WORKSHOP NOV 19th 2011



WORKSHOP NOV 19th 2011



              Venue: The Lantern Community Centre , Meadow Farm drive, Sundorne, Shrewsbury. SY1 4NG

Cost: £30 (BWY/Concs.£24)  Date: Saturday 19th Nov 2011  Time: 1.30pm -5.30pm


For more info or to book contact Tom at or 07974 810254


Go to for info on monthly yoga/chi kung workshops

  In this workshop Derek will teach the importance of awareness of all aspects of yoga: the body, mind and soul, and is the culmination of a life time`s study, practice and teaching of yoga. The physical exercises include both gentle stretching and also strong challenging exercises. At all stages students work within their own levels of ability. 

Emphasis is placed on practising yoga with awareness, thus helping to avoid unnecesary injury, but also to begin the process of harnessing the power of the mind to transform us.

in over forty years of teaching Derek has worked with many internationally known teachers in this field. His teaching has included all aspects and levels of yoga and various styles, including Iyengar, Astanga Vinyasa, Sivananda, Vivekananda, Kundalini etc. He has taught Summer Schools in France, and some classes in Tamil Nadu (India) as well as many parts of England and Wales.

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Autumn term for 2011 – places available so book now!

Traditional Yogaspirit Classes – September to December 2011:

Wednesday nights 7pm – 8.30pm

at Meole Brace School, Shrewsbury

Playing with Yogic Fire

Starts Wednesday 7th September 2011

12 weeks = £72.00

To book on this Yoga course please contact me on:

07970 795583

***Special offer: Bring a friend who hasn’t been before and if they sign up you will both save £10.00 on the total cost of the course (terms and conditions apply etc!)

  • Start date: Wednesday 7th September – End date: Wednesday 30th November
  • Half term: Wednesday 26th October – Reserve dates: 7th and 14th December

To teach engaging classes that are developed with contemporary life in mind, offering a haven of vitality, rejuvenation and tranquillity for busy people in Shropshire.

This term will be moderately energetic and will focus on developing upper body and core strength along with whole body flexibility.

Two beautiful vinyasas (sequences) will create ‘yogic fire’ in the body to burn away impurities and help warm us up as the winter approaches. Meditations, visualisations and relaxations will leave you thoroughly refreshed, renewed and relaxed.

Our physical focus is on the core and upper parts of the body and this is reflected in the choice of main postures below:

  • Dolphin progressing to arm balances if appropriate
  • Downwards facing dog and variations
  • Dancer progressing to warrior 3 if appropriate

How to get to the venue

The class is held in the Library of Meole Brace School in Shrewsbury.

To get to the Library, please go to the main reception of the school (photo on the school website home page), and enter the lobby. Go through the doors in front of you and walk across the hall on the left. At the back of the hall on the left there is a glass door which leads to a courtyard garden, go through this door and through the garden. You will see the library to the right. Go through the door straight in front of you and turn right, the library is on the right. toilets and changing rooms on the left.

School website:


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Henna workshops at The Shrewsbury Coffeehouse

Local henna artist, Hennacat (Catharine Hinton – that’s me!), recently seen on screen teaching Rhod Gilbert the skill of henna art for the BBC2 series ‘Work experience’, will be holding a series of workshops at The Shrewsbury Coffeehouse (opposite the station at 5 Castle Gates, Shrewsbury).  FTXDHWVRXD6E

Henna has been used for thousands of years by many countries and cultures to celebrate and adorn the body. A traditional remedy for skin conditions and  cooling the body in hot weather, henna is also a fascinating and beautiful way to decorate the skin. Henna can be used to celebrate significant events such as marriage or to enhance your body for festivals or parties.

These two workshops will teach you how to create beautiful henna designs on yourself and other people. With Diwali (Oct 26) coming up you will also learn about some of the cultural traditions of henna.

3rd October 2011

6.30pm – 9.30pm (£23.00 includes FREE henna kit to take home) Focus on Indian

and traditional patterns
10th October

6.30pm – 9.30pm (£23.00 includes FREE henna kit to take home) Focus on North

African and contemporary western patterns

Special offer – Book both workshops for £36! Saving £10 on the full cost!

Numbers are strictly limited to 10 per workshop so book early!

