October / November 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve been fortunate to enjoy spectacular fall colours in this unseasonably warm autumn. The darkest time of the year seems a long ways away. Halloween is just around the corner. Halloween has deep roots back to Pagan times and the festival of Samhain – pronounced “Sow-in”, literally “summer’s end.” It marks the end of one agricultural year and the beginning of another. It is considered a potent time, the New Year.

We will also be “falling back” to Standard Time on Sunday, November 6th when we will really start to feel the transition into the dark. It isn’t something that most of us look forward to. In yogic philosophy, the coming darkness is not to be feared but rather embraced as a time of reflection and planting seeds for the upcoming months. 

Our yoga practice also offers time for contemplation. We still need to move to keep warm, maintain the health of our body’s systems and stay open in the contracted season of the year. But we can add in moments of stillness where we tap into something larger than ourselves, to the Eternal always present and pulsing with life. Resting here, we can renew and refresh ourselves, be open to inspiration and to our own inner light.
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 Update on Classes

We are delighted to be teaching at Yoga East, a bright, clean, accessible and very pleasant studio. We are trying to accommodate the needs of as many students as we comfortably can in the new space which is smaller than previous locations.

All of our classes are now full. We are not able to offer make-ups for missed classes nor can we pro-rate classes for those who know they will be away.

There may be occasions when registered students are absent and in that case, we can accommodate those on a pass or drop ins. If you would like to be put on a waiting list in case of cancellations, please let us know. 

Our classes will run until December 22nd and we will open registrations for the January session after then. 
 

Valerie Hobson:

Fall Session I –  continues until Wednesday October 26th
Fall Session II – Tuesday November 1st – Wednesday December 21st (8 weeks)

Valerie’s Class Schedule:

Tuesday       9:30 – 10:45      gentle yoga and meditation   
Wednesday  9:30 – 10:45      mixed level

 
Fees
$90.00 to register for 8 week session
Drop in – $14.00
5 class pass for three months – $65.00
Cash or cheque only payable to Valerie Hobson

To register: contact Valerie at (519) 702-0534 or ahimsa1st@rogers.com

Catherine Heighway:

Fall Session – Monday October 17th – Thursday December 22nd (10 weeks)

Catherine’s Class Schedule:
Monday     11:00 – 12:15   mixed level 
Thursday   10:30 – 11:45   mixed level  

Fees:
$113.00 to register for 10 week session
Drop in – $14.00
5 class pass for three months – $65.00
Cash or cheque only payable to Catherine Heighway

To register: contact Catherine at (519) 871-0661 or catherineheighway@hotmail.com

For more details, please click here
 

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Restorative Yoga

Valerie’s Sunday afternoon Restorative Yoga Classes are full. If you would like to be put on a waiting list, please contact Valerie at (519) 702-0534 or ahimsa1st@rogers.com.  Valerie will be offering another session beginning in January.
 

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Day of Mindfulness

Saturday, November 5th
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
RiverBend Golf Community, London

Fee: $75.00 including lunch
 

 
Join us for a spacious and peaceful day of mindful movement, yoga and meditation in the beautiful clubhouse library at RiverBend Golf Community, 1200 Sandy Somerville Drive, London. Suitable for all levels of experience. Lunch included. There are a few spaces left so call or email Valerie to register. To read more about RiverBend, click here
 
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Winter Solstice Candlelight Meditation
Fundraiser for “The Unity Project”
Saturday, December 17th – 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Yoga East, 537 Ontario Street
 

To celebrate the Winter Solstice, join us for a time of meditation, reflection and quiet. In the midst of holiday festivities, align with the energies of the Earth to welcome the returning light. A minimum donation of $20.00 is suggested for “The Unity Project,” dedicated to the relief of homelessness in London. Space is limited so please call or email to confirm your attendance. Chairs are available for those who prefer to not sit on the floor. Refreshments will be served following the program.

For information on “the Unity Project” please click here
 

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Kichadis are simple stews of basmati rice and split mung dal. They have endless variations depending on the herbs, spices and vegetables used in them. The following recipe has an imposing list of ingredients but it’s easy to make. This healing brew is good for stimulating digestion and circulation. It decreases Vata and Kapha while increasing Pitta (heat).

Basic Warming Kichadi – serves 2 – 3

1/2 cup basmati rice
1/4 cup split mung beans
6 cups water
1 tablespoon ghee or other oil
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/8 teaspoon hing*
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
3/4 teaspoon cardamom seeds
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 bay leaf
2 more tablespoons ghee or oil
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon turmeric
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon fresh ginger root, grated
1/2 small onion, chopped
1 – 2 cloves garlic (optional)
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 – 4 cups fresh vegetables: carrots, greens, beans, zucchini or your preference
2 more cups of water, as needed

Wash the rice and split mung until the rinse water is clear. Warm a tablespoon of ghee in a medium saucepan and add the whole cumin seeds and hing. Lightly brown them. Add the rice, mung and water and bring to a boil. Cook for about 45 minutes.

