Balance things out!
If you eat too much, drink too much and sit about too much today – be easy on yourself! It’s allowed at Christmas!
And to balance things out, try one of the below for a stretch out – I promise you’ll feel much better for it!
Hold onto a table edge so your back is flat and legs vertical, stretch back through the shoulders and spine to the tailbone and push down through the feet into the floor.
Take a walk in the fresh air (hopefully between the rain)
Downward facing dog – when your last meal has long-gone!
Stand upright and slowly come onto toes and down again – in slow motion!
If something more sedentary is required, lie comfortably on your back with legs up the wall and relax! Recovery time for your hard-working legs – vital after all that slaving away at the stove!!
But above all – enjoy the holiday time with family and friends – it enhances life and lifts the spirit!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
NEW! TAKE A LOOK AT THE WORKSHOPS FOR 2013
1. Shape up for the New Year! Feeling sluggish? Boost your energy and feel alive! *
Saturday 26th January 10am – 1.30pm
After the treats and excesses of the Christmas and New Year breaks, we all check how well we’re fitting into our clothes, whether we’ve put on weight or simply how we’re feeling.
Say goodbye to that sluggish feeling and those extra pounds. Get your circulation moving again, give a boost to your energy and jump into the new year with a spring in your step!
2. Desk workers’ 9 to 5 – Restore and Revive! Eliminate neck, shoulder and back ache.
Sunday 17th March 2 -5.30pm
Do you sit at a desk for hours, hunched over the computer? Got neck pain, back ache or headaches? Do you suffer from stress and find it difficult to relax?
Learn techniques to eliminate those aches and pains, sink into that perfect stretch and safely ease out tensions. Before you know it, you’re sitting upright and your body breathes a thank you…it’s at ease again.
3. Fitness, stamina and strength – for Summer, sport and a full life. *
Saturday 18th May 10am – 1.30pm – NOTE: now Sunday 19th May 9.30-1.00pm
We all want energy for doing all the things we love to do as the days lengthen and we stay outside till the last minute of sunlight and beyond. We want to feel alive, fit and full of energy to enjoy our running, cycling, swimming and more.
Come along to enjoy an energetic morning full of unusual postures – a holistic work-out through the whole body, stretched out from tip to toe, to leave you tingling with vitality and that ‘let’s get out there’ feeling! In the words of that famous ad – life is not a spectator sport!
4. Improve your back health and be pain-free.
Sunday 14th July 2 – 5.30pm
Back ache getting you down? In pain? Do you get out and about as much as you want to?
In this workshop we’ll let go of tensions and replace them with a sense of lightness and freedom. Through specific, safe yoga exercises you’ll learn tension-free posture, free stiffness and strengthen muscles for a strong and healthy back.
You’ll enjoy deep stretches and a relaxation to de-stress. And you’ll learn life-long tips for keeping back and body in top condition, so there’s no missing out on anything!
5. Improve your posture, increase your core strength and stand tall.
Saturday 14th September 10am – 1.30pm
Do you have back pain? Know you slouch? Would you like to sit or stand upright? It sounds simple, and it is. Learn techniques you can fit in to your daily life, strengthen your abdominals and lift up through the spine. You’ll walk taller and more confident!
6. Learn techniques to de-stress, relax and get a good night’s sleep.
Sunday 10th November 2 – 5.30pm
Fed up with counting sheep? Do you get stressed not dropping off to sleep? Feel tired and lethargic? Dread the night time?
Learn techniques to relax body and mind and set up a relaxing bed-time routine for a rejuvenating sleep. Experience a Yoga Nidra relaxation and return home free of tensions.
Note : * not suitable for beginners.
All workshops £30, including homemade refreshments.
Just £25 if you bring along a friend.
Email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) to book on to your chosen workshop.
Stumped for Christmas gift ideas?
We have good intentions of finding our loved ones thoughtful, unique and valued Christmas presents, but we’ve all felt the pressure as we hurtle towards mid December with fewer and fewer shopping days.
So let us help you to keep things simple and local without losing quality and that special touch.
Choose a healthy and long-lasting gift – something simple that makes a big difference to the health of your family or friend.
