Welcome

“I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding.” ~ John O’Donohue

Namaste and wishing you are very warm welcome to these pages.  I really hope you find something of interest, do have a good browse, if you need any help, please get in touch.   

What a glorious week we are having…we are so lucky to have this warmth…am filling up on it in case it’s a cold winter.  How lucky we are to be able to walk out of our doors and to feel the energy and love of the sun.  I know we have to save water, but we should be doing that daily anyway…it’s a precious resource and so many don’t have it around the world.  I still don’t understand why new homes here still do not have grey water systems built in.  Anyway… I digress as usual!  Here are some wise, wonderful words from Mary Oliver:

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean—
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down—
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention,
how to fall down into the grass,
how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed,
how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

Please remember there are no classes bank holiday week – 29th August.  All class details are available on the  Class Schedule page.

And I want to give you a little bit of notice that there will be some changes to classes in the near future.  There has been a drop in the number of people attending classes and I think it is perhaps time to reduce the zoom classes and return to in person classes.  I am still trying to work out the best way forward for everyone and I really don’t want to loose anyone…a big task to accommodate you all but am doing my best!!  Please bear with me and all suggestions are welcome!

If you have never been to one of my classes before, please complete the Oakwood Yoga Health Form GDPRBWY and EMAIL it to me prior to joining a class.  When I receive it I will send you the payment methods…please pay prior to class.  If you are a new student we also need to arrange a 15 min call.  If you are unable to pay that is fine…just let me know.

NEPAL UPDATE

Huge thanks to Sarah who has enabled me to share the  Final report of Sambute khola water project, with you.  It makes interesting reading as it names everyone who worked on the project and shows they all got paid…which was exactly how I wanted things to happen…the village did it for themselves, learnt some new skills, earned some much needed money and will be able to look after it all in the years to come.   A massive thank you to everyone who supported this huge project and made it happen.  Click here for a little video from Binay… I love how this lady has her plants on top of the tap.

 

Yoga for Those Living with Cancer

When I was about to complete my training with the British Wheel of Yoga, I was allowed to join a course that was specifically to teach yoga to people living with cancer.  It was a really in-depth course run by Julie Friedeberger, who herself had had breast cancer.  She taught us so much and I have been fortunate enough to share the learnings with so many groups since then.
If you are someone that is in this situation, please do get in touch as there is so much I can share with you.  You will be able to come to a regular class or I can work 1:1 with you if that is preferred.  Yoga is hugely beneficial in so many ways.  As a dear friend said once to me…’my regular weekly yoga practice helps me reconnect to my body’…she found that she was angry with her body for putting her through the trauma of having cancer.  She is great now.  If you would like to have a chat about how yoga can help then please do get in touch.

Chair Yoga Class

I passionately believe that yoga is for EVERY BODY; it really doesn’t matter what you are dealing with in life…yoga is truly accessible.  At the moment I do not have a regular chair based yoga class running…but I will be offering this in the future.  It may be small groups or individual sessions depending on your requirements and my availability.  It will be suitable for anyone who wishes a more gentle, therapeutic yoga class; wether you are a beginner or not;  those with cancer, ME, MS, fibromyalgia, arthritis, COPD etc.
The emphasis of our work together, will be on gentle but strengthening movements, simple breathing techniques, visualisations, meditation and relaxation practices, including Yoga Nidra.  If you wish to attend, or if you know of anyone that may be interested in coming along, please contact me for details.

Restorative Yoga for Everyone

I get many enquiries from people wanting to come to a yoga class, but feeling a little unsure if yoga is the right thing for them and if my classes are suitable.
Yoga is beneficial to everyone…no matter what age you are or what your physical ability is. If you are breathing you can do yoga! It really is that basic! My classes are inclusive to all; there are no expectations other than you taking what you need at that very moment and enjoying it. Our work is balanced; making the connection between mind and body.
I provide a safe environment where everyone is supported.