Christmas 2021 NewSletter

Jinty at AYE

As we speed toward the end of 2021 so we bring our classes to a close for this year.

Most of us were glad to see the back of 2020, with thoughts that 2021 could not be any worse, but for a lot of us it was. The novelty of the first lockdown soon wore off for most, and businesses like ours could not open, physically, until May.

Thank you to everyone that attended our online classes in between, your support truly meant so much to Neil and I.

There has been much learning to be had for all of us through the pandemic experience. From the obvious things such as the appreciation of a good hug or travelling to the deeper knowledge of ourselves.

In order to heal others, we first need to heal ourselves. And to heal ourselves, we need to know how to deal with ourselves.

Thich Nhat Hanh

It was wonderful to welcome folks back in to the Shala in May. And we continue to keep numbers small. Our teaching style has changed a little and both Neil and I have found this suits us both. If Yoga is about healing, if it is about present moment awareness, if it is about service to others, and purpose, then we, at AYE, want to facilitate it as individuals. We all enter the Shala looking and feeling very different so why should we expect to look and feel the same when we practice?

“The immature think that knowledge and action are different, but the wise see them as the same.”

Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita

Our weekly classes in January will remain the same. I also teach private and 1 to 1 classes and group classes at Exeter University. Please email us if a 1 to 1 class is something you may like. Whilst Neil is away and our Mother is ill we cannot commit to any more classes, thank you for your understanding. Our Mum has struggled physically since our Dad died in July, she has spent many weeks in hospital, now home but needs a lot of care. This too has been a teacher for us as a family.

I still have a weekly podcast, you can listen here.

Diane Danzebrink The Interview WomenKind Collective

In this week’s podcast we get to talk to the Queen of Menopause Support & the person behind the #makemenopausematter Campaign, Diane Danzebrink. Diane discusses HRT shortages, and what the pre-menopausal Diane would think about the grassroots campaigner she is today. Lou & Jinty find out what age you are your most sexual as a woman, and it’s not what you think, there’s some filthy beauty news and Jinty goes punk after watching Public image Limited at a gig, she also has some very cool fashion news. We have a new WI and there’s a British foodie with a vegan twist and we continue with our Book Collective with Anita Diamant’s The Red Tent. We have a thought provoking quote and of course there’s all the usual shenanigans you’ve come to expect!   Our guest this week is Diane Danzebrink she is a wellbeing consultant, menopause counsellor and speaker with professional nurse training in menopause. She is the founder of the not-for-profit organisation Menopause Support which offers menopause education, information, guidance, and support. In 2018 Diane founded the national #MakeMenopauseMatter campaign. The campaign is calling for mandatory menopause education for GPs and menopause guidance in every workplace. The campaign has been instrumental in ensuring that menopause has been added to the new RSE curriculum in secondary education in England and continues to call for this throughout the rest of the U.K. Diane explains why she started the campaign and we hear about her own Surgical menopause experience and ask has anything changed? She updates us on the HRT shortage and why we need to keep talking about menopause to ensure we are the generation that makes the positive changes in education, healthcare and workplace. It’s a fun and insightful interview into how Diane became the champion for thousands of women. Watch the full interview on our YouTube channel:   In the Foodie, jinty cooks up a vegan shortbread, find out how it gets on in our tastes challenge.   The Book Collective continues reading The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, in this week’s read we discuss the patriarchal family that destroys Dinah’s life as she knows it. The good brothers are sold and Dinah’s destiny is about to change. Next week we read to the end of chapter 3 in part 3 Egypt.   There’s a new WI from Lou and Jinty for you to join in with, and find out how we got in with last week’s challenge?    Sign #makemenopausematter campaign here Our campaign for a Menopause Clinic in Devon is moving closer but we still need signatures on our petition: Or to send your testimonials please email us: And finally, if you would like the templates to send to your MP or CCG please visit our website: — Send in a voice message:
  1. Diane Danzebrink The Interview
  2. Histamine Intolerance with Amantha King
  3. ADHD in Women and Girls with Mitty James
  4. Ladies First, with Jinty & Lou
  5. How to get your Sparkle back with Menopause Coach, Sam Palmer

We wish you a Merry Christmas, if not Merry, then at least calm, take long, slow breaths, stay present and enjoy loved ones when/if you get the chance. See you in 2022, with Love and Kindness, Jinty and Neil, Ashtanga Yoga Exmouth

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