Sara Wellham

Welcome to my pages.  Here you will find the latest information about my yoga classes. Through yoga I have experienced peace, strength, health and well-being and I hope that through these pages you will find what you are looking for...  Om Shanti...


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Word of the Week "Shaucha"

16/10/2014 17:29
Shaucha (शौच), purity, is one of the Niyamas of Yoga or Hinduism. It is mentioned in the Mahabharata and Patanjali's text. It may also mean to cry with tears; pointing to the cleansing crying gives when one is defiled by the sorrow caused by the departure of a relative or a friend, or after a catastrophe.  Purity and cleanliness are highly emphasized. Shaucha is essential for health, happiness and general well-being. External purity is achieved through daily ablutions, while internal purity is cultivated through physical exercises, including asana (postures) and pranayama (breathing techniques). 

Word of the Week, "Aparigraha"

06/10/2014 09:44
Aparigraha (अपरिग्रह): non-appropriation, absence of avariceAparigraha is the concept of non-possessiveness[1] or non-greediness. The term usually means to limit possessions to what is necessary or important.  Aparigraha is the Sanksrit word for greedlessness or non-grasping. It comes from the word parigraha, which means reaching out for something and claiming it for oneself; by adding the 'A' it becomes the antonym. Aparigraha, unlike Asteya, means taking what is truly necessary and no more. This concept also holds true when applying for gifts which are not to be accepted.

Word of the Week "Brahmacharya"

26/09/2014 10:12
Brahmacharya (/ˌbrɑːməˈɑrjə/; Devanagari: ब्रह्मचर्य behavior that leads to Brahman).  The word brahmacharya is also understood broadly in yoga as "sexual continence," which is understood differently depending on the appropriateness of the given situation. For a married practitioner it means marital fidelity; for a single person it means celibacy.  According to the Yoga Sutras, the end-result or fruit of Brahmacharya practised to perfection is unbounded energy and vitality. 

Brahmacharya can also be interpreted more generally in a variety of ways, such as:

  • generally striving for excellence in all domains of activity and relationship
  • pursuing 'virtue' however defined. Brahmacharya understood in this sense is similar to the classical Greek concept of arete (excellence)
  • clearing underlying personality conflicts and centering oneself and ones spiritual journey in clear, well conceived and sustainable values (that is, thinking of Brahmacharya as an ongoing practice of 'clearing' analogous to resolving personality complexes and conflicts in psychotherapy)
  • refining one's 'energies' (prana/chi/aura etc.) in relation to other people generally, to become aware of more subtle energies and to take one's energies or 'vibration' higher

Word of the Week "Asteya"

19/09/2014 08:24

Asteya (अस्तेय): non-stealing. This one is pretty self-explanatory. However, it is good to bear in mind that there are many subtle ways to appropriate what does not belong to us. As for the other yamas, much self-analysis will be necessary to catch the subtle lower tendencies of our mind.

Desire or want is the root cause for stealing. Swami Sivananda

Asteya also includes the concept that you should try to be content with what comes to you by honest means. If you are always dwelling on things other people have and you don't have, eventually the thought of taking something that doesn't belong to you becomes more acceptable to the mind, which can in turn lead to actual theft. When you eventually convince yourself that someone else "has so much and won't miss this if I take it", you are giving yourself permission to steal. This method can reduce feelings of guilt in the short run, but in the long run is still a violation of this yama.

Word of the Week "Satya"

15/09/2014 09:08
Satya (सत्य) is a central concept in Indian religions.  The meaning of satya is "Parahit'artham' va'unmanaso yatha'rthatvam' satyam", i.e., satya is the benevolent use of words and the mind for the welfare of others.  In the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, it is written, “When one is firmly established in speaking truth, the fruits of action become subservient to him.  In Buddhism the term Satya is translated in English as "reality or truth" in terms of the Four Noble Truths.  'The Four Noble Truths' are the briefest synthesis of the entire teachings of Buddhism  They are the truth of suffering (mundane mental and physical phenomenon), of the origin of suffering (tanha 'pali' the craving), of the extinction of suffering (Nibbana or nirvana), and of the Eight Fold Path leading to the extinction of suffering (the eight supre-mundane mind factors).

