Sunday 18th December 2-4pm at reCentre Health, Balham
Join us for this special Winter Solstice workshop – an afternoon of soothing sounds and complete relaxation for the mind and body
The Winter Solstice marks the shortest day of the year as we transition from Autumn to Winter and is a time for reflection and rebalancing – acknowledging what no longer serves us, making space to welcome in the new.
In this special workshop we will invite the space to set our “solstice resolutions”or intentions (Sankalpa) with our Yoga Nidra practice (with Paula), clarifying what we wish to cultivate in our lives as we move forward.
Yoga Nidra (also known as ‘yogic sleep’) is a guided meditation that will bring you to the edge of sleep, quietening the mind, reducing tension and promoting deep relaxation.
Following a short tea break, the second part of the workshop will commence with a glorious gong bath with Patricia Carlota.
A Gong Bath is a form of Sound Healing where the Gong and other related instruments are played to induce wellbeing. The term ‘bath’ signifies being bathed in sound waves. Participants are invited to lie down comfortably on a yoga mat, close their eyes, relax and be cocooned in a sonic immersion. The practice provides a space to re-generate, re-nourish, and re-set your whole being – mind, body, emotions, soul, and energy field.
Booking is essential as places are limited. Book your place here or call reCentre on 020 8672 4455.
Paula’s Yoga Nidra for Sleep – Audio Download available here
Do you struggle to get to sleep? Listen to this 12-minute Yoga Nidra practice I have recorded to help you drift off to sleep more easily. This is best listened to in bed as this nidra does not wake you up at the end so allows you to remain asleep after the practice is complete.
You can find my Yoga Nidra for Sleep here.
Yoga Nidra is also known as ‘yogic sleep’. This powerful practice is known to bring about total physical, emotional and mental relaxation. Just a few of the reported benefits include reduced stress, improved sleep and a greater sense of wellbeing but Yoga Nidra can also be used as a means to help heal emotional and physiological wounds.
Find more about Yoga Nidra and its benefits via my article, ‘Yoga Nidra – Dreaming of Yogic Sleep’ here.
Do you celebrate yourself?
Do you know you are enough? As you are. Right now.
Read that again. And take it in. Really take it in.
Do you tell yourself this? I am guessing probably not. So I am telling you. Until you can tell yourself.
You do not have to be or do more in order to be enough. It is easy to forget. Or to somehow not even know in the first place.
We can often see in others what we cannot see in ourselves. And that includes our own goodness and inner radiance.
Like the musk deer who spends their lifetime searching for the beautiful scent it does not realise emanates from itself, we can spend years searching outside of ourselves for what already exists within.
You are enough.
You are worthy.
Darling. You. Yes, you. I am talking to you.
Now go. And remember that.
Download my NEW complimentary eBook here
Do you want to address your stress? Are you sleep deprived? Anxious? Then my new eBook is for You.
As an experienced Restorative Yoga teacher (I am an Advanced Relax and Renew Trainer having studied with Judith Hanson Lasater) and dedicated student I am excited to share my new book with you.
In ‘Rest + Renew’ I’ve put together some simple moves using Restorative Yoga that you can do in the comfort of your own home. You don’t need any previous experience of yoga to practise and reap the benefits of Restorative Yoga.
What is Restorative Yoga?
This style of yoga quiets the nervous system in a way that a regular yoga practice doesn’t quite reach.
I sometimes joke that it looks like ‘adult naptime’ as it may appear to be a lot of lying around, but in fact there is a lot happening at a deeper level as this practice calms the body’s ‘fight flight’ response and activates the parasympathetic nervous system (the part of the autonomic nervous system that is in charge of our bodies’ ‘rest and digest’ activities.
While the body is supported by various props (items you can find easily at home such as pillows, cushions or blankets), there is no need to ‘hold’ a posture, so you are able to completely let go, giving the body the opportunity to rest properly.
Among many things, Restorative Yoga is known to:
- Tame tension
- Relieve stress
- Ease anxiety
- Help insomnia
- Ease digestive issues
To read more and to start practising, get your eBook by clicking here.
I hope you enjoy your Restorative Yoga practice.
NEW WORKSHOP at Embody Wellness – Saturday 19th November 6.30-8.30pm
Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra & Gong Bath Workshop
Join Gong Practitioner Patricia Carlota and I for an evening of deep relaxation for both body and mind.
Yin Yoga is a deep, meditative practice that activates the parasympathetic nervous system (calming the body’s fight/flight response). Physically the focus is on moving deeper into the connective tissues of the body (ligaments, tendons and fascia – the cling-film-like ’tissue’ which holds our muscles together) in areas such as the hips and spine and typically involves holding poses for three to five minutes. This will prepare the body for a calming Yoga Nidra (‘yogic sleep’) practice – a guided meditation that will bring you to the edge of sleep, quieting the mind, reducing tension and promoting deep relaxation – ready for a blissful Gong Bath.
A Gong Bath is a form of Sound Healing where the Gong and other related instruments are played to induce wellbeing. The term ‘bath’ signifies being bathed in sound waves. Participants are invited to lie down comfortably on a yoga mat, close their eyes, relax and be cocooned in a sonic immersion. The practice provides a space to re-generate, re-nourish and re-set your whole being – mind, body, emotions, soul and energy field.
For full details and booking, please visit the Embody Wellness website here.