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Autumn updates

 

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Namaste yogis and yoginis!

Warm greetings from Cambodia! It feels like endless summer here, but the children are returning to school and the rainy season has just about finished, which means the approach of autumn in the tropics.
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How was your summer? Did you keep up your practice? Personally, I feel incredibly grateful for another great season of teaching yoga and expanding my horizons. The summer began with workshops in Maine, and ends with workshops in Cambodia. In between I did a whole lot of teaching in Cambodia to inspiring people of all ages and abilities from all around the world.
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Looking forward into the autumn, I will be in Siem Reap, Cambodia for a bit longer. I’m teaching daily at Navutu Dreams and Anahata, for anybody still in Cambodia, and am running a series of workshops at Navutu Dreams in September, starting Sunday, 10th September. The theme for the workshops, in line with my November retreat, is Deepen Your Practice. The idea is that in 2 hours, you have more time than in a standard 60-90 minute class to explore alignment and more subtle aspects of particular postures, to practice variations, and to work on expanding your practice to include pranayama and meditation.
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Doesn’t that sound like a yogi’s dream? How would you like to do that a couple of times a day for a whole week? (Who wouldn’t?!) But wait, you can: There are a few spots left on my November 12-18 retreat at Ashok Tree in Tiruvannamalai, India. It’s going to be a fabulous week of stretching and toning the body, relaxing the mind, and nourishing the spirit in the beautiful environs of Mt. Arunachala. This package has amazing value and includes airport transfer, local tours, and an Ayurvedic massage. If you’re already booked in, I hope you’re getting excited (I know I am); if you’re thinking about it, let me know if you have any questions and how I can convince you. And if you’ve never been to India before, this will be a beautiful, peaceful introduction. I’d love to share this place with all of you, but there are only a few spots left, so book your mat soon!
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If there’s one thing I’ve learned in this year of teaching in South/Southeast Asia, it’s how amazingly diverse and beautiful – and rapidly growing – the international yoga community is. Retreats provide such a valuable opportunity to take time from your normal life to nourish yourself and spend time with like-minded yogis and yoginis. This time spent building your yoga community (sangha) and establishing new friendships with fellow yogis who can share the experiences – the rewards and struggles of yoga practice on the mat and off – is one of the intangible benefits of retreat that stays with you long after the retreat has finished. Give yourself this gift.
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Wherever you find yourself this autumn, I hope that you breathe easy and find your flow on and off the mat.
 Love and light,
Kath
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It’s my birthday month: Early bird retreat pricing extended to July 31!

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Happy summer, yogis and yoginis!

First, let me tell you how humbled and heartened I am by the many positive responses I’ve received regarding my November Deepen Your Practice yoga retreat. What an amazingly beautiful yoga community we have, and what a great opportunity it will be to deepen your ties to your community and your own practice for a week in India! I know it isn’t possible for everyone to make the trip, but you will all be there in spirit.

For those who have been considering the trip, or who have asked, here is some clarification on the pricing. (And if you have had trouble accessing the Ashok Tree website, they have had technical difficulties recently, so try it again – or you can email or contact me through the form below regarding booking or any questions. Sorry for any inconvenience!)

Early bird pricing, which lasts until the end of July, is as follows:

  • Standard room – private – £450 £405
  • Standard room  – shared – £350 £315 (couples only, must be booked together)
  • Deluxe room – private –     £525 £475
  • Deluxe room – shared –     £400 £360

Such great deals, don’t miss out!

Answers to a few other FAQs:

Q: What airport should I fly into?

A: Ground transport from Chennai (airport code MAA) is included in the retreat package. Bangalore (BLR) is also nearby, and transport can be arranged for a nominal fee.

 

Q: Do I need a visa for India?

A: Yes, you do, and it’s quite simple. You can get a 30-day e-visa online just a few days before you travel. You present the print-out for your approved visa upon arrival at the airport in India. (There is even a special queue for these visas at immigration, which is generally much shorter than the regular one!)

Any other questions or concerns about travel to India? Give me a shout.

No more excuses now, I’ll see you on the mat in India!

Namaste.

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Deepen Your Practice Yoga Retreat, November 2017 in Tiruvannamalai, India

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Happy summer, yogis and yoginis! Greetings from Cambodia!

After an all-too-short but very sweet few weeks of classes in midcoast Maine, I am back in Cambodia, teaching in Siem Reap. While I miss the beautiful, long Maine summer days, I’m enjoying this opportunity to gain experience teaching at a retreat center — particularly leading up to the retreat that I will be leading in November in India to which I am very pleased to invite you.

Enjoy sadhana, authentic practices in the home of yoga, and sangha, a beautiful community of fellow yogis. This will be a week to truly Deepen Your Yoga Practice and find the alignment between mind, body, and spirit. Imagine getting to practice Hatha Yoga, Prana Kriya Yoga, and Meditation every day for a week, in a place where the rest of the world just falls away and you can fully relax.

The retreat will take place at the ashram where I did my yoga training in South India, Ashok Tree, a beautiful retreat center set in a friendly village just outside of the pilgrimage town of Tiruvannamalai and adjacent to Mount Arunachala; it is a hidden gem that I would love to share with you. In between morning and evening yoga classes, you will have the opportunity to visit the 9th-century temple in town, climb Mt Arunachala, visit other local sites of interest, relax on the grounds, or get a treatment at the on-site Ayurvedic clinic. I can guarantee that the hardest part of the week will be when you have to leave.

