December 2015

 
Winter Schedule
Our current session will finish on Friday, December 18th. Classes resume on Monday January 4th.

Students are welcome to join a session at anytime. Registration fees will be prorated. You are also welcome to drop in or purchase a 10 class pass valid for 6 months.

The holiday season can bring it’s own level of stress, whether it is a happy time of year or not. The practices of yoga and meditation can be very helpful in keeping healthy, balanced and steady. We will be doing a quieter, more reflective and restorative practice through until the holidays so please join us! To see our schedule, please click here.
 

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Winter Solstice Candlelight Meditation
Saturday, December 19th – 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
432 Waterloo Street, London

 

To celebrate the Winter Solstice, join us for a time of music, reflection and quiet meditation. In the midst of holiday festivities, align with the energies of the Earth to welcome the returning light.

Free event. Donations gratefully accepted for Wellspring Cancer Support Centre, London. Tax receipts issued for donations of $20.00 or more.

Facilitators: Catherine Heighway and Valerie Hobson

Space is filling up fast so please call or email to confirm your attendance. All welcome. Chairs available. Refreshments will be served following the program. 
 

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Winter Retreat at Five Oaks Retreat Centre
Paris, Ontario
January 22nd – 24th, 2016

 

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There is a hushed magic in the darkest time of the year. Time spent moving more deeply inward is a gift we can receive from the long dark period of winter. Yoga practice in the winter can be more internal and subtle in order for us to recognize the regeneration of our core energy. Meditation and reflection will also be used to replenish our energy in this peaceful setting.

During this retreat we will offer daily yoga and meditation sessions suitable for all levels, take time for rest, reflection and being in nature, walk the indoor labyrinth together and take part in other group activities in front of a cozy fireplace. 

Fee: $380.00 – private room, all meals and full program. To register, please contact Five Oaks Retreat Centre by clicking here.
 

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Restorative Yoga
 

 
Valerie will be offering Restorative Yoga Class on Sunday afternoons – January 17th, February 28th and March 27th from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Give yourself the gift of time to consciously relax your body and rest your mind. Whether you think of Sunday as the end or the beginning of your week, it is a perfect time to take a break with this quiet yoga practice. Registration is required. Please call, email or register in person. $14.00 per class of $36.00 for all three.
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The Winter Solstice officially occurs on Monday, December 21st at 11:38 p.m. EST!
 

 

Winter Solstice Blessing – Selena Fox

As we celebrate this holiday time with lights, songs, gifts, evergreens and other customs of our ancestors from many lands, let us remember the ancient and sacred spirit of Winter Solstice – that of renewal, peace and interconnectedness.

As days grow longer again and we embrace winter and the new calendar year, let us kindle with ourselves a deeper awareness of the divine circle of nature of which we are all part.

Let us celebrate our relationships with our families, friends, communities, cultures, all of nature and the Divine as unity and multiplicity.

May we be filled with joy, love and harmony.

May this Spirit of Yuletide shine within and around us throughout the year, as the Wheel of the Seasons continues to turn.
 

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Good Solstice! Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! Happy Holidays!
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Namaste
Catherine and Valerie

November 2015

 

 
 

Fall Schedule
Our second fall session will begin on November 2nd and run for 7 weeks, finishing on December 18th.

Students are welcome to join a session at anytime. Registration fees will be prorated. You are also welcome to drop in or purchase a 10 class pass valid for 6 months.

With cold, dark November days approaching, the seasonally focused yoga and meditation practices we teach at Spanda will help keep you warm, uplifted and calm during this challenging time of year. For those who have been away from class for a while, it’s never too late to come back! To see our fall schedule, please click here.
 

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Restorative Yoga

 

 
 
Valerie will be offering Restorative Yoga Class on Sunday afternoon – November 22nd from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Give yourself the gift of time to consciously relax your body and rest your mind. Whether you think of Sunday as the end or the beginning of your week, it is a perfect time to take a break with this quiet yoga practice. Registration is required. Please call, email or register in person. $14.00.
 
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Winter Solstice Candlelight Meditation
Saturday, December 19th – 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
432 Waterloo Street, London

 

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.

