoga class. Here teenagers will learn more challenging postures, do breath work, meditation, mindfulness, partner and acro-style yoga, helping with balance, focus, flexibility, strength and reliving stress. Open to all levels.


SUNDAY 14th OCTOBER 14.00-16.00 SLOW DOWN YIN with Alice
Yin Yoga is a gentle and meditative practice that encourages the mind and body to slowly unwind. In Yin the postures are held for 5 minutes, or longer, using yoga props to help support the body and to enhance the feeling of 'letting go'. By holding the postures for an extended period, the fascia (the inter-web of connective tissues in the body that encapsulate and supports every muscle and organ in the body) is stimulated, and circulation to the joints is increased. Making Yin the perfect practice to increase suppleness in the body, allowing you to move with more grace and ease in every day life. The practice of Yin also encourages you to stay aware and available to the different sensations that arise in the body moment to moment. Through introspection Yin provides the perfect gateway into meditation, inner peace and quiet, and can often help to promote feelings of calm and alleviate stress.

During this 2 hour workshop Alice will guide you through an extended Yin Yoga practice where you will explore; mindfulness techniques and guided meditation. Breathing exercises to encourage relaxation and better breathing. Yin yoga postures to create space and ease in body. Expect a warm and cozy setting with low lighting, essential oils and incense to help you melt into an oasis of calm. This will be the perfect practice to round off the weekend, providing you with a clear mind and open body, ready to take on the week ahead. At the end of the practice you're welcome to stay for a cup of tea and a slice of home made vegan cake. Open to all levels, £20 early bird (£25)



FRIDAY 19th OCTOBER 20.00-21.00 GONG BATH with Junior
Monthly sound baths run by a qualified Gong Master who will take you on a magical sound journey with his three gongs. The gong is a sacred and ancient instrument of healing, rejuvenation and transformation. Feel the deep relaxation and stress relieving effects of this amazing Sound Bath. All you have to do is lie down and let the sound vibrations flow through your body and mind.

Open to all levels. 

Open to all levels. £15 pre booked or £18 on the door.


SATURDAY 20th October 12.45-15.15 ASHTANGA with Imir

The workshop will provide a relaxed and fun opportunity to experience a classical Ashtanga Yoga practice, from Pranayama to Savasana.

Imir will begin by exploring modifications for some of the more challenging Asanas and Vinyasas, then lead the group through Pranayama, the opening Mantra and ‘all aboard!’ to enjoy a guided ride through the opening Sun Salutations, Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga, a select few Second Series postures, the Closing Sequence followed by a deep relaxation, aaaahh... Intended as a daily personal therapy, in Ashtanga the rhythmic sequence of Asanas and Vinyasas are developed, slowly and steadily, with breath, concentration and bandhas.

The practice becomes a strong, moving meditation; a vehicle to access deeper internal awareness, purifying the body and organs, maintaining optimum health of mind, body and spirit.

“Through regularity of practice the Eight Limbs are nourished, our practice blooms and our understanding of the depths of Yoga matures”
Open to all levels, £20 early bird (£25)
 

SUNDAY 28th October 14.00-14.45 FAMILY/KIDS YOGA with Kasia
Monthly Family Yoga class for grown ups and kids 5-10yr. Fun 45 mins of gentle yoga poses, breathing exercises, yoga stories and simple meditation techniques. 

Open to all levels. £6 per Yogi.


Teacher Training at Yoga House
Momentum for the Parampara School of Yoga Teacher at Yoga House is gathering!
Just 6 places remain on our exceptional quality, 200 hour Yoga Alliance accredited course in Yoga Teacher Training and Foundation Studies. If you'd like more information on how to join the class of November 2018 drop us a line...

Local wisdom + offers 

We asked local experts and businesses to give us their advice and offer discounts on services that will help you to look after yourself during the changing season. Here are two lovely local businesses that have kindly offered us advice and discounts on their services. 

Fawz, the Botanical Pharmacist and founder of the All Being Well Project, gives her top tips for boosting your immunity and keeping the Winter bugs at bay.

