Blog

Welcome to Spanda Yoga Blog Pages.

Catherine & Valerie will be posting newsletters and blog entries to this section of our website on a regular basis.

You will find the three most recent postings immediately below and you can access older posts and newsletters by using the links on the right side panel.


 

Summer 2019

August

August 1st is considered to be the start of the fall season on the Celtic calendar, called Lammas or Lughnasadh. Lammas means “loaf mass” and honoured the first loaves baked from the first grain harvest. These were taken to churches and laid on altars to celebrate the harvesting cycle.

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.
 

While we still have several weeks of summery weather to enjoy, there is a natural shift towards September and a return to regular schedules and activities.
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Valerie’s Fall Class Schedule 
 

 

At Yoga East

Gentle Yoga & Meditation

Tuesday       9:00 – 10:15 am        September 3 – 24
                                                       October 1 – 22
                                                       October 29 – November 19
                                                       November 26 – December 17

Tuesday       10:45 -12 noon         September 3 – 24
                                                       October 1 – 22
                                                       October 29 – November 19
                                                       November 26 – December 17

Mixed Level Yoga
Wednesday
  9:30 – 10:45 am       September 4 – 25
                                                       October 2 – 23
                                                       October 30 – November 20
                                                       November 27 – December 18 

Gentle/Restorative
Thursday       5:30 – 6:30 pm        
September 5 – 26
                                                       October 3 – 22
                                                       October 31 – November 21
                                                       November 28 -December 19 
  

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

Gentle Yoga Class 
Tuesday      5:30 – 6:30 pm           September 3 – 24
                                                       October 1 – 22
                                                       October 29 – November 19
                                                       November 26 – December 17  

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

To register: contact Valerie – ahimsa1st@rogers.com or 519-702-0534

 

Space is limited so please register early.
 
Restorative Yoga on Sundays with Valerie will not be offered in the fall.

 
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Spanda Yoga Book Launch
 
 We are finalising details for the fall launch of our book:
 
Yoga Through the Seasons
A Practical Guide for Daily Practice that Weaves
Yoga with Seasonal Celtic Wisdom  
 
 

Yoga Through the Seasons features practices for each month – asana descriptions with colour photographs, pranayama and meditation – along with seasonal reflections based on the Celtic Wheel of the Year and Ayurvedic information to support your well-being. It is spiral bound for easy use. You may pre-order your copy through spandaretreats@hotmail.com.

Watch for another newsletter soon with details for the launch! Please note that the Autumn section of the book will be posted on our website as a read only document in a few weeks.

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Day of Mindfulness
 
 
 
Saturday, October 19th
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
RiverBend Golf Community, London

Fee: $90.00 including lunch
  
Join us for a spacious and peaceful day as we celebrate the time of harvest. 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

 
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Namaste
Catherine and Valerie

Spring 2019

May

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The first of May is the half way point between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice. Traditionally it is the start of the summer season, a time to celebrate the greening and flowering of the earth. Ancient Celtic traditions call this day Beltane, roughly translated as “bright fire,” when farmers would bring their livestock out of the winter barns and into the spring fields, often taking them between two huge bonfires as a way to ward off any evil spirits.

It is the time of year to incorporate cleansing practices into our lives, such as working with twists and hip openers on the mat, adding more green vegetables and salads onto our plates and doing traditional spring cleaning of closets, homes and work spaces to prepare for the upcoming activity of summer.

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Spring and Summer Class Schedule with Valerie Hobson
 

At Yoga East Studio – 537 Ontario Street

Gentle Yoga & Meditation

Tuesday       9:00 – 10:15 am       May 7th – 28th
                                                      June 4th – 25th             
**New Tuesday Class** 
                     10:45 – 12:00 noon 
May 7th – 28th
                                                      June 4th – 25th

Mixed Level Yoga
Wednesday
  9:30 – 10:45 am       May 8th – 29th
                                                       June 5th – 26th
** New Thursday Class**
Gentle/Restorative Yoga
Thursday       5:30 – 6:30 pm 
      May 2nd – 23rd
                                                       June 6th – 27th
   
Fees

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

No Classes in July and August at Yoga East

At Redeemer Lutheran Church – 1 Frank Place:

July Classes will be offered at this location as follows:

Gentle Yoga & Meditation
Tuesday   
       10:00 – 11:00 am    July 2nd – 23rd
                           5:30 – 6:30 pm      July 2nd – 23rd 

No Classes in August at Redeemer Lutheran Church
 

Fees

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

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

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Restorative Yoga at Yoga East
 
These classes will resume in the fall.

