Calm & Renewed: A Winter Yin & Yoga Nidra Workshop

Saturday 2nd February | 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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