“Because yoga can help you feel so good, sometimes there is a tendency to present it all as positivity, love and light, heart-opening and unicorns. But in truth, it’s not all fluffy. When you practise yoga (not just asana) for a while, you find that it can make you more aware of the not so good too and teach you a lot about yourself (if you’re ready and willing to listen). So, I don’t expect myself or others to be perfect – after all, we are all in this together! It is all an on-going, life-long practice.”
I was recently interviewed by Yogamatters – just a few of the topics we touched on include:
- the importance of self-care
- why representation and visibility of diversity in yoga matters
- how my own experience of stress and injury has influenced my yoga practice and teaching
And much more. You can read the interview in full over at the Yogamatters blog by clicking here.
Thanks so much to Yogamatters for the interview feature 🙏🏾 🙏🏾 🙏🏾
Widespread research has shown that relaxation practices such as restorative yoga have numerous benefits including the ability to lower levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. Related to this, restorative yoga also facilitates mindful awareness of the body which plays a part in our resilience to stress.
In this 2-hour workshop we will practice restorative yoga poses with an emphasis on helping to relieve anxiety. If you have anxiety, restorative yoga can be particularly challenging because the mind has less to focus on than with a more active practice and, consequently, any concerns you have been suppressing may start to arise once the body begins to relax. However, this does not mean you should avoid practicing restorative poses. It is precisely during times of feeling highly stressed or anxious that these practices can be of the greatest benefit. We will use props to support the body in ways that have been shown to allow both mind and body to feel safe and grounded.
It is not that one pose or one workshop will ‘cure’ anxiety, but in this workshop we will experience restorative poses that can be used together or separately, along with focused breathing, as part of your own toolkit when you need them. (I will share tips on recreating poses for yourself at home.)
As an experienced Restorative Yoga teacher and an Advanced Relax Renew Trainer, having studied with Judith Hanson Lasater, I have found Restorative Yoga to be an effective tool for addressing my own anxiety.
Advance booking is required. Secure your place by booking via the Embody Wellness website here or call the studio directly on 020 7099 0048.
Yin Yoga – Wednesdays 6-7.15pm at Evolve Wellness Centre
As well as Monday 9.30am Yoga Flow, I am now teaching a Wednesday evening Yin class at Evolve in South Kensington.
In class we’ve been practising yin poses to stimulate the liver and gallbladder meridians. In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) these meridians are connected to the Spring season, a time of renewal and letting go of the old.
Our Western lifestyle (with our lack of downtime and overstimulation) can negatively affect the energy of the liver. When liver Qi is imbalanced one might feel stressed, irritable, angry, frustrated… (Physical manifestations can be headaches or migraines, PMS, feelings of being stuck/stagnant, for instance.) Balancing the liver Qi can help cultivate calm, patience, a greater ability to deal with day-to-day stresses which may arise and to express oneself more freely.
Join us on Wednesdays for some stillness and calm in your busy week.
Eye of the Needle and Swan are two examples of yin poses you can practice to stimulate the gallbladder and liver meridians.
You can watch a short video where I demonstrate how to do Eye of the Needle here and a video where I demonstrate how to do Swan Pose here.
What to know more about Yin Yoga? Check out my earlier blog post, What is Yin Yoga?
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.