A Simple Practice to Help Heal Our Struggling Planet

Hi everybody. 

The Mandala Yoga Ashram residents are currently chanting the Mrityunjaya mantra 27 times every morning at 7:30am and the invitation is there for anybody who wants to join them (we don’t always manage 7:30am as we haven’t always finished our practice by then!).  After the mantra, they have recorded a beautiful metta (loving kindness) meditation that you can also join in with.  We find it very calming, and it is a good way to help to raise the vibration of our struggling planet right now, by sending out the traditional mantra for healing, along with loving kindness to the world, at a time when it really needs it. If you would like to access this practice go to:

www.mandalayogaashram.co.uk, then click on Ashram Blog, and scroll down to the third post (Mrityunjaya Mantra Chant/Meditation by Swami Satyadaya), led by Swami Satyadaya. 

If you would like to practice just the mantra without the meditation, then the second post (Mrityunjaya Mantra) is led by beloved Swamiji (Swami Nishchalananda) the ashram’s founder, a truly beautiful being, who is full of light and love. 

With love and best wishes to you all.

Community Yoga Day – Saturday, 18th April 2020

Community Yoga Group Yoga Day


with Sarah Kemp, Julie Blayney and Emma-Louise Simpson

Moving Deeper Into Your Practice    

On:           Saturday, 18th April 2020

At:            West Pinchbeck Village Hall,

                 Six House Bank, West Pinchbeck, Spalding,  PE11 3QG

Time:       11:00am-2:00pm

                 Registration from 10:30am.

Cost:        £15:00

This day will offer students a rare opportunity to connect more deeply with their Self, through a carefully planned, extended yoga practice that is suitable for all. So come along, dive in, and let your mind and body be transported on a wonderful yoga journey.

The practice has been designed to take you through all five yoga layers of your being. The day will begin with energising Pranayama with Emma, and then a dynamic Forest Asana practice led by Julie. Sarah will then guide you through a slow, meditative Yin practice to allow the mind and body to connect and open further. We will close with some delicious, healing Restorative poses and nidra, to fully nurture and rest.        

Modifications will be offered throughout.

To book your place, please contact Carole: carole@tovell.net, Sarah: freetothinkmail@aol.com or Julie: Julie.blayney@hotmail.co.uk or Emma:soulserenityyogini@hotmail.com

Yoga for Emotional Intelligence

A Six Week Course  
6 x 90 Minute Classes
6 x Daily Home
Practice Sheets (updated and revised weekly)
Inclusion in the Group Support Network
The Opportunity to Tackle Emotional Issues that are Holding You Back and Preventing You From Moving Forwards
Beginning on 3rd March, at Wake House, Bourne
Tuesday Lunchtimes: 12:00-1:30pm   Total cost: £60                                

Drawing on my western Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) learnings and experience, and Eastern Wisdom, gained through my yoga therapy practice, yoga teaching, and over thirty five years of personal yoga practice. Each week, we will explore an uncomfortable emotion, what it means to us, and how we can learn not only to live with it, but to use it to our best advantage in navigating the bumpy path of life.  We shall create a safe and nurturing environment, where we can build mutual trust and understanding, and students will be encouraged to positively support each other off their mats as well as on them. Rediscover Peace of Mind.

Re-discover Peace of Mind

Yoga Classes for March and April 2020


10:00-11:15am: Moose Hall, Love Lane, Spalding 

March:             3rd, 10th, 17th, 31st (yin)

April:                7th, 14th, 21st, 28th (restorative)

Please note:  No class on 24th March


9:30-10:45am and 11:00am-12:15pm:      Wake House, Bourne

March:             4th, 11th, 18th (yin)

April:                1st, 15th, 22nd, 29th (restorative)

Please note:  There will be no classes on 25th March or 8th April


6:00-7:15pm and 7:30-8:45pm:     British Legion Hall, Crowland 

March:             5th, 12th, 19th, 26th (yin).

April:                2nd, 16th, 23rd (restorative)

Please note:  There will be no classes on 9th and 30th April

Fees for classes this term will be £56.00 for Tuesdays, and £49.00 for Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Classes cost  £7.00, and new students are invited to come along on a ‘pay as you go’ basis for their first two classes, before deciding to enrol for the rest of the term.

Yoga for Emotional Intelligence

I am excited to announce that I will be running a new six week course, Yoga for Emotional Intelligence, throughout March and April at Wake House in Bourne, on Tuesday afternoons, from 12:00-1:30pm, starting on Tuesday, 3rd March.

According to a Dictionary of Pyschology: “Emotional intelligence is the capability of individuals to recognise their own emotions and those of others, discern between different feelings, and label them appropriately, use emotional information to guide thinking and behaviour, and manage and/or adjust emotions to adapt to environments or achieve one’s goal(s).” ~ Colman, Andrew (2008).  A Dictionary of Psychology (3 ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199534067.

Yoga for Emotional Intelligence will focus on some of the emotions that we tend to regard as negative.  Even though they are rarely comfortable, these emotions are a part of human life.  They all contain lessons that, if recognised, enable us to grow and flourish.  We shall examine why trying to escape these emotions only encourages them. Participants will have the opportunity to discover how yoga can us manage our emotional Self.  Some of the emotions and conditions that we shall focus on will be anger, anxiety, guilt, shame and sadness/grief. 

The course will weave together many aspects and practices of yogic wisdom.  Through yang, yin and restorative asana (posture work), meditations, visualisations, pranayamas (breath practices), mudras (hand and body energy gestures), bandhas (energy locks and seals), relaxations and nidras we will discover the many benefits of yoga.  There will also be a blending of Western Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Intelligence with Eastern yoga wisdom, as we explore what works for us as individuals.

When we can sit with or emotions we can be at peace with them

There will opportunities for discussion and reflection, and journaling will also be encouraged.  Each week, participants will be given a Home Practice relating to a particular emotion.  This can be practiced throughout the intervening week(s), stored in your Emotional Intelligence toolbox, and brought out as required whenever you hit a bump in the road of life.

You do not need any prior knowledge or experience of yoga to attend and benefit from this course, just a natural curiosity and desire to grow and evolve emotionally.

The cost of the course is £60.00, which is payable at the time of booking.  The course cost includes all six 90 minute practice sessions, and a weekly Home Practice to take away with you. There will only be ten places available, and they will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

If you choose to attend this course, I shall look forward to sharing your journey of emotional discovery with you.

You can email me: freetothinkmail@aol.com or telephone/text me on: 07817623330 to book your place.

Community Yoga Group Yoga Day With Carole Tovell and Sarah Kemp

On: Friday, 10th January 2020

At: St Mary’s Church Hall, Rose Lane, Pinchbeck, PE11 3RN

Cost: One Session: £7:00 Full Day: £13.00

Morning Registration: 10:30am

Morning Class: 11.30am-12:30pm

Afternoon Registration: 1:15pm

Afternoon Class: 12:30pm 3:00pm

Lunch (bring your own): 12:30-1:30pm. Whether you are attending just one session, or the whole day, feel free to join us for lunch!

Winter: A Time of Settling In

As we move towards the winter months our practice will be reflecting our natural desire to move our attention inwards so that we might nourish and nurture. To this end, next week’s practice will be a Yin practice, so don’t forget your bolsters (or a couple of firm pillows/cushions) so that you might give your body a little bit of comforting support as we practice the art of being.

It is only by moving our attention inwards that we shall discover the light that resides in each and every one of us