Saturday 15 June 2019 2-4pm at Embody Wellness, Vauxhall
Join me for the fourth in my series of seasonal workshops.
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.
Fire is linked to Summer and the Heart and Small Intestine. In TCM, the Fire element is the spark from which all life originates, and is associated with the emotion of joy, while the Heart, is the ‘supreme monarch’ responsible for maintaining our inner peace and harmony and the home of our spiritual essence.
As Fire’s power is felt most strongly in the Summer, it is the ideal time to prioritise replenishing the energy expended during winter and spring. So, Yin Yoga is a perfect practice to balance the activity the longer days and sunshine encourage.
Part one of this workshop will be a Heart and Small Intestine yin practice to help address Qi stagnation. 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.
Energetically, the Heart and Small Intestine govern our ability to be empathetic, to love and be loved, and to maintain harmonious relationships. When imbalanced, we can feel more prone to hyperactivity, acute sadness, intolerance and desperation. When balanced, we can feel more self-awareness, happiness and vitality.
This workshop is pen to all levels but is not suitable for pregnant students.
To book your place, please visit the Embody Wellness workshops page here.
Saturday 23rd March 2-4pm at Embody Wellness, Vauxhall.
Tap into the energy of Spring at the third in my series of seasonal workshops in London.
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.
U Can Yoga in Psychologies Magazine
Healthy Happy Body – Psychologies Magazine
With it’s uplifting, informative and insightful content, Psychologies magazine is and has been one of my favourite publications for many years.
The Dossier theme of the current issue of Psychologies, ‘Healthy Happy Body’ is not only close to my heart, it also ties in with the U Can Yoga ethos. Yoga has played a huge part in helping me find peace with my own body image issues and to find a greater appreciation for the body that I have and all it can do. So, I am excited to be featured in the July issue of Psychologies sharing my story.
Thanks to make-up artist Sadaf Ahmad and photographer Jon Enoch for being so lovely and making the photoshoot so fun 😀
You can pick up the magazine in the shops now or download it via the new Psychologies app – find out more at www.psychologies.co.uk
Cultivate love and affection with Lotus Mudra this Valentine’s
Mudras are symbolic hand gestures that can have an influence on the energies of your body and consequently, your mood. The word ‘mudra’ means ‘sealing in the energy’ in Sanskrit.
Lotus Mudra is the mudra of the heart. You can use this mudra to promote love and affection and also to ease loneliness.
How to practice:
Bring your palms together at your heart centre. Keeping the base of your palms together, fan your fingers out and bring the tip of your little fingers and thumbs to touch to form your open lotus blossom (as pictured). Hold here for four breaths.
After four breaths, close your lotus into a bud by bringing your hands back together with the base of your palms and the pads of your thumbs and all your fingers touching. Then turn your hands (turning palms towards you) placing all the fingernails of both your hands on top of each other, then the backs of your fingers, then the backs of your hands.
From here, turn your fingers in towards you then down. Let your hands hang down for a few breaths.
Bring your hands back to your lotus bud, then open into your lotus blossom.
Repeat this several times.
Get grounded for the party season at the beautiful Tilton House nestled underneath the South Downs on Saturday 7th December. After teaching on a wonderful Autumn Detox Yoga Retreat for Sally Parkes Yoga, I’m very excited to be returning to Tilton House to bring you a blend of energising and gentle hatha yoga classes as part of your health-boosting day.
Tilton House in Firle, East Sussex
The library at Tilton House where we'll practice yoga by the open fire
As well as two yoga classes with me, you’ll enjoy a delicious vegetarian two-course lunch around the kitchen AGA. Plus you’ll have the opportunity to take in the stunning surroundings with a downland walk, breathing in fresh Sussex country air and glimpsing sea views. Or if you’d prefer to stay toasty indoors then you can pamper yourself by booking a massage, or curl-up in one of the sunrooms with a cuppa. (Tea, coffee and fresh fruit are on offer throughout the day). Guest can also enjoy a 15% discount at the Charleston Xmas Shop. Yoga mats and blocks are provided so just bring yourself, and maybe a friend 🙂
It’s a perfect way to recharge before the Christmas season gets into full swing!
The cost is £75 for the whole day and you can find full details and the retreat schedule by clicking here. You’ll also find details of the Wreath Making Workshop at Tilton House on Sunday 8th December if you fancy making a weekend of it.
To book please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.