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Day of Mindfulness – Summer Solstice
Saturday, June 15th, 2019
Quiet Earth, Dorchester, Ontario 

The Summer Solstice arrives on Friday, June 21st and marks the longest day of the year. Also called Midsummer, the Summer Solstice is an opportunity to honour the Sun’s strength and potential. During this time of expansiveness, we can explore the possibilities in our own lives as we move through the vibrancy of summer.
 
Join Valerie Hobson and Catherine Heighway of Spanda Yoga and Retreats for a rejuvenating and relaxing day. The retreat will feature mindfulness practices with yoga and meditation as well as an exploration of mandalas and an indoor labyrinth walk. Suitable for all levels of experience. Lunch is included.  We are delighted to be offering this retreat at Quiet Earth again this year, featuring the rustic charm of a restored barn, set in peaceful countryside close to London.

Date:               Saturday, June 15th, 2019
Location:        Quiet Earth, 1681 Hunt Road, Dorchester, Ontario
Time:               10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Fee:                 $90.00
To register:     email: spandaretreats@hotmail.com or call Catherine at 519-871-0661

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Autumn Day of Mindfulness
 

Date:                Saturday, October 19th
Time:               10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Place:              RiverBend Golf Community, London
Fee:                 $90.00
To register:     email spandaretreats@hotmail.com or call Catherine at 519-871-0661

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Spanda Yoga Book – Yoga Through the Seasons

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The third section – Summer – of our upcoming yoga book – Yoga Through The Seasons – will be available as a read only document on our website by May 15th. Click  here to see a read only version of the Winter Section with links to the Spring and Summer Sections.

Each section features Celtic wisdom, alignment principles and a practice for every month including asana (poses), pranayama (breathing), meditation and contemplation. We also offer suggestions for diet along with seasonal recipes and self care following the traditions of Ayurveda, the sister science to yoga. 

This guide is the result of a great deal of time, effort and love. Please respect our work by using this information for your personal use only.

By August 1st, we will post the Fall section and print the book to order. We are taking orders for the book now so please let us know if you are interested. Thanks for your support!
 

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Beltane Meditation
by Phaedra Bonewits

May it be a full and rich summer.
May babies be strong and crops be abundant.
May Maypoles be wrapped with joyous wishes and may the dancers find what they desire.
May what needs to begin, begin and grow stronger.
May what needs to end, slip away with dignity.
May the bonfires be bright and life go on with all its vigour.

 

Namaste
Catherine and Valerie

Winter 2019

February

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February 1st marked Imbolc (e-molc) or Ewe’s Milk, the traditional start of the lambing season. Despite our recent spate of bitterly cold weather, there are subtle signs of changes happening on the earth. In particular, our days are getting longer. In fact, we have gained a whole hour of daylight since the Winter Solstice on December 21st! Sunshine coming through the windows is starting to feel warmer. Imbolc is approximately half way between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox which will arrive on March 20th.

Most of us will be more familiar with another animal featured at this time of year – the groundhog, who celebrated his day on February 2nd. Wiarton Willie didn’t see his shadow so an early spring is predicted. Unfortunately Willie doesn’t have a great track record when it comes to weather prediction and whether he sees his shadow or not, we still have six weeks until the Spring Equinox!

 

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We held our annual Winter Solstice Candlelight Meditation on Monday, December 17th and raised $500.00 for Wellspring Cancer Support Centre – London and Region. Thanks to everyone for their generosity!
 