The 7-day retreat package includes 6 nights of lodging, 3 delicious vegetarian meals per day (the food here is truly amazing – all fresh, local and organic!), daily yoga and meditation classes, airport transfer from Chennai, one Ayurvedic massage, and local tours. A selection of rooms are available – standard or deluxe, single or double, etc. – and prices range between £350-£525.

Full details and booking are here. Feel free to contact me with any questions through the form below.

This is going to be a very special week at a very special place and I do hope you can join me to deepen your practice.

Namaste.

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Save the date: November retreat in India!

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Namaste! I’m so pleased to be able to announce the dates for my upcoming retreat in Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, South India: November 12-18, 2017.

Imagine awakening to the sun rising over holy Mount Arunachala, followed by a nice invigorating morning yoga practice, and then a delicious healthy breakfast. And that’s just the start. Local treks and tours and/or ayurvedic treatments at the on-site clinic fill the day. More yoga and meditation practices, more scrumptious food, and social activities round out the evenings; and a beautiful, remote, and peaceful location in nature make this the ideal retreat environment. 7 days to rest, rejuvenate, and return to  your practice. 6 nights to return to your self. 0 regrets. Infinite benefits.

Booking details soon to follow. Contact me with any questions or for further information.

Om shanti shanti shanti

New classes and workshops in Maine!

Happy Spring and almost Summer! Let’s welcome the sun on the mat!

I’m so pleased to announce a spate of classes and workshops that I’ll be running over the next few weeks at Thomaston Yoga Studio.

Thursday evening Yoga & Meditation, 7pm – May 18, 25, June 1, 8
Unwind from the workday with gentle yoga and meditation. In yoga, the asanas (postures) are meant to strengthen and detoxify the body in order to maintain optimal health and to prepare for meditation. We will begin the class with a basic hatha-based sequence to stretch and tone the body, connect with the breath, and quiet the mind. The class will conclude with a guided meditation as we tune into our inner experience and deepen our connection with ourselves – and, ultimately, with each other. This class is open to everyone, beginner to advanced practitioner; no experience of yoga or meditation is necessary.

Saturday, May 27, Hatha Sun Salutation I, 8:30-10:30am
Hatha is a strong and supportive practice that balances out right and left sides of the body. In this workshop we will begin very gently with stretches and simple asanas to stretch and warm-up the body, working up to the Himalayan hatha series 1 sun salutation, a complete practice in itself, which will strengthen and tone the body using the breath. We will finish with restorative poses and a nice relaxation. Do you want to get your summer started with strength and balance? I’ll see you on the mat.

Saturday, June 3, Prana Kriya Yoga, 8:30-10:30am
Not your usual sun salute and vinyasa fare, Prana Kriya combines specific movements, or kriyas, with the breath to energize and stimulate the mind and body. This is a fun practice that emphasizes the breath and its coordination with the body. It is by turns slow and meditative, and physical and dynamic. Still, it is suitable for all levels and everyone is highly encouraged to sample this special practice if you haven’t experienced it before.

All classes and workshops will be at Thomaston Yoga Studio, on Main Street in Thomaston.

Classes are $15 and workshops $25.

Contact me by email or over Facebook for more information or to register.

I’ll see you on the mat!

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What is Yoga: a modern history

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Finally, the answers to all your questions!

WHAT IS YOGA?

The practice of yoga involves far more than the sequences of postures, breathing exercises, and meditations that we do in the studio. In fact, it has an incredibly rich history that goes back thousands of years. In the last century in particular, since yoga’s popularization in the West, the practice has undergone tremendous change and diversification.
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With an eye to this larger question, ‘What is Yoga?’, over 6 weeks we’ll examine the various dimensions of the philosophy and practice of yoga, from its revival in India in the late-nineteenth century, through its early-twentieth century modernization and migration westward, up to its current commercialization with myriad styles and hybrids.
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Each class will include a reading, a short presentation, group discussion, and a short meditation. The reading for the first class, which presents an excellent overview of the material to be covered, can be found here.
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The countdown has begun (10 days!); the journey through modern yoga history is imminent. The teacher is ready, the schedule is set, what are you waiting for? The time machine through yoga history takes off Thursday, Nov. 3, at 6pm. It runs on Thursdays, 6-8pm, from November 3 to December 15, with a break in the middle for Thanksgiving.
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Book your passage here.
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Note: If you can’t commit to all 6 weeks, you can still drop in to individual classes.
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Do you communicate via Facebook and prefer to register your excitement there?
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Still have questions? (Don’t we all.) Shoot me an email through the form below, or just turn up on the first day. Bring loads of questions. I can’t wait.
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Namaste.

Special Event: Yoga Mala on August 9 at The Dancing Elephant

Wow, where has this summer gone? Suddenly it’s August and time for a Yoga Mala! YES!!!

Join me and Kristi Williamson on Tuesday, August 9, 6pm at the Dancing Elephant as we complete 108 salutes to the late-summer sun. We’ll perform this in 4 sets with breaks in between, so don’t worry if that triple digit number is intimidating. Yes, it is physically intense, no doubt. But the collective energy will build through the process and culminate in a lovely relaxation with live music, meditation, and refreshments to follow.

It will be a very special evening, and I’m getting very excited for it. 108 rounds of breathing in unison … Ahhhh… I highly encourage you to come and challenge yourself, experience the power of this group practice, and step outside of the typical class context for a magical evening of sweat and sangha!

Note, this will be in place of my Tuesday evening 5:30 vinyasa flow class, and begins at 6pm. The Mala (108 sun salutations) will take approximately 2 hours, with the last half hour devoted to music, chanting, and meditation. Give your practice a boost, experience the community of local yogis, and send your spirit soaring.

This is an event not to be missed! See you on the mat. Om.

 

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