Shala opening

It is mid May 2021 and we are opening up the Shala to you for classes for the first time this Year.

It seems crazy doesn’t it. It also feels amazing.

We would like to give our gratitude to everyone that attended our online classes, it was so good (and important to us) to see you every week, keep you motivated, and stay connected. It also keeps a few pennies going in the pot to keep Neil and I in coffee.

We hope that our videos have helped those of you that could not make the zoom classes, or that you may have found peace in a home practice without any external help at all.

If you didn’t manage to practice please don’t worry, other things can become our practice, we have to choose and prioritise. We are living through exceptional circumstances and no one should feel guilt or disappointment in themselves.

You will all be welcome in the Shala, where we open with limited space and classes but hope to build as/if our Country gradually opens up.

Click here to book Primary led and Mysore classes

We have new 4 week course starting in June which is in line with what Neil and I have been learning throughout this last year. The importance of Function of our Yoga practice over its Form (what we believe we should look like). Find details and book here

Jinty will also be Starting a course of two workshops of Menopause Yoga for anyone experiencing Peri- Menopause, Menopause or Post menopause or if you think you are one of these but insure what they mean, then this is definitely for you. 

We will discuss the many symptoms of Menopause, Hormone Replacement Therapy and other methods of coping with symptoms.

You will learn a short, easy Yoga practice and breathing techniques that you can practice at home that may help with symptoms such as anxiety, stress, insomnia, weight gain and lack of confidence, you do not have to be fit or flexible. You can learn Yoga whatever your age, weight or disability, ailment or injury.

Jinty is a member of the British Menopause Society and, as so, is current with the NICE guidelines and knows what women should expect from their GP.

By the end of these worshops we hope that you will be more confident in your menopause and (if you want to ) visiting your GP, with the knowledge and tools gained.

You can book this here

Yoga helps us Know that we are already enough as we are, it helps us to be able to enjoy life by being more in the moment and not stress about tomorrow or yesterday.

Jinty also has her podcast which is going well.

you can listen to the latest episode here

The Mothers of Modern Gynaecology WomenKind Collective

In this weeks podcast Jinty and Lou were moved by the story of three black slave women, the Mothers of Modern Gynaecology, Anarcha, Betsy and Lucy. They were three enslaved women with Vesticovaginal Fistulas that were ‘gifted’ to Dr James Marion Simms, the man credited with inventing the field of Gynaecology. We look into what their lives may have been like.   The great sacrifice of the Mother’s of modern gynaecology, Anarcha, Lucy and Betsy, is a story everyone should know, Jinty and Lou find out why slave girls and women were used and the brutal procedures they endured without anesthetic. Women have always played a pivotal part in medicine and childbirth from the wise women through to the wonderful midwifes we have today and we find out how these women pioneered the midwifery path. Book Collective is on the penultimate read of Three Women by Lisa Taddeo and we continue with the story of the 3 women, Maggie’s court case and the outcome, Sloane’s story and Lina’s unraveling, we talk about how the characters stories are coming to a head The Foodie Collective this month is Brain Food and Jinty has prepared an alternative salad and we learn about the Neuro 9 that keeps our brains happy. There are Tips for brain health from the 30-day Alzheimer’s solution book by Dean and Ayesha Sherzai. Jinty and Lou were invited to join in a Glow fest zoom 90’s dancercise with the lovely Elena, there was a lot of laughter and we have realized we will not be asked to go on Strictly but find out how we really got on plus all the details of Elena’s Sunday Morning class.   We have also entered a competition to win recording equipment and would love you to vote for us by clicking on this link https://www.myrodecast.com/
  1. The Mothers of Modern Gynaecology
  2. Infertility Treatment and the postcode lottery
  3. Menopause symptoms and interesting words!
  4. 50 shades of Green
  5. Let’s talk about Sex

Looking forward to seeing you all soon ,

Jinty and Neil

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).

