Autumn 2018 update

Despite all my best intentions I am only now finding the time to write and update the news. So much is happening I am busy doing and not writing!

The Arlington Baths reading room space continues to be upgraded providing a fabulous space for practice, classes, workshops and intensives.  It is wonderful to have a warm, light, clean space that allows the mind and body to focus.  Thank you Andrew and the staff at the baths.

The weekly programme is full on with Ashtanga yoga assisted self practice now 4 times a week (Monday, Tuesday evenings and Thursday, Friday mornings), 2 guided Ashtanga classes, 2 Building Block classes and 2 Breathing Bones classes, on a weekly basis.

We have created short courses on Friday to provide even more, from pranayama to yin yoga, please see the website.  In addition there is the Ashtanga Yoga and Pranayama Intensive with Kia Naddermier (fully booked) and A Weekend of Yoga Practice with Radha and Pierre in November.

The start of the season has been slow due mostly to my difficulties with the mailing list!  Please give us permission to put you on the mailing list for future mail outs.

It feels great to be back and I look forward to seeing more of you over the season.

There has been a lovely introduction of new people by existing practitioners and class attendees, my appreciation for that and my thanks for your continued support

Thought of the month

However beautifully we carry out an asana, however flexible our body may be, if we do not achieve the integration of body, breath, and mind we can hardly call it yoga. What is yoga after all? It is something that we experience inside, deep within our being…We do it only for ourselves. We are both observer and what is observed at the same time. If we do not pay attention to our selves in our practice, then we cannot call it yoga.

T.K.V. Desikachar

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April 2018 Update

I am so uplifted writing this news update 8-10 people are coming to the self-practice in the mornings. It is the holidays – here is the proof if any were that Ashtanga Yoga is alive and well at the Arlington! Thank you for those who are available during the break to come and share energy and practice.

This is for your practice so whether it is yoga, breathing bones, pranayama, meditation, your personal practice – it contributes to the mindful and warm atmosphere.

Classes resume Tuesday 17 April with Yoga Building Blocks, the full programme running from Monday 23 April. We continue to enjoy the refurbished Arlington Reading Room space and strong attendance reflects this.

Laura and Catherine will be continuing to offer their classes. There are 3 short courses on offer – Fundamentals of Breath and Ashtanga Yoga, Yoga Sutras on Tuesday evenings with Laura and Exploring the Ashtanga Yoga Intermediate Series with Rosina on Thursday evenings during the next programme.

The next Sunday workshop 13 May is Pranayama and Ashtanga Yoga with Laura.

Yoga, Breathing Bones and Pranayama weekend retreat 1-3 June will now take place in Glasgow! A home retreat – my apologies I got excited and did not check flights. While these are affordable the timetable will not allow for the weekend so will reschedule for 2019.

The programme of 10 regular weekly classes, Pranayama and Asana, Building Blocks, self-practice (Mysore style) along with 2 Breathing Bones classes continues to consolidate.

The weekend of Practice with Radha and Pierre was an outstanding success – so much so they are looking forward to returning 23 – 25 November 2018. It was fabulous on every level – dedicated and committed practice, local, national and international practitioners, generous atmosphere, fantastic food, great space!

In between Kia returns 21 – 23 September, do not delay in reserving your place it is going to be busy.

I am amazingly grateful for the sharing and support for the intensives, courses, workshops and weekly classes.


Thought of the month:

The true essence of yoga takes time. Remember that the strongest tree grows the slowest.

David Swenson

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Spring 2018

Well where do I start? Half a year and more has gone by and it’s been pretty exciting and that’s my excuse for not getting round to keeping up with the news update!

The last half of 2017 has gone!

There is a lot to report.

Laura Gonzalez joined the team last year and now has 3 classes a week and Catherine Hardy started this month – more for you to enjoy.

But the biggest change has been to the Arlington Baths Reading Room where Andrew McGilp the manager has pulled out the stops and surprised us again. After last years Christmas present of the removal of the billiard table I thought we might be in for a longer wait for the floor – but hey presto it is done in a beautiful blonde colour, completely transforming the space. My unreserved thanks to Andrew for enhancing every moment in the space.

Kia Naddermier poured her magic onto those of us lucky enough to attend her workshop in January. A lovely mix of local, national and international practitioners attended and again it was fully booked (actually oversubscribed). The main hall at the Maryhill Burgh Hall proved a find – a warm, welcoming space that accommodated the high numbers for the workshop portions of the Intensive. The next workshop is 21 – 23 September, do not delay in reserving your place it is going to be busy.

