January 2018 Newsletter

January 2018 Newsletter

Welcome to the Aspire Yoga Newsletter

So we find ourselves in a bright new year, let's make it the best one yet! It has been wonderful to welcome new faces to our practices in January, thank you all for your continued support of Aspire Yoga. In this issue of the newsletter you will find dates and details of upcoming classes and other class information. 
Om shanti.

New Year's Charity Yoga Practice - The Big Reveal...
I am thrilled to announce that our practice on 9 January 2018 raised an incredible £106 for the charity Mind! Thankyou so much for supporting this wonderful charity and for your warm energy at our practice. Your generous donations will go towards helping Mind continue their mission to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Namaste

New Monday evening practices coming soon to the Maidenhead area.
I am in the process of sourcing and securing a venue for new Monday evening practices in the Maidenhead area, convenient for nearby locations including Maidenhead, Cookham, Bourne End and Taplow. I will publish details to the website and Facebook page (@aspireyogaberkshirebucks) once arrangements have been finalised.

The Sutra Series
When: Tuesdays 7:30 - 8:45pm (16 Jan – 20 Feb)
Where: Tylers Green Village Hall (The Penn Room), Church Road, Penn, HP10 8LN.                     The philosophy and practice of yoga has ancient roots. In the 2nd Century the sage Patanjali “systematised” the philosophy and practice of yoga into a series of statements, recognised today as the “yoga sutras”. In this series we will explore some of the key tenets of what Patanjali had to say in support of living well – physically, mentally and emotionally – and achieving our potential.
 
Myths of the Asana Series
When: Tuesdays 7:30 - 8:45pm (6 Mar – 10 Apr)
Where: Tylers Green Village Hall (The Penn Room), Church Road, Penn, HP10 8LN
Behind each asana is an ancient story about a god, sage, or sacred animal. In this series of classes we will explore some of the rich tapestry of myths behind yoga’s spiritual tradition to deepen our understanding and bring a little more colour to our practice.

Refresh & Enliven (Maidenhead)
When: Thursdays 8:30 - 9:30pm
Where: Furze Platt Leisure Centre, Maidenhead, SL6 7NQ. Please call to book: 01628 308 296 Exploring a range of asana (physical postures), flowing sequences and pranayama (breathing practices) to cultivate mindfulness, build strength and flexibility and refresh and enliven both body and mind.

Gift Vouchers available
Sold as a a set of 6 (£45) and currently only redeemable against Tuesday practices in Penn. The perfect gift for the aspiring yogi!

DID YOU KNOW...The gesture Namaste represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us that is located in Anahata, the Heart Chakra. "Nama" = "bow", "as" = "I", "te" = "you", so literally "I bow to you", and therefore a respectful acknowledgement and honouring of the soul in one by the soul in another.

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New Year's Charity Yoga Practice  - The Big Reveal...

New Year's Charity Yoga Practice - The Big Reveal...

⭐I am absolutely thrilled to announce that our practice on 9 January 2018 raised an incredible £106 for the charity Mind! 🌟✨

Thankyou so much to you lovely yogis and yoginis for supporting this wonderful charity and your warm energy at our practice. Your generous donations will go towards helping Mind continue their mission to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

Thanks you again and Namaste 🙏

December Newsletter

December Newsletter

Welcome to the December Newsletter

Festive greetings to you all! In this issue of the newsletter you will find dates and details of upcoming classes in January, including a special New Year’s Practice to set our intentions for 2018 and the new class series starting in Penn. A huge thank you to you all for your unfailing energy, enthusiasm and good humour throughout our practices in 2017. I wish you all the very best for a warm and peaceful Christmas and look forward to seeing you on the mat in the New Year.

Om shanti.

New Year Practice in Penn: Setting Intentions Tuesday 9 January 2018 (7:30-8:45pm)

Join us for a fun practice to welcome in a bright 2018! Together we will enjoy a gentle flowing asana practice linking breath with movement. Tune into your inner wisdom to let go of anything you don’t want to carry with you into the New Year and set your sankalpa(an intention formed by the heart and mind) for a bright 2018. We will finish the session with a chakra-balancing relaxation, leaving you feeling centred and grounded ahead of the new year.
 
