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After yoga tonight I am on holiday, returning to work on Wednesday 16 August.  I will be off-line until the Tuesday (15th).

If you want to find out any information, please look at the pages here on the blog, access the website or facebook (links on the blog home page).

The online booking system is available for booking appointments, summer yoga classes and group gatherings.

The Diary page on tkicking_up_my_heelshe Blog has dates for the yoga terms, chanting & meditation evenings, Reiki gatherings, Reiki I course and the October retreat (one space left).

Blessings Yvonne x



Summer Yoga starts tomorrow

Happy August!

Yoga starts tomorrow evening, 1900-2030, for five weeks (every Wednesday in August).

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Visualisation …

There are two spaces left tomorrow and plenty on subsequent evenings.  We will be bringing attention to the hips and knees to enable more comfort day to day and during meditation.

Please book online to join the classes: online booking

Details are on the Diary and Yoga pages of the blog, yoga blogs, website …!

Tomorrow: Chanting & Meditation Evening

20170725_131700A reminder that our next chanting & meditation evening is tomorrow.  We will be chanting from the first chapter of the yoga sutras and then sit in shared meditation.  If you would like to, you can stay for tea at the end of the session.

  • 26 July, 1900-2030
  • Cost is £10 per person

Please let me know if you would like to come to this evening.  You do not need to have chanted before or have perfect pitch.  You can contact me to book your place or book through the classes option on the online booking system – link at the top right of the blog page.

For the evening: please bring a block and/or meditation stool if you have one, a light blanket/shawl and your chant sheets.  Some chairs will be available. I will provide tea and handouts for newbies.

Reminder: Yoga Summer Sessions

kids-yogaA reminder that the summer sessions start next week.  There is one session every Wednesday 1900-2030 through August: 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.  If you have booked, please arrange payment for your classes (£52.50 for five evenings or £12.50 per evening).  If you need bank details please send me an email.

It would be really helpful to know if you intend to join us.  There are spaces for every evening at the moment, with the first three dates being the most popular.  If you have not come to classes before you are welcome to join us.

I am not sure if there will be a particular theme for the summer.  Is there anything you would like to do …?

Thank you!

What happens at a Death Cafe?

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nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own and from morning to night, as from the cradle to the grave, it is but a succession of changes so gentle and easy that we can scarcely mark their progress (Dickens)


This week I travelled to Tiverton with a friend to the Pop-up Death Café in Tiverton.  I am still processing the afternoon but having just written that down in a note to another friend, I realise my processing is at the stage of ‘I must create space to think about that …’.  Writing always helps me to think and give space to my emotions.

My first observation is that I set this up with other people in mind and didn’t consider how I felt about it for myself.  I left Bristol feeling apprehensive and curious.  When I arrived we had tea and cake – always a good start.  And then one of my dearest friends said hello.  Nixie was co-facilitating the gathering which gave me a sense of safety and the knowledge I was held.  I found the afternoon hugely beneficial and something I want to continue exploring and being with.

I joke that I’m ok about death, as long as it isn’t my own.  Sitting for a couple of hours with a group of people from different places and times of life was wonderful.  Everyone had a reason for being there which is no surprise.  I had assumed that people would be  drawn to the group because death had been present for someone they loved or through their own journey with health, illness and the ageing process.

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Taken from Soul to Soul by John Mundahl

We agreed that the afternoon was confidential for the group but what we learned we could share.  My thoughts are:

  • Death is a lot easier when you are among people who love you
  • The journey becomes clearer when those you love know how you want your life to be celebrated
  • Talking about death allowed light to be present
  • Whatever our religious belief or disbelief, being together and choosing to acknowledge that death is part of life gives more space and power to love and living than it does to fear

On yoga retreat last year, we had talked about karma and death.  It became apparent that my fears around death are not in the dying but in losing my family and friends and not being part of their lives.  I have strong attachments that I want to keep.  It reminds me of the monkey and the coconut, told here by Poelo Coelho:

I said to a friend: ‘It’s odd that proverb, An old monkey never puts his hand in the pot,’

‘Yes, but it has its own logic,’ he replied.  ‘In India, hunters make a small hole in a coconut, put a banana inside and bury the whole thing.  A monkey finds the coconut, puts his hand in the hole but can’t get it out because his closed hand is too big for the hole.  Instead of letting go of the banana, the monkey stays there wrestling with the impossible and gets caught.’