The programme continues to grow and currently has 10 regular weekly classes – including Pranayama and Asana, Building Blocks, self-practice (Mysore style) along with 2 Breathing Bones classes. In addition there is the Sunday workshop with the next being Sunday 13 May with Laura.

My teachers Radha and Pierre will offer a weekend of Yoga Practice 9-11 March. Please support this their first visit to Scotland. Check out the weekend classes on the website. As it is not a workshop, you can come when you are available – I will work out the individual cost. Radha and Yoga Plus has been the starting point of many of the international teachers, John Scott among them.

I am working on a Yoga and Breathing Bones weekend retreat 1-3 June in Carcassone! Please save the dates.

I am proud to be part of a nurturing and committed community of practitioners who have created a vibrant, welcoming and inclusive space.

I am amazingly grateful for the sharing and support for the intensives, courses, workshops and weekly classes.

My thanks to:

Brian Hartley for freshening up, adding clarity and invigorating the website

Ali Sim for delicious and delightfully nourishing food for the Intensives and Sunday workshops (reason enough to attend)

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May / June 2017 Update

The first half of the year has gone! It has been brilliant with an energy and commitment to the yoga and breathing bones classes that you the practitioners have created and nurtured into a vibrant and welcoming community.

I feel amazing gratitude for the sharing and support for the intensives, courses, workshops and weekly classes that take place in the fabulous Reading Room at the Arlington Baths Club. The billiard table is a distant memory and the space is slowly changing into a dedicated practice space.

Summer light

The Ashtanga Yoga and Pranayama Intensive was fully booked. Kia Naddermier again cast her spell and offered her unique and extraordinary perspective on pranayama and ashtanga yoga from a depth of knowledge and experience.

Please don’t delay in registering interest for the next intensive as her popularity grows.

25 – 28 January 2018 Ashtanga Yoga and Pranayama Intensive. 

Kia Naddermier Yoga + Pranayama May 2017


Before then there is another Retreat. The numbers are seriously limited and there are currently only 5 places left. Hurry!

3 – 5 November Ashtanga Yoga and Breathing Bones Weekend Retreat at Lerigoligan, Ardfern. 

The weekend allows time to explore the asanas and deepen our individual physical relationship to the practice. Breathing bones provides the opportunity to examine releasing and softening, gaining insights that can compliment the flow of movement and breath.

photo: Kate Henderson

LERIGOLIGAN


A number of people have expressed interest in practicing over the summer and space will be open in the mornings to welcome those of you who are free to come. Please offer £2 towards the cost of the space – you can bring this in the autumn or give it to Laura and Kate when they are not in Yoga Plus, Crete.


In the autumn I am delighted to be joined by Laura Gonzalez as the programme continues to develop more courses and classes and cater for the diverse range of attendees. Many of you already know Laura who completes her teacher training in July. There will be a Thursday morning yoga and pranayama class and Laura will also be teaching the Introduction to Ashtanga Yoga.

Rosina Bonsu dance class at Dance House January 2015

I want to thank:

Brian Hartley for freshening up, adding clarity and invigorating the website

Ali Sim for delicious and delightfully nourishing food for the Intensives and Sunday workshops (reason enough to attend)

Andrew McGilp and the staff at the Arlington for their professionalism and generosity


Thought of the month: 

The true essence of yoga takes time. Remember that the strongest tree grows the slowest. 

David Swenson

Studio images May 2017

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April 2017 Update

With only one week of classes in April who would have thought there would be news!

The slates have GONE! Thank you Andrew McGilp. Just in time as class numbers are high and all space is required, so getting the carpet up is the next target. Also it has inspired me to look at our visual presence and with the support of Brian Hartley, stillmotion and some brainstorming with practitioners we will update the design and the website soon.


The In-depth Development Training with Kia Naddermier, Mysore Yoga Paris was intense, thought provoking and thoroughly exhausting. With Laura Gonzalez, Louise Pirie and Maureen Thorpe, the Glasgow contingent undertook Ashtanga Yoga daily practice, Pranayama, Anatomy and Adjustments. Brain is full of information that we will be sharing with you and will be assimilating and digesting till we return for part 2 in October.

We also took on Paris – shopping in the market, eating croissants, drinking café alongee, cooking up a storm in our shared one room apartment! Great fun and great learning.

