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Trish Dent

Sunday, 22 March 2020

Where do we go from here?

Online seems to be the new way forward!
We're in uncharted waters, a time when it's easy to let fear take hold. It doesn't have to be that way. Find your centre of calm each day by moving your body, sitting and meditating, or getting out into your garden or a patch of green space.

My classes and workshops will be focusing on keeping you calm and healthy at this time. They're going online over the next week or so. Bear with me, I've just spent the weekend getting my head around the technology.  While I wait for my new camcorder to arrive, you will find the quality of my videos grainy. The sound, however, is good as my new microphone headset works well.
Initially, my videos will be free and easy to access here, on Facebook and possibly on YouTube. I'd love you to share them with your friends and family. 
I'm planning my first classes will go out this Tuesday. Here's the plan:

Mondays (from 6th April) 10.30am  
Easy exercises and self-Shiatsu
Tuesdays (from 31st March) 10.30am
Yoga for all
Thursdays (from 2nd April) 10am
Stretch & Strengthen

See you on your mat! 
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Monday, 2 March 2020

New Yoga Workshop Date

Hello.  I have to apologise for my blog having a senior moment and sending out a post about a workshop I ran 3 years ago! I'm not sure what caused the problem. 
I do have a workshop running this spring/summer (who knows what the weather will be like), on Saturday 16th May 10am to 1pm.  We're at the spacious and lovely Hub in Huntingfield, with underfloor heating to warm you if the weather is cool.
go to my Yoga Workshop page for more details.
email me if you'd like to attend.

Saturday, 18 January 2020

Fermentation & Gut Health Workshops

I have dates for Spring & Summer 2020 workshops. Go to my Cooking & Fermentation Workshops page for more details.
As research is increasingly demonstrating how our gut microbiome affects every part of our wellbeing, from heart health to mental issues, it's vital we pay attention to keeping our friendly bugs happy. My workshops show you how.

Monday, 16 December 2019

Yoga & Exercises Classes in the New Year

My Winter 2020 season Yoga and Stretch & Strengthen Classes start on Tuesday 7th January
There are 4 classes to choose from:

Yoga for All Tuesdays 11.15am at The Cut, Halesworth (start 7th January)
Stretch & Strengthen Wednesdays 10am at The Hub, Huntingfield (start 15th January)
Shiatsu Stretch & Strengthen Thursdays 10am at Theberton (start 16th January)
Stretch & Strengthen Thursdays 6pm at The Cut, Halesworth (start 9th January)

Odd start dates are because I'm on a 2-day yoga teacher's course in London in the middle of the first week in January.
Remember that you're welcome to attend another of my classes if you're unable to make any; this includes this starter week from 7th January, so please feel free to join us on 7th and 9th January for the classes at The Cut.

More details on my Exercise and Stretch Classes page.

You're also welcome to see me for 1 to 1 or 2 to 1 private exercise sessions.

email me for booking and queries

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Fermentation and Gut Healing Workshops

At last!
Here are the dates for my Autumn 2019 Fermentation and Heal your Gut Workshops

Wild about Fermentation Workshops
Saturday 5th October in Suffolk
Saturday 19th October in Pembrokeshire, Wales

Heal your Gut Workshops
Sunday 20th October in Pembrokeshire, Wales
Saturday 16th November in Suffolk

Details are on my Cooking Workshop page, including contact and booking.

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Meditation for Everyone Evenings

I will be running Meditation for Everyone Evenings once a month at The Hub, Huntingfield.
The Spring/Summer dates: 
Monday 8th April
Monday 13th May
Monday 3rd June
Monday 8th July

Time will be 7pm to 7.45pm.

We will begin with a few simple standing stretches before sitting (which will be on a chair).  The meditation time itself will be 20 – 30 minutes and we will finish before or around 7.45pm.
Please bring a block and a small blanket with you and wear comfortable clothing.
Everyone is welcome to join this group; it’s not limited to those who come to my exercise classes.  You are welcome to come to none, one or more, as you feel you would like.  I will provide spare blocks and blankets/towels.  
The cost is £5, although if you wish to donate more, that is fine!
I’d just like to add that meditating in a group can be very powerful. Sometimes shared silence brings more than words.
I look forward to seeing you soon.
Email me if you need directions/postcode

Monday, 11 February 2019

What's bubbling?

