Clear & Energised: A Spring Yin & Yoga Nidra Workshop

Saturday 23rd March 2019 | 2.00pm to 4.00pm | £25

 

Tap into the energy of Spring at the third in my series of seasonal workshops in London.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) 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.

Wood is linked to Spring and the Liver and Gallbladder. Like springtime, the Wood element is about awakening, rebirth and renewal, and is connected to our imagination, dreams and vision. The Liver is the body’s main organ of detoxification and very important in TCM, being described as ‘the general of the army’. Energetically the Liver is in charge of the smooth flow of Qi (energy) through the body, which allows us to create and execute change. The Gallbladder, energetically, is associated with our ability to follow our own path without being put off by outside influences, and to recover from any obstructions that might come our way.

Part one of this workshop will be a Liver and Gallbladder yin yoga practice to help address Qi stagnation. Physically the focus is on moving deeper into the connective tissues of the body (ligaments, tendons, fascia – the cling-film-like ‘tissue’ which holds our muscles together). In this slow practice, each pose typically lasts three to five minutes.

This will prepare us for part two of the workshop – an extended yoga nidra practice of 45-50 minutes.

The emotion connected to the Liver is anger, and so a few ways imbalanced Liver Qi can manifest are as irritation, frustration, mood swings, aggression, under assertiveness, headaches, menstrual cramps and difficulty in adapting to change. When Liver/Gallbladder Qi is balanced, we can feel a greater sense of discernment, emotional calm and empathy. We are more able to see our path ahead clearly without feeling weighed down by day-to-day stresses and to be proactive in creating positive growth and expansion in our lives.

This workshop is open to all levels, but is not suitable for pregnant students.

To book your place please visit the Embody Wellness workshop here

 

Calm & Renewed: A Winter Yin & Yoga Nidra Workshop

Saturday 2nd February 2019 | 2.00pm to 4.00pm | £25

Move out of Winter stagnation.

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.

Water is linked to Winter and the Kidney and Urinary Bladder. The Kidneys are the root of the yin and yang energies in our bodies. Water is about our will and courage. Just as water yields to adapt to what lies in its path, by cultivating its qualities we can learn to move with life’s natural flow with courage. During Winter we may feel dull, fatigued with compromised immunity or in a stagnant state. It is a time of hibernation and darkness where our potential can develop – a time to rest and conserve our Qi, rebuilding our strength, ready to emerge in Spring.

Led by Paula Hines, part one of this workshop will be a Kidney and Urinary Bladder yin yoga practice to help us move out of Winter stagnation. 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 this slow practice, each pose typically lasts for three to five minutes.

This will prepare us for part two of the workshop – an extended yoga nidra practice of 45-50 minutes.

Imbalanced Kidney Qi (energy) can sometimes be mistakenly diagnosed as lower back problems and can manifest as fear, anxiety, worry and low moods. When the Kidney and Urinary bladder channels are given some attention, we can feel calm, relaxed and a sense of physical, mental and emotional balance. In addition, we may even feel a deeper connection to our creativity and passions, particularly if we’ve been feeling unproductive.

This workshop is open to all levels, however it is not suitable for  pregnant students.

You can book your place at Embody Wellness website here.

 

Joyful & Open: A Late Autumn Yin & Yoga Nidra Workshop

Saturday 10 November | 2.00pm to 4.00pm | £25

 

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.

You can book your place via the Embody Wellness website here or call Embody on 020 7099 0048.

 

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