Turns out that the banana I have been gripping tightly is Death not Life.  I am bginning to realise that monkey trapDeath is in my pot of life and I can choose to hold onto the fear it creates and perhaps even become seduced by it.  Or I can choose to acknowledge Death and let go of the fear.  As a human, I love to plan and think about the future.  That’s ok but staying in the present while I plan is essential.  I am in a blessed position, my fears can be about the future, not about now.

My grandmother once said to me that I was afraid of Death because it wasn’t relevant at that moment.  She was telling me to stay in the present.  I often think of her.  She died over ten years ago.  I still expect to see her walking down the road or singing along to Dame Vera Lynn songs played on the organ by my granddad.  To me my grandparents are still present, Death has not taken them from me.

So, that’s the beginning of my processing.  Still some stuff to think about but it’s so much easier talking it through with others rather than sitting in isolation.  As always, it brings me back to yoga.  Yoga is relationship.  When I am in relationship with trust, fear has no room.  The benefits of daily practice are sharpened.IMG_3190 copy

I hope that gives a taste of the experience, I acknowledge it is my own.

I would like to offer a space at Yanley Court for Nixie to join us for an evening to celebrate life and talk about death.  Let me know if you’re interested.  Obviously, there will be cake …

Blessings, Yvonne x

Blog – new look

I’ve changed the layout of the blog.  Please let me know if there are problems finding your way around.  This is also an opportunity to ask you to engage with the information on the blog.  I would love to be able to be an encyclopedia and have all you need available when you ask for it.  Most of what I put on the blog is in response to questions, discussions and ideas.  Do have a look around.  I would hope that most questions you have can be answered here.  This is particularly pertinent to yoga classes and group work.

There are also links for social media sites if access via facebook or twitter are easier for you.  The blogs go there too!



Events & summer yoga – how to book

There are several events coming up that have limited spaces.  Some of you are used to using the online booking system.  I am asking that everyone use this to book their place on reiki gatherings, chanting and meditation evenings as well as the summer sessions.

This will really help me to ensure you have your place booked and I know where we are with numbers.  If you need help to access the system, please ask.  It can be done via the laptop, tablet or smartphone.  Please use the link and choose the ‘Book Classes’ option on the left of the booking page to book your session.  Any problems, please let me know:

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A reminder of events coming up:

Monday 10 July: Reiki Gathering / Healing Circle 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm

  • Location: Yanley Court, Long Ashton
  • Suggested Cost £5 – £10
  • All welcome.  If this is new to you, all that is required is an open heart and mind
  • Maximum 6 people (3 spaces left)

Wednesday 26 July: Chanting and Meditation Evening 7.00 pm – 8.30 pm

  • Location: Yanley Court, Long Ashton
  • Cost: £10
  • All welcome.  The best way to approach this evening is to just do it.  Perfect pitch is not necessary.  An evening to share some ideas around the yoga sutras and yoga practice.  Tea available after for those who can stay
  • Maximum 8 people (6 spaces left)
  • Yoga Sutra Chapter 1 Teaching CDs available, £10 each

Summer Yoga Sessions – to be booked by 28 July please!

  • Wednesdays, 7.00 pm – 8.30 pm: 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 August
  • Due to the nature of summer these classes can be paid for individually or as a course.  Course/sessions to be pre-booked and paid for in advance: 5 weeks @ £52.50 or £12.50 per class
  • This is often sardine yoga as I only offer one class per week to cater for all students

Please please please ask if you need help with the booking system.  I don’t want you to miss out!

With thanks Yvonne