Update, 21st May

We are on day 15 now, and my dad is so exhausted by this vile virus. But the 111 GP thinks we have passed the crisis point. She said we had done well. I think when she said that the full enormity of it all began to dawn on me. My dad, who is in his 80s, has an underlying lung condition and has Covid. He is in the same house as my mum, who has severe chronic progressive MS. The carer who was with us here is a woman of colour – she is also at high risk. My teacher Mimi talks about something called ‘pendulating’ – essentially when something is too much to deal with, you steer your thoughts away from that thing and come back to it later. And that is what I am doing as much as I can. Continue reading

Update, 18th May

Today Dad woke up and said he was feeling a little better. That has to be a good thing. He is doing so well as a man in his 80s with a lung condition.

Mum’s lovely carer, in full PPE

However, this morning it appeared that we wouldn’t be able to secure a live-in carer to come in from Wednesday (mum needs 2 carers and I am not hoist trained). I have been desperately trying, without success, to secure Covid tests for mum and myself to reassure carers that she and I are clear of the virus. This will make it a lot easier for the care company to find carers who are not too frightened to come into the house. Dad is totally isolated and I have acquired the very best PPE we can from eBay (protective glasses, hair cap, full lab coat, high quality masks and gloves). However I do completely understand the carers’ fear. Anyway, miraculously Michelle from Able Care managed to Continue reading

Things to be grateful for, 17th May

Things to be grateful for:

  1. My dad is still alive and we are on day 11 of covid.
  2. Mum still has no symptoms.
  3. I am grateful for Tim, Lottie, Grace and Alex. I can feel their love even though we are not physically together.
  4. I am grateful for Gwenny who is an Angel in human form.
  5. I am grateful for Kelly who is an Angel in human form.
  6. I am grateful for the GP who Continue reading

Coronavirus

Following the Prime Minister’s advice this evening to avoid non-essential contact to protect public health, I feel the responsible thing to do is suspend my public classes until these challenging times have passed.

I am in the process of setting up online classes for anyone keen to keep practising yoga at home. Details are still to be confirmed, but if you’re interested in joining this virtual community of yogis and yoginis then please message me your email address and I will be in touch very soon.

In the meantime look after yourselves and each other. Hopefully see you soon online 😊

Yoga and hygiene

Photo of washing hands by Curology on UnsplashGiven the events in the news surrounding Coronavirus, I have put in place two changes to how I run my classes, to try to follow best practice.

Firstly, I am advising students to bring their own yoga mats, to minimise the change of cross-contamination. If you don’t have one, they are widely available from many sources including Amazon who sell the mats I have been using. I will still bring a few mats along just in case anyone forgets, though.

For the same reason I am also suspending use of eye pillows for the time being. These are also widely available to buy eg here on Amazon if you would like to bring your own.

Tickets now available for wellness retreat at Hastoe Hall, 17th November

Wellness retreat
Colette and I are excited to announce that the details of the next Nature & Nourish upcoming wellness retreat are now set: the event is arranged for the afternoon of 17th November, at Hastoe Hall near Tring. This is a spectacular venue, set in a Rothschild-established hall built in 1898 and set in beautiful rural Chilterns countryside. The afternoon will feature yoga, Ayurveda and delicious seasonal food to help you thrive through the winter months. Oh, and carefully curated self-care goody bags!

Supporting Smart Works
We are pleased to be again supporting the fantastic charity Smart Works through this event. They support women from many different backgrounds in getting into work, through practical assistance such as wardrobe assistance and coaching.

Tickets
Tickets are £55 per person, but we have arranged an early-bird price of £49 until 8th October. Tickets can be purchased either through our EventBrite page (where a small booking fee is charged by the site) or directly through us. The event will run from 2-5:30pm on the Sunday, subject to final confirmation in the next few days.

More details about the event are included in the flyer below (click on the image to download the flyer as a PDF file):

Space for some yoga in the autumn!

I do hope you had a really enjoyable summer! It hardly seems possible that the autumn school term is about to start, yet here it is. Similarly, my yoga classes start back this week, with a soft start on the timetable and a few changes and additions you might be interested in. Details below, in a nutshell.

