Tuesday, 31 January 2012


With the winter sales all but over and spring fashions hitting the high streets, typically UK temperatures this week are forecast to plummet. Winter 2012 seems to be finally taking us into its grip so perhaps now is a timely opportunity to flag up a few more useful tips that will help to keep us healthy and warm through the cold snap.
Exercise with yoga. This will help to give a boost to your circulation, immune system and practiced dynamically will increase your body temperature. 
Brush your skin every morning to improve blood circulation and lymphatic circulation. This increases your body temperature but also improves your level of immunity.
Root vegetable soups and stews really are one of the most warming and beneficial things we can be consuming at this time of the year. I'm completely obsessed with blitzing up all those inexpensive seasonal vegetables available now in the market and veg counters of the supermarkets.
Try adding mustard, ginger & cayenne powder to a hot bath. Add 1 tablespoon of this mixture to running bath water. This is especially helpful when you find yourself suffering with a cold or the flu and the sweating action of these warming herbs can also balance your circulation they are also valuable for 'sweating out a fever.
Ginger tea tea is a great winter warmer. Ginger is slow acting but it's warming effects tend to last longer than the powerful punch that cayenne gives. If you don't always manage to keep fresh ginger on hand in the fridge then ginger teas can be found in supermarkets in convenient tea bags. However, using the fresh root grated, gently simmered for 5-10 minutes and strained, makes a far more delicious and cost-effective tea, so if you've got the time to make it yourself - definitely the better option.
Try adding a pinch of cayenne powder to food and drink -  even a few grains mixed into foods and drinks will increase your body temperature and help your blood circulation. While initially it will seem very powerful if you use it regularly you will gradually be able to use more.
Always make sure your ankles and wrists are well covered during this cold winter weather. If these particularly vulnerable areas of your body are exposed to the cold, your hands and feet will naturally become colder too, and your whole body is soon affected so really cover them up well. Also its a really good idea when you're out and about to keep your mouth covered with a scarf or snood to prevent breathing in cold dry air which can often lead to a sore throat.
In winter layer your clothing to keep warm. At least three layers with the one closest to your skin warm and soft. Modern thermal technology as sold in retailers from M&S to Uniqlo and Gap are brilliant for this. On top of your thermals wear a padded thick layer ie woollen sweater or a fleece. This traps air which is a great insulator and finally your outer layer will help keep the insulating air within the middle layer of clothing.This outer garment obviously depends on whether you are indoors or outside whether it is wet or dry!

Friday, 13 January 2012




Brighten up a winter's day and join us for a full day of  varied yoga, hike, fresh food and good company.
My next one day yoga retreat is Saturday February 18th Notting Hill and is booking up fast. For anyone who has not attended before, these one day, retreats have proved to be really enjoyable, both for us organising them and for the participants, many of whom are now regular and enthusiastic attendees.

You will have the opportunity to develop your practice during an extensive morning session which we will spend exploring how we can transform the intensity of our practice by awakening the core body. We will focus on a sequence of asana that really engage with our core muscles and learn how maintaining a conscious connection to the core enhances our practice.  We will also have plenty of time in this extended class to work on various core strengthening techniques and longer held poses that bring with them a deeper, meditative quality to our yoga practice. The morning session will be followed by a freshly prepared vegetarian lunch after which we will enjoy some fresh air on one of our traditional yoga hikes together. We have chosen this venue for its proximity to Kensington Gardens and The Serpentine. 
After our walk, the afternoon class will be more restorative and focused on relaxation. It will comprise yoga gently, breathing techniques and deep, guided relaxation known as yoga nidra. You will get the chance to experience the essence of yoga and the way it unites us all over  a longer period than you can in a regular yoga class and  have the opportunity to get to know some lovely like-minded people, enjoy some beautiful urban scenery and return home feeling thoroughly relaxed and rejuvenated.  We remain committed to keeping our day retreats as affordable to as many people as possible so for this retreat we will be retaining our 2009/10/11 cost of £60. This price includes all drinks, snacks and the freshly prepared vegetarian lunch. 

TO BOOK Please EMAIL elisa@elisawilliamsyoga.com or call 07885933037 AND send a cheque made payable to Elisa Williams to 38 Ingersoll Road London W127BD or pay by internet banking into my account: Santander  sort code 090127 account name E M Williams and account number 01526981 ( please let me know by email if you have done this and add your name and 'yoga day"t o payment reference). Directions to the venue will be sent upon confirmation of your booking.  Please let me know the names and contact details of everyone who is attending if you a reserving places for anyone other than yourself. 

