Yoga Group Newsletter
Yoga news for Hoveton, Happisburgh, Neatishead, Potter Heigham and Sea Palling
Welcome to this latest edition of my newsletter, which delves deeper into the philosophy
of yoga, and brings you up to date with what’s happening around the classes.
Dates for your Diary:
All classes continue to run as normal throughout the summer with the following
Sea Palling: No class Thursday 26th July as I’m off for a long weekend to the Peak District.
Hoveton: No class Tuesdays 28th August and 4th September.
Happisburgh: Due to maintenance work at the school, the classes on 24 th and 31st July will
be held at ‘The Wenn Evans Centre’, Blacksmiths Lane, which is half a mile from the school.
Let me know if you’d like directions.
Potter Heigham: No class on Bank Holiday Monday, 27th August.
Neatishead: Advance notice that there is no class 26th September – WI Harvest Festival.
Remember that should you be unable to attend your usual venue at any time, you can
come to any other class with the exception of Hoveton, which is not a drop in class. Ask me
for details or check my website www.yogabreeze.co.uk
Should you wish to come to an additional class during the week, you may do so at the
generously reduced rate of £3!
I know that summer has lots to entice you, so if you haven’t been to class for a while, feel
free to drop in when and where you feel like it, otherwise enjoy the break and I look
forwards to welcoming you back in September!
Private Yoga Sessions
Most of you know that I teach yoga to people living with cancer and other serious illnesses
on a one-to-one basis. I am also able to provide individual yoga sessions in your own home
if you have other health concerns such as back pain, arthritis, anxiety or depression. Or you
might just feel that a few tailor made sessions will enhance your normal yoga practice. If
you think that you or someone you know may benefit from this, call or email me or have a
word after class.
I would now like to revisit the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, which contains, within Sutra 1.33,
a way to retain calmness of mind in any situation.
‘By cultivating attitudes of friendliness towards the happy, compassion for the unhappy,
delight in the virtuous and disregard toward the wicked, the mind-stuff retains its
This Sutra has been referred to as the ‘four locks and four keys’, helping us to keep a
peaceful mind in our daily lives. You may think it is natural to be friendly towards the happy,
but if you think for a moment, have you ever felt pangs of jealousy when a friend receives
good news? There are times when another’s happiness or success reminds us of our own
failures or unfulfilled desires. So, by being friendly towards the happy, we can avoid such
negative emotions arising and keep our calmness undisturbed.
When comforting the unhappy, we should let go of our own uneasiness or fears, and instead
offer a compassionate heart with acts of kindness. Avoid criticising your friend’s choices
which may have been the cause of suffering, and if you give advice, allow it to come from a
place of caring and loving.
The virtuous may also be envied, as traits such as courage, patience and kindness can be
admired by many but that in itself, can lead us to dislike the individual, or make us feel
uncomfortable. So, in everyone, particularly with people we may not like, it is important to
appreciate these virtues and see if we can cultivate these qualities in our own lives.
That brings us to the ‘wicked’ or non-virtuous! If we know of or hear about individuals who
have done terrible things, Patanjali suggests indifference. This is definitely not the same as
being uncaring, but is keeping equanimity, bringing a feeling of peace and neutrality of
mind. The mind possessed of equanimity is in the best position to find solutions. It is strong
and clear, and free of bias.
Why not try taking on board at least some of Patanjali’s wisdom, and seeing if a subtle
change of attitude will enhance your mental wellbeing?
Yoga Mats can get really grubby from some of the village hall
floors, so why not take the opportunity to freshen them up whilst the weather is warmer.
Most mats will benefit from a woollen wash cycle in the machine and a hang on the line
on a sunny, windy day. Not if they’re pure rubber though.
Instead of running with a theme over the summer months, we’ve been going over previous
topics such as working with the chakras and elements. This is because for some, attendance
is understandably not as regular, so following on with weekly themes is not appropriate. In
recent weeks, I’ve had to compete with some gorgeous weather (remember?), Andy Murray
and Wimbledon and the Olympic Torch Relay! And coming up we have the school holidays
and The London Olympics.
I therefore thought I would take the opportunity to write about some of the terms you
might hear being used during a yoga class:
Namaste ( pronounced Na Ma Stay)
Literally, this translates as ‘I bow to you’ and is common salutation in India. It is preferred as
a non-contact way of greeting and is accompanied by the joining of palms together at the
heart or forehead, whilst bowing. I like to say this at the end of our yoga session as a
humble ‘thank you’ for choosing to come to my class, as a sign of my gratitude and respect.
Students may respond in the same way. My favourite translation of Namaste is;
‘I honour the Spirit in you which is also in me. I recognise that we are all equal’
We talked about Prana in the last newsletter, but you will hear me talk about it in class as
that which is drawn in with the breath, connecting you to the life force and energy of the
universe. It is the vital energy which is responsible for maintaining all cellular activity. Dis-
ease or a stiff body can be due to blocked prana and a subsequent accumulation of toxins.
When prana, or energy begins to flow, as in whilst practicing yoga postures and breathing
techniques we start to feel an enhanced sense of wellbeing.
Mudra (pronounced moo-dra)
The Sanskrit word ‘mudra’ is translated as ‘gesture’ or ‘attitude’. In yoga we use them to
control the flow of individual prana with universal or cosmic force, as well as the awakening
of chakras (energy centres in the body). A mudra may involve the whole body, but in class
you are probably more familiar with them as hand gestures used during pranayama (breath
control) or meditation. I will go into more detail in the next newsletter, describing the
different mudras and their effects.
Chin Mudra, symbolising the connected nature of human consciousness.
I would like to finish by reminding those of you with computer access that my website
contains up to date news of class dates/times, as well as current and past newsletters. If you
use facebook, there is also a link to my page which will give you appropriate yoga related
information, as well as details of other yoga workshops and events in Norwich.
No need to worry if you prefer not to use a computer, I will make sure that you don’t miss
out on anything important!
Enjoy the summer! Clare Badham