Come to Chepstow Leisure Centre for their Christmas Fayre ( on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December 10.30am to 4pm – free entry) and pick up sianruleyoga Workshop Gift Vouchers for everyone:
Choose from these Yoga Workshops:
- Feeling sluggish? Boost your energy and feel alive!*
- Desk workers’ 9 to 5 – Restore and Revive! Eliminate neck, shoulder and back ache.
- Fitness, stamina and strength – for sport and a full life. *
- Improve your back health and be pain-free.
- Improve your posture, increase your core strength and stand tall.
- Learn techniques to de-stress, relax and get a good night’s sleep.
* – Note: not suitable for beginners
Contact Sian at email@example.com to book a place on a workshop.
Make your vote count.
Election Day in the US promoted a consumer fever only possible in a country where the cost of the whole election was half the money spent on Hallowe’en costumes and sweets. An ’ I Voted’ sticker ensured anything from free doughnuts, a choice between a restaurant’s “right wing” turkey bowl and the “left wing” chicken bowl to a free holiday destination flight to recover! If that didn’t hit the spot, activewear retailer Lulemon offered free yoga classes to frazzled voters in Washington, Maryland, and Virginia. THE choice to chill out and relax!
How is the year shaping up?
In the current economic situation, being able to shop freely may not be possible, some of us may have to ebay possessions to raise needed cash. Or it could be much worse than that. In the Eight Limbs, Yoga encourage us not to be too attached to things, to be content with what we have, but also to be kind to ourselves. If life doesn’t always go the way we want it to, we should try to go easy on ourselves and avoid heaping blame and negativity on our head. And that can be hard to do…so spending a few minutes doing a few calming or even energetic postures can help the process by focusing the mind on the body instead. Give a few downward-facing dogs a go, or a focusing balance…they can work wonders!
A comment on my recent Newsletter prompted me to share both…
Hi Sian. Just wanted to say what a lovely feeling I had when I opened your latest news letter. Such a sense of calm and peace and space in a very chaotic emotional world. Thank You JD
Joyce Dallimore CBT and Psychotherapy Services www.mindatpeace.co.uk M: 07791329262
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De-stress & Sleep Well Workshop
Thanks to everyone who came through the autumnal valley mists on Saturday to the workshop in Llandogo. In a relaxed atmosphere we discussed the tribulations of getting a good night’s sleep, enjoyed stretches and relaxed deeply in two yoga nidra – soft lavender eye-pillows enhancing the experience! Home-made Honey biscuits in the break might have helped too….
Relaxed? Of course I am!
Most people think that relaxing is simply slumping in front of the tv with a cup of tea or socialising on social media and it’ll reduce stress. True relaxation is an experience far beyond this. Absolute relaxation requires us to stay aware and observe what happens as a Standard journalist found out when he experienced yoga nidra/yoga sleep. Read the article to find out how…http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/health/catching-some-oms-introducing-sleep-yoga-8193704.html?fb_action_ids=4291191951072&fb_action_types=og.recommends&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582 Like the sound of it? Don’t put up with sleepless nights, head for the Wye Valley next Saturday (20th October 2012) to experience yoga nidra yourself! Click on WORKSHOPS above for details or email me.
Need a good night’s sleep?
Llandogo Hall (between Tintern & Monmouth)
Saturday 20th October 2012
10am – 1.30pm
Everyone has had a bad night’s sleep, but if you’re someone who regularly finds sleep escapes you, you’ll know how much it affects your day. Tiredness makes us irritable, sluggish, unable to concentrate and negative to name but a few. Sleep deprivation is serious. We suffer very quickly without adequate sleep.
You’ll learn techniques to relax body and mind – which also includes stretches as a stretched muscle relaxes more deeply – and how to concentrate and calm the mind to encourage an easing into a restful and rejuvenating good night’s sleep.
After a break, deep stretches and a blissful relaxation to de-stress, all help to leave you rested and refreshed ready for the week ahead.
£20 – special offer – bring a friend and it’s £17 each!
Email me firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0787 257 1934 to book yourself (and a friend!) a place. You can’t afford to miss it!