Food to include in your diet:
Goji berries, Pumpkin seeds (rich in zinc), Shiitake mushrooms, GingerGarlic (antiviral so zaps cold and flu viruses before they take hold)
Vitamin C – black currants, kiwi, oranges, red peppers, broccoli, kale
Vitamin D – we don’t get enough sunlight for our bodies to make enough, so top it up from eggs, oily fish or supplements.
Eating a rainbow – the pigments in fruit and veg are antioxidants and great for keeping the body in balance to fight its own battles.
Gut biome - keep your gut flora in tip top shape. Eat a variety of food and plenty of fermented foods – live yoghurts, keffir, kombucha, miso ... whatever takes your fancy.
Herbs
Nettle seeds – sprinkle on your cereal or add to a smoothie.
Elderberry syrup – an antioxidant and immune-booster. You can even make it yourself.
Tea blends – try a blend of Echinacea, Astralgus, Rosehips and Olive leaf and flavour to taste with honey or liquorice powder.
Ayurveda
Keep your constitutional dosha in balance.
Try chywanaprash – also called the ‘elixir or life’, it’s a tonic jam of blended herbs.  
Some herbs can’t be used in pregnancy or with other medicines so always check.

All Being Well Project workshops
Nature-inspired self care and home remedies with Fawz and Paula Sharp Nutrition
Oct 6th – Head Space (mind, anxiety, sleep)
Nov 3rd – Winter wellness (immunity and remedies)
Details: Insta and FB @allbeingwellproject 

To book your workshop with All Being Well Project use YogaHouse code to get 40% off.

We've also received a very kind offer of £20 off for the first 10 people who book a luxurious treatment with a wonderful local holistic health space, A Curious Herbal, run by Lizzie in Lee, just around the corner from our studio. Her offering includes Energy Healing, Massage, Crystal 
Therapy, Alchemy... all at her beautiful boutique studio - with treatments being performed on her Amethyst Far Infrared Healing Bed. Hurry to book your slot!
https://www.acuriousherbal.co.uk
Warming SOUP recipe 

Autumn is a great opportunity to spend a bit more time at home experimenting in the kitchen, making some wholesome nourishing dishes. We have this very simple, yet delicious Pumpkin + Kale soup recipe for you including seasonal veg, full of goodness and colour. Where possible try using organic veg (why not give Lee Greens a try - local organic veg bag scheme - https://www.leegreens.org)

Here's what you need:
1 small sized pumpkin - (pumpkins are rich in vitamin A, which is great for our eyesight, eating pumpkins can boost immune system - they are a solid source of vitamin C. It's one of the best-known sources of beta-carotene, which is a powerful antioxidant)
a handful of kale
2 garlic cloves
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 stock cube - to make 500ml of stock (I recommend Kallo for lower salt content)
half a tsp of turmeric
half a tsp of cinnamon
half a tsp of ground ginger
pinch of chilli flakes
salt and black pepper to taste
nigella seeds to decorate and for added crunch
a drizzle of olive oil
a dollop of Ghee or coconut oil for frying

Here's how to do it:
Pre-heat the oven to around 200 degrees. Wash and chop the pumpkin - the variety I bought didn't even require peeling the skin. Place in an oven dish, drizzle with olive oil and crush two garlic cloves and scatter over the pumpkin. Place in the oven for around 20 minutes (until the pumpkin in nice and soft). In the meantime chop the onion, heat the coconut oil in a large pan, then fry until soft. Add the turmeric, cinnamon, chilli and ginger. Fry for a couple minutes. Add washed kale, stirring it continuously so it doesn't burn. Fry for few minutes. If the pumpkin is ready, add it to the frying pan, then pour the stock. Wait until it starts boiling, then cover and simmer for around 10 minutes. Add salt and black pepper to taste. Take off heat. Blend it all to create a smooth consistency adding more water depending on how creamy/watery you want it to be. 
Sprinkle with some nigella seeds for added flavour. Enjoy, what a treat!! Long may continue the pumpkin season!!
 