Ah yes I have now also the first posture of Advanced series A…. negotiating it but there in lies the challenge

The Tuesday evening counted primary series practice has morphed into primary and intermediate series counted practice with ease. Counted vinyasa once in a while will clean up your practice so please come when you can.


The Lerigoligan, Ardfern Retreat was magical.

The house and accommodation are amazing, beautiful furnishings and fittings, lovely showers and comfortable warm rooms. Big kitchen with state of the art everything, and delicious meals in the fridge created by local chef Dawn Stewart. This with the food and drink we added and a walk to the local hostelry on Saturday night made it a memorable visit.

 

And now to the Yoga! The Bothy space for the yoga was ideal, compact and cosy as we lit the wood burner (as well as had the heating on!). Being away gave an added intensity to the learning, being able to absorb without distractions and having time to let the experiences gained settle in. Occasionally our eyes would wander off attracted by the many colourful birds visible at the bird feeders and in the stunning natural surroundings.

here are some photos courtesy of Kate Henderson and Laura Gonzalez.

photo: Laura Gonzalez

LERIGOLIGAN

LERIGOLIGAN

photo: Kate Henderson

LERIGOLIGAN


I am booked for Yoga Plus Crete and will be there from 21 June. Please remember the 15% discount when booking. I will be teaching the whole of July so fingers crossed I see you for breathing bones.

www.yogaplus.co.uk

Agios Pavlos


ASHTANGA YOGA and PRANAYAMA INTENSIVE with Kia Naddermier

25 – 28 May 2017

£250

 

Please see website for full details and times.

This will be Kia’s only workshop of 2017 due to the demand for her nourishing and supportive teaching worldwide/internationally.

She has pencilled us in for January 2018.


The next Sunday workshop is on 14th May 10:30 – 12:30

details on the Sunday workshops page on the website.


The limited edition screen print which I received along with the Saltire Society Outstanding Woman 2017 award is now on display in the space.


Thought of the month:

 

Your biology is your biography

 

Caroline Myss

 

Let’s write our stories from the inside out.

 

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March 2017 Update

Yet again a whirlwind of a month.

The slates are still with us! Ever hopeful my fingers are crossed I will receive a welcome surprise after Easter.

The Introduction to Intermediate Series was full of enthusiastic, knowledgeable and willing practitioners. Rose Ann McKean of Merchant City Yoga joined me and the room had a joyous atmosphere of exploration and sharing. The dialogue from the network of practitioners from across a number of different shalas brought a shared and generous spirit to the sessions.

As a result of the success the Tuesday evening counted primary series practice will now also encompass some of the intermediate series, so if you have been wanting to discover or deepen your intermediate practice please come along.


The Lerigoligan, Ardfern Retreat was magical.

The house and accommodation are amazing, beautiful furnishings and fittings, lovely showers and comfortable warm rooms. Big kitchen with state of the art everything, and delicious meals in the fridge created by local chef Dawn Stewart. This with the food and drink we added and a walk to the local hostelry on Saturday night made it a memorable visit.

And now to the Yoga! The Bothy space for the yoga was ideal, compact and cosy as we lit the wood burner (as well as had the heating on!). Being away gave an added intensity to the learning, being able to absorb without distractions and having time to let the experiences gained settle in. Occasionally our eyes would wander off attracted by the many colourful birds visible at the bird feeders and in the stunning natural surroundings. Thanks to Laura Gonzalez and Kate Henderson for the photos.

photo: Laura Gonzalez

photo: Laura Gonzalez

photo: Kate Henderson

The next weekend at Lerigoligan is booked already, 3 – 6 November 2017!


This is the year to consider Yoga Plus Crete based on price alone. This retreat on the fabulous south coast of Crete has been my annual bolthole to my teachers Radha and Pierre since 2002.

They are offering a 15% on courses…please check out the website.

9 practitioners have booked various times from 14 June! I will be teaching the whole of July and practicing from late June and till end of August, so join me please.

http://www.yogaplus.co.uk


ASHTANGA YOGA and PRANAYAMA INTENSIVE with Kia Naddermier 

25 – 28 May 2017

£250

Please see website for full details and times.

This will be Kia’s only workshop of 2017 due to the demand for her nourishing and supportive teaching worldwide/internationally.

She has pencilled us in for January 2018. 


I was presented with an award from the Saltire Society, Outstanding Women of Scotland 2017.