The Mothers of Modern Gynaecology WomenKind Collective

In this weeks podcast Jinty and Lou were moved by the story of three black slave women, the Mothers of Modern Gynaecology, Anarcha, Betsy and Lucy. They were three enslaved women with Vesticovaginal Fistulas that were ‘gifted’ to Dr James Marion Simms, the man credited with inventing the field of Gynaecology. We look into what their lives may have been like.   The great sacrifice of the Mother’s of modern gynaecology, Anarcha, Lucy and Betsy, is a story everyone should know, Jinty and Lou find out why slave girls and women were used and the brutal procedures they endured without anesthetic. Women have always played a pivotal part in medicine and childbirth from the wise women through to the wonderful midwifes we have today and we find out how these women pioneered the midwifery path. Book Collective is on the penultimate read of Three Women by Lisa Taddeo and we continue with the story of the 3 women, Maggie’s court case and the outcome, Sloane’s story and Lina’s unraveling, we talk about how the characters stories are coming to a head The Foodie Collective this month is Brain Food and Jinty has prepared an alternative salad and we learn about the Neuro 9 that keeps our brains happy. There are Tips for brain health from the 30-day Alzheimer’s solution book by Dean and Ayesha Sherzai. Jinty and Lou were invited to join in a Glow fest zoom 90’s dancercise with the lovely Elena, there was a lot of laughter and we have realized we will not be asked to go on Strictly but find out how we really got on plus all the details of Elena’s Sunday Morning class.   We have also entered a competition to win recording equipment and would love you to vote for us by clicking on this link https://www.myrodecast.com/
  1. The Mothers of Modern Gynaecology
  2. Infertility Treatment and the postcode lottery
  3. Menopause symptoms and interesting words!
  4. 50 shades of Green
  5. Let’s talk about Sex

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

A letter to our friends

Dear friends, yogi’s, and yoga family,

How are you doing? I write to you at the beginning of the UK’s third lockdown during the Covid-19 outbreak. Did you think we would still be doing this back in March? Gosh I certainly didn’t, yet here we are.

A question I have been asking myself lately is how can it feel like so much has happened when nothing at all has happened. We can’t travel (much, Neil is in Madeira though) and our social lives are non existent yet we have all been on quite a, dare I say it, “journey”.
I hope that your path has not been too difficult and we can, at last, see the light at the end of a very long tunnel.

We obviously have had to close the Shala again but I wanted to let you know of our online classes. You can now sign up to a Wednesday 7pm led Primary class or a Sunday morning 7.30am led Primary Class. Book via our Classes page on our website or go straight to bookinghawk.com. As time goes on I may add a pop up Mysore or workshop to give you motivated if needs be so if you have any requests please email me.


Sending you much gratitude and kindness,

Jinty

Long COVID, Lyn’s Story

Last week ITV West Country news showed a report on Long Covid, you may have seen it? If you did you will have seen Lyn, one of Ashtanga Yoga Exmouth’s wonderful most dedicated students who also assists us (pre Corona Virus) in our classes.

Lyn has practised Ashtanga Yoga with us for many years whilst also competing in Ironman & running events, more recently playing a huge part in the Park run every Saturday morning along Exmouth Beach. For as long as we have known Lyn her diet and lifestyle have been a priority, staying well so that she may be there for her family, enjoy her running and her Yoga practice.

For all of us life changed in March with the first UK lockdown, life as we knew it just stopped. But for Lyn and many like her the change was more dramatic. Unknowingly Lyn had contracted the Corona Virus and is still now, in November, suffering with what is now widely known as Long Covid.

“I kept pushing through, not resting when I was first ill. This was very damaging but I didn’t know that.” Lyn told me

“I needed to listen to what my body was saying, NOT, what I thought it needed”

I think we all do this don’t we? We begin to feel very slightly better so we think we need to be ‘doing’ something, we very much underestimate the power of rest. But if we don’t rest up properly our bodies may give us no choice.
In an article in the Guardian on 3rd November Amelia Horgan wrote

“When people ask me about long Covid, all I want to talk about is rest. We don’t yet know everything about this disease, but if it’s symptoms overlap with post-viral illnesses and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS/ME), which they appear to, we can assume that rest will play a significant role in its treatment”