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newsletter#13 September 2018

Hello September! The season for cosy jumpers, soups and warm teas is on its way, and how exciting! It will look absolutely stunning, covered in all the autumnal colours. 

This is the season that invites us to start slowing down a bit more and bringing balance back after the holidays. Summer time is a great way to recharge and explore, but sometimes our healthy routine can slack, so now you can bring the healthy balance back.

Looking after your body will benefit your overall wellbeing. Making sure you keep yourself healthy and strong through regular exercise (we of course recommend lots of yoga!)  and a nourishing diet.

What we eat will greatly influences how we feel on every level. You can boost your mood and energy levels by making some small changes in your every day routine. And if you feel guilty after holidays, a gentle cleanse or detox might be a good idea. I will be exploring a three day Ayurvedic cleanse (more detail below). But you should always research different options and find one that would suit your lifestyle.  

 
September at YOGA HOUSE  - WORKSHOPS + EVENTS

We have a selection of great yoga workshops and events lined up for you in September.  To book, simply go to our timetable, select your date and reserve your slot. 
https://yogahouselondon.co.uk/timetable/


SUNDAY 9th SEPTEMBER 17.30-18.45 SENSORY SOUND BATH with Steph and Laura
Sunday tonic to soothe the soul. After a popular first Sensory Bath, the girls are back to share the magic. Tantalise the senses as you are immersed in scent and sound. The session begins with activating your breath and voice with Pranayama and Mantra. Once tuned in and engaged to your own vibrations lie back and go on a cosmic journey, as healing frequency instruments and 
essential oils are woven through the crowd. Allow the vibrations to relax the body and soothe the mind as we journey inward to clear blockages making space for whatever is needed in that moment. The sound journey will include gongs, crystal bowls, shamanic drum, chimes, Native American flute and other percussive instruments. During the soul journey instruments will move around the room and a number of aromatic scents will be dispersed. Open to all levels. £15 pre booked or £18 on the door.

SATURDAY 15th SEPTEMBER 14.00-16.00 ARM BALANCING + INVERSIONS with Kasia
Learning safe ways and correct techniques to turn upside down. Building confidence and replacing fear with playfulness. We will break down some of the arm balances and approach inversions in a safe way. We will also look closely at Chaturanga - a pose that can transform your practice when done with the correct technique. 
The workshop will finish with a homemade vegan avocado and chocolate mousse.
Open to all levels £20



FRIDAY 21st SEPTEMBER 19.30-20.30 GONG BATH with Junior
Monthly sound bath run by our qualified Gong Master, who will take you on a magical journey with his three gongs. Deep relaxation, perfect for a Friday night. Open to all levels. £15 pre-booked or £18 on the door (gets booked up very fast).



SUNDAY 23rd September 14.00-14.45 FAMILY/KIDS YOGA with Kasia
Fun 45min session for little yogis (5-11yr) and their parents. Relaxation and fun stories involving yoga poses. Open to all levels. £12 one adult + child (£6 additional yogis).


SATURDAY 29th 17.15-18.15 GENTLE FLOW + KIRTAN with Dan
One hour of gentle movement, inspired by Qi Gong followed by mantra and music induced meditation. You will be led through call and response chants ~ Bahaman's. Bahaman simply means "sharing". Sharing is at the absolute heart of Dan's intention for these monthly Kirtans. His wish is to bring together a diverse community through the healing, uplifting and freeing vibration of these chants devoted to our connection to source, unity and love. Through chanting we begin a journey that focusses the busy mind on melodious mantras that are thousands of years old and have been chanted by communities over the centuries in the ancient language of Sanskrit. Eventually we will begin to detach from the deceptive surface layers of our turbulent minds and dive deep into our hear centre. Come chant with us! This is a friendly, casual and all-inclusive space for you to participate regardless of whether you are a "singer" or not. Come free your voice and heart and lets build some uplifting vibrations together. Booking is part of the normal timetable, £12 drop-in or free for members.

