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What you CAN DO at Home

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Ideas for what you CAN DO!

Structure, enjoyment, occupation, survival and personal growth - mental wellbeing is more important than ever at this time.

After several lockdowns we are all slightly fed up with restrictions, so I have been working on what YOU CAN DO this week.

YOGA PRIVATELY AT HOME

This involves two generations and the dog and cats. Slightly shambolic but very private as no-one can see us. Essential exercise and breathing and laughter.

DISCOVER NEW APPS

I've found some great apps to play with.

One I'm addicted to which is a kaleidoscope effects on your photos. Wonderful to play with and hard to stop playing with. The other one is SkyView Lite which aligns the stars in the sky with charts on your phone to show you the names of planets and galaxies.

FILM NIGHT FOR 2!

In is the new going out. Well, it is right now.

So prepare a hamper with a picnic of wine, popcorn, smoked salmon sandwiches and mini trifles. Add some heaped up rugs, hot water bottle, cushions, candles and project a favourite film onto the wall or put dvd on. 

GETTING CRAFTY

Artwork to do at home. This week I have got back into drawing. So absorbing! Whilst you draw you become completely absorbed and content and forget all the worries. Remember, it's a process and you might not feel your work is perfect but enjoy making it and give yourself a chance.

Also been experimenting with eco-printing and paper making. All crafts techniques can be found on Youtube videos.

 

MAKING SEED PACKETS

Seeds for change. I gathered seeds from my garden flowers and dried them in a paper bag. Created an illustration and made seed packets with instructions of how to plant. Gifted to friends, the idea is it is positive growth for the future, to bring optimism, colour and growth in the future.

WALKING AT DUSK

Take a stroll as light fades and enjoy the night taking over from day. Feel the sting of cold air on your face, smell the smoke on the air, hear the squelch underfoot. Think about the positive things which have happened during the day and what your plans for the next day might be. Breathe.

DETAILS OF NATURE

Use your camera to capture the minutia of everyday objects. Appreciate the beauty of frost on leaves, berries on trees, the things you make, people you live with. Get close up and personal, use different heights and angles, look at life differently. 

BAKING & EATING

A great pastime during lockdown, so much banana bread. It's fun to experiment and try new recipes with whatever's in the cupboard. 

WILD SWIMMING

This is my favourite new thing. My daughter and I have invested in wet suits and are loving cold-water swimming in our local river and lakes.It kick starts brain and body and sets off good endorphins. You have to swim in twos for safety. We have joined the Blue Tits Cold Water Swimming Group, other similar groups local to you. It's a great socially distanced hobby.

MEDITATION

By lighting candles and sitting on the floor, my whole being calms down and I can breathe gently and focus on setting positive intentions, pushing out negativity and revisiting good moments and feelings.

The Roller Coaster

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I know we should almost be used to having restrictions on our lives, but somehow bobbing around from tier 1 to 4 to full on lockdown can best be compared to a badly designed theme park ride. A real roller coaster of emotions!

My suspicion is that one of the most heart-wrenching emotions has been separation from loved ones over Christmas and not being able to hug. Thank heavens for pets which can be walked or give off calming purring and companionship.

 

Humans are not designed to be solitary. We all treasure quiet time and moments of peace when linked with calm, but when it's forced upon us - there is a limit and can cause rising panic.

SETTING INTENTIONS

On discussing New Year Resolutions with an old friend, his considered advice was: 

'break any resolution as early as possible so you can re-use it the following year'.


Although good politically-correct re-cycling advice, 2020 has understandably made sceptics of us all!

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AT-HOME

YOGA PRACTICES

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RECLAIM YOURSELF 

NHS CARER RETREATS

At-home retreats designed for exhausted NHS workers​

As we still can't hold live on-site Retreats just yet, we have prepared workshops you can use at home.

It contains a collection of meditation, relaxation and breath work sessions, along with yoga classes, sound healing and a nature walking session to help with stress, anxiety and exhaustion. These sessions have been donated by the Reclaim Yourself Retreat team.

 

Click HERE to access the website and use the password NHSsupport21. It has been created as a gift for all the frontline NHS workers who we know are giving so much in the pandemic. If you know anyone who could benefit from these sessions, please feel welcome to share this information  

 

Contact Jools Sampson

RECLAIM YOUR SELF

email: jools@reclaimyourself.co.uk

web: www.reclaimyourself.co.uk

tel: + 44 (0) 7939 907501

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YOGAJANAM

WITH JANET EVANS

Janet is teaching 6 weekly general yoga classes

of 1.25 hours on

Mondays: 10am/6.45pm and 8.15pm and

Tuesdays: 11am/6.45pm & 8.15pm (£10 per class).

Plus 1:1 sessions of 60 mins for a personalised home practice (£50).

