August 2017

It is getting dark earlier in the evenings. The mornings are a little cooler. The seasonal garden centres are closed. Cicadas are singing in the trees. There are already ads for back to school. All of these are signs that summer is ebbing.

August 1st is considered to be the start of the fall season on the Celtic calendar, called Lughnasadh or Lammas.

Lughnasadh is a festival that commemorated Lugh, the Celtic Sun King and God of Light. It was a time to honour the power of the sun to ripen crops, particularly grain. These crops were harvested, ground into flour and made into bread or brewed into ale or mead to celebrate the abundance of nature.


Lammas is an early Christian festival. Lammas means “loaf mass” and represented the first loaves baked from new grain. These were taken to church and laid on the altar to honour the first loaf of the harvesting cycle.

While we still have several weeks of summer weather to enjoy, many start to look ahead into September and a return to regular schedules and activities.

Fall Class Schedule 


Valerie’s Fall Class Schedule will begin the second week of September and will run in 4 week sessions:

At Yoga East

Gentle Yoga & Meditation

Tuesday       9:30 – 10:45 am        September 12th – October 3rd   
                                                       October 10th – 31st

Mixed Level Yoga
  9:30 – 10:45 am        September 13th – October 4th
                                                        October 11th – November 1st

Please note both of these classes are full for September. Contact Valerie if you would like to be on the Waiting List for upcoming months.

$50.00 to register for 4 week session
Payable by cash or cheque only to Valerie Hobson

To register: contact Valerie at (519) 702-0534 or

At Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church
1 Frank Place, London, Ontario 

Gentle Yoga Class 
Tuesday      5:15-6:15 pm              September 12 – October 3
                                                         October 10 – October 31

Fee – $50.00 for 4 weeks
Payable by Cash or Cheque only to Valerie Hobson

To register: contact Valerie – or 519-702-0534


Space is limited so please register early.
Catherine Heighway will not be teaching at Yoga East in the fall. She has decided to cut back on teaching public classes and will continue teaching a weekly class at Wellspring Cancer Support Centre. Catherine will keep working with Valerie co-leading retreats, labyrinth walks and other creative pursuits.

Restorative Yoga with Valerie returns September 24th
Every 4th Sunday of the month
September 24th, October 22nd and November 26th

1:15 – 2:30 pm  

Fee: $15/class OR $45 for all 3 classes paid in full (guarantees space in class)
Payable by cash or cheque only to Valerie Hobson

Registration is required. Please contact Valerie (519) 702-0534 or
Day of Mindfulness
Saturday, November 25th
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 before the rush of the Christmas season. Our day will include 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 to register early! To read more about RiverBend, click here


Catherine and Valerie

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