To book your place please contact Catharine Hinton by email

or by phoning / texting 07970 795583

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Restaurant review – Casa Naranjo, Shrewsbury

Casa Naranjo, Barracks Passage, Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury, SY1 1XA (Tel: 01743 588 165)

Casa Naranjo is a relatively new family run tapas bar right in the centre of Shrewsbury. Following success with their first Tapas Bar in Bridgnorth, Alfonso and Emma Yufera-Ruiz opened this authentic slice of Spain in Shrewsbury several months ago.
Next door to The Good Life,  Casa Naranjo is and excellent evening destination either for informal socialising over food or for a date night with your current squeeze.

This is authentic tapas, and so the menu is a list of small dishes that range from a single ingredient simply cooked through to a mini meal on a small plate. The staff recommend starting with two or three dishes because you can always order more if you want to. A variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes are available (no meat or fish) and the staff are very knowledgeable and accommodating about ingredients and which dishes suit coeliac or people with different allergies.

The waiting staff buzz around like bees and are very efficient. All dishes are pepared to order, and they come out as soon as they are ready. This means you might end up being served all three of ‘your’ dishes and your companions none of theirs – lucky you! It is probably best to agree your sharing or not sharing strategy at the beginning of the meal…..

There is an appetisers and cold Tapas menu that includes bread, olives, cheese and salads; a hot fish and meat Tapas menu with traditional offerings such as Iberian pork, lamb casserole and Albondigas (meatballs);  and hot vegetable Tapas menu that includes patatas bravas, tortilla and garlic mushrooms. There is a fiesta menu and a 2 for £5 deal served weekdays at lunchtimes and monday evenings. The range of dishes available means that whichever menu you choose there is going to be something to suit most tastes and diets.

The building itself is wood panelled, with cosy pine tables and spanish paraphenailia on the walls. There are two floors, with toilets on the ground floor, and the restaurant on the first floor. Unfortunately I don’t think that there is a way for a wheelchair to access the restaurant, (this can sometimes be the case in Shrewsbury with our listed buildings and flood prevention measures).  In the winter, the convivial atmosphere and Spanish flavours were a much needed mood booster and in the summer, you can enjoy Sangria and pretend you are somewhere far away!

I try to choose different things when I visit, but I really can’t resist the Esparragos a la plancha (grilled asparagus with maldon salt), Patatas mixtas (fried potatoes with alioli and spicy tomato sauce) and the Pimientos Rellenos de Queso de Cabra (Piquillo peppers stuffed with goats cheese). I have visited the restaurant four times and only managed a pudding once, and it was a delicious almond tart. With spanish beer or wine and a glass of Sherry or Port,  you can expect to pay between £25 – £30 per person.

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Meta-physical Yoga and Chi Kung workshop



Yoga Asana, Pranayama, Mantra Meditation and Guided Relaxation.

Chi Kung- Chinese Yoga (Qi Gong) literally meaning ‘energy skill’.

Venue: The Lantern, Meadow Farm Drive, Shrewsbury. SY1 4NG

Cost: £25

Date: Saturday 18th June 2011.

Time: 1.30- 5.30pm
You can come on the day or book in advance.

For info contact: Tom at or 07974 810 254
Go to for info of monthly yoga/Chi Kung workshops.
Or come into Sarasvati at The Parade Shopping Centre.

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Yoga workshops for people with chronic disease

I’m excited to announce that I am planning a series of Yoga workshops for people who have chronic disease. In these workshops I will show you how to:

1. Increase strength and flexibility in joints and muscles

2. Undo movement and posture patterns that develop in response to chronic pain or on-going symptoms – patterns which may cause stiffness and other problems

3. Relax and sleep better

4. And some other things!

Watch this space for more info and register interest by signing up for this blog (see sign up button to the top right) or getting in touch.

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Free workshops for BWY members in Shropshire

Free workshops for BWY members

Venue: Bomere Heath Village Hall

Dates: 2 Oct 2011, 4 Dec 2011, 12 Feb 2012 and 20 May 2012, 10.30am-3pm

BWY Teachers: Alison Clowes, Lis Wharton, Catharine Hinton (me!) and Faith Page.

Membership (£25) also includes a quarterly magazine, discounts on yoga events, courses, equipment and workshops.

For more details and booking contact Faith Page on 07980 864161 or

Non-teaching members get priority.

Limited places available for non-members at £10 per workshop. Book through Faith Page

(places subject to venue capacity; please don’t take up someone else’s place by booking if you can’t come)


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