Unfortunately not all of us will be able to access rest and recuperation, taking time off for some folks is not an option, as Amelia Horgan says ‘it depends on your safety net, your employer, people who can care for you or savings to tide you over’

Lyn is fortunate in this sense as she was able to take a break from her full time studies at Exeter University and has wonderful children and family who are supporting each other but not everyone will have this.
There are so many unknowns with this virus, we do not yet know how to prevent Long Covid once you contract Corona Virus but all the evidence suggests that allowing yourself to rest as long as you can, even when you start to feel better, resisting the temptation to get straight back to work, fitness or housework, if this is possible for you, otherwise your body may just give you no choice as it has done with most Long Covid sufferers.
There are many symptoms with Long Covid, including neurological, respiratory and gut problems but everyone seems to suffer with the same extreme fatigue.

Lyn is 51 and according to a study led by Dr Claire Steve’s and Prof Tim Spector this is the age group, Women 50-60, which has the greatest risk of developing Long Covid. In her article Linda Geddes writes

“Women aged 50-60 are at greatest risk of developing “long Covid”, analysis suggests. Older age and experiencing five or more symptoms within the first week of illness were also associated with a heightened risk of lasting health problems.”

The study, led by Dr Claire Steves and Prof Tim Spector at King’s College London, analysed data from 4,182 COVID Symptom Study app users who had been consistently logging their health and had tested positive for the virus. In general, women were twice as likely to suffer from Covid symptoms that lasted longer than a month, compared with men – but only until around the age of 60, when their risk level became more similar.”

Prof Tim Spector has also teamed up with the Menopause specialist Dr Louise Newson looking at Oestrogen and researching if it plays a part in the contracting and recovering from this virus.
Women in peri menopause can sometimes develop an intolerance to Histamine and some research is also going on here too.
Dr Peers of the Menopauseconsultancy.co.uk is helping conduct work into potential links with menopause, long Covid, Histamine intolerance and Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS)

Dr Peers talks to BBC news about this subject here

Women are also less likely to take rest as the majority of childcare and housework, still falls to them. According to the analysis conducted by University College London (UCL) and published in the journal Work, Employment and Society, “gender norms remain strong” when it comes to household chores. Women are still doing the majority of housework and childcare when living with a male partner, this study found.

Whilst discussing bias another study by – Laura Jones, Research Associate, Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at King’s College London revealed

“Men’s voices dominate in almost every category of media coverage related to the coronavirus crisis and every topic analysed in this study, with the exception of what are often seen as ‘women’s issues’, such as childcare. The imbalance is worse when it comes to those who are cited in the press as authorities on the pandemic ­­– the more expert and well-known the voices become, the further women’s share in them decreases. While the pandemic continues to have gendered impacts, it is clear that female voices in the public debate are a minority”

Lyn and I are adding our female voices to raise awareness of Long Covid and particularly the risk for women, moreover Menopausal Women. Please don’t brush it off thinking that a healthy lifestyle and diet will give you immunity. If you do get Covid, yes if you have no underlying illness you should recover well but don’t rush back, rest, rest and even more rest.
Lyn remembers,

“I tried to get fit again, very bad idea. I utterly misunderstood the concept of convalescence. The things I instinctively think will help me don’t, this makes it very hard”

Not all of us will get Corona Virus but for those that do (to date) 1 in 20 will have Long Covid (Symptoms 8 or more weeks).

Awareness is key in prevention as is lifestyle and diet but should you contract the virus resting for as long and as much as you can seems to be the simple (but not always easy) thing to do.

Lyn has her meditation practice and is experimenting with breathing practices, she can walk around the house but has to use a wheelchair on the days that she can go outside. Her Asana practice will come back but this is only one part of practicing Yoga, her awareness and presence is her Yoga practice for now and that is a good teacher for us all.

She remains very positive and has this advice;

“ If anyone catches Covid, symptoms or not, immediately go into a convalescent mind set. Don’t do any rigorous exercise for at least 12 weeks as it can affect the heart and the heart needs to recover. Just treat the body like a precious gift and listen too it”

Stay safe and Stay well,

Jinty Sheerin. AYE

Hands Face Yoga Space

Hands Face Yoga Space, prioritise

Remember remember the 5th of November……. but for a different reason in 2020.
Today England goes in to its second Lockdown, albeit not as strict as the first one but difficult for some all the same.

