the Breathing Space returns…

on Friday 27th November, 7.30pm – 8.30pm

We’ll gather together on Zoom – ask me for the meeting link – to focus and rest, each in our own heart space and within the supportive energy of community.

This is a great way to de-stress from the push and pull of life and find your inner balance through a simple focus on the breath and sensation. After a seated guided meditation, I’ll invite you to lie down and totally relax in a practice called yoga nidra.

Curious? Come and join me.

I look forward to seeing you for an hour of deep self-care.

“Thank you so much for last evening’s meditation, it was truly amazing.” – E.H.

“Try the ‘Breathing Space’ guided meditation and relaxation sessions. Once a month for just an hour. A little bit of Heaven!” – Victoria

Earth, air, fire, water

Hallowed Eve Breathing Space – Friday 30th October, 7.30pm – 8.30pm on Zoom

And using the Elemental Energies to guide our yoga practice and self inquiry

As the world continues to feel a lot crazy, let’s find sanctuary and stability in the knowledge that we are part of nature. As the leaves turn colour and autumn comes into its brilliance, the reality that everything changes comes into sharp focus. Life is always in flux, moving through decay and rebirth, always breaking down and being remade.

If we can tune into that cycle which we are naturally a part of, it can help put the chaos into context. Everything changes and yet our innate adaptability can be the solid ground on which to stand.

Wherever you are, try this right now. Read the words slowly and let your attention rest into the gaps between the words…
Take a slow breath low into the belly, in and out, feel your feet on the ground, let your weight yield to gravity. Watch, listen, feel. Come into your wholeness and become part of the deeper harmony of the present moment.

We are nature, if we choose to be
I had a lovely walk with a friend this week and as we followed a stream down the combe through woodland she sighed happily and said how autumn is all about feeling. And I totally agree. We seem to come more into tune with what’s going on in nature at this time of year – the colours, the delicious earthy smells, the cosiness of nights drawing in. We feel it reflected in our bodies, in the elemental substance of our being. Maybe you feel it as a call to slow down, a brilliant blaze of colour, like the leaves on the trees, fading elegantly away. Or maybe it feels more like a rushing, swollen river or the fierce heat of a garden bonfire, moving swiftly to get everything done and ready for the winter. 

The elements will be our theme in online yoga classes during November, tuning into the vital energies that shape our feelings and responses as physical bodies, as part of nature. The grounded reliability and stability of the earth element, the dynamic flow of water, fire’s capacity to clear and cleanse, and the air that permeates as breath and space all around us. The elements can be a language to identify our habitual patterns, to recognise what we need more of or less of in our lives, and to bring us back into harmony with nature as our ground state. 

Classes happen on Zoom on Tuesdays and Fridays 10am-11.30am, and Thursdays 6pm-7.30pm, and cost £10 each. There are spaces at the moment, so get in touch if you’d like to join in this elemental journey. 

If you’ve not used Zoom before and are feeling a bit unsure about the technology, no problem! We can do a trial run where we make sure you know how to join a zoom meeting and how to set up your home space for the best experience. It really is very easy once you know how!
“We so look forward to our weekly classes and the monthly Breathing Space meditation. At first the thought of a virtual class was a bit daunting, but it is not at all. It’s just as relaxed and friendly as being in a ‘real room’ with the other participants.” – Angela & Mike

The journey of our practice with the elements begins with this month’s Breathing Space – on Friday 30th October at 7.30pm on Zoom – ask me for the meeting link. We’ll venture into the Halloween darkness together (pumpkins and fancy dress optional!), breathing with the grounded earthiness and slow flow of autumn. I look forward to seeing you for an hour of deep self-care.

Equinox – balance point

Autumn Equinox Breathing Space – Friday 25th Sept, 7.30pm-8.30pm on Zoom

The planet passes through its point of equilibrium at the end of September, the northern hemisphere tilts away from the sun and nature begins a colourful descent into autumn. Memories of summer drift on gentle breezes, or the wind roars the promise of wintertime around the corner.

So this is the balance point. The turning point. The Earth has breathed out the fullness of summer and now a great inhalation draws everything back into the soil, into itself. The planet breathes just as every living thing on it breathes.

