Late June 2021
Some things have changed in the short time since I published my last newsletter and so here I am again jumping into your in-box for a catch-up!
The Government threw a spanner into the works of our upcoming retreat by pushing back the 'Covid Freedom' date. Better safe than sorry I suppose.
After some urgent calls with our venue I have managed to reschedule the dates. Our retreat will now be from 23rd to 25th July.
Unfortunately, a small number of our yogis have had to withdraw because the new dates do not fit their personal calendar. Perhaps the new dates will enable YOU to join us?
For more info see the Retreats section in the main body of the newsletter below.
We have some great news!
Our Portswood classes at the Church of the Immaculate Conception will re-start on Tuesday 6th July at 6.15pm. Unfortunately, for the time being at least, the church hall is not available for our Saturday morning sessions.
Booking/payment for this old-school, LIVE studio class will be via the MeetaYoga class schedule page. If you decide late to walk in having not booked online please call me to check if there is space - or come in and take a chance.
Social distancing rules continue to be required and so our numbers are limited. Please book at least one hour before the class begins.
It will be wonderful to see many of the old regulars back at Portswood - please spread the word!
To bring extra value to our block booking deal, I am introducing some additional (short) classes to get us going in the mornings!
I'm excited to tell you about 4 new Zoom SURYA classes every week:
From 5th July, Monday to Thursday, 07:15 - 07:45 I will run a Surya Practise class - and to keep it interesting, each one of these classes will have a different focus. We will update the styles page shortly to provide a fuller description.
These classes will be included within the 'All Zoom classes' special deal and also available on our normal 'pay as you go' booking process.
Please see the MeetaYoga Class Schedule page to book.
Why not give it a try?
Perfect for yogis who would like to develop their out-of-class practise. Don't try to make it up as you go along - just choose your own perfect time and follow a class from this beautiful archive!
Regular yogis all know that my classes are only loosely planned - It is often said that when you come to your mat with MeetaYoga, classes are never predictable! So, this page will begin in the traditional way of offering a list to choose from. This will be the latest 3 videos in each category. The fourth and final card in each category will offer the 'Roll dice' option of a system-generated random selection from all the videos in your chosen category. The more popular the library becomes, the more videos we will upload. Win-win!
BUT - If you are feeling really adventurous, why not try the 'Random Guru' ? This will select a class from the entire video library - regardless of category. To use this properly, you should promise yourself before clicking that you will take the class - whatever comes!
The video library is currently available only as an add-on to the 69 Special deal (see your Kitty page).
25th June at 6pm: Renew and Restore
16th July at 6pm: Restorative, Pranayama and Yin
For full details check out the workshops page
If you hurry, you might just grab the last place for next Friday, 25th June!
The 16 July workshop is going to be a REAL de-stress and calming, ME-time event. We have JUST opened up the booking form so get in there quick and grab your slot.
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Investment in yourself !
The objective of this 2-day break is to enable and encourage each yogi to focus on their personal journey, through yoga.
We all have busy lives. We become 'full' and our ability to cope is affected by tension and stress.
This couple of days (Friday pm - Sunday pm) away with Meeta will enable each individual to detach from the daily routine, reflect, review and reset through the amazing powers of yoga and meditation.
Suitable for any level of practitioner, Meeta's retreats are a wonderful opportunity for yogis of all abilities to deepen their practise. With up to ten hours of yoga from a variety of styles including Yin, Classic, Strength, Pranayama and Meditation. Meeta will guide you through each practise session in her unique way - bending you physically and mentally until you meet your edge.
The retreat promises to be challenging yet light-hearted and fun, with plenty of chill time too. At the end of the weekend you will leave with a wonderful sense of achievement and exhilaration.
Sounds good? Then read on! For full details click the button below to check out the Retreats page.
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Teaching on Monday evenings from 12th July
Caroline’s Vinyasa Flow Yoga classes always have a focus on the use of breath while moving through yoga poses. This encourages freedom of movement and stillness in the mind. All levels of the person are connected by a mindful awareness of the present moment. Caroline passionately believes that yoga is for everyone. Her classes are suitable for all abilities, including beginners, as she offers many options to tailor the yoga to your own body.
Yoga has always been an important part of Caroline’s life and she has been practicing yoga regularly since 2004 when she started attending Meeta’s classes. She qualified as a yoga teacher in 2016 with FRYOG and has been teaching ever since.
To book please see the class schedule in July.
I love the challenge Meeta's classes offer. It's physically demanding but also very physically and mentally rewarding. I leave feeling longer, stronger and calmer....and a little bit tired!
— Ros, Intermediate
I have attended Meeta’s Portswood class since March 2012. I was a complete novice and the most inflexible being imaginable. Through excellent instruction and persistence and perhaps a little pain my yoga has developed and my increasing mobility is a delight to me..
— Pam, Experienced Beginner
Meeta is the real deal. There are so many yoga teachers in the world these days, it's virtually impossible to find an authentic one. She embodies humility, kindness, love, spirituality, beauty, patience and wisdom.
... Yoga is now an integral part of my morning ritual. Meeta is the consummate teacher: pushing you to your limits but in the most nurturing way possible. As she herself says: Pain is just a sensation!