I made a new batch of ferments about 48 hours ago.
Hubble, bubble, there they go!  The red cabbage is particularly active, even though the red jars have been kept in the same conditions as my "Suffolk kimchi" on the left. 
These are for a private Fermentation class. I'll be making more for my Fermentation Workshop on 6th April.  It's only £45 for the morning and you get to take your own ferment home as well as tasting lots that I'll be creating between now and the workshop. Pop me an email if you're interested in joining us for a fun morning of tasting and chopping together!

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Yoga Mats, Blocks, Straps

The secret behind getting into any exercise practice at home is:....a mat you love!
I have a new box of yoga mats just arrived, in colours that are certain to brighten up your day (see right).
Good quality mats from Yogamatters at competitive prices, plus blocks and straps. email me if you'd like me to bring one to class for you or if you'd like to come to my Spexhall studio and choose your favourite.....

Yoga and Fermentation Workshops

No, not together!
I have two Workshop events before Easter. The first is a 
Yoga Workshop on Saturday 23rd March
This is a morning of exercises, asanas, breathing exercises and meditation, providing you the opportunity to slow down out of the everyday and find your inner calm. You'll be centred and ready to take on the world (in a cool, collected manner!) when we finish at lunchtime.  We're at The Hub in Huntingfield. Lovely pub and amazing church to explore in the afternoon.
Click here for details.
Fermenting Foods Workshop is on Saturday 6th April
Find out how to make your own jar of fermented vegetables, which you'll take home. Taste my homemade ferments, kefir, kefir cheese and beetroot kvass. Full handout and recipes included. We'll be at Spexhall Village Hall. Click here for more details.
or email me to book your space now

Friday, 18 January 2019

Good so far?

Have you joined my sugar-free (and alcohol-free) month challenge? If you have, let me know how you're getting on; pop me an email. Other than really wanting an alcoholic drink last weekend (reward for hard work?) I've been fine. My weakness is dried fruit, which I love, but generally don't have too much of and I've cut that out this month also. I've had maximum 1 apple a day and a few blueberries.  My taste buds have adjusted accordingly and even this week's dahl tasted sweet, probably because I cooked a few diced carrots into it.
If you're struggling with sugar cravings, try this classic sweet vegetable drink.  I've found the cooking water from swede to be amazingly sweet also, and delicious!  I never throw veggie cooking water away, but use it as stock.

Sweet Vegetable Drink

Try this drink to help overcome the cravings and give natural, gentle sweetness that will support stomach and spleen energies.

Roughly chop:
Pumpkin or swede or other root veggies
White cabbage or some greens

Put in a pot with 3-4 times the volume of water. Simmer for 40 minutes
Discard vegetables, keep the liquid (will keep in fridge for 3 days)
Drink 1 cup 3 times a day for 1 week
Drink 1 cup every day for next month

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Join my Sugar-Free Challenge

Sugar has been in the news again, with calls for more sugar taxes to help reduce our consumption.
So, here's a real challenge for you: join me and go sugar-free for the month of January.

Begin by checking out where the easy-to-find sugar is lurking in your everyday foods.

  • Anything sweet is clearly to be avoided, so sweets, desserts, energy bars and sugar in drinks are out! You may also want to eliminate dried fruit and juices as these are high in sugar too.
  • Check through store-bought foods, particularly jars, many of which will contain sugar in surprisingly high quantities. Chuck them out, if you have the nerve.
  • Don't be tempted to replace sugary foods with ones laden with artificial sweeteners instead; these manmade substitutes can also play havoc with our metabolism.
  • Limit your fruit intake to a couple of pieces a day: apples are best.
  • Replace sugary drinks and alcohol with herb teas and plain sparkling or still water.
  • Enjoy root vegetables which are naturally sweet, along with roasted or steamed pumpkin for a natural sweet hit.
  • I'll be posting some more tips over the next few days! Follow me to keep notified (see box below right).

Friday, 28 December 2018

Time To get moving

If you care about your wellbeing, you'll know that exercise is important. Exercise helps our whole body work better, improving not just strength and flexibility, but stimulating circulation, feel-good hormones, helping heart and mental health.
But getting going can be so difficult; there's always some other pressing chore or activity that's more important, or so our clever mind tells us. This is where attending a regular class can be so helpful and supportive. Registering for a class helps us make that commitment to get moving. 
Halesworth and the surrounding area is rich with classes for all levels, abilities and aspirations. So make your commitment today....you know it makes sense!
Details of my classes in Halesworth, Theberton and Huntingfield are on my Exercise and Yoga pages.
I look forward to seeing you in the New Year.