Month: May 2021


Being with not knowing

May 2021

How have you found the easing of lockdown?

One constant in this pandemic is that everyone’s experience has been different.

We’ve all experienced upheaval over the last year or so – at work, in the patterns of our daily lives or through the effects of Covid directly on ourselves, our friends and family.

Right now feels to me like a period of transition. Transitions can feel a bit uncomfortable, even if they’re positive, like walking in a new pair of shoes.

A yoga practice can support us through times of transition. While you’re on the mat you can slow down and listen – noticing how the last year has landed in the body. Connect with your breath. Start to release some of your patterns of holding tension in the body. Notice the support of the floor beneath you and allow yourself to let go of the pressure of being someone, going somewhere – even if it’s just for the next hour, or for the next five minutes.

One of the most challenging aspects of the pandemic has been that we have been forced to be with not knowing. This ‘not knowing’ threatens our comforting belief that we’re in control. And yet the truth is that control is an illusion…none of us know what the future holds. When we recognise that our efforts to control our lives in any meaningful way are fruitless, we can let go of the struggle. We stop swimming and discover that we can float. It is when I truly let go that I feel invisible hands supporting me.

But letting go is really hard for us humans! So we need to be kind to ourselves. When I find letting go difficult (which is most of the time), I say to myself, “how human of me”, I take a breath and I begin again. Luckily for us this process is not an intellectual exercise (as intellectual exercises tend to tie us up in knots). Moving and breathing differently is a doorway into letting go.


Spring & Summer 2021: classes and weekend yoga

Hello friends,

I’m so happy that we’ll be back in studio in a few weeks. Zoom has been great, but I’ve missed being able to see you all as full, embodied people! I really enjoy the beautiful synchronicity of breath and movement when we’re practicing together in the same room. I’m thrilled to be back.

Booking is now open for my studio classes and you can book your space here.

Weekly timetable from 18th May


  • 9.30 am – 11.00 am: The Space, Hangleton
  • 11.30 am – 1.00 pm: The Space, Hangleton


  • 9.30 am – 11.00 am: Tree of Life, Portland Road, Hove


  • 10.00 am to 11.15 am: Zoom class
  • 7.30 pm – 9.00 pm: Tree of Life, Portland Road, Hove (also available on Zoom)

In addition to regular classes, I’m very pleased to be able to run three weekend yoga events over the Summer.

These longer sessions include a mix of asana (yoga postures), pranayama (breathwork), meditation, yoga nidra (deep relaxation or ‘yogic sleep’) and exploration of yoga philosophy.

Saturday afternoon yoga, 12th June

2.00 pm – 5.00 pm at Upper Beeding & Bramber Village Hall

A lovely hall with plenty of space and parking. Only a 15 minute drive from Hove.

Cost: £28

Sunday morning yoga, 13th June

10.00 am – 1.00 pm at Tree of Life, Portland Road, Hove

Cost: £28

Sunday afternoon half day retreat – 11th July

2.00 pm – 6.00 pm at Yoga by Nature, Pickwell Estate, Bolney

A three-hour yoga session followed by delicious tea and cake and a walk in the grounds of the Pickwell estate.

A really stunning and luxurious venue that offers the opportunity to get away from it all…you can find out more here

Cost: £50

If you’d like to join me at any of these events you can book your space here.

I’ve had a number of requests to continue with my Thursday morning Zoom class. Zoom has served us well and I know for some, practicing from home is really convenient and people have enjoyed having access to the class recording. So there is always the option to join me on Zoom, or sign up for the Zoom class and watch the recording at your leisure if that suits you best.

So as we enter this new phase and move towards Summer, I look forward to seeing you either in person or on Zoom,

Jo xx