In lieu of our Christmas Practice, this class will be donation-based with all proceeds going to the wonderful charity “Mind”. If you’re considering inviting a yoga practice into your life but are not sure what to expect then this may be the perfect “taster” session to give it a go and see if you like it!

New Class Series for 2018

When: Tuesdays 7:30 - 8:45pm
Where: Tylers Green Village Hall (The Penn Room), Church Road, Penn, HP10 8LN.
 
The Sutra Series (16 Jan – 20 Feb)
The philosophy and practice of yoga has ancient roots. In the 2nd Century the sage Patanjali “systematised” the philosophy and practice of yoga into a series of statements, recognised today as the “yoga sutras”. In this series we will explore some of the key tenets of what Patanjali had to say in support of living well – physically, mentally and emotionally – and achieving our potential.
 
Myths of the Asana Series (6 Mar – 10 Apr)
Behind each asana is an ancient story about a god, sage, or sacred animal. In this series of classes we will explore some of the rich tapestry of myths behind yoga’s spiritual tradition to deepen our understanding and bring a little more colour to our practice.
 
Cost:   Single class: £9 / Block of 6 classes: £45. Concessions for OAPs | Full-time students | NHS | Emergency Services | Full-time teachers in mainstream education:Single class: £8 / Block of 6 classes: £40. CARD PAYMENTS ACCEPTED

Refresh & Enliven (Maidenhead)

When: Thursdays 8:30 - 9:30pm (starting Thursday 11 January 2018)
Where: Furze Platt Leisure Centre, Maidenhead, SL6 7NQ. Please ring to book: 01628 308 296

Class description: Exploring a range of asana (physical postures), flowing sequences and pranayama (breathing practices) to cultivate mindfulness, build strength and flexibility and refresh and enliven both body and mind. 

Cost:   £6.90 Advantage Card holder / £9.40 non-Advantage Card holder

*NEW* Gift Vouchers available

I'm super-excited to now offer gift vouchers for classes! Sold as a a set of 6 and currently only redeemable against Tuesday practices in Penn. The perfect gift for the aspiring yogi!

November Newsletter

November Newsletter

Welcome to the November Newsletter

Autumn greetings to you all! Definitely a chill in the air as we move closer to year-end. In this issue of the newsletter you will find dates and details of upcoming classes in November, including advance notice of a special Christmas Charity Yoga Practice…you’re invited! Please tune into the website and Facebook page for regular updates on class news in between newsletters and I look forward to seeing you on the mat.

Om shanti.

Tuesdays (Penn): Continuation of Chakra Balancing Series

When: Tuesdays 7:30 - 8:45pm
Where: Tylers Green Village Hall (The Penn Room), Church Road, Penn, HP10 8LN.

Class description: In the lead up to our Christmas Charity Practice (12 December) we are continuing our themed practices to follow the Chakra path from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. The chakras are understood to be locations in the body of particular energetic significance and which, when working harmoniously, support the flow of energy and therefore the connection of body and mind. In November we explore Anahata (Heart Chakra - 7 Nov), Vissudhi (Throat Chakra - 14 Nov), Ajna (Third Eye Chakra - 21 Nov), Sahasrara (Crown Chakra - 28 Nov), working through  a range of asana (physical postures), flowing sequences and pranayama (breathing practices) to cultivate mindfulness, build strength and flexibility and refresh and enliven both body and mind. Modifications and variations are offered to allow beginners, and those with more experience, to take their practice as far as they wish.

Cost:   Single class: £9 / Block of 6 classes: £45. Concessions for OAPs | Full-time students | NHS | Emergency Services | Full-time teachers in mainstream education: Single class: £8 / Block of 6 classes: £40CARD PAYMENTS ACCEPTED

Thursdays (Maidenhead): "Refresh & Enliven" Practice

When: Thursdays 8:30 - 9:30pm
Where: Furze Platt Leisure Centre, Maidenhead, SL6 7NQ. Please ring to book: 01628 308 296

Class description: Exploring a range of asana (physical postures), flowing sequences and pranayama (breathing practices) to cultivate mindfulness, build strength and flexibility and refresh and enliven both body and mind. 

