Autumn News…forming new habits, bringing friends, and having fun with glowsticks!

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Namaste lovely yogis,

 

A few exciting things to tell you about coming up next week, including…

 

*** BRING A FRIEND FOR FREE NEXT WEEK

***KICKSTART YOUR YOGA PRACTISE

***HALLOWEEN SPECIAL

 

All the details of each

 

 

As you will have noticed, we are definitely into the season of Autumn, and just like starting a new school term, it can be a great time for a fresh start and putting into new habits into your life that are going to be good for you.

 

We’re in the run up to Christmas now (sorry for mentioning it!), so there’s not that long to get things back on track in time for the stresses and frivolities of the silly season. Taking care of yourself in the turn of the seasons and in the run up to winter is more crucial than ever.

 

So now I have freed up some time to be offering some private sessions again, as well as a good schedule of classes, I have some options for those that need a little kickstart.

 

NB I only have the first two packages available for 6 people due to my own time and schedule.

 

 

  1. GET STARTED

 

If you’re new to yoga or nervous about coming to your first class, or just want some more specific guidance to make sure you’re getting the most out of your classes, this is for you.

 

3 x 1-1 sessions plus 4 general classes for £120 (SAVE OVER £50!)

 

These sessions need to be taken over the course of the next 6 weeks.

 

To book please email me gilliesutherland@me.com

 

  1. GET COMMITTED

 

If you know what you’re doing, you’re coming to classes, but maybe not that regularly, and you want to commit to the habit, as well as get some personal guidance on your practice, this is for you.

 

11 weeks of unlimited classes plus a 1-1 session with me for £120 (SAVE A LOT!!)

 

These sessions need to be taken before December 17th 2017 when I will be closing down for the holiday season.

 

To book please email me gilliesutherland@me.com

 

  1. GET CONNECTED

 

This is for everyone!

 

It’s always a lot easier to stay motivated to show up in the winter months when you have a buddy to keep you accountable.

 

Next Week I will be offering for one week only the opportunity to bring a friend for free. Just book as usual and they come for free! (They may reward you with a treat afterwards, you never know!).

 

To say thank you if they decide to commit to a block of 4 classes or more, I’ll credit you a free class.

 

HALLOWEEN!!!

 

Silly season starts early at Flow Yoga and that means it’s time to get the glowsticks out!

 

There will be no class running at Powderham Castle on Monday 30th October 2017, but instead I am running a Halloween Special at Ocean Physio in Woodbury.

 

What better way to avoid the “trick and treaters”? J

 

This is a very unique class, nothing too serious, I’ll be supplying glowsticks and a great playlist, you just come with an open mind and be prepared to have fun.

 

There will be the option for going out afterwards for drinks too.

 

Places are limited so booking is essential. As it will be a longer class with props, it is £12 per person.

 

Get booking now here. https://bookeo.com/behappyfit?devent=3252RNENUW15ECD0FFAF5_2017-10-31_18Oy0zW3mmyA

 

Please also note that I am now requiring people to sign in on arrival, as for fire regulation purposes, I need to know who is in the building. You’ll need to tick whether you’ve booked online, or paid in cash, so please make sure you have booked in for that class prior to arrival to get the reduced rate.

 

Finally, if you are enjoying classes, or have recently attended an event you enjoyed, I would really appreciate it if you could leave a review on my page www.facebook.com/behappyfit or on the booking site.

 

In the next week or so, I’ll be sending details of some exciting workshops coming up as well. Watch this space.

 

As always, sending love, light and gratitude to all you special people

 

Gillie x

 

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Stormy Waters

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I’m writing this from a roof terrace of a villa over-looking the Dubrovnik Riviera. Not many people would be able to pass this off as a working week, but I can assure you it is.

I have taken a group of women away for a yoga holiday in Croatia, and it’s turning out to be even “wilder” than I expected.

 

Our first morning of yoga was just stunning, clear blue skies, a gentle breeze to keep us cool, and the most glorious view of green mountains and blue seas.

