A Meditation in Titanium and Iron
Art, Retreat and Solving Back Pain...
Photo by Alistair Smith
This week I’m bringing you a shorter piece as I’ve been away in another land… to the astoundingly beautiful and highly improbably city of Venice. My partner was invited there to set up a soundscape for an artist called Wallace Chan. Mr Chan’s exhibition of incredible sculptures was inspired by his daily meditation practice. Originally it was a 10-metre high structure of iron girders and titanium heads, with a particular emphasis on the face and the sense organs. For this exhibit, the sculpture is deconstructed into piles of iron girders, with the ethereal Buddha-like faces rising peacefully out of what looks like devastation…
It’s an incredibly beautiful and moving exhibition, which feels so relevant to these times. Alistair’s soundscape of gongs, earth frequencies and heavenly chimes all interweave to create a grounding yet otherworldly experience as people move around (and occasionally bump into) these amazingly crafted pieces. It’s impossible to convey the impact of seeing these sculptures in real life I recommend going to see them!! However, to get an idea you can have a look at Mr Chan’s website here and listen to the sounds on Alistair’s YouTube channel below.
On another note…
At the bottom of this email is another video of me and some Holistic Yoga students appearing on ITV’s Tonight show in a programme on back pain. Have a look!
Scroll down to see details of a special offer for my upcoming four-day retreat in Sussex coming from the 29th of April to the 2nd of May.
Dear Yoga Student,
I’ve missed you!
I’m looking forward to classes starting again this upcoming week (Monday and Tuesday class) and the upcoming retreat. Both the retreat and the back care course are suitable for total beginners to yoga… please share if you know of anyone who might benefit. Monday students… don’t forget to book your class here!! Or email me ASAP to reserve your space.
Special Offer for Tilton House Retreat
29th April - 2nd May JUST UNDER A WEEK'S TIME!!
Over the early May Bank holiday, I'll be running the much-loved Holistic Yoga Retreat at Tilton House, I still have ONE double / twin room available. If you reply to this email to book your place before the end of tomorrow (Monday 25th April) you can bring a friend, relative or partner along for half price.
Here are the details of the retreat
Two Person Booking (shared twin or double):
£1170 (£585 each)SPECIAL OFFER PRICE (shared twin or double) £877.50 (£438.75 each) I've never offered such a large discount for a retreat, but these are strange times...
To book you and a friend in, please email me ASAP, reply to this email or email firstname.lastname@example.org
New Weekly Back Care Course
Starting on Wednesday 4th May at 6:30- 8pm
This course is the culmination of all my studies in back care yoga, somatics and chronic pain (with the Minded Institute). You can find more details on the course here.
I've designed it to help you feel more confident in taking care of your back safely, effectively and holistically.
Please do sign up for this course if you have persistent back pain of any sort as you will be better served by this course than the general weekly classes. The course consists of weekly classes, half of them in-person, and half of them online.
The course costs £265 (this is the same price as I used to charge for the Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs course in 2018-19).
12 weekly yoga classes (6 in-person; 6 on Zoom)
Online video classes to help you practice in between sessions
Backcare tips and advice
Relaxations and meditations
Printable worksheets you can keep to support your practice
Sign up ASAP as the course starts very soon! It is cheaper if you pay by bank transfer, just email me for my bank details.
Thank you so much for your continued support of Holistic Yoga.
With love and good wishes,