Warm the last 2 tablespoons of ghee in a small skillet. Add the coriander, cardamom, peppercorns and bay leaf and saute for 2 – 3 minutes. Then stir in the rest of the spices and the onion and garlic if using. Put the sauteed spices in the blender and a little water (about 1/2 cup) and grind well. Pour this spice mixture into the rice and mung. Rinse out the blender with the last 2 cups of water and add it to the kichadi as well. Add the vegetables. Cook for 20 minutes until vegetable are done.

*Hing – also known as Asafoetida is a spice used as a digestive aid, in food and in pickling. Available in Asian grocery stores but you can skip it if you don’t have any.

from: The Ayurveda Cookbook by Amadea Morningstar and Urmila Desai (1990)

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We look forward to seeing you at Yoga East !

Namaste
Catherine and Valerie

September 2016

By all these lovely tokens September days are here
with summer’s best of weather and autumn’s best of cheer

Helen Hunt Jackson
 

 Autumn Equinox and the Vata Season

 
September brings with it the second of the fall harvests, primarily that of fruits and vegetables, celebrated at the Autumn Equinox. In Ontario, the Autumn Equinox will arrive at 10:21 a.m. EDT on Thursday September 22nd. 

The Equinox is a time to contemplate balance on all levels. Fall is a time when vata or the air element begins to increase as we move from the intense heat of summer to crisper temperatures and stronger winds. Some signs of a vata imbalance include nervousness, a feeling of being ungrounded, insomnia, dry skin and hair, muscle stiffness and muscle aches.

Establishing a simple daily routine is one of the best ways to calm vata. Get up early to benefit from the stillness of the early morning. Before you shower or bathe, massage your skin with warm sesame oil to counteract the dryness affecting the skin and joints at this time of year. It is a good time of year to use a neti pot for nasal washing. Put a few drops of oil in the nasal passages to lubricate the sinuses and calm the mind.

In your yoga practice, use standing poses, especially standing balance poses to help align hips and shoulders while encouraging grounding. The cooler weather invites a more vigorous practice using back bends and arm balances. Alternate nostril breathing is recommended as is a long Shavasana to help ease the mind as the winds of seasonal change increase in their intensity.

To read more about Ayurveda for the fall, click here
 

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A Reminder that our Fall Schedule begins September 6th!

Please contact Valerie or Catherine directly to register for the fall session. 

Valerie Hobson:

Fall Session I –  Tuesday September 6th – Wednesday October 26th   (8 weeks)
Fall Session II – Tuesday November 1st – Wednesday December 21st (8 weeks)

Valerie’s Class Schedule:

Tuesday       9:30 – 10:45      gentle yoga and meditation   
Wednesday  9:30 – 10:45      mixed level -* this class is now full for Fall Session 1 – no drop ins or passes can be accommodated

 
Fees
$90.00 to register for 8 week session
Drop in – $14.00
5 class pass for three months – $65.00
Cash or cheque only payable to Valerie Hobson

To register: contact Valerie at (519) 702-0534 or ahimsa1st@rogers.com

Registration is strongly recommended due to limited space. Drop ins and those on a pass can only be accommodated if there is enough space.

Catherine Heighway:

Fall Session – Monday October 17th – Thursday December 22nd (10 weeks)

Catherine’s Class Schedule:
Monday     11:00 – 12:15   mixed level  
Thursday   10:30 – 11:45   mixed level  

Fees:
$113.00 to register for 10 week session
Drop in – $14.00
5 class pass for three months – $65.00
Cash or cheque only payable to Catherine Heighway

To register: contact Catherine at (519) 871-0661 or catherineheighway@hotmail.com (please note that Catherine will not have access to her phone or email from mid September until the second week of October)

Registration is strongly recommended due to limited space. Drop ins and those on a pass can only be accommodated if there is enough space.

For more details, please click here
 

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Restorative Yoga

Valerie will again be offering Restorative Yoga Classes on Sunday afternoons. A restorative practice is a great compliment to a regular yoga practice and other physical activities or can be used on its own for deep relaxation, healing and rejuvenation.

Dates: September 18th, October 16th, November 20th and December 18th

Time: 1:15 – 2:30 p.m.

