Christmas Meditation

  • Sit somewhere comfortably making sure you are warm and undisturbed.
  • Light a candle and place in front of you.
  • For awhile softly focus on the flame and then take your attention to your breath.  Become aware of the physical movement of the breath within the body as it comes and goes.  Gradually increase the length of in and out breath – gently and without force.  Feel a sense of calm and stillness.
  • Now send out love to everyone close to you – your family and friends, for those not with you at this time and be grateful for the time you have shared with them, for the joy, laughter and lessons they have taught you.
  • Take your focus to the heart centre at the chest area.  And feel the movement of breath within this area – the rising of the in breath and the falling of the out breath.  With each in breath have a sense of being filled with joy, peace and compassion, with each out breath send joy, peace and compassion out to your loved ones and the whole world.  It maybe helpful to visualise light.  Smile – you may also feel a sense of an inner smile.
  • Lastly bring a sense of pure love and gratitude to you, your amazing body, mind and spirit.  You are unique.  You are perfect.
  • Bring your focus back to the flame.  And when you are ready move on.

If sitting in silence is hard put on a piece of music that touches your heart.




Candle Light Meditation



Come and join us on Wednesday 6th December at Minskip village hall for a simple yet powerful candle light meditation.  Take time out during this busy period to relax, restore and re-balance, taking care of yourself and make this the best Christmas ever.

This session starts at 7pm until 8.15pm and will include body movement, relaxation and a guided meditation.  £5 per person.  Please bring along a mat and blanket.



Take a moment….












Our monthly meditation class will be on Weds 25th October at Minksip village hall, Boroughbridge at 7pm until 8.15pm.  Classes include body movements, relaxation and guided meditation.  You will also find inspirational focus, encouragement and advice on developing a daily practice also techniques to help you live a balanced and joyful life.  Classes are open to regular or new members.

If you have a mat and blanket please bring along, if not, mats/blankets available at class.  Wear comfortable clothes and bring some water.  No need for fancy footwear as the class is done in bare feet.

Should you wish further information please contact Jenni – refer to contact information.

You carry happiness always within, but there are times when it is hidden and quiet.  At these times you just need to remember it’s there waiting to be revealed again.    Jennix

Time to be still, time for some peace.

Meditation class on Wednesday 31st May at Minskip village hall at 7pm until 8.15pm.  £5 – No booking required.

This class will include body movement, breathing techniques, relaxation and guided meditation.  So if you are facing some life challenges, if you want to lighten your emotional  load, if you want clarity of mind, some help to cope with anxiety and stress or a moment in time to renew and heal then this may be the class for you.  This is a stand alone session so there is no need to attend other yoga classes.  This is a perfect class to rebalance mind, body and spirit, allowing you to get on with the rest of life with purpose, clarity and balance.

Should you require further information please do not hesitate to contact me.



Listen ….



The next meditation class at Minskip village hall is next week (Weds 26th April).  All welcome – even if you do not attend a regular class please come along to experience the powerful stillness of sitting still.

Included in the class will be body movements, breathing techniques, relaxation and guided meditation.

£5 – starting at 7pm until 8.15pm  Please bring along a mat and blanket.  Wear comfortable clothing.  No booking required.



The power of sitting still.



The next meditation class will be on Wednesday 22nd February at 7pm until 8.15pm at Minskip village hall. No booking required.

The class will include body movements, breath work, relaxation and guided meditation.

So if life seems so busy and there never seems be time for yourself. Come and experience the wonders and gifts of meditation. The power within is just waiting for you to knock on the door.

Meditation Classes

Meditation Classes

Including body movements, breathing techniques, relaxation and guided meditation

Thursday 28th July

Green Hammerton Village Hall

8pm until 9.15pm

Wednesday 10th August

Minskip Village Hall

7pm until 8.15pm

Both classes £5

(please note the above classes will replace the usual yoga class structures)




Meditation – a personal view


Meditation – Personal View

My curiosity for meditation some years ago lead me to go on a meditation retreat in Wales at the Dru Yoga Centre. At the time it also introduced me to Dru Yoga, which I immediately feel in love with but that is another story.

Meditation to me is a point of stillness, a moment of calmness amongst the noise and chaos of life pressures. It brings me clarity, security, focus and the ability to reconnect with the importance of self (not in a selfish way but in a way that is nurturing both for me and others).

