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Hari Om!
Hello everyone and a very warm welcome to all the new subscribers to this newsletter.  Really hope you stick with me and find something of interest.  If not let me know what you do want to know more about!
It seems like last week when I was sending out the last post - how time flies when you are enjoying yourself.  I love June as the light is bountiful.  Summer solstice is just around the corner....lets hope it is dry so we can get outside and lie under the stars.  If its damp the earth will smell wonderfully sweet.  If it's raining just make sure you have your raincoat on.  Am feeling very positive and optimistic.

So, what is happening this month.  Lots for me - a little less for you if you are a regular visitor to my classes!

There are NO CLASSES 8th to 19th June as I will be away.  Back to normal 22nd June.

Our next masterclass is July 11th - Nada Yoga - a look at sound in yoga.  I recently heard a singling bowl player whose music is wonderful and I will be using some of his sounds.  Plus you will be making your own!  There are still places available.

If you still haven't booked  a holiday you may want to consider a relaxing week with a little yoga in France.  Someone has had to drop out so I now have a single bed in a shared room and a double room available.  Links below for further information.

Sending you love, joy and peace. 

Phillipa  xx
Nepal Needs YOU!

To date a whooping £3465 has gone to Nepal!!!!
Thank you.

There are still many ways you can help:
  • keep putting your loose change in my tin at the beginning of class so it doesn't roll over the floor
  • helping at the Nepal Holistic Day (date to be confirmed) - beforehand or on the day.
  • giving prizes for the raffle and auction for the above day
  • Taking up the offer of a holiday in Scotland - see info below

Don't forget that if you are in a group of some sort and looking for a speaker I am always happy to give one on Nepal.  I have 1000's of pictures to share!!  They speak volumes.

There is still a lot going on in the background but I will post more next month!
Holiday Scotland
My brother is offering his holiday cottage to help raise funds for Nepal.
If you fancy a 7 night break in Stontian on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula -send me your highest bid via
All entries must be in by June 21st and I will let the winning person know on June 22nd 2015.
Details on the cottage can be found

Picture shows Loch Sunart  - 5 mins walk away.

Yoga in France
25th August to 1st September 2015

A single (shared room) and double only left.
A relaxing and rejeuvenating week.

 For more details please click HERE. 
Do email me if you are interested in coming along.
Master Class Dates
July 11th - 09.45 to 12.15 - Vibration of Yoga
'Nada is found within.  It is a music without strings which plays in the body.  It penertrates the inner and outer and leads you away from illusion.' ~ Kabir

The word mantra means sacred sound, and nada yoga means the yoga of sound.  Mantras help us to focus, to dissolve physical tension and to encourage peaceful sleep!  They help us to become calmer and more peaceful.  This morning we will work with mantra in our physical asana practice but we will also spend time learning some very popular powerful mantras.  It is all about the vibration, the energy  of the sound.  There will be crystal singing bowls, rain drum and other musical items to have a play with.  (Venue: Allestree Memorial Hall, 1 Cornhill, Allestree, Derby DE22 2GG)  EMAIL TO BOOK

August 1st - 09.45 to 12.15 - Exploring Colour through Yoga and Crystal Therapy
"When you work with the energy of colour, fear, suspicion, and anxiety give way to clarity, peace, and a deeper knowing of what is forthcoming in your life!. - Laura Alden Kamm

This will be a joint class with myself and my lovely friend and crystal therapist and yoga teacher, Jeanette Bunyan.  We will explore the subtle energy system of the body through yoga, which includes the chakras, which relate to various physical organs, psychological attributes, sounds and colours.
Colourtherapy or chromotherapy uses different colours to change or maintain vibrational frequencies in the body to promote well being and harmony.
 Colour rays can be applied physically through light or mentally through visualisation, suggestion and meditation.
 Whilst having physical attributes, colour also has psychological associations. 
 Colour permeates every aspect of our lives and our environment.  By using colour to balance ourselves physically and emotionally we can promote well-being.
 Crystals also work on a vibrational level to harmonise the aspects of the human being.  Whether used as a meditation tool or directly placed on the body, crystals have great potential for aiding self-discovery and healing.
 Join us for a morning of discovery through yoga and colour.

(Venue: Allestree Memorial Hall, 1 Cornhill, Allestree, Derby DE22 2GG)  EMAIL TO BOOK

Investment for each session is £15

For all your Neals Yard Organic Remedy products, please order via my website

I am happy to run a party for you, come along to an event or even place an order along with my monthly one.

The products are divine, great for the environment, animal friendly and organic. 
No nasty chemicals or GMO here!
Meditation is a very important part of my practice.  And one of the many practices that got me started wasTrataka...steady gazing on an object.  If you have been to class this week you will know we have been working with a black dot on white paper.
Use this idea or you could use a candle flame (we have done in classes over the years) or your favourite crystal or a picture you are really fond of.
Here is a link to some information on Trataka and also a sheet you can print out.
Yoga for us All !
I have really enjoyed working with the current practices.  Have had some great feedback as well.  So I have attached a rough outline of what we have been doing recently.  Hope it makes sense.  Remember to breathe, to take your time and only do as much as you feel is right for your body.  There are no 'instructions' so you do need a deeper understanding of the poses.  If this isn't suitable have a look on my website site on the resources page as there may be something else of interest.
Click here for the link.
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