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Hari Om!
Welcome to October....
Namaste everyone...I know, I said there wouldn't be a October newsletter but I just wanted to remind you of dates and a couple of other things. 
If this is your first newsletter from me I hope it holds a little interest.  A massive thank you to all the new people who have been warmly welcomed into class over the last couple of weeks.  It is an absolute joy to share yoga with everyone.  The energy in classes has been truly wonderful.  I do hope I see you all again come October!!

Most important thing to remember is that there are no classes now until week of 17th October.

My wonderful friend and virtual assistant Sarah is looking after my emails for me as best she can.  She may send a holding email to you...otherwise I will reply on 13th October.   If you ever need someone to help you with your business please do check out Sarah.  Her website is full of useful information and explains exactly what she can help you with.

Nepal Fundraising....It has been another wonderful month of money coming in.  I cannot believe that Carole has managed to sell £77.50 worth of wolly hats in summer!  Am sure she sells them to people in the pub!!  What a star woman - massive thank you to her.  She was baking again on Wednesday so we had banana cake in class, so that raised more for the silver tin.  I have just counted the over August and September it has raised £106.  Amazing...huges thanks to everyone.

On my return it is all systems go until Christmas.  So much is planned.
Yoga Day Reminders:

Yoga and Ayurveda holiday to Kerala, India April 2017,  read more>>
Space has become available on both weeks.  Do let me know if you are interested.  It will be a luxuriously relaxing time!

28th October - Yoga Nidra Workshop - Tranquility Holistic Therapy Studio, 178 HIgh Street, Chilwell
An evening of relaxation and letting go.  Suitable for anyone having 6 months or more of yoga experience.  This event has to be prebooked here.

29th October - Let's Meditate - OAP Hall, Barley Close, Little Eaton
A morning of gentle asana and lots of meditation.  I will teach you some simple practices you can take away and do at home.  Meditation really is an essential key to our ongoing good health - physically and mentally.  Please book in advance as place will be limited.  Investment £15.  10am to 12.30pm

27th November - Christmas Craft Fair for Nepal - Darley Abbey Village Hall
This is a fun, fund raising day for Nepal and time to do your Christmas shopping!  If any of you can make cakes, give a raffle prize, help on the day please let me know.  We will have a Derbyshire Unites for Nepal stall with an exciting mix of crafts on it; there will be a raffle; Nepalese food to try; cakes and drinks.  We will also have Jenny and Barry Pizer with us telling us about the work they have been doing in Nepal over the last 30years.

19th February 2017 - Empowering Yourself - this is a half day I am doing for BWY Derbyshire.  You can find more details and book by following this link.  I really hope you can join me on this day, as the BWY volunteers do so much for their regions and I am very honoured to be asked to teach for them.

17th - 19th March 2017 - Wortley Hall Retreat - my annual retreat weekend in South Yorkshire.  There are some spaces available but not many, so do please let me know if you are considering this event.  It will fill as soon as I start pushing it!!!  A great weekend which seems to improve yearly.

Thank you again for all you give during our classes together.  See you in October...take care and enjoy every second of your life.  Treasure it, and what you have.  Allow yourself to be present.

Sending you love, joy and peace. 

Phillipa  xx
OCTOBER:                    NO classes weeks 3rd and 10th
Classes as normal weeks commencing 17th, 24th & 31st, and up to Christmas.
28th October - 1800 to 2030 - Yoga Nidra Workshop, Tranquility Holistic Centre, Chilwell Notts
29th October - 1000 to 1230 - Lets Meditate, Little Eaton OAP Hall
27th November - 1000 to 1600 - Craft Fair, Darley Abbey Village Hall
February 19th 2017 - British Wheel of Yoga - Tibshelf - Empowering Yourself.

To book onto any of these events please do contact me.
November 27th, 10am to 4pm
Darley Abbey Village Hall

Fund raising money for Nepal.
There is a £5 charge to enter but this will give you a cuppa, slice of cake whilst it lasts and a raffle ticket! Every penny raised will be going to Nepal to help house build.

There will be a talk from Jenny and Barry Pizer about the work they do in Nepal and to whom we have given money for house building and sanitary towels.  Simon and Ann will hopefully be able to come along too and talk about their Nepal experience immediately post earthquake and since.

There will be Nepalese food to try.
Most of all, lots of fun and time to get your Christmas shopping done. 
Stick the date in your diary and please tell your friends.

Join our Facebook page for regular updates.   Derbyshire Unites for Nepal.

Fancy a break in beautiful Wales - off grid?

My dad has recently completed making an authentic shepherds hut...just like the one he had as a young man...a long time ago!  It has a single bed (very comfy as I ordered the mattress and bedding!), a log burner (very cosy when on), and is situated in a field close to the house for toilet and bath.  There is no mains electricity in the hut but you can charge things in the house or from a solar charger.

It is an ideal spot to meditate; practice yoga; be completely with nature; to write, paint, relax; go for walks.
There is more information here, or email me to book.

1st to 9th April 2017 and
8th to 16th April 2017

Places available on both weeks.

This luxury retreat, to Northern Kerala, India, includes 7 days hermitage stay and is ideal for those that want to dip into the sea or infinity pool; to practice varied yoga and meditation either in the Patanjali Hall or on the beach; to experience 5 ayurveda treatments; be surrounded by unspoilt nature.
To discuss or book your place please contact me.  Full details on the whole trip can be found here.
And if you are wondering why I have chosen this venue, above all others, have a look at Slow Life.
Pranayama with Mudras
Throughout September we have been working with mudras whilst being aware of the breath.  A wonderful...sometimes magical...practice.  I promised the info sheet so here it is.    Trust the practice; feel, observe the breath; listen and enjoy!  I love this practice.  Spend at least 15mins with it.  Set a timer.
Tibetan mantra for compassion.
Repeat it over and over again...just as it is sure you will find a version on YouTube.  I love this mantra.  The prayer flags and prayer wheels are filled with it.

Om purifies ego
Ma purifies jealousy
Ni purifies passion
Pad purifies ignorance
Me purifies greed
Hum purifies hatred
Cauliflower Couscous

It's a while since I shared a recipe...but I have been having fun with food recently.  I've always had a huge interest in food and growing it...although I gave up my allotments a few years ago.  Did you know I was on the Jeremy Vine show once talking about Women Allotment Holders!  That's my claim to fame.  Anyway...try this...delicious and I have done it with a mix of cauliflower and broccoli and broccoli on its own.  If you dont have a food processor you can grate the cauliflower.

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