Cost:   £6.90 Advantage Card holder / £9.40 non-Advantage Card holder

Christmas Charity Practice - You're Invited!

You are invited to join a festive and fun-filled practice! This class will be our last practice for 2017 so let’s bring the merriment to our mats ahead of the Christmas period. Fees are waived for this class and you are instead invited to make a donation of your choice with all proceeds from this class going to Mind, a superb charity that works tirelessly to achieve its vision of support and respect for everyone with a mental health problem.

The practice itself will be accessible to all levels, including the complete beginner - let’s get the hall filled with festive cheer! Please contact me to register your name for this practice – Rachel@aspireyoga.co.uk

When: Tuesday 12th December 7:30 - 8:45pm
Where: Tylers Green Village Hall (The Penn Room), Church Road, Penn, HP10 8LN

CANCELLATION NOTICE: Wednesdays: "Refresh & Restore" Practice (Bourne End)

For personal reasons, I have made the difficult decision to cancel Wednesday practices in Bourne End. Thankyou to everyone for your interest in these classes and please do consider Tuesday practices in Penn and Thursday practices in Maidenhead as suitable alternatives - please do get in touch (rachel@aspireyoga.co.uk) with any questions you may have in relation to your practice. 

Advance notice of Christmas holidays

The last class of 2017 will be in Penn on Tuesday 12th December and all classes will reconvene from 9th January 2018 (Penn) and and 11th January 2018 (Maidenhead), running weekly thereafter as usual.

Some benefits of a restorative practice

Some benefits of a restorative practice

A couple of students have enquired about the benefits of a restorative practice - I thought then that it may be helpful to outline a few key benefits of a restorative practice and why I think it's one of the most advanced yoga practices.  

Typically, a restorative practice involves only a handful of physical postures ("asana") - maybe as few as 4 - held for an extended period of time. This can be anything from 5mins and there is invariably a reliance on props (e.g. blankets, cushions, blocks, straps) to support the body in the asana. In this way, muscular effort is minimised and the body’s connective tissues are accessed, inviting ease and comfort at the deepest level. By its nature, a restorative practice is therefore introspective and meditative, teaching us to relinquish control and inviting us to explore our thoughts and emotions without judgement. For this reason alone, a restorative practice is generally acknowledged to be one of the most difficult and most advanced commitments a practitioner can make, but at the same time can be one of the most helpful and healing experiences we can invite into our busy lives.

Some benefits of a restorative practice:

  1. Discovery of where you hold your stress: a restorative practice provides opportunity to acknowledge where tensions are held. Such knowledge empowers, and a student can use his or her discoveries to choose to change a daily routine in order to minimise opportunities for that tension to rebuild. So rather than chasing mastery of a particular asana, a restorative practice is more concerned with how minimise effort, do less and therefore listen to and learn from the body.
     
  2. Promotes mindfulness and full experience of the body in relaxation: The stillness of a restorative practice enhances our awareness of the body and our experience of the breath. We can carry this practice in mindfulness over to our daily lives making more deliberate and considered choices and therefore enjoying a richer experience of life.
     
  3. Creates the conditions for self-exploration: A restorative practice invites us to release our efforts to control and to allow ourselves to be supported. Stillness enables and invites self-enquiry and self-care. We may, for example, be otherwise conditioned to defining ourselves and our feelings of control through the relentless conquering of “to do” lists and other more tangible barometers of progress. Occupying a space by ourselves, completely free of distractions, might therefore feel uncomfortable or even frighteningly exposing. This is the practice though: to recognise that space as one of safety for a compassionate self-meditation, and to occupy that space fully and mindfully.

Namaste

 

 

October Newsletter

October Newsletter

Welcome to the OCTOBER newsletter

Autumn greetings to you all! So it’s been a busy month with the launch of new classes in Bourne End and Maidenhead, and for me personally it’s been an exciting (but rather tiring!) time buying, renovating and moving into my first home with my husband. I’m delighted to call Maidenhead my home! 
In this issue of the newsletter you will find dates and details of upcoming classes in October, including a new series of classes in Penn from 17th October that follows the Chakra path from base to head on a weekly basis. Advance notice is also provided here of a special Christmas Charity Yoga Practice…you’re invited! Please tune into the website and Facebook page for regular updates on class news in between newsletters.
Om shanti.