Fee: $15.00 per class or $60.00 for all four classes

Registration is required as space is limited. Please contact Valerie at (519) 702-0534 or ahimsa1st@rogers.com
 

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Day of Mindfulness

Saturday, November 5th
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
RiverBend Golf Community, London

Fee: $75.00 including lunch
 

 
Join us for a spacious and peaceful day of mindful movement, yoga and meditation in the beautiful clubhouse library at RiverBend Golf Community, 1200 Sandy Somerville Drive, London. Suitable for all levels of experience. Lunch included. Space is limited so call or email us and register early! To read more about RiverBend, click here
 
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Our New Location
 

We love teaching at Yoga East! It’s very quiet,clean and beautiful space wonderfully conducive to our yoga teaching. Located at 537 Ontario Street, at the corner of Ontario and Princess St. There is lots of free all day parking on both Ontario and Princess Streets within a few steps of the studio. Please come and join us!
 
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Mataji’s Soothing Chai – a calming drink to reduce Vata and neutralize Pitta and Kapha

2 cups water
1 tbsp fresh peppermint or 3 bags peppermint tea
1 quart milk (any kind will do)
1 cinnamon stick
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp dry ginger
3/4 tsp ground cardamom
1 tsp whole black peppercorns
2 tbsp sweetener – honey, brown rice syrup

Bring water to a boil. Remove from heat. Add peppermint or tea bags and steep for 20 minutes. Strain or remove tea bags. Add milk and spices. Heat gradually to desired temperature. Add sweetener and serve.

from: The Ayurveda Cookbook by Amadea Morningstar and Urmila Desai (1990)

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We look forward to seeing you at Yoga East this fall!
Namaste
Catherine and Valerie

Fall 2016 Schedule

Fall Schedule begins September 6th!

As we transition through the first part of August, we can begin to notice subtle changes in nature. The days become ever so slightly shorter. The air takes on a softer quality. Markets are laden with produce – peaches, corn, new potatoes, tomatoes in abundance. August 1st in the Celtic calendar marks Lammas or Lughnasadh which is the first of three autumn harvests. Lammas or “Loaf Mass” honours a time when bread made from the first harvest of grain was offered in gratitude.

While we still have several weeks of summer weather to enjoy, our thoughts naturally begin to turn towards autumn. 

To assist you in your fall planning, here is an update of our class schedule at Yoga East.

Valerie Hobson:

Fall Session I –  Tuesday September 6th – Wednesday October 26th   (8 weeks)
Fall Session II – Tuesday November 1st – Wednesday December 21st (8 weeks)

Valerie’s Class Schedule:

Tuesday       9:30 – 10:45      gentle yoga and meditation   
Wednesday  9:30 – 10:45      mixed level

 
Fees
$90.00 to register for 8 week session
Drop in – $14.00
5 class pass for three months – $65.00
Cash or cheque only payable to Valerie Hobson

To register: contact Valerie at (519) 702-0534 or ahimsa1st@rogers.com

Registration is strongly recommended due to limited space. Drop ins and those on a pass can only be accommodated if there is enough space.

Catherine Heighway:

Fall Session – Monday October 17th – Thursday December 22nd (10 weeks)

Catherine’s Class Schedule:
Monday     11:00 – 12:15   mixed level  
Thursday   10:30 – 11:45   mixed level  

Fees:
$113.00 to register for 10 week session
Drop in – $14.00
5 class pass for three months – $65.00
Cash or cheque only payable to Catherine Heighway

To register: contact Catherine at (519) 871-0661 or catherineheighway@hotmail.com (please note that Catherine will not have access to her phone or email from mid September until the second week of October)

Registration is strongly recommended due to limited space. Drop ins and those on a pass can only be accommodated if there is enough space.

For more details, please click here
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Restorative Yoga

Valerie will again be offering Restorative Yoga Classes on Sunday afternoons as follows:

Dates: September 18th, October 16th, November 20th and December 18th

Time: 1:15 – 2:30 p.m.

Fee: $15.00 per class or $60.00 for all four classes

Registration is required as space is limited. Please contact Valerie at (519) 702-0534 or ahimsa1st@rogers.com
 

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Day of Mindfulness

Saturday, November 5th
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
RiverBend Golf Community, London

Fee: $75.00 including lunch
 

 
Join us for a spacious and peaceful day of mindful movement, yoga and meditation in the beautiful clubhouse library at RiverBend Golf Community, 1200 Sandy Somerville Drive, London. Suitable for all levels of experience. Lunch included. Space is limited so call or email us and register early! To read more about RiverBend, click here
 
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Our New Location
 

We love teaching at Yoga East! It’s very quiet,clean and beautiful space wonderfully conducive to our yoga teaching. Located at 537 Ontario Street, at the corner of Ontario and Princess St. There is lots of free all day parking on both Ontario and Princess Streets within a few steps of the studio. Please come and join us!
 
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Advice from a Sunflower

Be outstanding in your field
Hold your head high
Spread seeds of happiness
Feed the birds
Think solar
Stay on the sunny side
Keep growing!

from: yourpicturefixer.com

 
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We look forward to welcoming you at Yoga East!
Namaste
Catherine and Valerie