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Emma's Autumn Yoga Newsletter 2018 Dear Yogis, well- the nights are growing shorter as we enter the season of ‘mists and mellow fruitfulness’. Every season marks a new series of ‘Firsts’ for me after the loss of my mother but, as I do with my Ashtanga Yoga Primary series, I will breathe through all these changes and shifts and keep seeking the light through my Yoga practice and through inspiring the Yoga journeys of others. Kath Conally in Handstand; knew I got the Yoga from somewhere! Following your Sadhana (Path) is not always easy but as I read recently, if we didn’t experience a full kaleidoscope of joy and pain, how would we know we were truly alive. Yoga always makes life easier, lifting away resentment, worry and judgements and encouraging us all to embrace our best, true self With that in mind, here is all the news for the new season…

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  • Emma's Autumn Yoga Newsletter 2018

    Dear Yogis, well- the nights are growing shorter as we enter the

    season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. Every season marks a new series of Firsts for me after the loss of my mother but, as I do with my Ashtanga Yoga Primary series, I will breathe through all

    these changes and shifts and keep seeking the light through my Yoga

    practice and through inspiring the Yoga journeys of others.

    Kath Conally in Handstand; knew I got the Yoga from somewhere!

    Following your Sadhana (Path) is not always easy but as I read

    recently, if we didnt experience a full kaleidoscope of joy and pain, how would we know we were truly alive. Yoga always makes life

    easier, lifting away resentment, worry and judgements and

    encouraging us all to embrace our best, true self

    With that in mind, here is all the news for the new season

  • Ischia Italy Yoga Retreat June 2018

    Striking a pose at Casa Benedetto, Ischia

    Wow! What an amazing time we had at this new venue and location.

    Ischia is a stunning island with plenty to see and do. From the taxi

    journey through the birth place of Sophia Loren to the dazzling

    ferry trip to the island itself, we were pretty much on holiday as

    soon as we left the plane!

  • The venue was simple and basic with clean rooms, hot showers and

    plentiful food. Aside from our Yoga classes, we spent most of our

    time together exploring the local beaches, picturesque San Angelo,

    the Botanical Gardens, Aragonese Castle, bathing in the volcanic

    thermal springs and enjoying a fab day out to the island of Capri.

    This was a day which will live long in the memory- we had such a

    laugh and were very impressed by the island and its history.

  • Enjoying the sea spray on the ferry to Capri

    View from Capri

    Next time, there are plans to visit Pompeii and the numerous other

    islands and towns waiting to be explored cant wait!

  • Next years retreat is full but there is a waiting list. I have provisional dates for June 2020 so will keep you posted

    Capri Harbour

    David Swenson Ashtanga Yoga Workshops July 2018

    Emma and Zuzana with David Swenson Manchester July 2018

    Zuzana and I had a great time learning from David once again and

    experiencing his kind aura of calm wisdom and his silly sense of

    humour. There were around 150 Yogis present so we were delighted

  • when he came over to us and hugged us both saying how great it was

    to see us again!

    I later went over at a quiet moment to ask after Shelley and see

    how life had been. He was happy to see my magazine cover for the

    BWY Spectrum magazine and asked for a copy.

    Since my news, his wonderful wife Shelley has been a huge support

    for me, with kind wise messages and sharing her own personal and

    tragic experiences of loss. I am hoping some day to also be taught by

    her- she was certified by both Patabhi Jois and his grandson

    Sharath Jois to teach Ashtanga Yoga Primary and Intermediate

    Series respectively. She was a world class Modern and ballet dancer,

    dancing with the likes of Martha Graham but, like David, is very

    humble and down to earth.

    David and Shelley

  • David in Pinchu Mariyasana (Peacock)

    They say a good teacher tells you what you need to hear without

    always realising the impact their words have on you. Seeing David

    again at this point in my life was just what I needed. A dear friend

    of his had died a few days earlier and he spoke movingly and

    eloquently about how precious our first and last breath in this life is

    during his workshop on Pranayama and Bandhas. A few days after

    this my mum died, life as I knew it changed completely and his words

    of wisdom returned to me as a comfort

  • Yoga and Pilates Retreat with Lisa Wood, Cober Hill,

    July 2018

    I wasnt sure at first if I would be able to teach this retreat but as it was a joint one with my friend Lisa Wood and with students I know

    well, most of whom had met my mum before, it proved to be a

    cathartic experience. Amidst the tears behind closed doors, and

    after a wobble going up to the entrance only months after leaving

    with my mum by my side, I settled to teaching and felt better

    instantly. My students were so lovely and it was nice to celebrate

    Dawns birthday during the retreat.

  • It was also lovely to be able to do some Pilates alongside my

    students and fill up on the usual impressive meals, cakes and ice

    creams

  • Out of all the places I have travelled to teach Yoga, this is one

    which feels homely and comforting from the epic coastline to the

    warm and friendly staff, every stay here is special.

