It’s September 2021 already and it has been an odd year for all of us I am sure.
We hope that you and your families are all well.
It has been a year of growing, shifting and learning for us ay AYE, but we will remember 2021 mostly for what happened on the 22nd July. We have often talked about our Dad in our blogs and in the Shala, because of this many of you feel like you knew him.
On the morning of Thursday 22nd July our Dad woke up, had breakfast in bed, a scoop of his favourite ice cream (he was having trouble swallowing) which he enjoyed so much he asked our mum for some more.
Sometime soon after finishing his second bowl of ice cream, whilst looking out over the beautiful Exmouth Estuary, he fell asleep and never woke up.
He was 94, but it was, and still is, a shock to us all as he was fit and healthy and we all expected him to live to at least 100. After all he had survived near drowning as a baby, WW2 D-Day, crossing the Rhine with the Red Devons in 1945, Meningitis, an electric shock when putting a metal pole through the electric mains, cutting through gas wires and phone wires and falling several times in his 80’s & 90’s down the steep bank, that was his back garden, usually to be found in the middle of Ashleigh Road completely unharmed (few broken ribs one time). When asked by Neil, about how he miraculously remained unscathed he said ‘You just go loose bey’ (bey is devon for boy).
So for him to fall asleep one morning was inconceivable. I spoke to my eldest cousin who said our Dad was her hero and that she had heard that to die in your sleep was
“The Death of Kings”
He would have loved that. He had many sayings that folk will remember. His “Best looking man in Exmouth” is now up for grabs if any man thinks they can compete.
We would like to thank you all for your patience during this time.
September has come now and although Covid still lingers most of us are double vaccinated and feel ready to face the world again. With this in mind we would like to let you know of what is happening in the shala thia Autumn.
As we said this has been a time of shifts as I’m sure it has been for most. We have decided to keep our classes smaller and teach Yoga in a more personal, individual way. Covid has brought home to us how we all come to yoga with varying needs, wants, anatomy’s and minds. Yoga is not a one size fits all and this is where we begin our teaching from.
Jinty has a new class beginning in October- Ashtanga Yoga for Everybody and it is literally what it says!
You may have heard that ‘Anyone can do Yoga’ and then gone to a class and felt a little intimidated because the postures offered to you are impossible.
This could be for many different reasons, maybe you can’t take weight on your shoulders/knees, have an injury, maybe your size prevents you from moving how you would like, you may have a disability or you may have mental ill health or trauma.
Know this- You are not the problem the problem is with how some Yoga classes are now taught. This class is inclusive, not exclusive. You are enough and this is the Yoga. In this class Jinty makes all postures universally accessible to EVERYONE that is in the room.
It doesn’t mean it’s easy, but it does mean that every ‘Body’ can access Yoga. Yoga includes conscious breathing too so this class will include some functional breathing methods too.
The true miracle is not walking on water or walking in air, but simply walking on this earth.Thích Nhāt Hanh
Our other Scheduled classes remain the same and you can take a look and book here
Jinty will be offering some Menopause Yoga classes and workshops soon, please acknowledge your interest here
Summer has been busy for us, Neil has been helping his wife Lucy at her Beach shop which has never seen as many customers as this year plus teaching along side Jinty at the Mysore classes.
I have been teaching in the Shala as well as teaching 2 classes a week of Ashtanga Yoga to Rugby Player students at Exeter University, who took to it so well. If you want longevity and focus in any sport then Yoga is key. I have enjoyed it tremendously and look forward to carrying this on through term time.
Neil will be away for the winter again at the end of October and I really hope we can keep the classes going throughout the winter of 2022 – we all need it don’t we?
If the class you want is full please go on the waiting list as we often have a cancellation or two.
We also hope to run a retreat next year, who’s up for that? express your interest here
Before I go, did you know that we have our own Podcast, or rather I do with my friend Lou. I’d love for you to take a listen, we’ve also been lucky enough to spend some time on BBC Radio Devon a couple of times through the summer (you can still listen to us here on BBC sounds – 24th August 10-11am- we are on for the whole hour- mostly talking about lovely Exmouth).
This is the latest podcast with one of our amazing Students, Johanna McWeeny a talented musician and writer who has helped write a book about breathing with Patrick McKeown,The Breathing Cure
Re-writing the Menopause – WomenKind Collective
You can find all our podcasts by clicking here Womenkind Collective
We look forward to seeing you soon
Jinty and Neil at AYE