Jonathan is teaching Buddhist Meditation class 

for 60 minutes on Mondays 7-8pm.

http://www.yogajanam.com/classes/

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TRANQUILITY TIME RETREATS

RESTORATIVE & HATHA YOGA

with Susan Royle

Sue Royle is showing free bite-sized daily meditation practices on her Facebook group which you are welcome to join in with, CLICK HERE.

On-line Retreats will also be happening, so do check out what Sue is up to and become part of her virtual community of lovely like-minded folk.

Breathe and recharge in the time it takes to boil a kettle.

Download your FREE 'Recharge Meditation' Stop, relax and start to recharge, feel calmer, grounded and more in control of your day... CLICK HERE

Contact Sue Royle

HARMONISATION YOGA

email: harmonisationsue@gmail.com

web: https://tranquilitytime.co.uk/

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JULIA-YOGA

STREAMING YOGA AT HOME

Julia crafts deeply relaxing and restorative yoga classes using the Zoom app. From basic Yin breathing to private 1-to-1 sessions streamed live into your sitting room or studio! For all ages and abilities, family yoga group bespoke sessions can be booked.

Contact Julia Barnard

JULIA-YOGA

email: julia@julia-yoga.co.uk

tel: 07881 922992

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TERESA OF YOGA ALIGNMENT

YOGA FOR THE MIND BODY & SOUL

 

 Ashtanga, Slow Flow, Vinyasa Flow & Yin/Restorative 

Teresa will be offering online classes via Zoom for anyone wishing to participate. 

For a short pranayama practice of Samavritti to help reduce stress and increase calm, CLICK HERE.

 

Contact Teresa

YOGA ALIGNMENT

To book, email: yoga.alignment101@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/yogalignment/

https://instagram.com/yoga_alignment

www.https://www.yoga-alignment.co.uk/

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JULIA K YOGA

ON-LINE YOGA  WITH JULIA 

I would like to send a warm, positive message to all clients/students to keeping the strength up, finding a joy in each day, to keep fit and rest more and, may we remember: “what lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

 

For online class schedule, booking form where students can join as one-off’ class or a choice of monthly.

Julia offers 9 classes per week: CLICK HERE

Booking form for online classes: CLICK HERE

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MEDITATION FILMS

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Mindful

Virtual Labyrinth Walk

 

Click on image above or link below for

YouTube video

In this video, we see each step being taken on the elemental grass labyrinth at Tofte Manor as if it's with our own body.

 

Filmed by Suzy Castleman on an early Spring morning in 2020, the day after lockdown has been declared, when opportunities to escape into nature have been shattered, it has become even more important to find a space in which to be with yourself.

 

STARTING YOUR WALK

To walk a labyrinth is to take time out to listen to your soul and read the signs that you are being shown. To walk a labyrinth is to unravel the thread of your being and gather it up again having touched the Divine within your very core. The unseen part of you speaks to you in riddles, in metaphor. This is the language of the Labyrinth. Try to understand the metaphors that the Labyrinth mirrors back to you.

 

 LISTEN and LOOK In this video  

 

I suggest that you find a quiet place to sit, which is a good idea but if, you have the space to make a circle (about 6 feet in diameter) on the ground or on your floor then do this and you can walk with me. Follow the direction I make and each time I turn, you turn as well, following your circle the same direction. By doing this you will benefit from balancing the hemispheres of your brain by making the equal number of twists and turns into the centre and back out again. Place a crystal in the centre of your circle at home. With your intention connect it with the Tofte Manor labyrinth crystal. That way you will be able to be in the same energy field of the Tofte labyrinth.

 

What do I mean by ‘Read the Signs’?

For example in this video you will notice that on my return journey I start connecting with the crystal in the middle, every time I make a turn. I also started feeling calmer when I did this.

 

What is the meaning of this metaphor for me, what is the labyrinth mirroring for me?

 

The message I received was;

'If I connect to my centre every time I turn a corner in life, every time I adjust and have to change direction, I will be stronger and calmer.' See what comes up for you.

What insight does the labyrinth have for you?

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The Tofte Manor Elemental Labyrinth is in the grounds of a private home and retreat centre in Bedfordshire, we hope that in the future you will be able to come and walk it for yourself and experience the pleasure first hand.

Hopefully you will soon be able to walk the labyrinth in real life,

tel 01234 781924!

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FILM 

SPRING MEDITATION

In the Bluebell Wood

Take a few moments to listen, feel and see Spring in the bluebells at Tofte Manor.

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FILM 

Flying over Tofte Manor

A chance to view Tofte Manor and surrounding grounds from above

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Tofte Manor  Souldrop Road  Sharnbrook  Bedfordshire  MK44 1HH    

enquiries@toftemanor.co.uk

01234 781924 or 07787 155167

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