If we let ourselves align to the natural cycle of the seasons, we too can enjoy this inhalation, this gathering in, a harvest of our year. Drawing in what we need to sustain us through the darker months. Counting our blessings. Receiving in what nourishes us at every level. Acknowledging our achievements, big and small. Recognising the wisdom revealed in our everyday living.

So what are you harvesting? What memories will sustain you and bring a smile? What simple gratitudes can you take with you into the darker months, to bolster your sense of wellbeing?

As daytime and night time come into perfect balance at the equinox, how is your own sense of equilibrium? 

These and other contemplations will be part of this month’s guided meditation and yoga nidra deep relaxation. Let’s explore the inhale and the exhale and what will help us find and keep our equilibrium as the season turns.

Create a quiet and cosy space, close your eyes….and simply BE… No experience needed, no effort required, just turn up and let me guide you into a calm and receptive state where the cares of the week can fall away. 
Begin upright, sitting on the floor or the sofa for a meditative deep breathing exercise. Have blankets and cushions ready to lie down for the yoga nidra.

I began these evening sessions as an extra way to support my yoga students and I offer them freely and with love to all. Donations are appreciated (whatever you can afford at this time) via Paypal or ask for my bank details.

Get in touch and I will send you the zoom link. Look forward to seeing you!

The Embodied Breathing Space

Friday 21st August, 7.30pm-8.30pm

Join me for a peaceful hour on Zoom, from the comfort of your own home. We’ll journey with the senses from the delights of the external world, deep into our inner landscape of feelings and awareness. Returning refreshed and ready for the world again.

Seated breath-based meditation can help us feel more focused and calm and that’s followed by a guided deep relaxation called yoga nidra, where you can lie down and totally release the cares of the week. We use visualisation and the felt-sense to create ease in the body and mind. No experience is necessary as I guide you throughout the practice, so get in touch if you’re curious.

I began these evening sessions as an extra way to support my yoga students and I offer them freely and with love to all. Donations are appreciated (whatever you can afford at this time) via Paypal or ask for my bank details.

Get in touch and I will send you the zoom link. Look forward to seeing you!

Summer Stillness Breathing Space

Friday 17th July at 7.30pm – join me for a quiet hour of meditation and relaxation on zoom.

The Breathing Space is exactly that… a place to pause the momentum of everyday life and sit quietly and create calm and ease in your mind and body. Seated breath based meditation is followed by a guided deep relaxation called yoga nidra. It’s replenishing and re-centring. Everything we need in these changing times.

Create a quiet and warm space where you’ll be undisturbed, and have blankets and cushions to be as comfortable as possible. You can begin sitting on the floor or in a chair, whichever’s best for you.

I began these evening sessions as an extra way to support my yoga students and for now they are offered freely and with love. Donations are appreciated (whatever you can afford at this time) via Paypal or ask for my bank details.

Get in touch and I will send you the zoom link. Look forward to seeing you soon.

“The yoga nidra tonight was the perfect antidote to an interesting week. Thank you so much for all that you are thinking about, preparing and giving to us.”

“Wonderful… thank you. Very, very positive”

“That was awesome… you have a wonderful voice Tracey”

At the root of yoga is self-inquiry

Yoga is about exploring, looking inwards, finding your own rhythm of movement and stillness, finding your own way to health and wellbeing.

Yoga has a number of principles, one of the key ones being SVADHYAYA, self-inquiry, attaining self-knowledge. Another is AHIMSA, non-conflict. In terms of the body and the breath, we want to find ways to move that take us away from any conflict, any unnecessary pain or suffering.

In yoga classes, I invite you to ask questions that are answered in the body – How does it want to move today? To express itself? What happens when you allow movement to arise naturally? Can you feel and connect into your own inner rhythm of movement and breath?

The breath is our constant and moving reminder to be present in the moment – the rise and fall of a wave. Can you begin to notice how the breath and the body interact? How they relate to each other and to how you feel?

Are you creating restriction or freedom? Is there conflict? Can you move towards ease?

The whole thing is an exploration, an invitation to inquire, to play, to have fun!