Summer 2017

Ahhh, Summer!

The Summer Solstice will happen on Wednesday, June 21st at 12:24 a.m. Also known as Mid-Summer’s Eve, the Summer Solstice marks the peak of the Solar Year when the life-giving power of the Sun reaches its zenith. Here in our part of the world, we experience the longest day of the year, a time for joyful celebration of the expansiveness of the season.

Many calendars note the Solstice as the start of summer. In the Celtic tradition, we consider this day to be half way through summer as we have been enjoying steadily lengthening hours of daylight since the Winter Solstice. The great wheel of the year continues to turn as from the point on, the Sun begins in small ways to wane. We still have plenty of weeks to enjoy the summer in whatever way we can – gardening, biking, camping, boating, walking or sitting under a shady tree with a good book! See our tips below for a summer yoga practice.


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



Thank you to everyone who participated at our May retreat! Despite a rainy and cool start, the weather cleared off and we were able to walk the outdoor labyrinth on Saturday night. We enjoyed our time away in like minded community and look forward to organising another weekend retreat. We are planning a day long retreat at Riverbend in November, so watch the website and the newsletter for more details. We would love to have you join us!



Update on Classes

Our current session will finish on June 22nd. There will be no classes offered at Yoga East in July and August as the studio is closing to accommodate upstairs renovations.

Valerie will be offering two Gentle Yoga Sessions in July at:

Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1 Frank Place, London, ON N6C 1W1 

Tuesday 10:00 – 11:00 am
Tuesday 5:15 – 6:15 pm

July 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

A gentle yoga class designed to improve balance, joint health and spinal flexibility. 
Fee – $50 for 4 weeks, Payable by Cash or Cheque to Valerie Hobson, Certified Yoga Instructor

To register contact Valerie – or 519-702-0534

If you would like to be put on a waiting list for the Fall session starting in September, please contact Valerie. 

Valerie’s Fall Class Schedule will begin the second week of September and will run in 4 week sessions:

Tuesday       9:30 – 10:45      gentle yoga and meditation  September 12th – October 3rd
                                                                                           October 10th – 31st 

Wednesday  9:30 – 10:45      mixed level                           September 13th – October 4th
                                                                                           October 11th – November 1st

$50.00 to register for 4 week session
Cash or cheque only payable to Valerie Hobson

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

Catherine Heighway will not be teaching at Yoga East in the fall. She has decided to cut back on teaching public classes and will continue teaching a weekly class at Wellspring Cancer Support Centre. Catherine will keep working with Valerie co-leading retreats, labyrinth walks and other creative pursuits.



Restorative Yoga with Valerie will return in the Fall!

Sunday afternoons – September 24th, October 22nd and November 26th – Contact Valerie to register

Summer Practices

In the summer, the Pitta dosha is most active, the dosha of fire and heat. This dosha provides us with sparks of creativity, spontaneity, enthusiasm and helps us digest our food. If we have too much Pitta, we can burn out, be irritable and angry as well as have inflammation issues with our digestion and skin.

In the heat of the summer it is important to not overtax the body or get too hot. Think of cooling and calming practices to bring more balance. Practising hatha yoga outdoors can be very refreshing in the early morning or evening but avoid the heat of the day and stay out of direct sunlight. Our bodies tend to be more flexible in the summer so long body stretches, gentle posture flows like the Moon Salutation, deep hip openers and forward bends can be very soothing. Restoratives are also highly recommended. Pranayama such Sitali and Chandra Bedhana or Moon Breath are also calming and cooling.


Summer Beverage

Lassi is a traditional yogurt based drink from India. It is a blend of yogurt, water, spices and sometimes fruit. It can be a savoury or sweet drink. The recipe below is a cooling savoury drink to bring balance in the Pitta season.

Pitta Lassi

1/2 c. cottage cheese
1/2 c. yogurt
3/4 c. water
2 tsp. coriander powder
1 tbsp maple syrup or 3 pitted dates

Blend first three ingredients together then add the coriander powder and sweetener of your choice. Serve chilled. Makes one serving.

from – The Ayurvedic Cookbook – by Amadea Morningstar with Urmila Desai



Happy 150th Birthday Canada!


“Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” Henry James
Have a safe, joyous and peaceful summer!
Catherine and Valerie

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