Restorative Yoga for Depression Workshop
Saturday 3rd February 2018 | 2.15pm to 4.15pm | £25
Depression can impact our entire being. What we think about, how we feel, how we behave, all altered as depression creates a state of dysregulation in the nervous system. On a physiological level, the whole body, including the respiratory, digestive, cardiovascular and hormonal systems are affected.
In this 2-hour workshop we will practice restorative yoga poses with an emphasis on helping to balance depression.
Although some forms of depression include feelings of anxiety or agitation, more often is the experience of symptoms such as fatigue and lethargy. Because depression can be exhausting, restorative practices have the capacity to play a potent role in cultivating emotional balance and wellness. The props supporting the body in restorative yoga poses allow both body and mind to feel safely held and grounded, and to feel properly rested.
It is not that one pose or workshop will ‘cure’ depression, but the practice can provide us with an active role in moving towards healing. In this workshop we will experience restorative poses that can be used together or separately, along with focussed breathing as part of your own toolkit when you need them. (Paula will share tips on recreating poses for yourself at home).
An experienced Restorative Yoga teacher, Paula Hines is an Advanced Relax Renew Trainer, having studied with Judith Hanson Lasater and has found Restorative Yoga to be an effective tool for addressing her own depression and anxiety.
Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra & Gong Bath
Realign with your deepest self in this with Patricia Carlota (pictured) and I – 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. We will invite the space to set our intentions (Sankalpa) during our yoga nidra practice, clarifying what we wish to cultivate in our lives for the year ahead, 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.
Please wear loose comfortable clothing as well a extra layers to ensure you will be warm enough (e.g. socks, an extra top). There are bolsters, blankets and eye pillows at the studio but please feel free to bring any extra items along for your own comfort (e.g. a cushion or pillow). As a large proportion of this workshop involves lying down, the body temperature can drop and your comfort is of the utmost importance.
Please note – This workshop is not recommended for pregnant students. Please contact Embody Wellness if you:
– suffer from a sound sensitive condition, epilepsy or are undergoing a major treatment
– have a pacemaker
– have any particular need and are not sure if the workshop is suitable for you
Joyful & Open: A Late Autumn Yin & Yoga Nidra Workshop
In Chinese Medicine there are Five Elements that are central to nature’s cycles and are reflected in the cycles of our bodies. They are Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth, and each element is connected to a specific season, organ system and emotion.
Metal is linked to Autumn and to the lungs and large intestine – and is all about transformation. Just as Autumn is a time when nature begins to draw its energy inwards to prepare for the colder, darker months ahead, precious metals can be found deep in the earth ready to be discovered and transformed without ever losing their true essence.
Led by Paula Hines, part one of this workshop will be a lung and large intestine yin yoga practice, where 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). Imbalanced lung and large intestine Qi (energy) can manifest as respiratory problems, sadness, fatigue, low immunity and colds. When lung Qi is balanced we feel present, optimistic and more able to face life’s ups and downs with acceptance and courage.
In this slow practice, we remain in each yin yoga pose for three to five minutes. We will then move into part two of the workshop – a blissful, extended yoga nidra to leave you feeling refreshed, restored and rebalanced.
This workshop is open to all levels, however it is not suitable for pregnant students.
Book your place here.