I am teaching all my regular classes now the term has got back into full swing and there are still some places if anyone would like to join one of my yoga courses at St Peters in Notting Hill, Music House in Shepherds Bush or The Apothecary in Fulham. See my website for details. http://elisawilliamsyoga.com/page6.htm

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These words by Veronica Shoffstall were put on the Facebook wall of a wonderful yoga teacher whose husband died that week. They resonate with most of us and I am posting them here for my own safekeeping and for others to read.

After a while, you learn the subtle difference
Between holding a hand and chaining a soul,
And you learn that love doesn't mean leaning

And company doesn't mean security.                                    
And you begin to learn that kisses aren't contracts
And presents aren't promises.
And you begin to accept your defeats
With your head up and your eyes open
With the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child.
And you learn to build all your roads
On today, because tomorrow's ground
Is too uncertain for plans, and futures have
A way of falling down in mid-flight.
After a while you learn that even sunshine

Burns if you get too much.
So you plant your own garden and decorate
Your own soul instead of waiting
For someone to bring you flowers.
And you learn that you really can endure...
That you really are strong
And you really do have worth.
And you learn and learn...

With every goodbye you learn.

~ Veronica Shoffstall

Wednesday, 4 January 2012


Two themes tend to dominate our New Year's resolutions. The first is usually getting ourselves into shape and the second is often saving money! However by putting a plan in place to implement your resolutions you can do both.

Getting into shape with yoga is all about being consistent. Ideally you should practice at least an hour of yoga three times a week and attend as many classes as your budget and time allows. Usually the best way to economise and to foster commitment is to book a course of classes. This provides the added incentive of getting your money's worth since you have paid in advance.  Even if you can only manage one class a week there is always something rather nice about practicing yoga in the company of others or perhaps occasionally having a yoga teacher come to your home or workplace where the cost can be shared with others.

If you can't make it to many classes you can practice yoga alone even its only for 10 minutes a day. To make a start either use a DVD at home or take a look at yoga sessions on You Tube.  I have a few short sessions lurking around on there somewhere!  Simply placing a lap-top at the end of your mat is a viable option to inspire you especially if you are tied up with work, young children, travelling or having to be super frugal this year.  

 Information about all of my classes, 1-2-1 rates, forthcoming one day urban and countryside yoga retreats and my 2012 low cost yoga holiday to Turkey are on my website www.elisawilliamsyoga.com or can be found under these two beach bums leaping around wishing you all a Happy New Year below!

My scheduled classes recommence this week starting this evening in Kensington. Friday's 9.30 class at St Peter's Portobello also starts this week (January 6th) with the rest of my small groups starting from Monday January 9th.

My schedule for this winter and 2012 remains very much the same my termly small group classes in  St Peters Hall Portobello Road, Notting Hill, The Apothecary in Fulham or The Music House in Shepherds Bush are almost fully booked now although spaces are still available in the Tuesday and Friday morning classes in Portobello Road.  If you would like to attend any of the classes or need more details visit http://www.elisawilliamsyoga.com/page6.htm.  

Times and places listed below:

 St Peter's Hall (Above Charlie's Cafe) 59a Portobello Road W11 3AH
Tuesday 9.30am to 10.30am YOGA (LEVEL 1 )
Friday 9.30am to 10.30am  YOGA (LEVEL 1 )
The Studio, The Music House, 306-310 Uxbridge Road, London W12 7L
Monday 7pm - 8.00pm (OPEN LEVEL) Tuesday 7pm - 8.00pm (MENS CLASS)
The Apothecary 33 Greyhound Road, London, W6 8NH
Tel: 020 7381 5727 
(pre-booking necessary contact The Apothecary)
Wednesday  9.15 - 10.15am (OPEN)
Thursday 6.00pm to 7.00pm  (YOGA SLOW) and  7.00pm to 8.00pm (LEVEL 1-2)

Subject to space newcomers to these classes are welcome to come on a drop in basis for their first class without any commitment to sign up for the full term.

                                                                 Turkish coast- setting of my 2012 Yoga Holiday

Looking ahead in 2012 I have three one day retreats now scheduled to take place on February 18th in Kensington,  London and May 19th and October 20th in the Buckinghamshire countryside.  Visit  my ONE DAY YOGA RETREATS http://www.elisawilliamsyoga.com/page7.htm  on my website for further details. 

I am also planning to return to TURKEY  from October 1st to 8th 2012. This low cost holiday is booking up very very fast so visit http://www.elisawilliamsyoga.com/page13.htm for more details. There are now only two or three double cabins left!