Fall 2018


As we transition through August, we can begin to notice subtle changes in nature. The days become slightly shorter. The air takes on a softer quality. Markets are laden with produce – peaches, blueberries, corn, new potatoes, tomatoes in abundance. Fall flowers such as sunflowers, asters and chrysanthemums begin their annual show.  

While we still have several weeks of summer weather to enjoy, in August our thoughts naturally begin to turn towards autumn. In the Celtic tradition, August 1st 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 for the power of the sun.

Many consider the fall to begin right after Labour Day when school is back in session. It’s hard to ignore all of the ads for Back to School!

The Gregorian Calendar has fall beginning at the Autumn Equinox, which will occur at 9:53 pm on Saturday September 22nd. September brings with it the second of the fall harvests, primarily that fruits and vegetables. The Equinox is a time to contemplate balance on all levels.

Whenever you may feel that fall begins, it is a time to return to regular routines and perhaps start something new. To assist you in your fall planning, here is an update of our class schedule and upcoming retreat.



Class Schedule with Valerie Hobson 


 At Yoga East Studio – 537 Ontario Street

Gentle Yoga & Meditation

Tuesday       9:30 – 10:45 am       Sept 4th – 25th
                                                      Oct 2nd – 23rd
                                                      Oct 30th – Nov 20th   
                                                      Dec 4th – 18th
Mixed Level Yoga
  9:30 – 10:45 am       Sept 5th – 26th
                                                       Oct 3rd – 24th
                                                       Oct 31st – Nov 21st
                                                       Dec 5th – 19th
$50.00 to register for 4 week session
$37.50 to register for 3 week session in December

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          Sept 4th – 25th
                                                      Oct 2nd – 23rd
                                                      Oct 30th – Nov 20th   
                                                      Dec 4th – 18th

Gentle Yoga and Meditation
Thursday     5:45 – 6:45 pm         
Sept 6th – 27th                                                    
                                                       Oct 4th – 25th
                                                        Nov 1st – 22nd 
                                                        Dec 6th – 20th
$50.00 to register for 4 week session or $15 Drop-in
$37.50 to register for 3 week session in December or $15.00 Drop-in
Payable by cash or cheque only to Valerie Hobson

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


Restorative Yoga with Valerie Hobson at Yoga East

Every 3rd Sunday of the month
September 16th, October 21st, and November 18th

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: $15/class or $45.00 for the series
Payable by cash or cheque to Valerie Hobson
Registration is required. Please contact Valerie (519) 702-0534 or ahimsa1st@rogers.com.


 Day of Mindfulness – Samhain – Summer’s End
with Valerie Hobson and Catherine Heighway

Saturday, October 27th
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
RiverBend Golf Community Library, London


Samhain on November 1st marks the beginning of winter on the Celtic Calendar. Nature has slowed down and the earth has begun to contract towards the dark time of the year. It’s a reminder of the need to nourish ourselves after the busyness of the summer and the harvest season to prepare for the coming winter. Join us for a relaxing and rejuvenating day featuring mindful movement, yoga, meditation, quiet reflection and an indoor labyrinth walk. Suitable for all levels of experience. Lunch is included.  
Date:                Saturday, October 27th
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


Fall Practices

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 such as Warrior Poses – Virabhadrasana I, II and III and especially standing balance poses such as Tree – Vrksasana, Dancer – Natarajasana and Half Moon – Ardha Chandrasana to help align hips and shoulders while encouraging grounding. The cooler weather invites a more vigorous practice using back bends such as Locust – Salabhasana, Cobra – Bhujangasana and Bow – Dhanurasana. Square Breath or Sama Vrtti pranayama is recommended as well as a longer Savasana to help ease the mind as the winds of seasonal change increase in their intensity.

As the weather changes, switch from the light cooling foods of summer to the warm, moist and cooked foods of fall. Include in your diet cooked or stewed fall fruits like apples and pears, seasonal vegetables particularly root vegetables such as sweet potatoes, carrots and beets and plenty of high quality oils from nuts and seeds. Ghee or clarified butter is also recommended.




Catherine and Valerie

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