Day one was all about grounding, and celebrating the element of Earth, yet today it seemed that our Mother Earth was just having a laugh with us.
It may have been the back end of the hurricane, but later on in the day as we set off to enjoy an afternoon pottering around Dubrovnik, the skies opened up, the winds picked up to a gale and the thunder and lightening began.
We managed to find shelter in a Museum, an old monastery which had evolved into an apothecary, and then sampled one of the local Croatian wines in one of the back street cafes.
The adverse weather conditions may have deterred many folk, but not this group of experienced travellers, who just decided to “adjust the sails”, and navigate a new course, finding a way to enjoy themselves in spite of it all.
When we return to the villa, there are windows smashed in, shutters in pieces, a tree fallen down, and furniture in the pool. I don’t let this distract us from our evening yoga session, which is more needed than ever. We just move the furniture in the lounge and we’ve got a new, albeit more cosy, yoga studio in a jiffy.
Later that evening, chatting over dinner, we are considering how lucky we are that we’re not one of their husbands, who have decided to sail from Sicily to Croatia this week.
In these stormy winds, this isn’t going to be an easy course.
I’m reminded of a quote I saw the other day:
“A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor”.
We all agree that it is often the toughest times in life that have been the making of us. When we are challenged and are forced to step outside out comfort zone, these are often our defining moments. We learn from it, we grow, we develop one of the most useful qualities we could have in life – resilience.
I think of the chaps making the course across the seas, and I think of them battling the elements, and although it will be challenging, it will also be life-changing.
As well as the boat coming from Sicily, there’s also Gerry, the brother of one of my yogis who is taking his two sons, and his nephew, sailing around the Croatian islands. Knowing they are safe and sound is a relief, yet I think about how many positives must have come out of this, and how much more the boys will have learned on this trip than one where the sea was completely calm.
I’m going to remember this when I set sail next week.  When this retreat ends, I’m going to check out a yacht three hours north, close to Split, and we’re going to be sailing a couple of days so I can really get the feel of it.
I’m hoping for calmer waters as I need to assess the potential for Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga, but I’m thinking that it can’t be any worse than some of the conditions I was in this summer down in Exmouth.
The confidence I am feeling right now I owe to some of the more challenging conditions we went out in this year. Just last week, myself and Steph Bridges from Edge Watersports, took a group out on the paddleboards in pretty strong winds and tricky tides.
Luckily Steph knows exactly what she’s doing when it comes to working with the elements and we all have a blast, but not without a few splashes and moments where we are paddling like mad and not getting anywhere.
What I learn from these experiences is so valuable. I’ve learned not to try to control everything, but just to adapt to the conditions. I’ve learned that attitude counts for everything, and it’s never good to panic. I’ve learned to adjust my sails when the winds change direction.
And I’ve learned that it’s the challenges in life that make us better prepared for what is ahead.   
So bring on the stormy waters, I’m ready!
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Tuning Out

Tuning Out

Those of you on social media will have noticed how there’s this funny little feature that tells you what you’ve been up to a year ago, three, or even ten years ago if you’ve been on it that long.

I find this reminder both annoying and useful, depending on the state of mind I’m in and the place I’m at in my life.

For when times aren’t so great, a reminder of how good things were, the happy times, when we didn’t seem to have a care in the world (compared to now), it can seem like a bit of a slap in the face.

Yet when we’re in a good place, we can look back and think “wow, I’ve come a long way since then”, “things are so much better now”, maybe even a touch of “wow, what was I thinking?”.

Currently, I’ve relieved to say, I’m in the latter phase, and even just looking back at a year ago, I’m proud of how far I’ve come, and not regretting where I was back then.

This week I was reminded of the “digi-detox” I took myself off on to recharge my batteries. I remember feeling a sense of overwhelm, in desperate need of some “me time”, so I escaped to a caravan in a remote part of North Devon to switch off for a week.

It was an incredibly transformative week, where I really got to know myself, and like myself, a whole lot better. I’d walk for hours each day on the South West Coast Path, chatting happily to myself, until I ran out of “chat”, and my head cleared and I could just be in the moment, listening to the birds and soaking up the views.

For me, movement is my meditation, well at least, it’s the vehicle that gets me into a meditative state. I love to get the energy flowing in my body, to just observe the physicality of it, and to coordinate my breath with the movement, until the mind quiets and I feel in flow.

This is especially powerful when I’m in nature, away from all the busy-ness of life, the constant ping of my phone, and demands of other people and commitments.

To switch off to the outside world on a regular basis is an absolute must for me. It stops me suffering the stress and the overwhelm which leaves me drained and unmotivated.

Since that “digital-detox” last year where I literally disconnected myself from all technology, I have tried to make time each week to do the same, even if it’s just a long walk by myself with the phone off.

Afterwards I feel that I’m more alert, energised and more consciously aware of what’s going on around me. I make better decisions, I feel more, I’m more in tune with my intuition, and I generally feel more alive.

It’s like I’m stripping away all the distractions that take me away from my true self, and I can really be me, and embrace the world more authentically and enthusiastically.

It’s called “re-wilding the senses”, and now I’ve learned it, I’ve started putting it into my work. My classes, whenever possible, are held outside, in natural surroundings. The retreats I run now have a “wild” theme now, based on the concept of “the closer to nature we are, the healthier we are”.

I want to share how simple it can be to feel good. We need to regularly tune out, get away from the noise and the pounding of the treadmill. This is where we find ourselves.

“In your silence, when there are no words, no language, no one else present, you are getting in tune with existence”.

Osho

The Re-Wilding Your Senses Yoga Escape will be held at Powderham Castle on Saturday 23rd September. For details and to book your place go to https://behappyfit.co.uk/workshops/

Or book online now at http://www.bookeo.com/behappyfit and CLICK ON SPECIAL EVENTS

 

 

Re-Wild Your Senses

A Yoga Escape at Powderham Castle

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Re-wild your senses – retreat to nature and transform your body and mind as we move into the next season.