 
TIMETABLE CHANGES

We are introducing some exciting changes to our current timetable. There will be even more classes added during September, if there is anything you would like to see on the schedule in terms of classes or workshops we welcome any feedback so please do get in touch.

The new changes will be introduced throughout September so please keep an eye on our website and social media and we will also email out a full timetable plan to you very soon.

And just a polite reminder the studio space is a mobile + shoe free zone.


 
Ayurvedic Cleanse

My summer cleanse - If you feel like trying a little post summer cleanse, this three day Ayurvedic detox is a nice and gentle way of giving your digestive system a little break and boosting your overall wellbeing - combined with some gentle yoga you will feel refreshed after.

The cleanse consist of eating very simple, but nourishing food everyday and drinking herbal teas. If you are a big coffee drinker you would need to ease yourself before you take up your cleanse.


When you feel ready the plan would look like this:

Morning - try poached apples with spices (star anise + cinnamon).
Lunch + Dinner  - Kitchari (Ayurvedic staple healing food, mung bean dhal with lots of spices and rice).
Herbal teas to drink in between - try fennel or nettle tea.

Nothing more nothing less. There are some great recipes online for the ideas mentioned above and I'll be using Jasmine Hemsley's book East by West.


Local news 
A very exciting new shop is coming soon to Leegate.
Shop without packaging (SWOP) - 7 Burnt Ash Road, a brand new zero-waste shop. Organic food & groceries sold without packaging from gravity dispensers (fill your own containers). 

https://en-gb.facebook.com/swopmarketshop/

Looking for local, seasonal and organic veg?
Give Lee Greens a try. They are a non profit veg bag scheme run by people who love fresh vegetables some of them volunteer their time to help out supplying local communities in organic veg from small local farms. The scheme operates across Lewisham - covering Lee, Hither Green, Blackheath, Deptford and surrounding areas. 

https://www.leegreens.org
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Welcome to YOGA HOUSE
newsletter#12 August 2018

Welcome to our 12th newsletter! I can't believe it has been a year already since we started them, I hope you enjoy the content and find them useful. We welcome any feedback to each and everyone of our newsletters as our community continues to grow, we love that you are a part of our journey together. 

The holidays are in full swing now, and as you have probably noticed a few classes have been postponed for the summer timetable, but the majority are running as usual. We have been overwhelmed by your support, with a large number of classes hitting waiting list. Many of you also took up the July offer of 3 extra classes on the 10 class pass, so a BIG thank you to everyone that has been attending and supporting our yoga community, with clients also travelling from afar to practice in our beautiful space.

And if you're away, remember that you can always create your own simple flows to keep your practice going.



This year's summer heat wave and planet retrogrades feel like it's asking us is to go inward, to reflect on the past six months and create plans for the remaining months. At Yoga House we have some amazing adventures lined up and we're working to create special moments for all so watch this space...

If you feel the shifts of energy and get overwhelmed, try slowing it down and focus on the positive. Self reflection and living with intention is a great way to achieve a sense of wellbeing. Focus on the positive and life will change in your favour. And let's enjoy the summer whilst it's here!
August and September YOGA HOUSE WORKSHOPS + EVENTS

We have a selection of great yoga workshops and events lined up for you. To book simply go to our timetable, select your date and reserve your slot. 
https://yogahouselondon.co.uk/timetable/



SUNDAY 12th August 17.30-18.30 GENTLE FLOW + KIRTAN with Dan
One hour of gentle movement, inspired by Qi Gong followed by mantra and music induced meditation. You will be led through call and response chants ~ Bahaman's. Bahaman simply means "sharing". Sharing is at the absolute heart of Dan's intention for these monthly Kirtans. His wish is to bring together a diverse community through the healing, uplifting and freeing vibration of these chants devoted to our connection to source, unity and love. Through chanting we begin a journey that focusses the busy mind on melodious mantras that are thousands of years old and have been chanted by communities over the centuries in the ancient language of Sanskrit. Eventually we will begin to detach from the deceptive surface layers of our turbulent minds and dive deep into our hear centre. Come chant with us! This is a friendly, casual and all-inclusive space for you to participate regardless of whether you are a "singer" or not. Come free your voice and heart and lets build some uplifting vibrations together. Booking is part of the normal timetable, £12 drop-in or free for members.



