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Spring Equinox Celebration Evening - 20th March

31-01-2019

The spring equinox is a time for celebrating the place of balance between darkness and light, as the days and nights become equal in length, there is said to be a fight between these forces.

This is a time of great spiritual significance; as we are drawn away from the darkness, by the light as it battles for dominance. 

Reflectively, this is often the place we find ourselves in when moving into a more awakened state of consciousness. 

Our darkness become illuminated as the light draws forth. At this point it is important to turn towards the light for guidance, whilst accepting the duality and lessons learned as we move slowly away from the unconscious beliefs we have been holding.

In light of this, we will be looking to create balance and to find a true footing within our practice, our life and our relationships.

You will enjoy an evening of gentle yoga that is designed to bring a balance between the body, the mind and emotion.

While flowing gently through some postures, and delicately holding others with the use of props for an effortless feel, you will watch your body and mind disappear into a well of space and deep inner peace.

The yoga will be followed by a calming meditation and soothing gong bath to celebrate the clearing away of darker traits to make way for illumination and connection to one’s inner light.

You may choose to receive Reiki while the gongs are being played softly and soothingly.

We will then close the event with some nibbles and a cup of tea or coffee and the opportunity to chat.

You will need to bring 2 large bath towels, 2 blankets and a pillow with you for use during the session. Please do bring your yoga mat if you have one, alternatively please do let me know prior to the event if you need to borrow one so I can ensure I have enough,

I anticipate this event to fill quickly so places are secured on receipt of payment.

If you would like further details prior to booking, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Event Schedule:

6.15pm doors open for a prompt start at 6.30pm.

Yoga 6.30pm-7.30pm
Guided meditation 7.30pm-7.40pm
Soothing Gong Relaxation with optional Reiki 7.40pm-8.40pm
Tea and Nibbles 8.40pm-9.00pm

Venue:

Church of the Holy Trinity
Balmoral Road
Kingsthorpe
Northampton
NN2 6PQ

Early Bird Booking Price of £25 before 28th February
£30, thereafter.*

Should you prefer to pay via bank transfer, please do contact me for details.

*Payment is non-refundable and non-transferable. 


Yoga is for life - Not Just for Christmas - Timetable Changes

07-12-2018


Monday 

Yoga & Sound Relaxation

Time: 7.30pm-9.00pm

Venue: Church of the Holy Trinity, Balmoral Road, Kingsthorpe, Northampton, NN2 6PQ

Cost: £9.00 drop in or £30 for 4 weeks

Contact me to book your place

No Classes on 24th December and 31st December
Classes Open Monday 7th January 2019


Tuesday 

Yoga

Time: 11.30am - 12.30pm

Venue: Wootton Community Centre, Curtlee Hill, Wootton, Northampton, NN4 6ED

Cost: £8.50 drop in or £30 for 4 weeks

Contact me to book your place

No Classes on 25th December and 1st January 
Classes Open Tuesday 8th January 2019


Wednesday 

Yoga & Relaxation

Yoga: 6.30pm to 7.45pm

Relaxation: 8:00pm to 9:00pm

(7.45pm-8.00pm - Tea and Biscuits are provided)

Venue: Church of the Holy Trinity, Balmoral Road, Northampton, NN2 6PQ.

Cost: Yoga £9.00 drop in £30 for 4 weeks

Relaxation

Meditation FREE

Gong £10

Contact me to book your place

No Classes on 26th December 
Classes Open Wednesday 2nd January 2019


Friday

Friday Yoga Mornings

Time: 11.00am - 12.00pm

Venue: Wootton Community Centre, Curtlee Hill, Wootton, Northampton, NN4 6ED

Cost: £8.50 drop in or £30 for 4 weeks

Contact me to book your place

No Classes on 28th December 
Classes Open Friday 4th January 2019

Don't forget about the 2 wonderfully relaxing evenings I have planned on the run up to Christmas.

To join me on any of the above classes, please do not hesitate to make contact.


Please note that the 4 week block payments are non-redundable. You can however join us for one of the other weekly classes running within that same week, subject to availability. Block booking price is valid for a minimum of 3 weeks and payable on week one.

Love Carrie-Anne. X


Do you have the courage...to be your true Self?

17-10-2018


Most of us, if we were to be asked that question, would immediately say “yes, of course!”

But do you really?

Despite my many years of Yoga and meditation, and thus the greater sense of connection that I have towards my authentic Self, I have been surprised to find that owning an old VW Campervan has helped me to realise, more than ever before, the conditioning I am subjected to daily and my subsequent inner reactions towards that conditioning. 

I use my campervan, ‘Baloo’ every day, to run here and there, delivering regular daily yoga classes, in and around Northampton.

This lends me to be out on the roads, at all times of the day and night, and to be driving on both quiet country roads and the main A45 route around the town.

Despite his age, ‘Baloo’ does not dither, he can comfortably sit at 70 on the carriageways and he feels responsive and safe to drive. 

He does however, ask for a little tenderness when changing gears so I am aware that he needs to be driven with slow consideration and with a more mindful approach. Reaction times are reduced as he is not as responsive as a modern car or van.