We perceive what we surround ourselves with. So get out of the loop of “busy-ness”, stress and social media comparison, and bring your senses back to their wild, natural state.

Come and enjoy a half-day retreat (and digi-detox) in the beautiful setting of Powderham Castle with Gillie Sutherland of Flow Yoga Devon and Zoe Foster of Life Energy Alchemy.

The day inclues, but is not limited to:

*Welcome herbal tea and introduction in the stunning State Dining Hall

*Somatic Wild Yoga with Gillie (weather permitting, in the woods!)

* Refreshments and healthy snacks

* Re-connecting to your 5 senses and beyond with Zoe

* Fire and Cacao ceremony and closing blessing

To book visit www.bookeo.com/behappyfit and click on Special Events

Or for questions and further information email gilliesutherland@me.comRe-wild your senses – retreat to nature and transform your body and mind as we move into the next season.

We perceive what we surround ourselves with. So get out of the loop of “busy-ness”, stress and social media comparison, and bring your senses back to their wild, natural state.

Come and enjoy a half-day retreat (and digi-detox) in the beautiful setting of Powderham Castle with Gillie Sutherland of Flow Yoga Devon and Zoe Foster of Life Energy Alchemy.

The day inclues, but is not limited to:

*Welcome herbal tea and introduction in the stunning State Dining Hall

*Somatic Wild Yoga with Gillie (weather permitting, in the woods!)

* Refreshments and healthy snacks

* Re-connecting to your 5 senses and beyond with Zoe

* Fire and Cacao ceremony and closing blessing

To book visit www.bookeo.com/behappyfit and click on Special Events

Or for questions and further information email gilliesutherland@me.com

 

 

 

 

Summer Schedule – Let’s Get Wild!

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Summer has officially arrived, so that can only mean one thing, time to get wild!

If you’ve been to class recently you will know how I am constantly extolling the virtues of being outside, of being barefoot in the grass, and how the closer we are to nature, the healthier we are.

With this in mind, I have made a few amendments to the schedule to ensure that we can get outside as much as possible.

This new schedule starts this Friday 30th June 2017 and here’s how it looks:

Mondays 930-1030am  Mindful Yoga Matthews Hall, Topsham (upstairs in the chamber room)

Mondays 645-8pm Flow Yoga at the Castle, Powderham Castle (meet in the courtyard and look for chalkboard sign for location as in good weather we will be in the gardens)

Tuesdays 630-730pm Slow Flow Yoga, Ocean Physio, Woodbury

Wednesdays 7.15-8.15am Wake Up and Flow, Ocean Physio, Woodbury

Wednesdays 9.30-10.30am Chi Yoga (yoga or tai chi alternating weeks), Powderham Castle (meet in the courtyard). This is a Karma class, so voluntary donation basis only.

Thursdays 9.30-10.30am Gentle, Healing Yoga, Ocean Physio, Woodbury

Fridays 7.15-8.15am Wake Up and Flow, Ocean Physio, Woodbury (starts Friday 7th July 2017)

Fridays 10.45-11.45am Wild yoga at The Barn, Newcourt Barton Farm, Clyst Road, nr Topsham (meet in the car park outside The Barn Fitness Hub)

All classes are suitable for all levels, but if you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask

To receive special discounts and ensure your place pre-book at http://www.bookeo.com/behappyfit.

 book now

Namaste

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Street Dance comes to the Castle!

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We are so excited to announce something new and magical to get your and your children feeling great!
URBANFLOW STREETDANCE LAUNCHES AT POWDERHAM CASTLE!
A positive, fun and energetic dance class led by the fabulous Lou Latham – we guarantee your kids will love her. They will also love the magic of the castle, it’s so special, like a fairytale wonderland!
Lou teaches authentic street styles, hip hop, house, breaking, locking. Lou has a Level 4 diploma, is fully insured and DBS checked, so you can rest assured that your child is taught in a safe and positive environment.
Using numerous teaching skills adapted for individuals means everyone learns and progresses.
The ethos is “Positive Teaching where the only attitude accepted is in your Dance!”
Starting Thursday June 15th 2017, initially for one month, but with a view to continuing throughout the school holidays and beyond if you all want to keep coming (which we think you will!).
Class Schedule:
Thursdays 4.30 – 5.30pm Street Dance for Kids (advanced class) £7.50 per class or £25 for the month BOOK HERE
Thursdays 5.30 – 6.30pm Street Dance for Kids (beginners class) £7.50 per class or £25 for the month BOOK HERE
Thursdays 6.30 – 7.30pm Street Dance for Adults (all levels) £8.50 per class or £30 for the month BOOK HERE 
Places are limited so pre-booking is essential.
To book your place click on the appropriate link above.
Or to purchase a monthly class pass click here
Come and get your groove on with us, you won’t regret it, it’s all about feeling good!