    Im already looking forward to March 2019

    Yoga Morning in aid of Cancer Support Yorkshire

    Saturday 8th September 2018

  • A big thank you to all of you who came to and/or supported

    this morning of Yoga in aid of the tiny Bradford branch

    which supported my mum in her first year of cancer. They

    are funded entirely by donations and run by volunteers so

    any amount we raise makes a difference.

    The amount raised is currently at 100-thank you especially

    to Iain, Dawn, Anne L, Adrienne W and Jan F for your extra

    donations. Ill be happy to pass them on

    Headline Act!-Date for your Diary

    Emma, San Angelo, Ischia

    I enjoyed teaching at the BWY Northern Festival in July

    this year in Durham.

    As many of you know, Ashtanga Yoga does not have the best

    of reputations with the British Wheel but I hoped to

    change a few minds by teaching my very accessible

    Ashtanga for Everyone session at the festival. It was well attended and heartening to see that students were

  • comfortable whether they were doing sun salutes, or sitting

    and following the cues to inhale and exhale.

    It came as a complete surprise to me to be asked to

    headline the next festival by the BWY Committee and to

    also teach Ashtanga Yoga! This is such an honour and I

    know my teacher David Swenson will be happy to see

    Ashtanga Yoga being taught the classical way as a therapy

    for healing and self-transformation to a broader range of

    people.

    The other good news is the venue: The Earth Beat Centre

    in our very own Saltburn-by-the-Sea This means the

    festival will be on our doorstep and it will be a good chance

    to experience other local teachers in the area.

    The date for the one day Festival is Sunday 7th July 2019

    As more details come in, I will keep you posted but I will be

    teaching 4 classes throughout the day and hope very much

    to see you there

    Lisa, Emma and Mrs O, Peace Out!

    Retreats for 2018

    5TH-7th October Autumn Escape retreat, The Golden Fleece Hotel and Restaurant, Thirsk (2 places available- only single rooms and double rooms left)

  • 15th-20th November Winter Wellbeing Retreat, Source of Light, above Malaga, Spain (FULL!)

    2019

    29th- 31st March Spring Awakening weekend retreat, Cober Hill, Cloughton, Scarborough (12 places left)

    11TH-16TH April Spring Wellbeing Retreat at Source of Light above Malaga (4 places available)

    14th-21st May Sun, Sea and Yoga retreat, Western Crete (FULL!)

    13th-20th July Yoga Holiday with pool at Source of Light above Malaga (9 places available)

    13th-15th September Yoga, Health and Fitness retreat at The Tree, Pickering, North Yorkshire (12 places available)

    14th-19th November Winter Wellbeing Retreat, Source of Light, above Malaga, Spain (5 places available)

    2020

    NEW!

    22ND-29th September Sun, Sea and Yoga retreat, Western Crete (15 places available) **A full description can be found under Retreats on my website or in brochures available at classes and workshops. Let me know if youd like to book any of them

  • Do contact Debby or Jilly at Free Spirit Travel for the Crete retreats and they

    will give you all the assistance you need.

    I have brochures for my own retreats available with all the contact details on if

    youd like to get one in class or when you see me **

    Workshops for September, October and

    November 2018

    10am-12pm Sat 22nd September Chakra Yoga and Sound Bath with

    Adrienne Wood, 20, Sunnyfield House, Guisborough (10 places left)

    10am-12pm Sat 13th October Creating Healthy Movement Patterns

    Yoga and Pilates workshop with Lisa Wood, 20, Sunnyfield House,

    Guisborough (9 places left)

    10am-12pm Sat 3rd November Yoga, Shamanism and the Egyptian

    Tradition, 15, Sunnyfield House, Guisborough (20 places left)

    10am-12pm Sat 10th November Guest teacher for Darlington Yoga

    Group, The Millenium Hall, Ravensdale Rd, Darlington, DL3 8DT

  • What Im up to this Autumn, Yoga and otherwise

    On our hols in sunny Blackpool

    We are currently in training for our 5k and 10k runs in support of

    The Motor Neurone Disease charity as part of Redcar Running

    Festival on Sunday 30th September at 10am.

    It is good to have something to focus on that will help victims of

    this terrible disease in some small way. Hope some of my students

    will come along to the Coast Road and give us a wave and maybe some

    jelly babies at the end!

    Spa Day in October to re-charge after a busy start to Autumn and

    re-visit a spa I went to with my mum

  • Some training with a Yogi and Shaman who looks very eccentric-Im sure it will be fun and I will have lots to pass on in my workshop in

    November

    Going to see Joanna Lumley, one of our favourite ladies, talk about

    her life and loves in York

    A weekend of workshops with lovely David again in November

    Mum and Emma circa 1979-curly hair, dont care

    The last two months have been the most challenging of my life and

    my students have been a central factor in getting me through- so

    thanks for all the lovely cards, flowers, pressies, hugs, kind words

    and for making me laugh when it seemed impossible I could do so.

    Being able to teach you and feel the healing power of Yoga has got

    me through some days and being able to guide your Yoga journeys

    has given my life purpose at a tough time.

    Namaste, and look forward to seeing you on the mat!

    Love, Emma

  • Facials in a tower block in Hungary- always the glamour!