SUNDAY 9th SEPTEMBER 17.30-18.45 SENSORY SOUND BATH with Steph and Laura
Sunday tonic to soothe the soul. After a popular first Sensory Bath, the girls are back to share the magic. Tantalise the senses as you are immersed in scent and sound. The session begins with activating your breath and voice with Pranayama and Mantra. Once tuned in and engaged to your own vibrations lie back and go on a cosmic journey, as healing frequency instruments and 
essential oils are woven through the crowd. Allow the vibrations to relax the body and soothe the mind as we journey inward to clear blockages making space for whatever is needed in that moment. The sound journey will include gongs, crystal bowls, shamanic drum, chimes, Native American flute and other percussive instruments. During the soul journey instruments will move around the room and a number of aromatic scents will be dispersed. Open to all levels. £15 pre booked or £18 on the door.

 

SATURDAY 15th SEPTEMBER 14.00-16.00 ARM BALANCING + INVERSIONS with Kasia
Learning safe ways and correct techniques to turn upside down. Building confidence and replacing fear with playfulness. We will break down some of the arm balances and approach inversions in a safe way. We will also look closely at Chaturanga - a pose that can transform your practice when done with the correct technique. 
The workshop will finish with a homemade vegan avocado and chocolate mousse.
Open to all levels £20



FRIDAY 21st SEPTEMBER 19.30-20.30 GONG BATH with Junior
Monthly sound bath run by our qualified Gong Master, who will take you on a magical journey with his three gongs. Deep relaxation, perfect for a Friday night. Open to all levels. £15 pre-booked or £18 on the door (gets booked up very fast).



SUNDAY 23rd September 14.00-14.45 FAMILY/KIDS YOGA with Kasia
Fun 45min session for little yogis (5-11yr) and their parents. Relaxation and fun stories involving yoga poses. Open to all levels. £12 one adult + child (£6 additional yogis).

 
SUMMER RECIPE FOR YOU  - ROSEMARY AND OLIVE OIL CAKE

There's nothing better than warm summer evenings when you have some delicious homemade cake to enjoy. Here's a slightly out of the ordinary but delicious cake. Give it a try it's super easy to make. 

The cake recipe I'm going to share with you involves olive oil, rosemary and lemons - delicious combination! I found it in the 'foodism' magazine.

It takes 15 mins to prep and approximately 50 mins to bake

Here's what you need:
50g of plain flour
125g of ground almonds
2 and 1/2 tsp of baking powder

200g caster sugar
250ml of light olive oil
5 eggs, lightly beaten
1 and 1/2 tbsp of chopped rosemary
zest of two unwaxed lemons
fresh raspberries to decorate - or any other seasonal fruit
icing sugar for dusting


Method:
Preheat the oven to 160 degrees and grease a cake tin (20cm round shaped would work well). I like adding breadcrumbs to the greased tin, shaking them around just to create a thin layer of breadcrumbs sticking to the bottom and sides - turn it upside down so the excess breadcrumbs fall out, we only need a very thin layer - this helps the cake not to stick to the tin. 

Sieve the flour, baking powder and ground almonds into a large mixing bowl, add sugar and stir everything together. In a separate bowl lightly beat the eggs then add them to the flour mix. Mix together, then add olive oil, chopped rosemary and lemon zest - mix well until all combined and smooth. Pour the mixture into prepared tin and place in the middle of the oven. Bake for around 50 minutes. The cake will still have a slight wobble, but when cooling down it will set nicely. Once cooled dust it with a bit of icing sugar. Top up with fresh fruit and enjoy with a nice cup of tea. This cake might even make you want to grow your own rosemary! ;-)

 
HOLIDAY READ

'The way of the heart is the way of courage.It is to live in insecurity, it is to live in love and trust it is to move in the unknown. A person who is alive, really alive, vitally alive, will always move into the unknown. There is danger there, but he will take the risk. The heart is always ready to take the risk, the heart is a gambler.'