I received a limited edition screen print by Jessica Crisp. The ceremony was a evening full of charm and inspiration at the Women’s Library in Bridgeton.

I am still astonished to be included such good company.


Thought of the month

“I am the greatest. I said I was even before I knew I was.”

Mohammed Ali

 

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Saltire Society, Outstanding Women of Scotland, March 2017

some thoughts on being inducted into the Saltire Society’s “Outstanding Women of Scotland” hall of fame in March 2017.

Having not prepared a speech as I didn’t quite believe I was receiving an award I realised on the way home I should have said this… I could have said that… I would have said… and so on and so on!

So here is the speech I didn’t prepare!

“I am amazed and humbled to receive a Saltire Outstanding Women of Scotland 2017 Award. Now the reality has sunk in I have become aware that it is a testament to the many incredible and supportive women who have held me and helped me on my way. 

I can start with my mother, this truly extraordinary ordinary woman who showered us all – family and wider community with unconditional love. 

The teachers – my primary school teachers, visionaries Miss Morley and Miss Harding who taught me the difference between success and failure by the time I was 10. It was the key to my gaining entrance at The Place as a 21 year old having done no dance training! It sustained me through my time there and the beginning of my life in dance. 

I had done was teacher training with another pair of inspirational women Mary Wilkinson and Joan White. They nurtured me through 3 years of college and supported my desire to work creatively. 

Jane Dudley at the Place; Pam Howard school; Anne Baird; Scottish Ballet; Elizabeth Mackay, Wellfield Nursery; Helen Bryce, Renfrewshire Dance Project; Kia Naddermier…the list is long so I will stop but not before mentioning Sheila McCubbin and all my wonderful women friends and my yoga family Radha, Dinke, you know who you are! 

As the saying goes – I am standing on the shoulders of Giants…they prepared the way and I am eternally grateful.”

Many thanks for all the messages, texts and congratulations, I truly appreciate the positive feedback.

Rosina

 

www.saltiresociety.org.uk/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-39139544

http://womenslibrary.org.uk

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February 2017 Update

Where did the month go?

The slates are going on Thursday morning (fingers crossed). The additional space cannot come too soon…classes numbers continue to be healthy and courses have been full.

The Introduction to Yoga and the Ashtanga Intermediate Series courses will become regular features of the programme, so keep an eye on the website.

The retreat to Lerigoligan, Ardfern is also fully booked and we are looking forward to setting off on the adventure 17 – 19 March.


 

This is the year to consider Yoga Plus Crete based on price alone. This retreat on the fabulous south coast of Crete has been my annual bolthole to my teachers Radha and Pierre since 2002. They are offering a 15% on courses and an extra 5% if booked before the end of the month…please check out the website. Many of the practitioners have already booked for 2 and 3 weeks from14 June! I will be teaching the whole of July and hope to be there earlier and stay later so look forward to seeing you in sunny climes.

www.yogaplus.co.uk

Yoga Plus 2015

ASHTANGA YOGA and PRANAYAMA INTENSIVE with Kia Naddermier

25 – 28 May 2017

early bird £210, payable before 7 April

full price £250

Please save the dates and let me know if you would like to come (3 people have already paid!)
Further information is available on the website.

Kia Naddermier October 2015-17


This week, I was honoured to be one of ten women inducted into the Saltire Society’s “Outstanding Women of Scotland” hall of fame. What a privilege to be with so many empowering, inspirational and influential women.

Rosina Bonsu is “a dance artist who makes dance accessible to all”, according to Sarah Mason.
She says: “Rosina believes in the power of dance, not just for performance but its emotional and physical benefit to people individually and as a community.”

http://womenslibrary.org.uk

www.saltiresociety.org.uk/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-39139544


Thought of the month:

Regular practice develops the body, disciplines the mind and widens the horizons of the spirit

BKS Iyengar

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January 2017 update

The Billiard Table is GONE… all that remains currently are the slates and hopefully they too are on their way out. Andrew McGlip, Arlington manager, was as good as his word and the removal was done during the Christmas break.

Classes have been having the January surge with high attendance and good energy. Thank you to those familiar faces returning and we are welcoming some new ones.

I appreciate the word of mouth and positive feedback that practitioners are putting out there, creating a lovely community within the Arlington classes.

There are spaces in all classes but morning Breathing Bones class numbers could do with a boost so please spread the word.

