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).

Making Menopause Matter WomenKind Collective

As it was World Menopause Day on October 18th, we talk about how the generations of women before us had to suffer, the hideous medicines they were told to take and the Doctors believing that a clitoridectomy would solve the hysteria issues surrounding women of a certain age. One woman as we find out was not going to be silenced, she had a voice and through desperate times she continued to use it. Did you know that there are some animals that go through menopause too? In the Book Collective we get to learn more about Tarana Burke’s life in her superb memoir Unbound, the rape, sexual abuse and harassment she went through. Jinty has been in the kitchen again this week with a sweet delicious and menopause friendly treat.   Jinty talks about bones and osteoporosis as we discuss world menopause day. The aging population of women are at risk of breaks from simple falls due to osteoporosis. We learn what we can do now to help improve our bones ready for old age.   The Book Collective continue with Unbound by Tarana Burke – we discuss cultural and life differences and the struggle she had as she was growing up. This is a book that will definitely be re-visited throughout life, a courageous story that will change the world. We will conclude the final chapters next week.   For World menopause day we wanted to make menopause matter and research how the generations of women before us were treated through their menopause. Jinty discovered a brilliant woman called Elizabeth Packard, the subject of Kate Moore’s book ‘The Woman who could not be silenced’ who was born in the 19thC and would not be silenced by her husband for having a voice and an opinion of her own. Did you know there are some animals that go through the menopause and live in a matriarchal society? Also, we learn that women in the 19thC were more likely to be put in an asylum during menopause and have to endure a hideous concoction of medicines including lead injections into their vulvas and cyanide and opium drinks? There are a lot of dark and truly mind blowing facts that we discuss this week and we thank the women who would not be silenced. A fascinating dive in to Women’s History and why now is the time to #makemenopausematter. Please sign the petition which is calling for 1. All GP’s to receive mandatory menopause training. 2. Better Support for women in the workplace 3. Menopause to be part of the school RSE curriculum (this has already been achieved). https://www.change.org/p/make-menopause-matter-in-healthcare-the-workplace-and-education-makemenopausematter   This week saw the final amount for our WI for Women’s Aid finish with an absolutely amazing total which we reveal on the podcast, we cannot thank the Collective enough for their generosity for this amazing cause that will go a long way in helping women out of abusive situations.  Jinty gives Lou a new WI this week and she’s very grateful it doesn’t involve any exertion! Our wine for next weeks Wine collective will be on our Instagram page Worlds best brownie recipe; https://mrshollingsworths.com/2017/01/11/chewy-gooey-walnut-brownies/
  1. Making Menopause Matter
  2. Pelvic floor health with Jane Simpson
  3. How safe are we? With Women’s Aid
  4. Migraines & Menopause with Dr Katy Munro
  5. Yoga siblings, Breast Cancer & Drag Queens

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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