All our classes have been suspended and our Shala closed until Wednesday 2nd December, classes are available to book from this date up until Christmas. If you book and lockdown is prolonged you will receive a full refund or class credits back.

Neil just about got out of the country yesterday and is spending a few months in Madeira, he hopes to Zoom in to some classes when we open again.

Please prioritise some Yoga Space for yourself at home, it doesn’t need to be a long practice. Some Sun Salutations with the last three finishing postures is a perfect 10 minute practice for every day (6 days a week). Enough to help you focus, feel better, breathe better and Calm our busy monkey minds. Click Here for our video of this practice. You will not regret it. I will be posting a AYE Yoga challenge on our Social media platforms soon so look out for those if you need some motivation.

We would like to thank you all for your support over this year, we are here to support you too, either on social media, via email or messages, all our YouTube videos are free to use (subscribe and you won’t miss any, it’s free), share them with folk you know that might find it helpful. I hope to add some more over this month.

Like me, you may not want to think about it yet but Christmas will be here soon! At the end of this week I will have a small amount of Yoga stock for sale, including some great new Eco Friendly, Vegan suede microfibre Yoga Mats and Locally made (Dorset) Lavender filled Eye pillows and some AYE apparel.
If you have ordered an AYE Calender they have arrived and I will message you, if you have not I have just a couple to spare. Also available to order are Giclee limited prints of my Yoga Asana drawings (one is pictured below). You can message me for details, or look on our Social media pages. It will be like a click and collect, (more like a, message me, pay via bacs and collect, but you get the gist).

We have a wonderful Yoga community here at AYE so please reach out if you are struggling, we will do our best to keep you motivated. Have you joined our private AYE Virtual Yoga group yet? Find it via our FB page.

Stay safe folks,

Love and Kindness,

Jinty

Autumn News

Hello and how are you? Autumn always feels like a time of change doesn’t it? At AYE we are getting used to the changes that have had to be made because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our booking system is working well, making it easier for you to view and book our classes online and also making sure that we don’t over book! Keeping a 2 metre distance allows enough space for a maximum of six, plus a teacher, in the Shala. Unfortunately because we cannot teach as many of you in one class it has meant that some folk cannot always get in. It is worth going on the waiting list, you will be emailed as soon as someone cancels.

In many ways this period of change has been positive. It gives us all the chance to re-evaluate where we are in our lives, personally and professionally. For Neil and I The smaller classes have enabled us to work closer (metaphorically not literally) with those that have been able to attend so that we now have more home practitioners than ever. This has always been our goal. To teach and support you so that you may find peace and sanctuary in your own practice, at home or when travelling, which if done 6 days a week can bring so much contentment to every aspect of your life.

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Our Ashtanga Yoga In-Depth course of workshops has been amazing and we may never have run this type of class had it not been for the pandemic. Here is some of the feedback we have had;

Its been a wonderful 4 weeks. Learnt so much about yoga and myself’

S

A huge Thank you for running the workshops, Ive enjoyed every minute and the impact the daily practice is having on life is huge. The workshop created a sacred space and I think allowed a string of new patterns and intentions to my yoga practice

J

Our Thursday Mysore classes are now a 4 week course (3 week, leading up to Christmas) where possible and we are aiming to do this with all our classes. Presently adding dates and classes gradually, being mindful that each week could bring new challenges to our daily lives.

I am very pleased to announce a new Thursday Morning class;

The Yoga Express
Yoga ‘Coorie’ Class (A hug in a class)

Thursdays 10am

60 minutes

After nearly 8 months of physical distancing a lot of us are feeling the need for a wee ‘coorie’.
In case you are not familiar with coorie, it is a Scottish word which, according to Gabriella Bennett’s controversial book The art of Coorie, means ‘The Scottish art of deriving comfort, wellbeing and energy from wild landscapes and convivial interiors’ also ‘ A hug of a word’

My husband often uses it, he is Scottish and according to my ethnicity test so am I- well 17% of me is! (& so is my name if you’ve ever been curious)

But a coorie is more than a hug, it’s a feeling. A feeling of comfort, love and belonging and, Blimey, don’t most of us need a bit of this right now.

