Author: Jo Shaw

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December 2020: classes, workshops and a Yoga Nidra for…

I hope you’re doing OK.  For some, right now may feel like a bit of a struggle.  There’s not much sunlight around and perhaps your Christmas plans won’t be quite what you hoped for this year.

But we’ve come a long way and brighter times are in sight.  We’ve adapted, we’ve had to deal with change, which probably felt a bit uncomfortable at the time, but as a result maybe we’ve all grown a little…

During this unusual year I’m finding it essential to make time for the things that ground me and also give me a lift…getting into the great outdoors, connecting with others, nurturing seeds of ideas for the future and of course yoga!

Usually I take a break from teaching over Christmas, but this year I’ve had a few requests to run some extra Zoom classes to keep us all moving and connected. 😊

If you’d like to join me, here’s the schedule:

December classes

Last class at The Space: Tuesday, 22nd December

Last class at Tree of Life: Wednesday, 23rd December – you can also join this class on Zoom

Christmas Zoom class: Wednesday, 30th December

The normal schedule resumes on Tuesday, 5th January.

To book please visit: joshawyoga.com/classes

January yoga afternoon – Saturday, 9th January

In the New Year I’ll be running a yoga afternoon on Saturday, 9th January, 2pm to 5pm at Beeding and Bramber Village Hall.  It’s a lovely hall with plenty of space (social distancing will be a breeze!), plenty of parking and only a 15 minute drive from Hove.

During the afternoon we’ll be exploring how our practice – asana (postures), pranayama (breathwork), mantra (sound) and yoga nidra (yoga sleep) – can be a source of vitality for the whole body.  There are many unseen benefits – for our nervous system, respiratory system and digestive system to name a few.  The health of our internal systems underpins our sense of vitality.  As you’ll know if you’ve been coming to my classes, yoga is not just about stretching!

Each time we come to the mat we notice where we’re at – physically, energetically, emotionally and mentally – and this is our starting point.  As we begin to tune in, we can notice that yoga brings about a shift in these states.  We become aware that we have the tools to change our experience of the present moment.

If you’d like to join me, you can book via my website.  Gift vouchers are also (please email me at joshawyoga@gmail.com).

A Yoga Nidra for a winter’s evening

If you’re interested in finding out more about Yoga Nidra, or trying it yourself at home, I’ve uploaded a new recording to my website.  I hope you enjoy it.

I hope you all have a restful Christmas break,

Stay well and warm and I hope to see you soon,

Namaste,

Jo x

Autumn Yoga Mornings: riding life’s ups and downs with…

I took this picture just before lockdown, at a yoga exhibition at SOAS University of London (School of Oriental and African studies).  It’s amazing to think that the roots of yoga reach back all the way to texts called the Vedas, which were written 1500 – 1000 BCE.  And yet the practice of yoga is still as relevant as its always been – because the human condition remains the same.

Our experience of being human is ruled by our senses, which are hungry for stimulation and often overwhelm us.  We mistake passing thoughts, feelings, emotions and sensations for who we are.  We get caught up in our experience and our body and our mind get tied up in knots.

The word Yoga comes from the Sanskrit word “Yuj” meaning to yoke, join or unite.  We can think of yoga as a way to ‘yoke’ and control the senses when they overwhelm us and draw us out of ourselves.

Modern yoga asana (postures) are varied and complex, while early yoga asanas were predominantly seated postures.  The definition of asana in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (4th Century CE) is simply ‘a steady and comfortable posture’.  How appealing that sounds in an increasingly fast and complex world!

I’m running three yoga mornings this Autumn, exploring how the practice of yoga can help us cultivate equanimity, ‘calmness and composure, especially in a difficult situation’.  We can’t control what happens to us, but our yoga practice can help us find new ways to respond.

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Class Update Autumn 2020

Hello friends,

I hope you’re in good health and you’ve found ways to enjoy this unusual Summer.

2020 has asked us all to become more inventive and adaptable…little did we know a year ago that we’d be meeting on Zoom or in parks or gardens to practice yoga.  I’m very grateful that our yoga community has held together through the pandemic, at a time when we’ve needed our practice to ground us and keep us well.

Yoga class update

I have lots of news.  I’m pleased to say that I’ll be returning to teaching in studios in September.  My outdoor classes will continue until the end of the month (weather permitting) and my Thursday Zoom class will continue indefinitely.

Studio classes

Sadly, James and Sam Pickard will be closing The Healthy Living Company at the end of Summer.  I wish them luck for the future.

Happily, the studio on Northease Drive will be opening under new management and I will be running a class on Tuesday mornings, 9.30am to 11.00am (start date to be confirmed).

In addition, I’m very happy to say that I’ll be teaching at The Tree of Life Centre on Portland Road in Hove on Wednesday mornings, 9.30am – 11.00am and Thursday evenings, 7.30pm – 9.00pm.  The Tree of Life is a lovely venue – you can find out more at https://www.tolcentre.com/

Classes at Tree of Life will be starting on Wednesday, 9th September.

To ensure that classes are Covid compliant:

  • Class sizes will be limited to 6 students
  • Please bring along your own mat and blanket (and any other props you have)
  • I’ll bring along some additional equipment and then take it home with me again so I can clean it regularly.

How studio classes will work

Please book your space via my website (joshawyoga.com).  Tree of Life classes can also be booked via the Tree of Life website https://www.tolcentre.com/.

You have the option to book blocks of Tree of Life studio classes:

  • £12 drop in
  • £55 for 5 classes (£11 a class)
  • £100 for 10 classes (£10 a class)

Blocks of classes booked through the current system are for Tree of Life classes only.  However all payments come direct to me (rather than being held by the studio) and are valid for a year from the date of purchase.  I’ll update everyone on how payment for Hangleton classes will work in due course.

Anyone who is new to my classes is welcome to attend their first class for free and if you bring a friend, you and your friend receive a free class.  Please spread the word!

You can either contact me directly to claim this offer before you book a class via my website (and I will book spaces manually without payment) or I can refund payment to those claiming this offer after the class.

New Yoga Timetable from September

Monday or Tuesday in September (weather permitting)

9.30am – 10.45am: outdoor class (£8 – variable dates and venues) Book here

Tuesday (start date to be confirmed)

9.30am – 11.00am: Northease Drive, Hangleton

Wednesday (from Wednesday, 9th September) Book here

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

Thursday

10.00am – 11.15am: Zoom Class (£8) Book here

(From Thursday, 10th September)

7.30pm – 9.00pm: Tree of Life Centre, Portland Road, Hove Book here

A yoga practice gives us an opportunity to step off the hamster wheel, to release tension in the body, to find freedom in the breath.  To sink beneath the distractions of our habitual thought patterns to a quieter place.  I hope you’ll be able to join me over the coming months.

Namaste,

Jo x