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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 
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.
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.

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. 

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.

- 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

- 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

- 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.

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

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Look after yourself.
Kasia x
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