Thursday, 21 September 2017

Yoga Christmas 'do'

Yoga Christmas night out:
9th December at Foakes Hall in Great Dunmow

Tickets on sale now here

More info about Uncle Funk here

Get your tickets now to avoid disappointment!!!

Today is International Day of Peace

Great article from Yogamatters about this International Day of Peace...

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Yoga Workshop September 2017

Iyengar Yoga Workshop

Sunday 24th September 2017

12.15 until 3.15pm

St Michael's Mead Community Centre

in Bishop's Stortford

**Suitable for students with at least one year's experience**

Yoga creates space where it is needed

It helps you find your centre, bringing balance

It develops a strong body and mind

It increases flexibility, reducing strain, easing aches and pains

Keep an eye on the website or email to find out the dates of 
more workshops in the months to come

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Upcoming Iyengar Yoga Workshops with Sarah

Sunday 11th June 2017

12.15 - 3.15pm

St Michael's Mead Community Centre in Bishop's Stortford

**You must have 6 months Iyengar yoga experience to attend this workshop

Sunday 16th July 2017
2 - 4pm
Great Dunmow Primary School

Workshop open to everyone!

Monday, 24 April 2017

The sky is not my limit, I am (T.F. Hodge)

A friend and I were chatting and giggling like children recently. We are both feeling positive and pro-active about our lives and the fact that we feel we are steering the ship, rather than the ship being carried along helplessly on the waves.

Our enthusiasm seems to be bubbling over into day-dreaming territory. To the point where we occasionally apologise for our could we be so childish and dare to dream big?

But actually, I think we all need to dream big. What's the point of aiming at targets you know you can hit. Where's the thrill, the excitement, the giddiness? I don't want to stay in my comfort zone. I know what lies there. I want to explore my limits and push them as far as I can. 

You may well wonder what on earth this has to do with yoga.

A lot actually.

Occasionally someone comes to class and tells me they want to cure their 'bad' back. Then comes the bit where I explain yoga isn't a quick-fix, that it takes time, dedication and commitment - but that it can absolutely help. 

Two weeks later they say they're not sure they can carry on because it is too hard. Their leg muscles ache and they thought it would be more restful, with more sitting down and breathing.

We all need to work hard for what we want! 

Yes, a part of yoga is sitting and breathing, but we need to learn how to sit well, our bodies need to be reminded what alignment feels like. We need to ease stiffness, improve muscle tone, reign in over-used areas and develop an awareness and sensitivity so that we become our own teachers. 

I have never once heard an experienced yoga practitioner say that yoga is easy. Because it isn't!

You don't get the results yoga yields from just sitting around breathing! It takes hard work, determination and commitment. You have to work on the poses you find hard. You have to make yourself go to class even when you are feeling lazy. 

We need to be strong, courageous, learn from our failings, stay positive and keep believing in ourselves and what we are doing. We need to remind ourselves why we are doing it when times get tough. 

We need to keep pushing the boundaries of the possible so that eventually the impossible becomes reality.... our lives and in our yoga.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

2 spaces now available for upcoming yoga workshop in Stortford

Due to a cancellation, two spaces are now available for the Yoga workshop on Saturday 8th April!

1.15 - 3.15pm

St Michael's Mead Community Centre


Give me a ring or email me if you are interested

Monday, 20 March 2017

Half Term class info for April 2017

Half term class info for April 2017

Monday Standon class cancelled 3rd, 10th, 17th - running as normal 24th

Tuesday 6pm Stortford classes as usual

Tuesday 7.30pm Stortford classes as usual

Wednesday Manuden class cancelled 5th & 12th - running as normal 19th & 26th

Thursday 10am Maltings class cancelled 13th - running as normal 6th, 20th & 27th

Thursday 8pm Dunmow class as usual

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Next Yoga Workshop with Sarah: 1 place remaining

Sunday 5th March 2017

10am - 1pm

Great Dunmow Primary School

**You must have 6 months Iyengar yoga experience 
to attend this workshop


Yoga workshops are exploratory, you learn about poses in more detail, 
hold poses for longer, discover the subtleties, ask questions, share experiences, sweat a bit, extend, strengthen, stabilise, breathe and laugh...what's not to like?  

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Half Term class info

Half term class info for the week beginning 13-2-17

Monday Standon class cancelled - resumes Monday 20th Feb

Tuesday 6pm Stortford class as usual

Tuesday 7.30pm Stortford class as usual

Wednesday Manuden class cancelled - resumes Wednesday 22nd Feb

Thursday 10am Maltings class as usual

Thursday 8pm Dunmow class as usual

Friday, 3 February 2017

Upcoming Yoga Workshops with Sarah

Upcoming Yoga Workshops with Sarah:

Sunday 5th March 2017
10am - 1pm
Great Dunmow Primary School
**You must have 6 months Iyengar yoga experience 
to attend this workshop

Saturday 8th April 2017
1.15 - 3.15pm
St Michael's Mead Community Centre in Bishop's Stortford

Sunday 14th May 2017
2 - 4pm
Great Dunmow Primary School

Sunday 11th June 2017
12.15 - 3.15pm
St Michael's Mead Community Centre in Bishop's Stortford
**You must have 6 months Iyengar yoga experience to attend this workshop

Sunday 16th July 2017
2 - 4pm
Great Dunmow Primary School

Thursday, 2 February 2017

One space now available for the Yoga workshop this Sunday!

One space is now available for the Yoga workshop this Sunday!

Due to a cancellation because of illness :(  
Get well soon poppet!!! x

12.15 - 2.15pm
St Michael's Mead Community Centre

Give me a ring or email me if you would like to 
take this last remaining place

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Manuden cancelled this morning

Hi guys, am sorry but I need to cancel this morning's class in Manuden. My son has a really high temperature.