Please be calm!

This has meant that I have come to experience more than my fair share of impatient drivers on the roads of Northampton. As I see a driver screeching past my ears or cutting in front of me as I exit a roundabout, I have had to, on many occasions, hold my breath and hope for the best.

This can as you may imagine lead to a little anxiety and concern each time I experience it. 

Roundabouts are the worst, where people panic and try desperately to get past me, thinking they will be stuck for ages. Little do they know that we keep up nicely with all speed limits, with no problems at all!

When I first started driving ‘Baloo’, I would feel pressured to move along with the rest of society as some drivers weave in and out and push up behind me, with aggression and intimidation. 

Please show compassion!

I would feel their presence, their intention and their aggression weighing on me and fear would rise. 

Just because 'Baloo' is a little slower to move away from junctions and is generally driven in a considered and mindful way, I regularly feel as if I am being forced off the road, (quite literally in some instances!) as if society can no longer accommodate the differences around us. We all have to be rushing and tearing about, head ahead of the moment and heart in our throats!

Over time, my resilience has built and the sense of joy I have when driving ‘Baloo’; remembering the many years that I wanted to have him, all dressed with my logo and my hippie flowers, have persuaded me that I need to stand firm and rise above the agitation of others. Their wants and needs are different from mine and I am well within my rights, to be who and how I wish to be.

I remind myself that I do not hold up traffic. I am aware that reaction times are lessened so I drive with even more awareness of everything around me than I used to before and I feel that owning ‘Baloo’ has made me a far better driver. I have always loved driving and have been a good driver but he has enriched this experience for me.

Feels like home!

I sit back in his fur covered seats, with his large steering wheel and the large window in front of me, listening to the smooth hum of his engine and the feeling of space around me, and I have found my space.

This world has become so fast, so high tech, so impersonal and is intent on moving towards ‘achievement’ rather than allowing a sense of ’being’. 
‘Baloo’ has the power, more instantly than anything I have experienced, to bring me back to the present moment, to rise above my in-ate feelings and reactions and to ground myself in the here, and the now. 

He literally is a driving meditation, where I am fully aware, fully present, and fully relaxed as I drive.

Everyone has the right to find their special place and to express who they are! If you feel that a deep desire of yours does not fit in with the norm; as long as you are being kind to yourself and others, there is no reason on Earth why you shouldn’t enjoy every second. It is the most beautiful feeling.

Remember to wave!

The next time you see Baloo, please offer him some space, take a moment to connect to the moment. Who knows what you will find there!

With lots of love, Carrie-Anne. xx


Brand New Daytime Weekly Yoga Class - Fridays

04-10-2018

Hello Yogis.

I am excited to announce I will shortly be running a new weekly yoga class on Friday Mornings at Wootton Community Centre.

Details are listed below. 

Commencing on Friday 2nd November 2018.

11.00am-12.00pm
Wootton Community Centre
Curtlee Hill
Wootton
Northampton
NN4 6ED

£8 drop in or £28 for 4 weeks. (Please do contact me for 4 week booking option)

Booking is essential so I can ensure numbers.

I can be contacted on 07984191016 or via my online booking form.

With warmest wishes. Carrie-Anne xx

WORKSHOP - Combating Insomnia

23-08-2018

Insomnia is such a common problem. Most of us will go through spells of it at some time or another. 

For some people it is a chronic state that seems to have taken control of their life and in some cases, has ruined their day to day happiness.

In this workshop, I will explore with you some of the common causes of insomnia.

Many daily stressors contribute to the inability to let go of the day and to rest properly.

I will share with you simple ways you can begin to prevent falling into the insomnia cycle. You will learn restful tools, allowing you to manage a night when you find that you just can't sleep. 

A technique known as Yoga Nidra is a deep relaxation technique that will carry you through even the most difficult night. 

One hour of Yoga Nidra deep relaxation is the equivalent of 4 hours sleep; in terms of rest for the body and mind!

Yoga Nidra encourages the body to sleep and allows the mind to rest within a state of gentle awareness. I will lead you through a short Yoga

Nidra session during the workshop to help you to let go of the physical and mental tension that may be keeping you awake each night. You can then practice this technique at home.

This workshop will introduce you to some gentle yoga poses; known to relax the body and mind, so you can get back into bed and fall sleep.


You cannot force yourself to fall asleep, you have to allow yourself to fall asleep! - This workshop will help you to do just that!

Tea and biscuits will be served during the morning.

You will need to bring with you the following items:

2 pillows, 2 LARGE Towels and 2 Blankets, and a Yoga Mat. Should you need me to lend you a mat, please let me know and I will ensure I have one for you. -These items will be used as props, you won't be getting wet! 

I anticipate this workshop will fill up quickly so do let me know if you wish to book your place.

Venue: 

Hardingstone Village Hall

Hardingstone.

Northampton.

NN4 6DA

Time: 10.30am - 1.30pm - Please arrive promptly for a relaxed start.

Saturday 8th September 2018

The cost of the workshop is £40.

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