September 2016

By all these lovely tokens September days are here
with summer’s best of weather and autumn’s best of cheer

Helen Hunt Jackson

 Autumn Equinox and the Vata Season

September brings with it the second of the fall harvests, primarily that of fruits and vegetables, celebrated at the Autumn Equinox. In Ontario, the Autumn Equinox will arrive at 10:21 a.m. EDT on Thursday September 22nd. 

The Equinox is a time to contemplate balance on all levels. 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, especially standing balance poses to help align hips and shoulders while encouraging grounding. The cooler weather invites a more vigorous practice using back bends and arm balances. Alternate nostril breathing is recommended as is a long Shavasana to help ease the mind as the winds of seasonal change increase in their intensity.

To read more about Ayurveda for the fall, click here


A Reminder that our Fall Schedule begins September 6th!

Please contact Valerie or Catherine directly to register for the fall session. 

Valerie Hobson:

Fall Session I –  Tuesday September 6th – Wednesday October 26th   (8 weeks)
Fall Session II – Tuesday November 1st – Wednesday December 21st (8 weeks)

Valerie’s Class Schedule:

Tuesday       9:30 – 10:45      gentle yoga and meditation   
Wednesday  9:30 – 10:45      mixed level -* this class is now full for Fall Session 1 – no drop ins or passes can be accommodated

$90.00 to register for 8 week session
Drop in – $14.00
5 class pass for three months – $65.00
Cash or cheque only payable to Valerie Hobson

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

Registration is strongly recommended due to limited space. Drop ins and those on a pass can only be accommodated if there is enough space.

Catherine Heighway:

Fall Session – Monday October 17th – Thursday December 22nd (10 weeks)

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

$113.00 to register for 10 week session
Drop in – $14.00
5 class pass for three months – $65.00
Cash or cheque only payable to Catherine Heighway

To register: contact Catherine at (519) 871-0661 or (please note that Catherine will not have access to her phone or email from mid September until the second week of October)

Registration is strongly recommended due to limited space. Drop ins and those on a pass can only be accommodated if there is enough space.

For more details, please click here


Restorative Yoga

Valerie will again be offering Restorative Yoga Classes on Sunday afternoons. A restorative practice is a great compliment to a regular yoga practice and other physical activities or can be used on its own for deep relaxation, healing and rejuvenation.

Dates: September 18th, October 16th, November 20th and December 18th

Time: 1:15 – 2:30 p.m.

Fee: $15.00 per class or $60.00 for all four classes

Registration is required as space is limited. Please contact Valerie at (519) 702-0534 or



Day of Mindfulness

Saturday, November 5th
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 of 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 us and register early! To read more about RiverBend, click here

Our New Location

We love teaching at Yoga East! It’s very quiet,clean and beautiful space wonderfully conducive to our yoga teaching. Located at 537 Ontario Street, at the corner of Ontario and Princess St. There is lots of free all day parking on both Ontario and Princess Streets within a few steps of the studio. Please come and join us!

Mataji’s Soothing Chai – a calming drink to reduce Vata and neutralize Pitta and Kapha

2 cups water
1 tbsp fresh peppermint or 3 bags peppermint tea
1 quart milk (any kind will do)
1 cinnamon stick
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp dry ginger
3/4 tsp ground cardamom
1 tsp whole black peppercorns
2 tbsp sweetener – honey, brown rice syrup

Bring water to a boil. Remove from heat. Add peppermint or tea bags and steep for 20 minutes. Strain or remove tea bags. Add milk and spices. Heat gradually to desired temperature. Add sweetener and serve.

from: The Ayurveda Cookbook by Amadea Morningstar and Urmila Desai (1990)


We look forward to seeing you at Yoga East this fall!
Catherine and Valerie

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