Tuesdays: "Refresh & Enliven" Practice (Penn)

When: Tuesdays 7:30 - 8:45pm

Where: Tylers Green Village Hall (The Penn Room), Church Road, Penn, HP10 8LN.

Class description: Exploring a range of asana (physical postures), flowing sequences and pranayama (breathing practices) to cultivate mindfulness, build strength and flexibility and refresh and enliven both body and mind. Modifications and variations are offered to allow beginners, and those with more experience, to take their practice as far as they wish.

Cost:   Single class: £9 / Block of 6 classes: £45. Concessions for OAPs | Full-time students | NHS | Emergency Services | Full-time teachers in mainstream education: Single class: £8 / Block of 6 classes: £40CARD PAYMENTS ACCEPTED

 

**From Tuesday 17th October: Chakra Balancing Practice (Penn)**

On Tuesday 17th October we will start the first in a series of 8 classes that will follow the Chakra path from base of the spine to the crown of the head. The chakras are “wheels” of spiritual power within the human body which, when working harmoniously, support the flow of energy and therefore the connection of body and mind. Whilst these classes are not run as a formal “course” and so it is possible to drop-in on a class by class basis, in order to derive maximum benefit from the practice you are encouraged to attend all 8 sessions. The class timetable sets out a description of what to expect from each class, however please do get in contact if you have any questions.

 

Wednesdays: "Refresh & Restore" Practice (Bourne End)

When: Wednesdays 7:30 - 9pm

Where: St Mark’s Church Hall, Station Road, Bourne End, SL8 5QE.

Class description: A restful, calming class working through slower-paced flowing sequences to a passive and supported restorative practice involving a series of easy, supported poses that target joints, connective tissues and fascia. Emphasis is on cultivating a nurturing stillness to refresh and restore body and mind. Spaces are limited and so booking is essential.

Cost:   Single class: £10 / Block of 6 classes: £50. Concessions for OAPs | Full-time students | NHS | Emergency Services | Full-time teachers in mainstream education: Single class: £9 / Block of 6 classes: £45CARD PAYMENTS ACCEPTED

 

Thursdays: "Refresh & Enliven" (Maidenhead)

When: Thursdays 8:30 - 9:30pm

Where: Furze Platt Leisure Centre, Maidenhead, SL6 7NQ. Please ring to book: 01628 308 296

Class description: Exploring a range of asana (physical postures), flowing sequences and pranayama (breathing practices) to cultivate mindfulness, build strength and flexibility and refresh and enliven both body and mind. 

Cost:   £6.90 Advantage Card holder / £9.40 non-Advantage Card holder

 

Christmas Charity Practice – You’re Invited!

You are invited to join a festive and fun-filled practice! This class will be our last practice for 2017 so let’s bring the merriment to our mats ahead of the Christmas period. Fees are waived for this class and you are instead invited to make a donation of your choice with all proceeds from this class going to Mind, a superb charity that works tirelessly to achieve its vision of support and respect for everyone with a mental health problem.

The practice itself will be accessible to all levels, including the complete beginner - let’s get the hall filled with festive cheer! Please contact me to register your name for this practice – Rachel@aspireyoga.co.uk

When: Tuesday 12th December 7:30 - 8:45pm

Where: Tylers Green Village Hall (The Penn Room), Church Road, Penn, HP10 8LN.

 

Advance notice of Christmas holidays

The last class of 2017 will be in Penn on Tuesday 12th December and all classes will reconvene from 9th January 2018 (Penn), 10th January 2018 (Bourne End) and 11th January 2018 (Maidenhead), running weekly thereafter as usual.

 

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me about classes.

Love and light,

Rachel x

September Newsletter

September Newsletter

Welcome to the SEPTEMBER newsletter

Summer greetings to you all and welcome back from your holidays to many of you! In this issue of the newsletter you will find dates and details of upcoming classes in September, including details of new classes in Bourne End from the end of September and, from October, Maidenhead. Om shanti.