I have put this message on FB and emailed everyone, but please share this info with anyone you know from the class in case they don't check their emails.

Assume all other classes will run as normal.


Friday, 13 January 2017

Upcoming Iyengar Yoga Workshop February 5th 2017

8 reasons to sign up for a yoga workshop

Okay, so you attend yoga classes regularly...why should you sign up for a 2-3 hour workshop?

1.)  Workshops tend to focus on fewer poses but in greater depth.  Poses are explored in detail, with attention to the precise alignment, anatomy and directionality of the action. Which muscles should be working, how to engage them, and (that great yoga challenge) of other parts of the body being soft and yielding. This understanding of what should be working and when makes a huge difference to your personal practise as it leads to integration (one of the meanings of the word 'yoga'), which has so many physical, mental and spiritual benefits.

2.)  The intensive focus will answer questions you didn't realise you had. Poses you may be finding challenging in class can be 'unpacked' and you can learn techniques to help you understand the pose and perhaps use different methods/equipment to help achieve this. During workshops I am often told, "Wow, that feels so different - I completely get it now! Workshops are wonderful for giving you the time to really clarify what you are learning and integrate it.

3.) You will receive more attention and adjustments from your yoga teacher. Misconceptions and bad habits can be ironed out as there is more time for adjustments and demonstrations.

4.) The shared experience of a workshop is empowering, inspiring, social, uplifting, enlightening and usually entertaining. 

5.) Stepping out of your comfort zone can inspire a fresh perspective. Identifying your fears, examining them and tackling them can be hugely satisfying and empowering. 

6.) Commitment. Building strength and stamina is not just physical. Focusing on yoga for an entire afternoon shifts your awareness and helps you to weave yogic principles into your life. 

7.) The physical practise of yoga through poses (asana) is really the tip of the iceburg when it comes to self-knowledge and inner peace. Workshops often devote time to the practise of Pranayama, where you learn to focus and control your breathing. Honestly, when I first started out I ran for the hills at the mere mention of advice is to be open to it. Try it (more than once!) It brings an undescribable stillness, a sense of peace, where you feel whole/connected and you'll see profound changes in your health and well-being.

8.) Workshops help to reignite the flame and renew your vigor and commitment to yoga. They shake things up, prevent you from practising on auto-pilot and help you appreciate your yoga practise fully again.

You're still here! Great! Then sign up for the next workshop:

Sunday 5th February 2017

12.15 until 2.15pm


St Michael's Mead Community Centre
Bishop's Stortford

call me (Sarah) on 07427 596961

or email

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Why athletes do yoga

Jessica, Ennis, Hill, Olympic, Heptathlete, Yoga, Famous, Celebrity, Sport, Star

Why do so many athletes worldwide practise yoga?

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1. Holistic fitness

All-round or holistic fitness means a combination of speed, agility, flexibilty, strength, stamina, endurance & power.

Yoga helps you to obtain holistic fitness. There's a common misconception that yoga is all about stretching, and maybe you've been to a class where that has been the case - but let me tell you, that is not the case with Iyengar Yoga.

There are a multitude of poses which are held for varying length of time. Poses which work your core, strengthen your hips, back, arms, etc.


2. Decreased risk of injury

Of the hundreds of muscles in your body, there will be muscles which are underused and ones which are overused. This imbalance can cause problems - particularly when you train regularly. 

Underused muscles become stiff...someone with tight, stiff hamstrings is likely to overstretch the hardened hamstring when sprinting, which can result in a painful, slow to heal, tear.

People with tight muscles in their back are plagued with aches and pains. This can be particularly problematic when playing racket sports or golf. 

By contrast, overused muscles overdevelop. Regular yoga practise teaches us to use our voluntary muscles effectively.

Balanced flexibility results in easy movement and decreases likelihood of injury. 

Consider a boxer, his dominant shoulder constantly turned inward and neck twisted. Day after day this creates an imbalance in the body, tightening certain areas of the body. Now, a boxer that practises yoga regularly has the awareness to open that shoulder out when they're not boxing. To maintain good alignment at other times, and to use yoga to reduce tightness in overused muscles.

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3. Speed

A flexible body moves with greater ease than a stiff one. 

You can take longer strides and cover distance faster with improved mobility.

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4. Agility

Agility is changing position suddenly, eg a goalie going for the dive, a midfielder doing a feint, a cricketer fielding. To be agile you require good coordination and an attentive mind. Yoga unifies the mind and body. It is mindful movement. Concentration and awareness improve with regular yoga practise, these are valuable assets in many sports.

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5. Stability

Balance and stability are crucial in sports such as badminton. As you move into and out of poses, as you move from one pose to the next, yoga teaches you balance and stability.

6. Strength

Yoga teaches us to deveop and use our physical strength in an intelligent way - not just mindlessly using brute force. Yoga poses develop all-over body strength in both major and minor muscles, so the minors can assist the majors. 

Andy Carroll, English, Premiership, Football, Yoga, Famous, Celebrity, Sport, Star

7. Stamina

In sport, stamina is required for each match, but also for the season. You really have to try an Iyengar yoga class to see for yourself how your stamina will improve ;-)


8. Endurance

Endurance is stamina in both body and mind. Yoga teaches patience, tenacity and endurance.

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9. Calm, relaxed mind

Restorative yoga poses followed by specific breathing techniques can help us sleep better, and as you know, that's when the body heals. After a game, the mind can be on high alert for a long time afterwards.Yoga is used to bring about a more neutral mind, soothing the nerves and enabling recovery.

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10. Discipline

To master a sport, athletes must be disciplined. This mental strength comes from within. Yoga teaches discipline.