Wednesday, 20 June 2018
We had a great day on Saturday at our Relax & Restore Retreat Day, a lovely group joined Laura and I for a day of wellbeing and relaxation.
We started outside, it was warm and peaceful as Laura led a gentle yoga flow.
Our theme for the day was Bee You, so our lunch was delicious and nutritious with Laura's 'fresh from the hive' honey used in our dressings and as a drizzle.
We enjoyed warm Persian Lentils with Honeyed Roasted Veg
A yummy baked feta with thyme, figs and honey
A green salad with edible herbs & flowers that was served with a honey, mustard and thyme dressing.
And a very summer pud, home made meringues, baked peaches in basil and honey, served with dairy free vanilla ice cream.
Laura took the group down to the woods after lunch for some meditation and breathwork, it was really relaxing and they were surrounded by birdsong.
Once back at Treetops, I led a Wellbeing and Creative session which was all about the health and body benefits of honey.
We made some honey and lavender bath melts along with some oats, sugar and honey scrub. Perfect things to take home and carry on the relaxation.
At the end of our day Laura took a calming yoga nidra and sound meditation session, with everyone under their duvets and warmed eye pillows.
It was a perfect end to an idyllic day.
* Laura *
Our next Retreat Day is on Saturday 11 August 2018
To book now, please email me.
Monday, 4 June 2018
Welcome back to everyone who came to Yoga this morning.
It's such a perfect way to start the week.
We had our Restorative gentle yoga to start with, lots of soft poses that are held for slightly longer than usual, using props such as bolsters and blocks. Finishing with a lovely savasana.
Savasana may appear to be a little snooze at the end of a yoga session, but it is a yoga pose, one that is awake, yet relaxed. (Also known as the corpse pose - as you lie down on your back with your eyes closed so that you can truly relax both your mind and body).
It is really good at ridding the body of tension, as well as having many other positive benefits, such as helping relieve mild depression, fatigue, headaches, high blood pressure and insomnia. It's great for calming the whole nervous system.
Join us at 9:30am to 10:30am if this sounds like the yoga class for you. Beginners are more than welcome, come and give it a go.
After Restorative Yoga, some stay and others join us for Meditation and Breath-work.
This is such an incredibly relaxing and calming hour.
If you've always wondered what meditation is about, please come and give it a try.
After some gentle settling breath-work whilst sitting we then lay on our mats with our eyes closed, with the warmed eye masks and duvets whilst Laura led a sound meditation.
Below are her quartz bowl and bells.
The sound from the bowl creates vibrations that really resonate and echo within you, assisting the release of emotional and energy blockages.
Apparently it slows the brainwaves as the soundwaves send us into a dreamlike state.
There are many benefits such as it:
helps with relaxation and meditation
improves attention span and focus
The high intensity and low frequency combination of bowls, known as singing bowls, gongs and bells in a sound meditation can induce a deep relaxation response. Sound healing has been used for centuries.
Come and give it a go, this class runs from 10:45am - 11:45am
NEW for the next few weeks is our Outdoor Vinyasa Flow class, from 12 noon - 1pm.
It's so lovely to enjoy yoga outside with the fresh air, warmth and bird song.
This class takes the energy levels up a notch and we do some great stretches and poses.
Think warrior pose, downward dog, lunges amongst many.
I really enjoyed this morning's class, it definitely showed me where my body strength needs some work!
Each of our classes cost £10 and you don't need to bring anything with you.
All equipment and filtered water is provided for you, along with plenty of free parking.
To book, please email me to book your yoga mat (just incase we have a full class) up to 8am each Monday morning. We are just 5 minutes from the centre of Newbury town centre in a peaceful corner of Wash Common.
Monday, 14 May 2018
NEW to Monday Mornings
Starting on Monday 4 June, we will have a new Yoga class to add to our Relax & Restore classes with Laura.
Form 12 noon - 1pm, we will be holding an outdoor Vinyasa Flow class.
(obviously if the weather isn't great, we will set up the mats indoors)
Vinyasa is a dynamic flow from posture to posture, moving with your breath.
Laura's class will create space and softness throughout your whole being, allowing slow and steady movement, incorporating gentle twists, folds, expansion, lengthening and grounding.
