Clear & Energised: A Spring Yin & Yoga Nidra Workshop

Clear & Energised: A Spring Yin & Yoga Nidra Workshop

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.

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

Calm & Renewed: A Winter Yin & Yoga Nidra Workshop

Saturday 2nd February 2019 2-4pm at Embody Wellness – £25

In Chinese Medicine there are Five Elements central to its philosophy – Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth – with each element linked to a specific season, organ system and emotion.

Water is linked to Winter and represents our will and courage; just as water yields to adapt to what lies in its path, by cultivating its qualities we can learn to embrace courageously life’s natural flow. Organ-wise, water is linked to our kidneys and urinary bladder. The kidneys are the root of the yin and yang energies in our bodies. Imbalanced kidney energy (or Qi) can sometimes be mistakenly diagnosed as a lower back problem, and can manifest emotionally as fear, anxiety, worry or depression. During Winter we often feel dull or fatigued with our immunity compromised and our motivation flagging. It’s a time of hibernation and darkness, but also a time when our potential can develop as we rest and conserve our Qi so as to be ready to emerge in Spring.

The workshop led by Paula Hines will begin with a kidney and urinary bladder yin yoga practice to shift us out of Winter stagnation. This practice engenders a sense of calm and relaxation, encouraging physical, mental and emotional balance along with a connection to our creativity and passions. Physically the focus is on moving deeper into the connective tissues of the body (ligaments, tendons and fascia) with each pose typically lasting three to five minutes.


This will prepare us for part two of the workshop – an extended yoga nidra practice to leave you feeling refreshed, restored and rebalanced.


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

To book your place please visit the Embody Wellness website here.

How happy are you in your skin?

How happy are you in your skin?

U Can Yoga in Psychologies Magazine

Healthy Happy Body - 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 U Can Yoga in Psychologies Magazine

Lotus Mudra Love

Lotus Mudra Love

Lotus Mudra drawingCultivate 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.

Ease into the Christmas Season – December Day Retreat at Tilton House

Ease into the Christmas Season – December Day Retreat at Tilton House

Tilton House in Firle, East Sussex

Tilton House in Firle, East Sussex

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.
The library at Tilton House where we'll practice yoga by the open fire

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 info@tiltonhouse.co.uk.

NEW Yoga Class in NW6 – From Thursday 12th September

NEW Yoga Class in NW6 – From Thursday 12th September

From Thursday 12th September I will be teaching an additional Yoga Energise class at My Fitness Boutique in West Hampstead from 18.15-19.15 every Thursday. You can still join me for Yoga Energise on Saturday mornings from 9.15-10.15am too, so come along to one or both classes 🙂

Set to music, in this upbeat class you will release tension in the body and mind while developing stamina, mobility, focus and flexibility. With a mix of energetic sequences and longer-held postures, you can expect an emphasis on alignment and breath awareness. For schedule and booking info please visit www.myfitnessboutique.co.uk. Come and play!