First Yoga workshop

First Yoga workshop

Image of first yoga workshop at La Petite Guyonniere

First Yoga Workshop

The first Yoga workshop took place at La Petite Guyonnière yesterday and was a resounding success, plus a great stepping-off point for similar events in the future. The day was an Introduction to Yin Yoga and the 5 elements of TCM, attended by 5 ladies with varying degrees of previous Yoga knowledge. 2 had an experience of classes run by Magdi, 2 had attended a variety of classes in the UK, and 1 was a complete novice. By the end of the day, everyone was tired, chilled out, and in agreement that they had enjoyed the various elements and had gained from them.

The morning program included Yang to Yin Yoga, a theory introduction to Yin Yoga, and the 5 elements of TCM. Then in the afternoon the practical application of gentle Yin Yoga, the 5 elements, and their meridians. It wasn’t all work as a splendid, and plentiful, vegetarian lunch was provided along with time to explore the grounds and gardens.  Sadly, the weather didn’t allow any outdoor classes to take place and a dip in the pool was called off, but the closing circle with a glass of bubbles was popular.

Finally, all that remains to be done is to congratulate Magdi on a well-organized and most professional ‘first Yoga workshop’ at La Petite Guyonnière.

Yoga Studio

Yoga Studio

Image of yoga studio at La Petite Guyonniere

Games-room one minute — Yoga Studio the next!

It’s amazing what a few plants, shrubs, and wall hangings can do to what started life earlier this year as a rather dark and dusty barn. Today is the first time that a Yoga class will take place at La Petite Guyonnière, in our new studio.  We are obviously very pleased with the result, and to have a multi-use space that can be quickly changed around is going to be a real bonus for our business.

The 1-Day Workshop starting this morning is already making good use of the yoga studio, because it is raining! How typical is that? A week of sunshine and then on a day that really matters, it rains. Never mind, I’m sure that all the students will enjoy the day and give some positive feedback this evening.

Whilst we can understand her frustration with the weather, Magdi is so professional that no one would have guessed, and having to use our new yoga studio pleased her no end. The experience she gains during this weekend will really stand her in good stead for the planned Yoga Retreats next year.

Yoga Workshop

Yoga Workshop

Image of lotus flower - Yoga

Yoga workshop, an Introduction to Yin Yoga and the 5 elements of TCM


Saturday, 25 September 2021

09:45 am to 17:15 pm

At La Petite Guyonnìere

What is included? Two practical classes and one theory session, plus a hearty, but healthy vegetarian meal.

What are the details of the workshop?

As humans, we sometimes forget that we are not isolated beings existing independently of our surroundings, but we are very much part of nature. The elements do not only exist in the external world, but they are also the building blocks of our very existence, and therefore their cyclicity has a strong influence on our mental and emotional well-being. Ancient traditions like Ayurveda or Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) recognised this thousands of years ago. Understanding the influence of the 5 elements on our lives provides us with tools that we can use to get to know ourselves better, be more compassionate with ourselves and others, and in general have a more balanced life.

In this one day workshop, we will be focusing on Yin Yoga, which is not a traditional yoga style, but rather a fusion of aspects from the yogic traditions of India and the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). This style combines postures, or shapes, in order to soften the yang aspect of the alignment oriented yoga styles like Ashtanga Vinyasa, and the 5 phases ~ 5 elements of TCM.

The first practical yoga class will start with more dynamic postures, then slowly transitioning into yin shapes and finishing with a final relaxation.

In the theory and the second practical class, the attention will be on the 5 elements with their associated meridians, which are presumed to be in the thicker parts of the connective tissue called fascia. Although it might seem as a rather static practice from the external point of view, Yin Yoga can be an intense and highly therapeutic practice. Therefore, the centre of attention here will not be on ‘the perfectly’ aligned asana held with muscle strength and endurance, but rather on easing and relaxing into the adapted shape.

By being aware of what is happening on the inside, not only in the physical body, but also on the mental and emotional levels, we allow ourselves to become comfortable with the uncomfortable and to release and let go of built-up tensions and emotions.

A regular Yin Yoga practice contributes to a calmer and more balanced body and mind by reducing stress and anxiety. It also improves joint flexibility and mobility by lubricating them. By increasing blood and chi (prana, vital energy) circulation, it tonifies the internal organs. The different shapes can provide myofascial release when applying pressure on areas that hold tension, which makes Yin Yoga a highly rejuvenating and regenerating practice.


09.45 – 10.00 – Arrival

10.00 – 10.30 – Opening Circle

10.30 – 11.45 – Practice: Yang to Yin Yoga

12.00 – 14.00 – Vegetarian lunch and time to explore the surrounding area

14.00 – 15.15 – Theory: Introduction to Yin Yoga and the 5 elements of TCM

15.15 – 15.45 – Tea break

16.00 – 17.15 – Practice: Gentle Yin Yoga: 5 elements and their meridians

17.15 – Closing Circle and goodbye

We recommend every participant to bring their own yoga mat, since that will serve as your personal shrine for the theory and practice sessions. Accessories like yoga blocks, bolsters, a strap or a cushion can also be of great comfort and support since we will be resting longer periods in the postures. However, if for some reason you cannot bring your own mat or accessories, please let us know, and we will provide them for you.

Don’t forget to bring your swimsuit and towel for a dip in the pool! 🙂

(All text and details provided by Magdi Barabas)