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Newsletter - February 2020

Dear One

I was sent an article on ‘Breathing’ in the New Scientist by Nicola, a Teacher Training student, there are also more articles on breathing in the National newspapers.

With all this talk about pollution it does seem we are waking up to the importance of oxygen. It’s the best medicine there is. Pranayama, deep breath is vital. We have an incredible filtering system, if we would just use it fully.

The nose exquisitely designed to trap dust and other foreign bodies in its hairs and mucus behind lies a cavernous space in which membranes warm the air and nitric oxide kills bacteria and viruses. There is more resistance in nose breathing than mouth breathing and it does allow you to draw in 20% more oxygen. Brain function is increased as this nasal cavity has a direct link to the brain. Even breathing locks brain waves to the same rhythm, calming the brain areas responsible for memory, emotions and cognition.

“The nose is for breathing; the mouth is for eating.” Iyengar.

Two Days of Yoga

Our Two Days of Yoga on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th March was previously to be held at Beaconsfield Hall, Shipton-under-Wychwood has been moved to a preferred venue - The Fire Service College, Connections 3, The Fire Service College, London Rd, Moreton-in-Marsh, GL56 0RH. Please bring a swimming costume as there is a 25-metre warm pool and walking boots.

The nearest train station is Moreton-in-Marsh, which is half a mile away from the Fire Service College. There is a train on Saturday 7th March at 07.50 from Paddington, arriving at Moreton-in-Marsh at 09.20.

On Sunday 8th March, a train leaves Paddington at 07.37 arriving at 09.26. Let us know your time of arrival and we will collect you from the train station.

If you are driving to Moreton-in-Marsh, please ask at the Fire Service College gate for directions to Connections Room 3 for the yoga sessions or for the residential rooms.

Please confirm if you are coming to stay for the weekend, or class with Ruth.

Yoga programme

On the Saturday from 3 – 5pm, you have a choice of attending either a first aid and resuscitation training session run by Matthew Archer or alternatively attend a yoga stretch, pranayama and meditation session.

Here’s the forthcoming dates for our long Wednesday classes.

A Different Day In Yoga at Beaconsfield Hall, Shipton-under-Wychwood

Classes are being held on 18th March, 29th April, 17th June, 15th July,16th September, 21st October and 25th November from 9.45am to 3pm including lunch. £50 for the day, £30 for those that have already paid for the morning. If you book in advance, one class will be free. Please confirm if you will be attending these classes.

During these classes, we will take a further step into the peace and quiet of the mind through the practice of pranayama, meditation and acceptance. We will work on our weaknesses and see that the so-called problems can be our gifts.

‘Want what you’ve got and not what you haven’t got.’ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj


Please make chques payable to Ruth White, or BACS with your name as a reference to Ruth White, Lloyds Bank, Sort Code; 309575 account number; 19545860

With love


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