Spring Newsletter

coming out of Lockdown

Today as the Sun shines and the birds sing there is a feeling of Spring. And most of us will breathe a sigh of relief at the thought of the freedom that is (hopefully) just around the corner.

One of my Teachers ( at the OCHS) and friend, Daniel Simpson, has written a wonderful book called The Truth of Yoga, I can highly recommend it.  When we can open up the Shala to more folk Daniel plans to come and talk to us about his book, have a Q&A and a book signing which will be great. We hope you will join us.

Bhagavad-Gitā 6.5

One should uplift the Soul by means of the Soul,One should not let the Soul become disheartened,For the Soul, alone, is the friend of the Soul,And the Soul, alone, can be the enemy of the Soul.

Translation by Zoë Slatoff

I have been busy starting a new Podcast with a good friend, Louise. It is called Womenkind Collective and is a light hearted weekly podcast about all things women (although you don’t have to be a women to enjoy it).

We would like to make sure that the every life of a women is given a voice, from periods, pregnancy and menopause to health, food, friendship and relationships.

We would love you to join us in the Collective you can listen here or our first episode below. If you enjoy it, it would really help us if you subscribe, follow, and leave a review on your favourite podcast platform (its on most).

Autism in Women & Girls WomenKind Collective

You’ll need a whole flask of tea for this weeks podcast as well as tissues, so settle in for a slightly longer episode with some beautiful stories from some amazing women. It’s autism awareness month and we have 2 very special guests mother and daughter, Lyn and Libby Curtis. Lou gets to the bottom of one of the collectives pube loss and chin hair gain. It’s the last 6 chapters of Caitlin Moran’s More Than A Woman and we discuss how truthful the book is for every woman including those of us at a certain age not packing the suspenders for a sexy weekend away but packing the M & S menopause pants! For our foodie collective Jinty talks probiotics and why we need them for good gut health and how to get probiotics into your body. During our interview with Lyn and Libby we learn that only 1:3 girls are diagnosed to boys, and diagnosis for girls can take much, much longer. Lyn was diagnosed when she was 40 years old and 3 of Lyn’s 5 children have autism, Libby is her youngest daughter and was diagnosed at 6 years old, but this was off the back of her brothers diagnosis. Lyn talks openly and honestly about parenting her children with autism, the struggles and reality, as well as trying to regulate her own symptoms, this fiercely loving family is full of love but can be perceived as cold by those who do not understand the gifts they have. There was a huge difference between her daughter and her son’s diagnosis – the internalization of Libby’s emotions and how it can manifest in girls as self-harm and eating disorders in an obsessive way. Lyn is also suffering from long COVID and she discusses how this as well as the menopause has massively impacted on her life. This episode is an emotional rollercoaster finishing with a beautiful letter from Jinty’s daughter who is waiting for a formal autism assessment. With much love and gratitude to the women of this week’s podcast for opening their hearts to us. We make this podcast ourselves so please share, subscribe, follow and review, it means a lot to us. Leave us a message or email us, we would love to hear your stories, suggestions and thoughts womenkindcollective@gmail.com. Disclaimer- These are stories told by real women with autism but everyone is different and there are many different traits or gifts in the spectrum. For advice on Autism https://www.autism.org.uk/. Books – More than a Woman by Caitlin Moran. Untamed by Glennon Doyle.
  1. Autism in Women & Girls
  2. Pregnancy and Birth during Lockdown & other Stories
  3. Hormones & Hair loss.
  4. Hormonal Headaches & Migraines
  5. Friendship

The first day of the Meteorological Spring has already begun on 1st March but the Astrological Spring begins this Saturday, 20th March, the Spring Equinox, marking the return of a warmer climate, longer days and most importantly for all of us in the UK, change.

I think this is change that we are all ready for. With more than 24 million people in the UK vaccinated (first dose) so far, we hope to feel safer as we gingerly sneak out of Lockdown.

We hope that you are all okay and that lockdown has not been too difficult or painful for you. Both Neil and I have been using this time for Svadyāya – self study and learning. 

For me, in between my other jobs as family PA, cook, cleaner, mentor, teacher, dog walker and general dogs body- Ha  
As well as learning through Asana, my physical practice, I am currently exploring Ethics and sustainability in the Yoga world plus delving deeper into Yoga Anatomy and Philosophy.

Both Neil and I hope to bring new classes and workshops to AYE so that when we open we can give our students the opportunity to explore these subjects for themselves. There will definitely be some Spring Changes to our class schedule and also to the classes themselves.

It is so wonderful to see so many of you very week on screen, making space in your home and in your lives, it really does make my day. But don’t worry if you’ve not found the time, every day is a new day and our practice is there to give us joy, not to be another burden. If you’d like to start at home again and need some motivation please message

Our rough plan right now is this

March 29th – No change

April 12th – The Shala will open for private classes, family or social bubbles and 1-2-1’s

May 17th – Open the Shala for classes (we are not sure if we will be limited to the rule of 6 yet)

June 21st – Open the Shala Fully

And we cant wait! We are so looking forward to seeing everyone in real life. We may have all changed a little bit inside, but change helps us grow and when we bring this growth to Yoga we might wake up to the perfection that is already in all of us, ending our misunderstanding that we ever needed fixing. The pure knowledge that we are enough just as we are.

Look forward seeing you all soon,

With Love and Kindness,

Jinty and Neil

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