The counted vinyasa Tuesday evening class is well attended and continues to provide a focus for the learning of the beautiful sequence that is the Ashtanga Primary Series. It is suitable for all levels except absolute beginners. Feel free to try it.

The Introduction to Yoga course on Wednesdays 1, 8, 15, 22 February has a few places, so book your place if you have been considering it.

The course will provide clarity about the fundamental elements of the Primary Series developing clarity in the standing postures and finishing sequences. Worth considering if you would like to improve your understanding of these challenging and constantly rewarding asanas.

I am enjoying seeing many of you 3 or more times a week. As I would like it to continue I am fine tuning the prices and offering an unlimited monthly pass in order to make the programme affordable.


2017 PRICING 

DROP–IN 

£11 full price

£9 concession

8 CLASS BLOCK

no time limit

£75 full price

£65 concession

MONTHLY PASS 

£88 full price

£75 concession

SUNDAY 

£30 + lunch

£25 + lunch concession


JoAnna Mendl Shaw, Equus Projects, is known for her adventurous site-specific performances, often bringing dancers and horses into shared landscapes.

Film screening, Håstdans på Holdall

19.00 Saturday 4 February

CCA, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow

FREE 

Screening of JoAnna’s film, Håstdans på Holdall  created in a Swedish forest with a cast of American dancers, Swedish horses and a talented cast of young Swedish adults with autism.

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Physical Listening Workshop with JoAnna Mendl Shaw

11.00 – 14.00 Sunday 5 February

Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock

£20/£10 

JoAna Mendl Shaw translates the language of natural horsemanship training into a movement practice that focuses on Physical Listening and applies her interspecies lens to the creation works for proscenium, rural environments and museums.

An internationally recognised dance educator, Shaw has taught at Juilliard, in the  Fordham / Ailey BFA program at Marymount Manhattan, Tisch/NYU, Princeton and Mount Holyoke and internationally in Switzerland, Scotland, Sweden, Wales, Hungary, Korea and Japan. She is a Certified Movement Analyst.

In partnership with The Work Room and The Beacon Arts Centre

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The long awaited Yoga and Breathing Bones Retreat is confirmed for 17 -19 March at Lerigoligan, Ardfern. Please check for further details. Numbers are limited so please register interest early to avoid disappointment.

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Yoga Plus Crete has again offered a 15% discount for my practitioners.

There will be more information soon.

 

Yoga Plus 2015

Yoga Plus 2015


Thought of the month: 

Your body changes your mind

Your mind changes your behaviour

Your behaviour changes your outcomes

Amy Cuddy

TED talk

 

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November 2016 Update

The month started with a bang.

The new counted vinyasa class was well attended and continues to provide a focus for the learning of the beautiful sequence that is the Ashtanga Primary Series. The class does (untraditionally deconstruct each section of the practice) and offers modifications for some of the more challenging asanas. It is suitable for all levels except absolute beginners. Feel free to try it when you are curious.

The Breathing Bones class broke the record for attendance with 18 people on the first Wednesday night of the month and the numbers have remained high. The good news is the billiard table is going hopefully over the Christmas break so we can spread out and enjoy the stretch and the relaxation with more room!

Kia Naddermier spread her magic over us, around us, through us on the amazing Ashtanga Yoga and Pranayama Intensive. The course was fully booked with practitioners coming from Dublin, Yorkshire, London, Bath and Glasgow and it’s environs to share and experience the joy.

photos of Kia’s weekend by Brian Hartley

 

Yes the dates for the next course are here! 25 – 28 May 2017. There will be an extra workshop and 2 Mysore self practices!!!

In anticipation of the numbers we will split the group into 2 for yoga so there will be smaller numbers and more attention. Please do not delay in putting the dates in your diary and letting me have an intention to attend – if only for the incredible food created by Hannah Paton! Truly delicious.


A head’s up for the last Sunday workshop of 2016: 

11 December 10.30 – 12.30 


Prices are going up by £1.25 per class in 2017.

This brings a block booking to £75 and £65 Arlington members/concession.

Drop in £11

£9 Arlington members/concession

Feel free to buy a class card in advance of next year and benefit from the lower price!


Thought of the month: 

“Everything you want to be you already are, you’re simply on the path to discovering that.” 

Alicia Keys, Singer songwriter

“You make your own luck. You make it in training.” 

Simone Biles, Gold Medal Gymnast

Both among the BBC 100 Women

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