Free event. Donations gratefully accepted for Wellspring Cancer Support Centre, London. Tax receipts issued for donations of $20.00 or more.

Facilitators: Catherine Heighway and Valerie Hobson

Space is limited so please call or email to confirm your attendance. All welcome. Chairs available for those who prefer to not sit on the floor. Refreshments will be served following the program. 
 

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Winter Retreat at Five Oaks Retreat Centre
Paris, Ontario
January 22nd – 24th, 2016

 

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There is a hushed magic in the darkest time of the year. Time spent moving more deeply inward is a gift we can receive from the long dark period of winter. Yoga practice in the winter can be more internal and subtle in order for us to recognize the regeneration of our core energy. Meditation and reflection will also be used to replenish our energy in this peaceful setting.

During this retreat we will offer daily yoga and meditation sessions suitable for all levels, take time for rest, reflection and being in nature, walk the indoor labyrinth together and take part in other group activities in front of a cozy fireplace. 

Fee: $380.00 – private room, all meals and full program. To register, please contact Five Oaks Retreat Centre by clicking here.
 

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Seasonal Reflection

It’s almost Hallowe’en. Time to dress up the kids, grandkids, pets and maybe ourselves! Hallowe’en has become a huge commercial enterprise in our culture. Some love it, some hate it. Since moving to an apartment, we don’t get any trick-or-treaters anymore and we don’t carve a pumpkin either. I do have a few decorations from when our daughter was small. It used to be an exciting time but also kind of bizarre. I like to remember that Hallowe’en 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. 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 reflection. 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.

 

by Catherine Heighway

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Remember to Fall Back!

 

 
Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, November 1st at 2:00 a.m.Clocks go back an hour to 1:00 a.m. Or just turn them back before you go to bed!
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Remembrance Day – November 11th – we will be having a regular class at 9:30 a.m.
 
 
 
 
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Happy Hallowe’en!

 

 

We look forward to seeing you soon!
Namaste
Catherine and Valerie

October 2015

 

 
 

Fall Schedule
We are continuing with part one of our fall session which will finish on October 30th. The second fall session will begin on November 2nd and run for 7 weeks, finishing on December 18th.

Students are welcome to join a session at anytime. Registration fees will be prorated. You are also welcome to drop in or purchase a 10 class pass valid for 6 months.

With the cooler weather arriving, it’s a great time to move indoors and take yoga classes to help support your physical health and emotional wellbeing through the coming months. To see our fall schedule, please click here.

A reminder there is no class on Thanksgiving Monday, October 12th.
 

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Bring a Friend for Free Promo

 

Winner of last month’s draw for the Bring a Friend for Free Promo is Lorraine Davies! Lorraine wins a lovely new Dusky Leaf yoga mat. Congratulations Lorraine!

 

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Restorative Yoga

 

 
 
Valerie will be offering Restorative Yoga Classes on Sunday afternoons – October 25th and November 22nd from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Give yourself the gift of time to consciously relax your body and rest your mind. Whether you think of Sunday as the end or the beginning of your week, it is a perfect time to take a break with this quiet yoga practice. Registration is required. Please call, email or register in person. $12.00 per class.
 
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Winter Retreat at Five Oaks Retreat Centre
Paris, Ontario
January 22nd – 24th, 2016

 

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There is a hushed magic in the darkest time of the year. Time spent moving more deeply inward is a gift we can receive from the long dark period of winter. Yoga practice in the winter can be more internal and subtle in order for us to recognize the regeneration of our core energy. Meditation and reflection will also be used to replenish our energy in this peaceful setting.

During this retreat we will offer daily yoga and meditation sessions suitable for all levels, take time for rest, reflection and being in nature, walk the indoor labyrinth together and take part in other group activities in front of a cozy fireplace. 

Fee: $380.00 – private room, all meals and full program. To register, please contact Five Oaks Retreat Centre by clicking here.

 

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There are many things to be grateful “for” but as I ripen with the seasons of life, the many reasons blend into a sacred mystery. And, most deeply, I realize that living gratefully is its own blessing
Michael Mahoney – gratefulness.org
 
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Namaste
Catherine and Valerie