Winter 2019

February 1st marked Imbolc (e-molc) or Ewe’s Milk, the traditional start of the lambing season. Despite our recent spate of bitterly cold weather, there are subtle signs of changes happening on the earth. In particular, our days are getting longer. In fact, we have gained a whole hour of daylight since the Winter Solstice on December 21st! Sunshine coming through the windows is starting to feel warmer. Imbolc is approximately half way between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox which will arrive on March 20th.

Most of us will be more familiar with another animal featured at this time of year – the groundhog, who celebrated his day on February 2nd. Wiarton Willie didn’t see his shadow so an early spring is predicted. Unfortunately Willie doesn’t have a great track record when it comes to weather prediction and whether he sees his shadow or not, we still have six weeks until the Spring Equinox!
We held our annual Winter Solstice Candlelight Meditation on Monday, December 17th and raised $500.00 for Wellspring Cancer Support Centre – London and Region. Thanks to everyone for their generosity!

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness” – Desmond Tutu


Winter Class Schedule with Valerie Hobson

At Yoga East Studio – 537 Ontario Street

Gentle Yoga & Meditation

Tuesday       9:30 – 10:45 am       Feb 5th – 26th
                                                      Mar 5th – 26th

Mixed Level Yoga
  9:30 – 10:45 am       Feb 6th – 27th
                                                       Mar 6th – 27th

$50.00 to register for 4 week session
Payable by cash or cheque only to Valerie Hobson

At Redeemer Lutheran Church – 1 Frank Place:

Gentle Yoga Class 
Tuesday      5:15 – 6:15 pm         Feb 5th – 26th
                                                     Mar 5th – 26th

Gentle Yoga and Meditation
Thursday Classes Suspended for the Winter 

$50.00 to register for 4 week session or $15 Drop-in
Payable by cash or cheque only to Valerie Hobson

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

Restorative Yoga at Yoga East
Every 3rd Sunday of the month
February 17th, March 17th
1:15 – 2:30 pm  

Modern life is stressful, and studies show that chronic levels of stress can lead to a host of ailments. The antidote to stress is relaxation.  Restorative Yoga is an active relaxation practice designed to unwind deep layers of stress from your body, mind, and spirit leaving you feeling refreshed and renewed like never before.  This class combines gentle stretches, breathing techniques, guided imagery and restorative yoga poses to activate your body’s innate relaxation response.  It is appropriate for everyone regardless of ability, mobility, or experience with yoga.

Fee: $17/class
Payable by cash or cheque to Valerie Hobson
Registration is required. Please contact Valerie (519) 702-0534 or

Day of Mindfulness – Saturday, March 23rd (Note the New Date)

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
RiverBend Golf Community Library, London
with Valerie Hobson and Catherine Heighway
The Spring or Vernal Equinox arrives on March 20th, a point half way between the Winter Solstice and the Summer Solstice. Traditionally it is a time to contemplate equilibrium and balance as we start to move more fully from the inward focus of winter to the outward energy of spring. To support yourself in this transition, join us for a refreshing and relaxing day of mindfulness practices with yoga, meditation and an indoor labyrinth walk. Suitable for all levels of experience. Lunch is included.  
Date:                Saturday, March 23rd
Location:         RiverBend Golf Community Library, London
Time:               10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Fee:                 $75.00
To register:     email or call Catherine at 519-871-0661
Day of Mindfulness – Summer Solstice
Saturday, June 15th, 2019
Quiet Earth, Dorchester, Ontario
The Summer Solstice arrives on Friday, June 21st and marks the longest day of the year. Also called Midsummer, the Summer Solstice is an opportunity to honour the Sun’s strength and potential. During this time of expansiveness, we can explore the possibilities in our own lives as we move through the vibrancy of summer.
Join Valerie Hobson and Catherine Heighway of Spanda Yoga and Retreats for a rejuvenating and relaxing day. The retreat will feature mindfulness practices with yoga and meditation as well as an exploration of mandalas and an indoor labyrinth walk. Suitable for all levels of experience. Lunch is included.  We are delighted to be offering this retreat at Quiet Earth again this year, featuring the rustic charm of a restored barn, set in peaceful countryside close to London.

Date:               Saturday, June 15th, 2019
Location:         Quiet Earth, 1681 Hunt Road, Dorchester, Ontario
Time:               10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Fee:                 $75.00
To register:      email: or call Catherine at 519-871-0661

Spanda Yoga Book – Yoga Through the Seasons
We are happy to release of the second phase of our upcoming book – Yoga Through The Seasons. We have had very positive response to the first section for Winter which was put on the website for November 1st. Each section features Celtic wisdom, alignment principles and a practice for every month including asana (poses), pranayama (breathing), meditation and contemplation. We also offer suggestions for diet along with seasonal recipes and self care following the traditions of Ayurveda, the sister science to yoga. 

Click here to see a read only version of the Spring Section – February 1st – April 30th. We will release the Summer Section closer to the Summer Solstice on June 21st. This guide is the result of a great deal of time, effort and love. Please respect our work by using this information for your personal use only.

In the fall, we will be adding more information and printing the book to order. We are taking orders for the book now so please let us know if you are interested. Thanks for your support!


Catherine and Valerie

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