According to a well known ( & always correct 😉 online encyclopaedia, coorie also means ‘to stoop, bend and crouch for protection’ sounds like a few Yoga postures that I know.

So I will be combining Ashtanga Yoga and Restorative Yoga with some Functional movement thrown in to make a Coorie of a class for you.
So that you may feel energised & strong but also nurtured and restored with a sense of belonging.
This will hopefully stay with you through the weekend until you need your next wee coorie.

This will be good for beginner or an experienced practitioner.

A course of 4 Thursdays, beginning Thursday 29th October, Available to book from 17th October,

Price – 4 class pass credits or £8 per class. if you like them we will do another course.
For continuity I would prefer you to book all four but understand this is not always possible.

Our class passes now have over 6 month validity because you may not always be able to get into the class of your choice. By gradually adding more classes we hope to overcome this eventually.

A Tuesday led class, taught by Sylvia, will also be coming in November.

Neil still hopes to go somewhere warm for the Winter so will be leaving us at the end of October as usual. We cant get rid of him that easily though as, due to the success of zoom during lockdown, we have learned what a great tool this can be. So expect him to be zooming in to the Shala every now and then.

I also have some good Menopause Yoga ideas brewing for November, so keep an eye out for updates on that and please share with any women you know this may help.

Stay safe and keep everything crossed that we can stay open all winter, but at least if things change again a lot more of you now know what a home practice looks like.

Jinty

October Mysore

Last weeks full moon.

Heading in to Autumn like ‘what the heck happened to Spring and Summer?’
How are things with you?

Autumn is a time of change and as the children go back to school and University they will notice this change more than In previous years. And so will we as we start to get back into clubs, groups or work that were once our familiar routine. We may be nervous, we might be full of enthusiasm or we may have decided to make significant changes to our old routines. All of those choices are okay. I think it is important to follow what you are comfortable with (as long as it does not effect negatively those around you) without judgment of others that you may feel are either too lapse or too careful.

This is why we are taking our classes from month to month, adding and taking away where there is demand.
For now we have dropped the Friday morning Zoom class and added a Wednesday Evening Guided Primary in the Shala.
We have also added a Saturday 4 week course, Ashtanga In-Depth which is now full (waiting list available) and a Menopause Yoga Workshop /Retreat which is also full.

We are also adding 4 Mysore classes every Thursday From 1st October, 7pm.
This will be available to book soon and we would prefer folk to book all four classes for consistency but understand this may be difficult for some of you so they are all available to book separately.

We also hope to add a ‘Not Ashtanga’ class soon.
This class will give you a chance to unwind and soften your practice (if you already have more of a yang type practice like Ashtanga).
Suitable for beginners to Yoga and Pregnant women too.

Present timetable;

Monday’s 7pm Guided Primary

Wednesday’s 7pm Guided Primary

Sunday’s 7am Mysore

From 19th September Ashtanga In-depth course (4 Saturday mornings)

Sunday 27th September MY workshop 1-4,30pm

From 1st October Thursday 7pm Mysore (4 classes)

starting soon – Not Ashtanga class

Thank you for your continued support whether via the Shala classes or videos, we hope to see you all soon.

Jinty and Neil




Ashtanga Yoga In-Depth

🦦Join us for a course of four workshops where we will be taking a closer look at the Ashtanga Yoga system, and how a regular practice can support you.🦥

🔥We will practice and discuss Tristana, Ujjayi Breath, Dristi and Bandh’s, the foundation of Ashtanga Yoga, a tool to help nurture presence of mind, focus, flexibility and stability.🦩

🐌This will be a comprehensive guide to the inner (and outer) workings of this practice.🦚

🦉You will learn;

1) The fundamentals of Sun Salutations, standing, seated and supine postures.

