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Finding Peace & Tranquility at Home

YOGA AT HOME

After months of lockdown and social distancing, it rather feels like we are emerging blinking into the light and need the familiarity of what we know to keep us steady.

Hopefully you have found times of peace and tranquility during this fearful pandemic. It has been a time where access to pockets of mindfulness has been more essential than ever.

We are glad to say that Tofte Manor is now booking live Retreats from September. Obviously every care is being taken to ensure everyone's safety so that you can practice with complete peace of mind.

For those who are still not able or comfortable about attending live groups, our facilitators are still providing virtual retreats, yoga sessions and mindfulness exercises on Zoom or Facebook Live as this has proved a valuable addition to safe yoga practice.

SEASONAL CHANGES

One thing we will all have been able to have time to observe this year is the changing seasons. I personally felt I had never witnessed a more intensely beautiful Spring. The colours were more vibrant, nature was abundant with less mechanical interference, the weather was glorious and we were reminded how essential it is to surround ourselves with nature. To just breathe slowly and listen to the wind in the trees.

As we moved into summer, all that gardening we did in the spring started to pay off and it became a haven for our 'bubbles' and wildlife. So many glorious butterflies and colourful moths appeared! Book-reading, meals and films were taken in the garden, impromptu music recitals, many needed conversations and a sprinkling of day-dreaming.

 

It was a time for the un-packing of unresolved issues; for planning and diversifying; for re-evaluation and valuing each other and our lives.

AUTUMN EQUINOX

 

We've now slipped silently and unannounced into early Autumn. September's golden light came to throw magic on our days and bring evenings in a little earlier. Candles are lit, rugs are snuggled close, the air is a little more crisp and there's early morning mist. The abundant vegetable and fruit harvest from our gardens is filling ours and our neighbours freezers. 

 

As Autumn Equinox approaches, it is time to take stock again, please consider:

 

How has my life changed in the last few months?

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Have I made any changes in me for the better?

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Do I understand and know how to achieve personal peace?

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Have I helped other people?

 

Moving into Winter, you must remember to be kind to yourself.

 

It is a time of short days and long nights, a season to hibernate before the re-birth of nature in the Spring. However, after months of enforced reflection and evaluation, you need to focus on the beauty of life and your loved ones and knowing what makes you happy.  

  

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VIRTUAL

YOGA PRACTICES

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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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Reclaim Your Self Retreats 

YOGA IN EXTRAORDINARY PLACES

We will do our best to provide affordable/complimentary places for our wonderful NHS workers. Thank you for all that you are doing.

 

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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Harmonisation

TIME FOR TRANQUILITY RETREATS

 

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 Jules Barnard

JULIA-YOGA

email: julia.barnard9@icloud.com

tel: 07881 922992

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Teresa of Yoga Alignment

YOGA FOR THE MIND BODY & SOUL
 

Sessions booked and changed weekly.

OFFERING:

 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.”

 

We will all fight this together. 

Julia 🙏🏻🌈

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

If you would now like to walk the

Tofte 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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