Spring 2018


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

At Yoga East

Gentle Yoga & Meditation

Tuesday       9:30 – 10:45 am        April 3rd – 24th
                                                       May 1st – 22nd
                                                       June 5th – 26th

Mixed Level Yoga
  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



Day of Mindfulness – Summer Solstice
with Valerie Hobson and Catherine Heighway

Saturday, June 23rd
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Quiet Earth, Dorchester, Ontario

The Summer Solstice marks the time of the sun exerting its maximum power upon our part of the earth and the longest day of the year. Celebrate the abundance of Nature and your connection to it, through the ancient wisdom of yoga and meditation. Join us for a relaxing and rejuvenating day featuring mindful movement, yoga, meditation and an indoor labyrinth walk. Suitable for all levels of experience. Lunch is included.  
Date:                Saturday, June 23rd
Location:         Quiet Earth, 1681 Hunt Road, Dorchester, Ontario
Time:               10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Fee:                 $75.00
To register:     email spandaretreats(at)hotmail.com or call Catherine at 519-871-0661
We are excited to be offering this retreat for the first time at Quiet Earth, just outside London featuring the rustic charm of a restored barn, set in the peaceful countryside. 
Spring Practices

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.

Photo from: Eric’s Home and Garden Blog by Eric Lawton
licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License
“The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
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 
Catherine and Valerie

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