Sunday, 28 January 2018
We have a Meditation class here with Laura on a Monday morning, from 10:45am - 11:45am
But I hear many of you ask "what is meditation, what will I have to do"?
My answer is "come and give it a go", it's great, very relaxing and soothing.
The main purpose of meditation is to make our mind calm and peaceful, meditation strengthens the connections between the regions of the brain that regulate our emotional responses.
Firstly, we are very lucky to have Laura Routh-Parsons, who is a BSoM (the British School of Meditation) accredited and highly trained teacher, this is really important in both your introduction to meditation and developing your practice.
You know you are in safe hands.
We sit quietly, eyes closed and focus on our breathing, our body starts to relax, shoulders drop and we count silently on our in-breath and our out-breath. This helps with the focus.
We sometimes change the counts as the breath and focus is developed.
At Treetops it's lovely as we can hear the birds and it's very peaceful, no traffic noise or sounds of others.
Laura also creates a beautiful sound meditation with bells and her sound bowl.
We can also lie down and continue our meditation. We've also meditated with essential oils and focussed on the flicker of a candle. Sometimes Laura reads some beautiful passages from books and poems, and whispers some soothing mantras. It's never boring! And the time flies by.
There are so many benefits to meditation, it's definitely worth incorporating it into your life:
It reduces stress
Encourages a healthy focus and lifestyle
It increases happiness
It even slows ageing!
Great for anxiety, depression, anger, fatigue and insomnia
Come and spend an hour at Treetops and see what you think .....
Wednesday, 24 January 2018
Such a wonderful, warm, relaxing and friendly evening .....
8 lovely ladies joined Laura and I for a Candlelit and Fireside Yoga and supper evening.
They enjoyed warmed mulled apple juice on arrival, before settling down for a session of breathwork and restorative yoga.
A soup supper followed with some delicious chai lattes.
To finish off the evening, everyone was covered in a duvet with a warming eye mask whilst listening to the crackling fire and experiencing an amazing yoga nidra and sound meditation.
Join us for our next heavenly evening on Tuesday 20 February
7pm - 9:30pm
On Saturday we held another lovely and successful Relax and Restore Retreat day with Laura.
Despite the foul weather, we had a really happy and relaxing day.
The theme of the day was Eat The Rainbow, we enjoyed a delicious lunch with fresh and colourful ingredients
We enjoyed a heritage carrot, chickpea and sweet potato falafel traybake from this February's Good Housekeeping magazine.
Served alongside slow roasted tomatoes and a rainbow salad.
I really enjoyed making the pudding, a Beetroot and Chocolate Cake
This was served with dairy free ice cream and rainbow drops!
The day was interspersed with Yoga and Meditation, some hatha and some restorative.
To tie in with the Rainbow theme, Laura explained about the Chakra system
We also had a session on wellbeing and juicing, where we tried a variety of juices and spoke about the benefits of some of the ingredients.
Our next Retreat is on Saturday 10 March.
The day runs from 11:30am - 4:30pm and costs £75.