January ... a month that a lot of us dread, our bank accounts are looking empty and lonely, it seems that little bit greyer and all the Christmas sparkle has faded. It’s a time where I’m sure many of us would probably prefer just to snuggle up into a duvet and hibernate until spring arrives (or at least until our bank account has recovered from the shock of Christmas spending). Getting lots of healthy nourishment, sleep and exercise is especially important around this time of year, it helps your body to restore itself after holiday indulgences and refreshes and cleanses your mind to allow for a more positive outlook for January!
During this month people enthusiastically start signing up for gym memberships, boot camps, zumba classes or any sort of physical endurance to sweat out the post-christmas guilt and weeks of mince pies for breakfast, cheese boards for lunch and cheeky crisp sandwiches in between (I can shamefully confess to all three!) And while I think it’s brilliant to see so many people setting their alarm clocks early, setting lots of fitness resolutions and getting their shiny new runners out(even just to strut around the house) it’s also important to allow our bodies and minds time to refresh, restore and prepare ourselves for a new month and new year.
After experiencing glorious sunshine filled Januaries in Australia, a lack of light is one thing I struggle with around this time of year. I try to embrace it rather than let it darken my thoughts, and so welcome a sense of cosiness it can bring by surrounding myself with candles and soft lights as much as I can. It brings a sense of calm and relaxation to any space, and I challenge anyone who doesn’t loosen and breathe a little more deeply when they walk into a room completely filled by candlelight.
With this in mind for my yoga and relaxation workshops, I really wanted to create a space that as soon as people walked into it they felt the stress of the day dissolve and any anxieties about the year ahead float away. With a sprinkling of special little touches here and there, the hour and a half is focused on letting go and releasing the body and mind in a mindful yet effortless way. It is suitable for all levels and capabilities, from complete beginners to dedicated yogis, everyone I believe can benefit from some time out to recharge. The evening is a blend of very gentle yoga flow, restorative poses and simple breathing exercises. The real treat comes at the end when we finish with yoga nidra (also known as yogic sleep), which is one of deepest forms of relaxation you can experience and releases the body of all stress and tension. Yoga nidra has so many listed benefits including relieving headaches, insomnia, anxiety, lowering blood pressure and releasing muscle tension. You are almost guaranteed to float out of the studio on a little cloud!
I received such positive feedback from the workshops I ran in November and December that I decided to run 2 more in January on Thursday 14th and 28th to help us through this slightly bleaker time of year! The workshops are €15 each, run from 7 – 8.30 pm and advance booking is essential which can be done through my “classes” page: www.susita.ie/classes. Please get in touch if you would like any more details and I hope to see you for some relaxation very soon!