2) How to move from a huffing, puffing work-out to a refined, rhythmic flow.

3) Specific activities to help connect with your Bandha’s and build more stability.

4) Options and modifications of postures to allow for tighter joints, muscles or injury.

5) How you can cultivate a 6 day week practice with ease (no matter how busy you are!)

6) More about yourself.

🐒Who is this course for?

🌺Anyone that already practices Ashtanga Yoga that is genuine in their wish to learn more, whether you’ve been practicing for 8 weeks or 8 years.

✌️Someone that is prepared to do 15 minutes Homework at least 3 times a week during the course.

🙏To reap the benefits of Yoga we have to practice it, talking/reading about it or wearing all the ‘right’ gear (and no idea) is not Yoga.

😊With the current COVID guidelines this is a great opportunity, we can only have a small group of up to 6 people.

👊🏻Between us we have 25 years experience in Ashtanga Yoga to share with you.
🦁We will support you and encourage you, all we ask is that you commit to turning up and doing the work……… You won’t regret it

WARNING……..THIS COURSE MAY CHANGE YOUR LIFE ❤️

Starts
Saturday 19th September – 10th October
Time – 10am-12
Price – £80

Shala Opening after Lockdown

Are you ready to dip your toes in to a face to face Class in our Shala?

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We are planning our first classes back after Lockdown;

Sunday 2nd August – 7am – Mysore

Monday 3rd August – 7pm – Guided Full or Half Primary

This is new for us all so can we work together?🙏

We will have 6 students and 1 teacher so you will feel safe and get plenty of space and attention (that’s a good thing🤪)

If the spaces get filled quickly we will put on more classes, if they are not full they will not take place.
Sorry but this the only way we can offer classes presently (without a massive price rise). It is so difficult.

Please only book via email ayexmouth@gmail.com or the booking button on our Facebook page.
Pre paid or class passes to confirm booking.

Our Classes on Zoom will remain going for now too.

Love and gratitude for your support near and far,

Jinty and Neil 🤗

Shala latest news

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How are you?

We hope that you are doing well. Today is the 4th of July, the day that we are able to get our hair cut, have a meal out or go to the Pub! But we still cant practice together in the same space.

Neil and I will only open for classes when we know that we can keep it safe for everyone and that time is not now.  To keep a social distance in our Shala would mean classes of 4 or 5, added to this the fact that in Ashtanga we sweat (a lot), jump around a bit (not always keeping to our mats) and Breathe.

We can offer private classes in the Shala for those in a social bubble together, and we continue our Zoom online, live weekly classes. Plus you can find free classes with us on our YouTube Channel. You can also connect with the AYE community through our Facebook page, groups and Instagram.

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The online classes and social media connection has been wonderful for Neil and I and, I believe, for most of you that have tried it.  Some of you have said that they have kept you going throughout lockdown. And they have inspired you to begin that home practice that has eluded you for years!  Yay! No, it is not quite the same but it does have many benefits. We were been able to do the classes for free to begin with as we both felt we did not want to profit from an already difficult situation for most folks.  As time has gone on you asked if you could pay and this has been very much appreciated. This also feels as it should be for now as time is moving on and folk are more aware of their financial circumstances, but we continue to keep the cost as low as we can and offer our classes completely free if you have been, or still are financially affected by the crisis.

We are also adding Pop up Classes such as Sunday 5th July, a Mysore Class from afar! Still time to register. Jinty is doing Menopause Yoga Workshops and Classes too, these may be face to face earlier than we can teach Ashtanga as we have smaller groups and we don’t move around as much. We are still optimistic that the Menopause Yoga retreat day will happen this year.

For both of us personally our Yoga and Meditation has been key to getting through this period. Like you, we have faced difficulties, situations that have tested us to the max, this is when our Yoga is needed most.

For now, our weekly classes remain the same but may change if you require them to. So please keep communicating with us. If you come to a morning class that is going to be impossible for you to get to soon, because of work or school, then please let us know, if enough folk ask we can run an evening class on zoom.

We are very grateful for your support and friendship,

sending you Loving Kindness,

Jinty and Neil

 

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