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“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness” – Desmond Tutu

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Winter Class Schedule with Valerie Hobson
 

  
 
At Yoga East Studio – 537 Ontario Street

Gentle Yoga & Meditation

Tuesday       9:30 – 10:45 am       Feb 5th – 26th
                                                      Mar 5th – 26th

Mixed Level Yoga
Wednesday
  9:30 – 10:45 am       Feb 6th – 27th
                                                       Mar 6th – 27th
   
Fees

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

At Redeemer Lutheran Church – 1 Frank Place:

Gentle Yoga Class 
Tuesday      5:15 – 6:15 pm         Feb 5th – 26th
                                                     Mar 5th – 26th

Gentle Yoga and Meditation
Thursday Classes Suspended for the Winter 

Fees
$50.00 to register for 4 week session or $15 Drop-in
Payable by cash or cheque only to Valerie Hobson

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

 
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Restorative Yoga at Yoga East
 
 
Every 3rd Sunday of the month
February 17th, March 17th
1:15 – 2:30 pm  

Modern life is stressful, and studies show that chronic levels of stress can lead to a host of ailments. The antidote to stress is relaxation.  Restorative Yoga is an active relaxation practice designed to unwind deep layers of stress from your body, mind, and spirit leaving you feeling refreshed and renewed like never before.  This class combines gentle stretches, breathing techniques, guided imagery and restorative yoga poses to activate your body’s innate relaxation response.  It is appropriate for everyone regardless of ability, mobility, or experience with yoga.

Fee: $17/class
Payable by cash or cheque to Valerie Hobson
 
Registration is required. Please contact Valerie (519) 702-0534 or ahimsa1st@rogers.com.

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Day of Mindfulness – Saturday, March 23rd (Note the New Date)

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
RiverBend Golf Community Library, London
with Valerie Hobson and Catherine Heighway
 
The Spring or Vernal Equinox arrives on March 20th, a point half way between the Winter Solstice and the Summer Solstice. Traditionally it is a time to contemplate equilibrium and balance as we start to move more fully from the inward focus of winter to the outward energy of spring. To support yourself in this transition, join us for a refreshing and relaxing day of mindfulness practices with yoga, meditation and an indoor labyrinth walk. Suitable for all levels of experience. Lunch is included.  
 
Date:                Saturday, March 23rd
Location:         RiverBend Golf Community Library, London
Time:               10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Fee:                 $75.00
To register:     email spandaretreats@hotmail.com or call Catherine at 519-871-0661
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Day of Mindfulness – Summer Solstice
Saturday, June 15th, 2019
Quiet Earth, Dorchester, Ontario 

 

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The Summer Solstice arrives on Friday, June 21st and marks the longest day of the year. Also called Midsummer, the Summer Solstice is an opportunity to honour the Sun’s strength and potential. During this time of expansiveness, we can explore the possibilities in our own lives as we move through the vibrancy of summer.
 
Join Valerie Hobson and Catherine Heighway of Spanda Yoga and Retreats for a rejuvenating and relaxing day. The retreat will feature mindfulness practices with yoga and meditation as well as an exploration of mandalas and an indoor labyrinth walk. Suitable for all levels of experience. Lunch is included.  We are delighted to be offering this retreat at Quiet Earth again this year, featuring the rustic charm of a restored barn, set in peaceful countryside close to London.

Date:               Saturday, June 15th, 2019
Location:         Quiet Earth, 1681 Hunt Road, Dorchester, Ontario
Time:               10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Fee:                 $75.00
To register:      email: spandaretreats@hotmail.com or call Catherine at 519-871-0661

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Spanda Yoga Book – Yoga Through the Seasons
 
celticmythshow.com
We are happy to release of the second phase of our upcoming book – Yoga Through The Seasons. We have had very positive response to the first section for Winter which was put on the website for November 1st. Each section features Celtic wisdom, alignment principles and a practice for every month including asana (poses), pranayama (breathing), meditation and contemplation. We also offer suggestions for diet along with seasonal recipes and self care following the traditions of Ayurveda, the sister science to yoga. 

Click here to see a read only version of the Spring Section – February 1st – April 30th. We will release the Summer Section closer to the Summer Solstice on June 21st. This guide is the result of a great deal of time, effort and love. Please respect our work by using this information for your personal use only.

In the fall, we will be adding more information and printing the book to order. We are taking orders for the book now so please let us know if you are interested. Thanks for your support!
 

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Namaste
Catherine and Valerie