Summer 2019


August 1st is considered to be the start of the fall season on the Celtic calendar, called Lammas or Lughnasadh. Lammas means “loaf mass” and honoured the first loaves baked from the first grain harvest. These were taken to churches and laid on altars to celebrate the harvesting cycle.

Lughnasadh is a festival that commemorated Lugh, the Celtic Sun King and God of Light. It was a time to honour the power of the sun to ripen crops, particularly grain. These crops were harvested, ground into flour and made into bread or brewed into ale or mead to celebrate the abundance of nature.

While we still have several weeks of summery weather to enjoy, there is a natural shift towards September and a return to regular schedules and activities.

Valerie’s Fall Class Schedule 


At Yoga East

Gentle Yoga & Meditation

Tuesday       9:00 – 10:15 am        September 3 – 24
                                                       October 1 – 22
                                                       October 29 – November 19
                                                       November 26 – December 17

Tuesday       10:45 -12 noon         September 3 – 24
                                                       October 1 – 22
                                                       October 29 – November 19
                                                       November 26 – December 17

Mixed Level Yoga
  9:30 – 10:45 am       September 4 – 25
                                                       October 2 – 23
                                                       October 30 – November 20
                                                       November 27 – December 18 

Thursday       5:30 – 6:30 pm        
September 5 – 26
                                                       October 3 – 22
                                                       October 31 – November 21
                                                       November 28 -December 19 

At Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church
1 Frank Place, London, Ontario 

Gentle Yoga Class 
Tuesday      5:30 – 6:30 pm           September 3 – 24
                                                       October 1 – 22
                                                       October 29 – November 19
                                                       November 26 – December 17  

Fee – $50.00 for 4 weeks
Payable by Cash or Cheque only to Valerie Hobson

To register: contact Valerie – or 519-702-0534


Space is limited so please register early.
Restorative Yoga on Sundays with Valerie will not be offered in the fall.

Spanda Yoga Book Launch
 We are finalising details for the fall launch of our book:
Yoga Through the Seasons
A Practical Guide for Daily Practice that Weaves
Yoga with Seasonal Celtic Wisdom  

Yoga Through the Seasons features practices for each month – asana descriptions with colour photographs, pranayama and meditation – along with seasonal reflections based on the Celtic Wheel of the Year and Ayurvedic information to support your well-being. It is spiral bound for easy use. You may pre-order your copy through

Watch for another newsletter soon with details for the launch! Please note that the Autumn section of the book will be posted on our website as a read only document in a few weeks.

Day of Mindfulness
Saturday, October 19th
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
RiverBend Golf Community, London

Fee: $90.00 including lunch
Join us for a spacious and peaceful day as we celebrate the time of harvest. Our day will include 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 to register early! To read more about RiverBend, click here



Catherine and Valerie

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