After the contracted darkness of winter, we welcome Spring’s longer hours of daylight, more warmth and the stirring of new life from the ground up – plants, insects, animals and birds! Keep reading for a description of practices that can help support us as we transition from the heaviness of winter to the lightness of Spring.
Class Schedule with Valerie Hobson
Gentle Yoga & Meditation
May 1st – 22nd
June 5th – 26th
Mixed Level Yoga
Wednesday 9:30 – 10:45 am April 4th – 25th
May 2nd – 23rd
June 6th – 27th
Please note that Valerie will not be teaching the last week of May (from May 28th to June 1st)
Also Valerie will not be teaching at Yoga East in July and August.
$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 ahimsa1st(at)rogers.com
At Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church
1 Frank Place, London, Ontario
Gentle Yoga Class
Tuesday 5:15-6:15 pm April 3rd – 24th
May 1st – 22nd
June 5th – 26th
** New Class beginning in May at Redeemer Church**
Gentle Yoga and Meditation
Thursday 5:45 – 6:45 pm May 3rd – 24th
June 7th to 28th
There are no classes during the last week of May (from May 28th to June 1st).
Fee: Students may either pay $50 to register for 4-week session or if they know they have to be away some weeks, pay a drop-in rate of $15 per class.
Payable by Cash or Cheque only to Valerie Hobson
To register: contact Valerie at ahimsa1st(at)rogers.com or 519-702-0534
with Valerie Hobson and Catherine Heighway
Saturday, June 23rd
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Quiet Earth, Dorchester, Ontario
Date: Saturday, June 23rd
Location: Quiet Earth, 1681 Hunt Road, Dorchester, Ontario
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
To register: email spandaretreats(at)hotmail.com or call Catherine at 519-871-0661
This season is all about new beginnings and renewal. It is the perfect time to cleanse both ourselves and our physical space to shed the stagnation of winter and make room for new growth.
1) Clean Your Home.
Cleaning your space will help you de-clutter your mind. Start small with a closet, a cupboard or even a desk drawer. Aim to use natural cleaning products and avoid harsh chemicals.
2) Cleanse Your Body
Twists and hip openers can be wonderful at this time of year to bring a feeling of refreshment and energy to our physical selves. Organs in need of support in the spring are the liver and gallbladder. Give your body a rest by cutting back or eliminating things such as alcohol, caffeine, dairy products, red meat, fried foods and/or sugar for a short period of time. Drink more water and eat more alkaline foods such as green veggies, fruits, whole grains and olive oil. Bitter greens such as arugula, mustard greens and dandelion greens have a cleansing effect on the liver and gallbladder. A cleanse or change in diet is best done in consultation with your health care provider as not all recommendations may be suitable for you.
3) Simply Breathe!
Pausing and making room inside ourselves through the breath is like opening the window to spring. Find time in your day for a short breathing practice, such as Ujjayi (Ocean Breath) or Kapalabhati (Shining Skull Breath). Sit or rest with your legs up the wall for several minutes after finishing your breathing practice.
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You know how it is with an April day.
When the sun is out and the wind is still,
You’re one month on in the middle of May.
But if you so much as dare to speak,
a cloud come over the sunlit arch,
And wind comes off a frozen peak,
And you’re two months back in the middle of March.”
– Robert Frost, Two Tramps in Mud Time, 1926