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Winter Solstice: Journeying inward with yoga, dance sound + cacao

  • Paper Dress Yoga 352a Mare Street London, England, E8 1HR United Kingdom (map)
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As the nights become longer and the temperature begins to drop, join us for an evening retreat in the heart of East London to mark the Winter Solstice. The Solstice falls on the shortest day of the year (21st December) and represents the end of a solar cycle. The light slowly recedes, trees stand tall and proud with branches bare and, in the Northern Hemisphere, Nature prepares to rest having let go of all that no longer serves it. Historically, our ancestors marked this time of the year as a time to honour the darkness, turn inward, to reflect, review and reset before the Sun is reborn and once again begins to climb through in the sky.

The theme of the evening will be ‘turning inward’ and we will be finding our way deeper into ourselves and into the present moment through a journey of gentle yoga, intuitive dance and sound - all guided and supported by the magic of cacao.

The Experience

The ceremony will begin with a sharing circle and the drinking of cacao, offering everyone an opportunity to briefly reflect on their experiences of 2017 and set intentions for what they are ready to release and what they would like to call in for the next solar cycle. 

We will then be guided through a gentle Vinyasa class led by Sophie. The focus here is on surrender, the cleansing of your physical body, opening up your heart and releasing thoughts. The practice will support an opportunity to experience the reality behind the illusions that cloud our minds. The Mantras you set and the Pranayama techniques offered will guide you through this gentle flow practice and will create a loving, nourishing and unified environment to really ground into the body.

The supportive structure of a led asana sequence will then dissolve into intuitive dance led by Omotayo of Sacred Shapes. There are no steps to follow, no choreography to learn and no way to do it wrong. It's a chance to connect with the moment and with yourself, weaving stronger connections between body, breath, heart and mind and finding a way into whatever movement feels right for you. 

Katy of Cosimia Sounds will be closing the journey with a deep sound immersion of gongs, crystal bowls and other percussion to sink a little deeper into the Now and allowing our bodies to rest and to process.

Carving time out of the busy holiday season to dedicate to yourself in celebration of the Solstice can be a beautiful way to round off the year. It invites you to drop into alignment with Nature and the rhythm of the season which is much slower, more introspective and gentler than the pre-Christmas buzz that we most often associate with this period. The aim of the ceremony is to create an integrating experience that leaves you feeling grounded, nourished and centred within yourself


£30 early bird and low income

£35 standard 

Purchase your ticket HERE

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