— Raakhi, Inexperienced yogi
My day is not complete if I haven't done yoga with Meeta! I've been practicing with her for 15 years now. Her voice has so much love and sincerity in it when she is giving instructions to her yogis.
... She never is disapproving but always gives you a very reassuring smile. I've done yoga with other teachers on holidays across India and elsewhere but it's never the same as Meeta!
— Usha, Experienced yogi
I love going to practice with Meeta. Her style is energetic and uncompromising, and helps you build strength and resilience in body and mind.
... There is extra opportunity to develop your practice with workshops and retreats, and she is a great cook so I highly recommend the workshops where we have dinner together afterwards. Come along, you'll quickly get hooked!
— Bethany, Yoga teacher
My yoga journey began in 2003 when I first met Meeta. Since then I’ve tried many different yoga classes and teachers but Meeta has something very unique and special.
... Her classes are like no other; you never know what you will get but somehow she intuitively knows just what I need. I’m also very happy to count Meeta as one of my good friends; she’s a special soul 🙏
— Kelly, Lifelong devotee to MeetaYoga
Meeta has taught me that "pain is a just a sensation." There is no point in cheating as I'm just cheating myself - and in any case Meeta will always catch me out! 🙄
Meeta and her classes have helped me to step away from the hustle-and-bustle of everyday life and find joy and contentment in the perfect present moment.
— David, tight-limbed sportsman
I have been doing Yoga for the last 10 years with so many different international teachers all over the world when I am travelling which I do every six weeks. To say the least I have never come across any teacher like Meeta. She is mind blowing and the way she teaches is out of this world.
— Kamu, Experienced yogi
I first joined Meeta’s yoga class in 2007 after being recommended by a friend. At this point, I was recovering from a critical illness and my friend thought that Meeta’s class would support me with the emotional recovery process. As a complete yoga novice I had no idea what to expect, but I actually found a kindred spirit, another sister, who taught me the benefits of not just physical exercise,
.. but spiritual development too. In Meeta’s class, she brings together individuals from all walks of life and nationalities and creates a harmonious group, we laugh together and cry together, especially when she tells us that “pain is only a sensation!” That aside, Meeta teaches with passion, warmth and tenderness. At the end of every class I feel uplifted and ready to tackle whatever the world is ready to throw at me.
— Ruth, Experienced yogi
Meetas classes are vibrant and Meeta is full of passion for the wonderful art of Yoga. Meeta teaches authentically from her heart and is a very confident and excellent teacher. I highly recommend her classes.
— Shelley, Yoga teacher
Meeta is a magician who can make you believe that anything is possible and you can achieve your goals through persistence & pain (which is only a sensation).
... Anyone who can get my body to twist & bend and me to stand on my head is very special. Believe me this lady is one hell of a yoga teacher.
— Adrian, Mis-shaped but trying yogi!
I did my first class with Meeta online on Zoom. It was an astonishing experience. She possesses incredible strength and authority on the flow of sequence and postures. This physically intense activity has helped me not just physically but also mentally....
... I feel like I am able to focus more deeply on all my day to day work and the real sense of pleasure and happiness that seems was buried somewhere inside me for a long time. Thank you, Meeta, this is an incredible experience.
— Hitesh, Yoga beginner
I first started practising Yoga with Meeta about 14 years ago following breast cancer. I started with one to one sessions , which I cannot recommend highly enough. Meeta was empathetic and caring and positive. The thing I loved was that she did not just talk the talk,
... but walked the walk and the spiritual side was just as important as the physical. All Meeta’s classes are challenging but really enjoyable and she is creative, they are never mundane or boring! Meeta always has time for the individual, even in busy classes. I cannot imagine my life without Yoga or Meeta.
— Lizzie, Experienced yogi
Coming to Meeta's yoga class isn't just a class for exercise but gives you a sense of belonging, a freshen up on your mindset and an opportunity to switch off from the busy culture we live in. My 60 minutes each week, gives me opportunity to relax, re-energise and set my core back to a neutral standpoint. Thank you Meeta for giving me these wonderful classes.
— Vickie, yogi since 2018
It really was my lucky day in January 2012 when I discovered Meeta's yoga classes. She is a truly gifted teacher and cares deeply about her yogis. Having said that, don't get the impression that she is soft on us, she knows us well and understands when we need pushing 'if your body allows' always giving us options...
... The thing that amazes me most about Meeta's classes is that no 2 are ever the same. Meeta is a spiritual person and this comes over in the deep stillness she can create - as well as taking you further than you would make yourself go physically. I am 64 and am certainly much more flexible than I was in my 50s. For this, I thank Meeta unreservedly.
— Glenda, Welsh yogi :)
I used to be an Experienced Yogi but due to circumstances gave up Yoga almost 35 years ago. This means that I need to build my practice from the beginning. I started training with Meeta's online classes 2 months ago and at that point every posture was a struggle from a forward bend to down dog was torture...
...However with 4 classes every week I am so happy with my progress. I can see my strength and flexibility improving daily to a point that I know very soon I will be able to do the splits. I enjoy the class flows, the technique of preparing and getting into each posture is really well planned and amazing.
— Manisha, Reborn yogi