If you’re new to yoga, do get in touch and feel very welcome to come and try a class out. Just wear something comfortable and come a few minutes early so I can explain how things work. My Tuesday evening class at the Amersham School is a particularly good one to start with, as the venue is spacious and easy to find.

Market Hall (Monday am)

Tomorrow I am running a single 10:35am class, for all levels and abilities. From next Monday though (9th September) both classes will be back to normal.

Chi (Monday pm) *** new class ***

From next Monday 9th, I will be teaching a 6:30pm class at Chi Personal Training up in Coleshill, just off Magpie Lane. As you’ll see from their website, this is a rather special gym and yoga venue. Classes can be booked through their booking page on the website.

Yin + Yoga (Tuesday am)

My 9:30am class will be back to normal from this week, and spaces can be booked on their website.

Amersham School Dance Studio (Tuesday pm)

This class is now back to running as normal.

Total Physiotherapy (Wednesday pm)

I am running a single class here from this week, at 7pm. I am planning to stick to a single class for the time being, due to extra capacity now being available at different locations.

Hastoe Hall – Yoga retreat, 17th November

Details to be confirmed, but my colleague Colette and I are running a retreat in November. Let me know if you’re interested and I’ll send details when they are ready.

Announcement: First Nature and Nourish Day Retreat

Colette and Ellie are excited to announce the first of their Nature and Nourish Day Retreats.

Nature and Nourish Day Retreat

Sunday May 12th 1pm-5.30pm
Jordans Quaker Centre, Welders Lane, Jordans, Beaconsfield, Bucks, HP9 2SN

Price: Early bird price until April 15th £40, £45 thereafter, plus the EventBrite booking fee.
Charity contribution: 20% of profits will go to Smart Works, a wonderful charity which provides dressing and coaching services for unemployed women.

Ayurveda is a personalised approach to the art of living in harmony with the laws of nature and is the sister science to Yoga. Both are healing disciplines developed over 5,000 years ago in India and have always been used together.

This retreat has been carefully designed to leave you feeling the combined benefits of Ayurveda and Yoga – revitalised, refreshed and ready for the advent of the late spring and early summer months. The day will include:

  • A basic introduction to Ayurveda
  • An explanation of simple Ayurvedic seasonal self-care rituals that can be practised at home
  • A dynamic and a restorative Yoga practice aligned to Ayurvedic principles to rejuvenate and revitalise you, ready for the advent of spring and beyond
  • An Ayurvedic meal which will not only taste delicious but will help to bring you into balance with the seasons
  • A bag of self-care treats to use at home

About us

Colette trained to teach Yoga with Simon Low and the faculty of the Yoga Academy. She continues to deepen her knowledge of Ayurveda with well-respected teachers such as Tarik Dervish and will train to be an Ayurvedic Practitioner this autumn. Her approach to Yoga is to use the practice as an anchor of awareness in an ever more fragmented world, to help students stay connected to their true selves, through their bodies, minds and spirits. Her work as a Yoga retreat chef has led her to explore the benefits of diet, movement and breath as holistic tools to help us skilfully navigate life’s changes.

Ellie trained to teach Yoga with Tarik Dervish, an Ayurvedic Practitioner and Yoga Teacher aligned with the British Wheel of Yoga. Ellie continues to train with Tarik, gaining a deeper understanding of how Ayurveda and Yoga together offer relevant and practical tools to live life with a little more ease, wellbeing and joy.

To ensure a welcoming and nourishing day for all numbers are limited. To book follow this link to the event on EventBrite.

About Smart Works

Smart Works Reading are a non-profit organisation that helps women, across the Thames Valley, to connect with the best version of themselves by giving them a complete outfit of clothing and one to one coaching, so that they can succeed in their job interview. Smart Works Reading works with women who have been referred from organisations such as Job Centre Plus, Mencap, Adviza, The Prince’s Trust and Ways into Work. In the last year, over 60% of the women who visited Smart Works went on to get the job within a month of their visit. To discover more about them please visit: smartworks.org.uk/reading-smart-works