This is a little quote from a book about COURAGE by Osho, one of the books I'm enjoying reading this summer.

Osho wrote over 650 books (transcribed from audio and video recordings of his talks)  and has been selected as one of ten people - along with Gandhi, Nehru and Buddha - who have changed the destiny of India. He emphasised the importance of meditation, mindfulness, love celebration, courage, creativity and humour. 

 
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The July draw of cold pressed BOOSTER shot goes to Donna Jupp.

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Welcome to YOGA HOUSE
newsletter#11 July 2018

The holiday season is upon us. We hope the glorious weather has been making everyone feel wonderful and happy. We would love to encourage you to keep your practice up over the holiday period, even if you're going away and won't be attending classes at the studio as often during the summer.

You can design your own flow or start with a few sun salutations, some grounding warriors, adding floor stretches - maybe inspired by your favourite yin poses, and finishing with a few minutes in seated meditation or savasana.

Take advantage of our Summer Offer - for the month of July if you purchase a £100, 10 session package we will give you 3 additional classes, so £100 for 13 sessions to be taken within 3 months of purchase.

Thank you to all who took part in our first  Yoga House challenge! We absolutely loved seeing all the entries, they are truly wonderful. Winners to be announced over the next few days. I'm sure we will do another challenge very soon.

Also a BIG thank you to all of you who came to our first Charity Yoga + Clothes SWAP event. We raised £130 for Project Yogi and Lewisham Opportunity Preschool. We will definitely organise another swap in Autumn, after all, every wardrobe needs a seasonal detox!

We are hoping that hosting charity events and organising fun challenges will encourage our growing community to come together and spread the good vibes wider. 

 
JULY YOGA HOUSE WORKSHOPS + EVENTS

We have a selection of great yoga workshops and events lined up for you this month. To book simply go to our timetable, select your date and reserve your slot. We will then take a little break from workshops in August, but will be back with lots more in September.
https://yogahouselondon.co.uk/timetable/


SUNDAY 1st JULY 17.30-18.30 GENTLE FLOW + KIRTAN with Dan
One hour of gentle movement, inspired by Qi Gong followed by mantra and music induced meditation. You will be led through call and response chants ~ Bahaman's. Bahaman simply means "sharing". Sharing is at the absolute heart of Dan's intention for these monthly Kirtans. His wish is to bring together a diverse community through the healing, uplifting and freeing vibration of these chants devoted to our connection to source, unity and love. Through chanting we begin a journey that focusses the busy mind on melodious mantras that are thousands of years old and have been chanted by communities over the centuries in the ancient language of Sanskrit. Eventually we will begin to detach from the deceptive surface layers of our turbulent minds and dive deep into our hear centre. Come chant with us! This is a friendly, casual and all-inclusive space for you to participate regardless of whether you are a "singer" or not. Come free your voice and heart and lets build some uplifting vibrations together. Booking is part of the normal timetable, £12 drop in or free for members.



SUNDAY JULY 15th 14.00-14.45 FAMILY/KIDS YOGA with Kasia
Fun 45min session for little yogis (5-11yr) and their parents. Relaxation and fun stories involving yoga poses. Open to all levels. £12 one adult + child (£6 additional yogis).


FRIDAY JULY 20th 19.30-20.30 GONG BATH with Junior
Monthly sound bath run by our qualified Gong Master, who will take you on a magical journey with his three gongs. Deep relaxation, perfect for a Friday night. Open to all levels. £15 pre-booked or £18 on the door (gets booked up very fast).



SATURDAY 15th SEPTEMBER 14.00-16.00 ARM BALANCING + INVERSIONS with Kasia
Learning safe ways and correct techniques to turn upside down. Building confidence and replacing fear with playfulness. We will break down some of the arm balances and approach inversions in a safe way. We will also look closely at Chaturanga - a pose that can transform your practice when done with the correct technique. 

