March 2017

Welcome March!


We can already enjoy the early signs of spring with flowers popping up in the garden and longer hours of daylight.

Two significant events are coming up on the March calendar. The Spring Equinox will happen on Monday, March 20th at 6:29 a.m. here in London. We return to Daylight Savings Time on Sunday March 12th, so remember to Spring Ahead!



Update on Classes

We start our new session on Monday, March 6th for 8 weeks until April 27th.

There will be a class on Easter Monday, April 17th.

Class times remain the same as those in the winter session.

Please note that all of our classes are full. Unfortunately, we are no longer able to accommodate any drop ins or offer make ups for missed classes.

If you would like to be put on a waiting list for the next session, beginning in May, please contact Valerie or Catherine.


Valerie Hobson:

Valerie’s Class Schedule:

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

$90.00 to register for 8 week session
Cash or cheque only payable to Valerie Hobson

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

Catherine Heighway:

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

$90.00 to register for 8 week session
Cash or cheque only payable to Catherine Heighway

To register: contact Catherine at (519) 871-0661 or

To see our schedule, please click here

Restorative Yoga
Valerie’s Sunday afternoon Restorative Yoga Classes for this session will conclude on March 19th. The class is full.  The Restorative Classes will resume again in the fall.

Springtime in Paris – Yoga Retreat for Women
May 26 – 28th 2017
Five Oaks Retreat Centre – Paris, Ontario



Price: $395.00 Early Bird Rate. Payment in full must be received by April 14th. After April 15th, rate will be $425.00. Space is limited to please register early.
Included: Single room with shared bath, full yoga and meditation program for all levels throughout the weekend, all meals (vegetarian – some dietary requests can be accommodated), access to walking trails at Five Oaks and use of the outdoor labyrinth.
To register: Please confirm your attendance with Catherine at  Please include your phone number. We will have a health form for you to fill out at the start of the retreat.
To pay: Contact Valerie at  to arrange an e-transfer or mail a cheque payable to Valerie Hobson, 53 Orchard Street, London, N6J 2R4. Our regular students may also bring a cheque to class. Receipt of your payment will confirm your registration for the retreat.
Cancellation Policy: Prior to April 14th, we can give a full refund. After April 14th, there will be a cancellation fee of $185.00 to cover our expense for the accommodation at Five Oaks.
Please contact us if you have any further questions. We hope that you can join us in May!

March Practices


As we move into March and toward Vernal Equinox, we can think of Spring as Nature’s New Year. It is such a perfect time to “De-clutter” our bodies from the detritus of Winter. It’s a good time to consider a spring cleanse, in consultation with your health care practitioner. 

In the spring, organs in need of support are the liver and gallbladder. Twists are especially helpful in hatha practice to stimulate and cleanse the internal organs and bring a sense of refreshment to the body.

Good Essential Oils to incorporate in springtime to help enhance detoxification include: Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Rosemary, Ylang Ylang. These can be can be diffused aromatically or applied diluted in carrier oil on skin after bathing. Note: the exception is Cinnamon which is to be diffused only.

The following recipe for Kichadi (Kicheree) will stimulate the liver and gallbladder and support the body’s natural spring cleaning. 

“Kichadis are at the core of Ayurvedic nutritional healing.  They are a relatively simple stew of basmati rice and split mung dal, which are suitable for all doshas (constitutions).” from – The Ayurvedic Cookbook – by Amadea Morningstar with Urmila Desai

Spring Kichadi Recipe

1Tbsp. sunflower oil or ghee
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp black mustard seeds
1/2 tsp whole coriander seeds
1 tsp turmeric
1/3 cup dry split mung dal (yellow dal)
1 cup dry pearl barley
6 inch burdock root, peeled and chopped 
1 parsnip chopped
1 Tbsp dried dandelion root chopped (available in herb sections of stores)
1 tsp fresh grated ginger root
1/2 stick kombu
1/2 lb. fresh broccoli OR 1 bunch fresh dark leafy greens (dandelion greens are especially good)
3/4 tsp sea salt
1 Tbsp coriander powder

Warm oil/ghee in 4 quart saucepan.  Add cumin, mustard and coriander seeds.  Saute until mustard seeds pop.  Add turmeric, and split mung beans and saute for 30 seconds.  Add 6 cups water and barley, then burdock, dandelion, ginger and kombu. Bring to a boil, then cook covered over medium heat for 50 minutes or until barley is tender.  Add additional water (about 4 cups) to keep the kichadi moist, stirring occasionally  to prevent sticking on the bottom.  Wash and chop the broccoli/greens. Fifteen minutes from serving, add the vegetables, salt and coriander powder.  Stir, cover again and cook another 10/15 minutes.  

Enjoy this simple stew for a day or a few days to give your digestive system a rest and cleanse. 



“A light exists in Spring
Not present in the year
at any other period
When March is scarcely here.”
–  Emily Dickinson 



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

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