The gifts of meditation from a personal perspective are:

An automatic coping ability with stressful situations. Instead of thinking I am stressed I need to breathe more deeply or whatever, my mind goes into automatic and calms the stressful patterns. Simply my mind takes care of my body. It is often after the stressful event that I think wow I handled that a lot better than usual.
I feel younger. Ok I may not look younger but if you avoid mirrors who cares.
I absorb less negativity both from people and situations. Negativity is so good at depleting your energy while positivity simply increases it. Meditation allows me to become the observer rather than the victim. I am doing the best I can, and I am OK.
I love the secure feeling that there is always somewhere I can go to sort out problems, challenges and to be accepted as me. You do not need to think too hard just allow the process to do its job. It never fails. You may not get all the answers but that could be you are asking the wrong questions. Change your thoughts, Change your life Dr Wayne Dyer
I feel happy for no reason. Why should you be happy for a reason, can we not just be happy! Happiness for me comes with a partner, gratitude. A powerful emotion and one that should never be underestimated. It is not easy to feel stressed and have a sense of gratitude at the same time.

Many studies support my own experiences of meditation such as:

Reduces blood lactate, a marker of stress and anxiety.
Calming hormones melatonin and serotonin are increased and the stress hormone cortisol is decreased.
Meditators secrete more of the youth-related hormone DHEA as they age than non-meditators. This helps decrease stress, heighten memory, preserve sexual function and control weight.
Has a profound effect upon three key indicators of aging: hearing ability, blood pressure and vision of close objects.
Can help pain relief, insomnia and reduce risk of heart disease and cancer.
So what do you do to achieve all these wonderful benefits? Just sit still and do it regularly. Meditation has an accumulative effect and therefore when you stop so do the benefits.

Sitting still how hard can that be. In my experience this is the hardest part for people to understand and to put into action. Turning off those distractions whatever they may be, families, computers, television, phones and so on is hard. My meditation practiced is determined by my lifestyle and started very slowly. I started by meditating once a week on a Saturday morning very early, with a young family it was the only time that seemed peaceful and I knew I was safe from distractions. After awhile of planting the habit it became my precious time. Over the years my practice has increased and now I practice most days – learning more about it from teachers and fellow meditators and realising there is so much more to learn.

There are still times when I come to meditate where I cannot settle. I have realized to be kind to myself. You cannot force your physical body to sit if it is not prepared, so it is far better to accept it rather than forcing yourself to sit uncomfortably, all you are doing is wasting your time and getting no benefits but a cross mind. It is always beneficial to take time to make sure you are sitting comfortably with a straight spine whether that be crossed legged or on a chair. When I first began meditating, I bought CD’s (at the time there were no apps) and books but it was only when I went to the retreat in Wales did I realise that with a few helpful hints it was so easy to sit and be still. In meditation class we take you through all the steps to make your body both physically and emotionally ready for meditation – deepens your experience and increases the benefits.

Click below to enjoy a short meditation.       Jennix 

Earth Meditation

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Sitting still has never been so powerful – meditation


Meditation is one of the most effective ways of reducing stress, boosting the immune system and even looking younger (without surgery).

There are many definitions of meditations made by many, so here is my definition “To be still in the moment and to turn your sight inwards to connect with your inner self” I have always been intrigued by mediation and the possibility of reaping all the benefits such as well-being and accepting of all life situations. After taking ‘pot luck’ from the web search I chose a weekend retreat in Wales at the Dru centre. After the weekend I realized how simple it was and with a few simple principles I was able to start demystifying and reaping the benefits. Meditation is different from relaxation – meditation requires you to have the balance of being alert and relaxed at the same time. For this to happen you need to be aware of some simple alignment points such as:

  • You can sit either on a chair, floor or against a wall
  • Check that the vertebrae is aligned and the spine held erect
  • Chest is open and not restricted
  • Weight is evenly distributed between the right and left sides
  • You are able to maintain this position comfortably for at least 10 mins

Simply by focusing on your breath, the mind starts to become still. Give yourself permission just ‘to be’ in this moment, accept any noises or possible distractions. Let go of any thoughts or concerns by releasing them by deep exhalation – release them and let go!

‘Meditation – the art of simply being with yourself. Let’s give ourselves this chance to taste the sweetness…. Of ourselves … of this moment…’ John Jones Senior Director of International Dru Yoga


Watch your thoughts; they become words,

Watch your words; they become actions,

Watch your actions; they become habits,

Watch your habits; they become character,

Watch you character; for it becomes your destiny.

Lao Tzu

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