The workshop will finish with a homemade vegan avocado and chocolate mousse.
Open to all levels £20

 
BOYS AND YOGA 

We are on a mission to encourage more men to try yoga. Did you know that traditionally yoga was a male only practice, until the first yogini  - Indra Devi was accepted to study under Sri Krishnacharya around 1937. 

We asked our in-house Yogi to tell us what made him start yoga as we would love to see more men joining the classes. Yoga is a wonderful combination of full body workout and releases stress and anxiety in a very effective way. 

See below why and how Junior started his yoga journey.


Why did I start yoga…………?
I had heard a lot about this thing called ‘’YOGA’’. You could say curiosity was about to kill the cat because I was very curious. I had heard so many good things, how you exercise to move your body and mediate, but at the same time receive multiple benefits and peace of mind, relief of anxiety and how could I forget, flexibility. I still remember heading into my first yoga class many moons ago and being the only guy in the class. I was riddled with anxiety and nerves even though I had a history in movement and dance that had no bearing on embarking on my first yoga class. Thoughts already started to pop into my head that I was going to be the worst man in history to try yoga. Fast forward to the end of class and I was sweating buckets, achy from the stretches, but as if someone said abracadabra! I felt as if I was floating - nobody could ruin my vibe. So, I slowly started to return to this class because of that feeling I felt, and more and more I started to really grasp some understanding. Over the years as I dedicated time and practice to the point I now teach, I’ve started to notice the increase in male teachers and men in class which is fantastic. My mission within the UK is to bring more men to yoga, if more men could attended yoga we could potentially help to battle the statistics of suicide (75 per cent of all suicides are committed by men under 45 in the UK and ROI). Allowing men to express themselves and not attach it to weakness or anything of the lesser, and we can start this step. Yoga House has a great sense of community, friendless, heart and spirit. I encourage all the gents out there to give yoga a try, what have you got to lose? 



 
YOGI FUEL

New cold pressed BOOSTER shots have arrived at the studio! Give yourself a little healthy kick before or after your practice with one of our new shots available to purchase. We have three flavours to chose from, all cold pressed and full of goodness!!
 
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The June draw of a free yoga class goes to Jemma Lewis.


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June Newsletter

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Welcome to YOGA HOUSE
newsletter#10 June 2018

YOGA BLOOM

The weather has been so kind to us, we hope you are enjoying all the sunny vibes and electrifying thunder storms!! bringing the beautiful nature to its full glory.

June brings us great workshops, class additions plus a charity event including donation based yoga and clothes swap, we're sure you will find something good.

Give new things a try this month, after all 'when you want something you've never had, you have to do something you've never done.'

We are hosting a Yoga House first yoga challenge! For 11 days in June, our 11 teachers we will be posting different yoga poses (including beginner versions), all you need to do is recreate the pose, post on your social media,  follow and tag us in your posts (including tagging all of our teachers, so we can see your amazing entries) and at the end we will pick the winner! We have some great prizes lined up for you. Look out for more details on our social media soon. 

JUNE YOGA HOUSE EVENTS + WORKSHOPS

We have a selection of great yoga workshops and events lined up for you this month. To book simply go to our timetable, select your date and reserve your slot.
https://yogahouselondon.co.uk/timetable/


FRIDAY JUNE 22nd 19.30-20.30 GONG BATH with Junior
Monthly sound baths run by a qualified Gong Master, who will take you on a magical journey with his three gongs. Deep relaxation perfect for a Friday night. Open to all levels. £15 pre-booked or £18 on the door (gets booked up very fast).


SATURDAY JUNE 23rd 11.00-13.00 AIR MANDALA with Lydia
LAST of the four Mandala series - AIR element. We will focus on Anahata, the heart chakra encouraging space and openness through the upper chest, allowing the heart to become more accessible. We will then close the practice with balancing WATER Yin to experience the idea of breath, your life force, flowing through you with ease. This workshop will teach you how to move 360 degrees around the mat with ease and conscious awareness to the movement, as well as giving you a deeper understanding of the AIR element.

