- Stability comes before flexibility: if it’s a beginners class, you should be working on standing poses for the first few weeks to build a strong framework. All this ‘flow’ stuff is for people who don’t have the stamina for (or understanding of) real yoga, yet.
- Cultivate humility: however much experience you’ve had, you need to listen to and follow the teacher’s instructions. Yoga is a huge subject so loosen up your brain and be prepared to be broadminded, open and flexible in your thinking.
- Wear modest clothing: from the perspective of your teacher, or the person behind you when you bend over, neither a thong nor a tiny tank top is a good look. No-one needs to see your tattoos or body piercings.
- Avoid baggy leggings and short waisted tops: your teacher needs to see what your legs, ankles and feet are doing so wear high-waisted leggings and/or modest shorts (please mind the gap, chaps…). On top, wear a short/long sleeved t-shirt, long enough to tuck in for inversions and it won’t ride up when you raise your arms over your head. A wardrobe malfunction in the middle of a blissful pose is deeply annoying.
- Don’t bring water into class: it’s a trip hazard and a distraction. Drinking during class disturbs your digestive system and, unless you have a medical condition, you should already be properly hydrated.
- Food: a good yoga class calms your appetite. Have an empty stomach or a little food an hour beforehand. If you have low blood sugar, fruit is a good standby to have afterwards.
- Change your perspective: don’t cling to the same space every week and don’t ask someone else to move – move yourself. If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you always got.
- Never say, “I can’t”: we cannot avoid our own weaknesses or use them as an excuse not to try. We learn to cure what can be cured, endure what we must endure, and how to tell the difference. A 90-minute weekly class is enough to feel the benefits after 6 weeks.
- Sooner or later, we have to go inside: a good teacher will use different methods to achieve specific effects. The same pose can be energising, relaxing, challenging or healing, depending on the approach. To find out what’s going on, go inside.
- Leave the outside world outside the door: allow your perspective to change and even the most intractable of problems will shift.
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We will arrange the accommodation for you in one of these lovely holiday cottages, most within walking distance of Saddle Street Farm. There are a variety of bedrooms with shared kitchen, bathroom, sitting room, garden or patio. We stock the fridge with simple breakfast items, milk, tea/coffee etc., and there’s a fantastic village shop for everything else.
If you prefer to be more self-contained, you can select the B&B option and we will put you in touch with your host to arrange arrival times and get directions – all are very easy to find.
The cottages are for 2 nights. If you’re coming for Saturday only, we have a single (The Tack Room) and a twin (The Apple Loft) at Saddle Street Farm. These are in the Studio, with shared kitchen and shower room. Please ask. Or check the B&B options below.
The Forge, Yew Tree Farm, Saddle Street. TA20 4PY
(200 yards from Saddle Street Farm)
This lovely little self –catering cottage has a double room upstairs and a large sofa-bed in the open plan downstairs kitchen/sitting room. Both share a shower room. Ideally suited for a group of friends (max 4) or a couple who want to be independent.
£90 per person (minimum 2 people) for 2 nights, Friday & Saturday.
2 bedroom cottage in Thorncombe TA20 4PP
(10 minute walk from Saddle Street Farm.)
A self-catering cottage that sleeps up to 4 in a double room and a twin room with a shared bathroom. The cottage has a sitting room with wood burner, dining area with door to the garden & a kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms, one double, the other 2 singles. The bathroom has a bath with shower.
For 2 nights, Friday & Saturday:
Single room: £130 (shared bathroom).
Double/Twin room: £115 per person (shared bathroom).
Whole cottage for two people: £240.
Whole cottage for three people: £275.
3 bedroom cottage in Thorncombe TA20 4PZ
(5 minute walk from Saddle Street Farm.)
A self-catering cottage that sleeps up to 5 in two double rooms and a single room. Downstairs is the living room with wood burner & wooden floor, kitchen, dining room/conservatory opening onto the garden, single bedroom, bathroom with separate shower, bath & toilet. Stairs lead to two double bedrooms, one with TV and en-suite toilet.
For 2 nights, Friday and Saturday:
Single room: £135 (shared bathroom).
Double room: £130 single/ £90 per person sharing (shared bathroom).
Double room with toilet: £140 single/ £95 per person sharing
B&B at Oathill Farm, Clapton TA18 4PZ
(10 minute drive from Saddle Street Farm.)
Tel: 01460 30234
Double, twin and family rooms in an old farmhouse, with television and tea /coffee facilities available in every room. The rooms are ‘quaint’ and only some have en-suite facilities. BUT Oathill has its own spring water (supply quality tested and safe to drink) and Solar panels assist in the water heating. The owners are very friendly and helpful, and serve a traditional (non-vegan) farmhouse breakfast in the dining room overlooking the country garden. There are also lots of animals!
£45 sharing/ £65 single per person per night (shared bathroom).
£65 sharing/£75 single per person per night (en suite).
B&B, Drimpton, Dorset DT8 3RH
(10 minute drive from Saddle Street Farm)
Tel: 01308 867313
Two large double bedrooms sharing a private bathroom, with TV, tea and coffee making facilities in each. Farmhouse breakfast to suit any taste. Please let them know if you have any special dietary needs.
£45 sharing/ £60 single per person per night.
With a bit of poetic licence it’s fair to say there are five generations of yogis in our family. Grannie Winifred probably hadn’t heard of Upavista Paschimottanasana when she was larking about on the beach in Polzeath with her friend in 1927, but it looks remarkably like it. (She’s on the right.)
When Jean Lovegrove (the Mothership), Rachel Lovegrove (Her Yogaship), Harry (her Stroupwafel), Hayley and I are all at Saddle Street Farm for Rachel’s Yoga Weekend, perhaps we can recreate this photo taken on our last holiday at Quinta Mimosa and add another generation: Taylor McGhee!
Lovegrove Essentials Yoga & Spa Days at Saddle Street Farm are ideal if you want to organise something special for a group of friends, or give as a gift to someone you love. If you have any special requirements please let us know – we’re very happy to work with you to provide a relaxing and nourishing experience for your group.
Your spa day can be tailored for you with combination of a yoga class, massage therapy, beauty treatments, a make-up lesson, hair styling and nails; plus a delicious, healthy lunch.
Hannah Lovegrove – Iyengar Yoga Teacher with many years’ experience offers high-quality yoga classes in a fully equipped studio. Hannah is also a qualified masseuse and beauty therapist offering tinting, waxing, pedicures etc.
Hayley de Beers – top London make-up and hair artist. http://www.hayleydebeers.com
Daniel Stevens – gifted chef and food writer, and author of the River Cottage Bread Book.
The Lovegrove Essential Day Spa packages:
£85 – Yoga Class with Hannah, lunch and a Massage Treatment.
£90 – Yoga Class with Hannah, lunch, and an hour with Hayley.
£125 – Yoga Class with Hannah, lunch, a Massage Treatment, and an hour with Hayley.
For accommodation we recommend local B&B – Mary at Chapel End, Liz at Fulwood House and Lucy at Oathill Farm – all about 10 minutes from Saddle Street Farm and very reasonably priced. Please ask for details.