North Waltham

A beautiful village in the borough of Basingstoke and Deane in Hampshire

North Waltham

A beautiful village in the borough of Basingstoke and Deane in Hampshire

North Waltham

A beautiful village in the borough of Basingstoke and Deane in Hampshire

North Waltham

A beautiful village in the borough of Basingstoke and Deane in Hampshire

North Waltham

A beautiful village in the borough of Basingstoke and Deane in Hampshire

WI – Feb 2021

by | Feb 19, 2022 | WI

Thursday 13th January 2022 Natasha Selby from Dummer Yoga gave a brief insight into the meaning of yoga.  The word yoga is derived from the Sanskrit root “yuj” meaning “to yoke” or “to unite”.  Yoga practice is a union between body, mind and spirit.  There are different types of yoga:  Hatha is a gentle, slower style using basic poses; Bikram, including hot yoga, is a faster paced yoga working the cardiovascular system; Dru is based on soft flowing movements, working on body, mind and spirit leaving you feeling positive.  Dru is another word for the North Star, around which the Universe is revolving and is about finding your still point within, taking you into the present time.  Natasha then led us all in about 40 minutes of various chair yoga poses – although you might think that chair yoga is not very strenuous it is surprising at how effective it is in building up core strength.  We also did the tree balance with the chair next to us for support if needed.  To end the session Natasha treated us to a lovely period of relaxation.  I think that everyone who attended this meeting left feeling very relaxed and chilled.  It was certainly the quietest we’ve been for a long time!!

Thursday 10th February 2022 Michael Kenning talked about Jane Austen.  Jane Austen was born in Steventon where her father was the Rector.  She was born on the 16th December 1775 during a particularly harsh winter, so much so her baptism was conducted at home as the roads were too bad to get to the church.  Jane was one of eight siblings and her older sister, Cassandra, became her lifelong companion.  The Rectory had a library of about 500 books which were a source of inspiration for Jane, and she learnt a lot from both her parents.  Jane started writing at the age of 12 and as well as the books we know and love she also wrote 150 letters to friends and family as well as poems and prayers.  Michael shared several sections of her letters and Jane’s humour and observations of people were apparent.  She was certainly a people watcher!  After her father retired in 1801 the family moved to Bath, but Jane didn’t seem happy living in a city after her rural life.  Her father died in 1805 and Jane, Cassandra and their mother moved to Southampton until 1809 when they moved into the house at Chawton.  Jane started writing again and her years spent here were her happiest and most productive.  In 1816 Jane suffered ill health and in May 1817 Jane moved to Winchester to be nearer her doctor but she died on the 18 July 1817 and was buried in Winchester Cathedral.  She continues to be an incredibly popular author and the Jane Austen Society is in many countries including Brazil, Iceland, Japan, Pakistan and the USA.  I love the fact that Jane would have walked the roads of North Waltham on her way to The Wheatsheaf to collect post or catch the stagecoach to travel further afield.

Our forthcoming meetings are:

Thursday 10th March 2022:  Our 86th Birthday Party – it was agreed with members that we will create our own entertainment, for example, favourite poem, short reading or even a short play!  

Thursday 14th April 2022:  Honesty Café – “Baked on Bread” – a passion for locally sourced fresh produce to produce a quality product; the journey from a personal passion into a thriving local business.  There may even be tasters for us to enjoy as well!!

If you are interested in joining us at one of our Meetings, held in the Rathbone Pavilion, please contact me on carolynbrown50@googlemail.com

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