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Hello, It's me...


Dear Long -Forgotten Friend,

It is with phenomenal happiness, counterweighted by an appropriate volume of proportional sadness, that I would like to announce I'M BACK! I touched down last week and am now breathing in sweet fog laced London air. It's good to be home.

Miss America was good to us. After having our brains rinsed at Yale University for a term we pressed the re-set button with an epic road trip. We sped down the Pacific Coast Highway from San Fransisco to LA and then across a good chunk of Route 66 through California, Arizona and New Mexico, with a detour to Boulder Colorado, New Orleans and Florida. It was bliss; time stood still, I made prints, polaroids and pots, spent time really getting to know the man I am betrothed to (the wedding is still on), visited inspiring places, rediscovered my dancing shoes, made new friends, became a pronunciation snob and filled my excess luggage with precious stones and voodoo candles from enchanted parts of Turtle Island for folks back home.

I am sad to be done with this epic adventure, breaking up is always hard to do, BUT we are relocating to Amsterdam in February so I have a brilliant rebound lined up.

So, without further ado, put the kettle on, move from sitting to squatting and scroll on down for a list of goings on, wheres, hows and whys...

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"Self-love, my liege, is not so vile a sin, as self-neglecting."
--William Shakespeare, Henry V
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Now I'm back in London briefly I intend to put on the greatest yoga class ever staged since the last lot of greatest things I ever staged. JOKES. But I willbe throwing a completely one of a kind yoga party at my favorite studio. Spaces are incredibly limited and will be given away on a first shout first served basis, so hurry up, get your skates on and book your space to consume movement nutritionals, watch the inner workings of your mind, see me (whoop!) and doze off in a corner.

Here's what you need to know:

 

WHERE

The Sunflower Centre
81 Tressillian Rd, London SE4 1XZ
 

WHEN
Friday 29th January 7:00pm - 9:00pm


EXCHANGE

£25

HOW
Drop me an email to book.

WHAT
Yoga Open, that means yoga for EVERYBODY.


WEAR
Your ex's mothers vest and a smile

WHY
Because when the inside of your head gets a little to noisy and bright, it's an act of love to take time out.
If you have questions feel free to drop me an email.


Also, If anybody fancies a private session whilst I'm in town then just let me know.

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“Do I contradict myself? Very well, then, I contradict myself; I am large -- I contain multitudes.”
― Walt Whitman


So, a little behind with the whole new years resolution thing, but not because I'm to cool for school to make them. On the contrary, I bloody love imagining I'm capable of inhuman shifts in habit and I don't much care that the actual change is usually minuscule. I think of setting new years intentions like knowing in your skin what you can’t yet think in your brain and, since I am all for trusting those kind of feelings, I make many.

If you are also a sucker for resolutions, and you don't mind suggestions, then I have a movement focused one for you. It's something I spent last year trying, sometimes succeeding in, sometimes not doing at all (in no particular order) and to my delight some of these quirky little imaginings have become well rounded useful habits that help me day-to-day.

Each week (not accounting for lack of Internet connection, sickness and laziness) I will post to FACEBOOK and MY BLOG a simple way to introduce a different movement nutrient into your daily life. I've gathered these from many places and will always credit my source where necessary, because it's the right thing to do, but also so that you can go and do your own research (if you so desire...and I wholeheartedly recommend that you do desire that kind of thing). The first one is up so check it out here, it involves feet.

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More important, perhaps, then all I have to offer you are my recommendations for the month. The first is so good it really deserves it's own newsletter...
 

It is Joanne Avison's new book Yoga; Fascia, Anatomy and Movement. It is a must read you like the idea of making sense of anatomy in movement. I cannot recommend it highly enough. In it Joanne presents a brilliantly written, scientifically based, creative way of approaching your yoga practice, which maybe, just maybe, will change the way you approach this complex art. It is so full of ideas it will make your brain zing. Truly a beautiful thing.

 

If you don't trust me, and I don't really see why you should, then how about listening about it from the lady herself over at Liberated Body, as I have three times already.

This interview with Patti Smith. She's so great.


Also, magic. How did I live my life without it? I'll never know
Enjoy.

 

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I could say more, I inherited this verbal diarrhoea from my mother, but I won't. THANK YOU my friend and enjoy the rest of your evening. I leave you with this; a picture of Mr Stardust, a song and a quote to help you on your way....

You can stand up now.

Yours with love forever,
Rachel.

p.s. If you are ever in Amsterdam look me up!
p.p.s AND if anyone has tips/contacts/ideas for making life wonderful in the
land of Tulips and such, pray tell. I'm all ears.

“The truth is, of course, that there is no journey. We are arriving and departing all at the same time.”

“The truth is, of course, that there is no journey. We are arriving and departing all at the same time.”