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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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