Open to all levels £25 (early bird £20).

 

SATURDAY JUNE 23rd MANOR HOUSE GARDENS FESTIVAL  with Kasia and Aina 
Find us in the Sensory Garden between 10-5pm. Kasia will be teaching some yoga sessions (including kids yoga) and Aina will be offering Thai massages. The festival is very popular each year and enjoyed by all ages from the local community and beyond. 


SUNDAY JUNE 24th 14.00-14.45 FAMILY/KIDS YOGA with Jo
Fun 45min session for little yogis (5-11yr) and their parents. Relaxation and fun stories involving yoga poses. Open to all levels. £12 one adult + child (£6 additional yogis).


FRIDAY JUNE 29TH 19.00-21.00 CHARITY EVENT SOUL FLOW + CLOTHES SWAP raising money for Project Yogi + LOPS Lewisham.
Join us for our first charity fundraising event at Yoga House. Our Friday Soul Flow Yoga class is followed by a fun clothes swap - rules are very easy :-) just bring your unwanted (but in wearable condition) clothes and swap for some new treasures. You can join us for just yoga, come to both or drop in just for the clothes swap part - we will be serving some refreshments too. Please bring spare cash for extra clothes tokens. All money raised will be shared between two charities - Project Yogi + LOPS - Lewisham Opportunity Pre-school.

This event is open to all levels £10 for yoga and clothes swap, or £5 for clothes swap only. Cash paid on door if you're doing clothes swap.
GIVE BACK TO YOUR LOCAL CHARITIES  

We are very excited to be supporting two amazing organisations this month.

On Friday 29th June 7-9pm our Soul Flow class will be a charity donation class followed by a super fun event ~ our first clothes swap + some 
refreshments. All money raised will go towards two great charities - Project Yogi and LOPS in Lewisham.

Project Yogi is a non profit organisation that creates self development and self empowerment  programmes using yoga, mindfulness and social emotional development activities (info from www.projectyogi.com). They also teach yoga at schools as an alternative to usual sports. Their programmes are designed for children, teens and families.

LOPS - Lewisham Opportunity Pre-school is a registered charity managed by volunteers providing play and learning facilities to allow children with less abilities to integrate with children without special needs.

 
EVEN MORE YOGA and GOODIES AT THE STUDIO

We now offer two early morning sessions  - join us on Mondays and Wednesdays at 7.15am for a 45min energising Sunrise Flow with Lydia.  

We have also added on Mondays a new balancing 12pm Yang to Yin session with our new teacher Dan. The class combines soft, fluid flows inspired by Qi Gong, followed by grounding Yin.  
Dan also run a wonderful Kirtan and meditation session at the studio and will be doing that again soon, so keep your eyes peeled!

We are touched by the amount of local talent that we can now support by selling some of their amazing items at the studio.

The selection includes handmade lavender eye pillows in beautiful colourful fabrics, botanical and nature inspired room sprays and muscle balms, semi precious stone handmade mala jewellery and macrame plant hangers. Please ask us at the studio for more details. Shop small, shop local, support creativity.
MANOR HOUSE GARDENS FESTIVAL 

We will have a Yoga House stand at the festival where you can chat to us about the studio, classes and also get a Thai massage session with Aina (30min for only £15!!).
Find us in the sensory garden. The entry to the festival is free of charge.  

Join Kasia at 12.30pm for a 30min Kids/Family Yoga session in the Sensory Garden. Bring your own mat or a blanket.

Or at 3.30pm for a Vinyasa Yoga with Kasia as a part of the Wellness Sessions. The Wellness Sessions will take place on the 'green' middle of the park and there are few amazing sessions to take part in, spaces are limited so best to book.

 
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Spread the love and share with anyone you think might be interested. All subscribers will be entered into a monthly prize draw. This month it's a class on the House!
The May draw of Organic Birch Water drink goes to Emma Power.


Lots of Love 
Kasia at YOGA HOUSE x
     
     
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