All equipment is provided for you
Our next batch of 4 dates are:
If you book all 4, you receive a 10% discount.
You may not be aware that we hold a Meditation and Breathwork class before this from 10:45am - 11:45am, they would work nicely together, and again 10% off if you book those two together.
Wednesday, 9 May 2018
Last night Laura led a wonderful Yoga session.
As the weather had been so lovely, we spent the first hour in the garden concentrating on our grounding and breath, followed by some gentle yoga flow and restorative yoga.
The birds were singing so loudly, or perhaps it seems amplified when your eyes are closed and you are lying on the ground!
We came inside to get cosy with some lovely warming nutritious and delicious soup followed by chai lattes and cacao drinks.
By now the sun had set, the hall was lit with candles and the scent of large jugs of lilacs.
A gentle meditation flowed, and then the best bit, warming eye masks and a duvet for the yoga nidra and sound meditiation.
Thank you everyone for joining us and floating peacefully into the night.
Our next evening is on Tuesday 12 June, 7pm - 9:30pm, £30.
Book soon as places are limited and go very quickly.
Our upcoming Relax and Restore RETREAT DAY is on Saturday 16 June and has 4 spaces left. 11:30am - 4:30pm £75
Friday, 27 April 2018
(The calm and reflective shores of Lake Ullswater)
Relax and Restore News
There will be no Yoga/Meditation classes this Monday 30 April, but we will be back on the mats on Monday 14 May (no class Monday 7 May as it's a Bank Holiday).
As a reminder we have Gentle Restorative Yoga from 9:30am - 10:30am followed by Breath-work and Meditation at 10:45am - 11:45am. Each class costs £10, please book your mat up to the Sunday evening before the class.
Our next Candlelit Yoga & Supper Evening is on Tuesday 8 May from 7pm - 9:30pm and costs £30. This includes a soup supper with warming drinks.
Laura and I are really looking forward to our Retreat Day on Saturday 16 June, a great day relaxing, restoring, re-energising whilst taking part in gentle yoga, meditation, breath-work, yoga nidra, time spent outdoors in the grounds and woodland, a creative activity and a delicious and nutritious lunch. The day runs from 11:30am - 4:50pm and costs £75. Our theme in June looks at the many benefits of bees, honey and the outdoors.
Tuesday, 24 April 2018
I had to share these beautiful photos with you after my recent trip to Kew Gardens
It is the perfect time to go, the magnolias and blossoms are stunning.
The flowers above look striking, there are hundreds of them on display.
Below are colourful tulips in their pots at the main entrance
Last year I visited after the blossoms had bloomed and just saw the tulips planted below, it was wonderful to see them out together this year.
It's such a calm place to sit and just stare at the pink blossom!
I look forward to returning when the Roses are out!
The Temperate House has been closed for 5 years whilst renovations have been taking place. It opens again at the beginning of May and will be worth a visit. 10,000 plants in the World's largest greenhouse!
Just a selection of the delicious food created at this morning's Aga Class with Sarah Whitaker.
Sarah managed to cover baking, simmering, roasting, boiling, melting, stir-frying, grilling, warming and more in her demonstration this morning.
Sharing top tips along the way, on how to get the most out of your Aga, and your ingredients!
After the demonstration there is tasting lunch of all the food cooked served with a glass of wine.
I seemed to have forgotten to take a photo of the chocolate fudge cake! Maybe because it went so fast!
Bookings are open for our Christmas Aga class on Tuesday 27 November 2018
9:45am - 1:30pm
Last week we held a very popular watercolour class on Bluebells and Silver Birch Trees.
The 2 photos here show some early stages of Claire's demonstration piece.
Firstly everyone drew in their trees and used masking fluid, this took some time!
Once the masking fluid was DRY, a first wash of watercolour was applied, showing the background light, the pathway, banks and bluebells.
After lunch the masking fluid was removed and the styling of the trees and their leaves took place.
Here are our Bluebell Woodlands .......
Tuesday, 17 April 2018
Last week we had a Scottish Landscapes Watercolour class, that focussed on Atmosphere.
It was a scene from lovely Plockton.
Delicious lunch; Persian Chicken Pilaf with a watercress salad and tomatoes with feta.
Here are the finished paintings full of colour, mood and atmosphere ...