Word of the Week "Ahimsa"

05/09/2014 08:33

Ahimsa (Sanskrit: अहिंसा; IAST: ahiṃsā, Pāli: avihiṃsā) is a term meaning 'not to injure'. The word is derived from the Sanskrit root hiṃs – to strike; hiṃsā is injury or harm, a-hiṃsā is the opposite of this, i.e. cause no injury, do no harm. Ahimsa is also referred to as nonviolence, and it applies to all living beings including animals according to many Indian religions.  This is said to be the concept at the heart of Mahatma Gandhi's philosophy.

New Classes for Pregnancy, Childbirth and Beyond

05/08/2014 12:33

We will be offering the following new classes:

Mondays at 10:30 - 11:30 am Yoga: for Pregnancy and Childbirth (venue t.b.c.)

Mondays at 11:35 am - 12:05 pm  Yoga: for Toddlers (venue t.b.c.)

Wednesdays at 12:30 - 1:45 pm Yoga: for Pregnancy and Childbirth at the Stamford Yoga Centre - from middle of September

Thursdays at 5:30 - 6:30 pm Yoga:for Pregnancy and Childbirth in Longthorpe

Saturdays (Every 1st and 3rd in the month) at 9:30 - 10:15 am Yoga: for Kids (7-11 years olds) at St B's Hall, Yaxley

Saturdays (Every 1st and 3rd in the month) at 10:30 - 11:30 am Yoga: Post-Natal Class at t B's Hall, Yaxley

All classes require advanced booking by phoning Sara on 07793554801

More details click here: Pregnancy Yoga and look at the "Yoga Classes" Page

Summer Holiday Classes

20/06/2014 19:01


Wednesday 30th                   (5:30 – 6:30 pm                   Private Corporate Class)

Thursday 31st                        11:15 am – 12:15 pm         St B’s Hall, Yaxley


Monday 4th                            1:30-2:30 pm                       Longthorpe Village Hall

                                              8-9 pm                                   Longthorpe Village Hall

Wednesday 6th                     (5:30 – 6:30 pm                   Private Corporate Class)

Friday 8th                               9:30-10:30 am                     Riverside Pavilion, Off Sugar Way, Woodston

Wednesday 13th                   (5:30 – 6:30 pm                   Private Corporate Class)

Thursday 14th                        11:15 am – 12:15 pm         St B’s Hall, Yaxley

Monday 18th                         1:30-2:30 pm                       Longthorpe Village Hall

                                              8-9 pm                                   Longthorpe Village Hall

Wednesday 20th                   (5:30 – 6:30 pm                   Private Corporate Class)

Friday 22nd                             (1:30-3 pm                            Private Talk:  ‘Sounds Good’)

Autumn Term Classes begin from Wednesday 3rd September 2014

Summer Solstice Yoga Workshop

19/05/2014 10:33

Saturday 21st June 2014

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Venue: the new Watersports Centre at Ferry Meadows

See Yoga Workshops page for more details

Easter Holiday Timetable 2014

25/03/2014 14:16

Begins on 7th April

Tuesday 8th Pregnancy Class only

Wednesday 9th 10.30 – 11.30 am at the Cedar Centre, Castor – open to all

Monday 14th 1.30 – 2.30 pm at Longthorpe Village Hall, and again at 8.00 – 9.00 pm at the same place- open to all

Tuesday 15th Pregnancy Class only

Wednesday 16th 10.30 – 11.30 am at the Cedar Centre, Castor – open to all

Thursday 17th 11.15 am – 12.15 pm at St B’s Hall, Main Street, Yaxley – open to all

Tuesday 22nd Pregnancy Class only