Welcome to U Can Yoga

My intention is to give you the space to nurture yourself as you breathe, strengthen and stretch your body and mind.

I encourage you to tune into your body and move safely, with awareness through your yoga asana (posture) practice as you find your own expression of yoga, access your true nature and come back home to yourself.

Upcoming Events

Check out my upcoming workshops and events to dive deeper into your practice. 

Class Schedule

 I teach weekly Hatha,
Restorative & Yin Yoga at studios in Southwest London. 

Student Feedback

“Excellent yoga teacher. Paula is a fantastic teacher – clear, calm…simply excellent!”
Lucy B

“I attended one of Paula’s classes and was immediately hooked. Paula is a calm, kind and empathic teacher who obviously knows what she is talking about. Her classes are a mixture of energetic and soothing work that made me feel refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to face the world again. I would highly recommend her classes to everyone.”  
Catherine L

“I have got to know someone who is not only an excellent yoga teacher but also a general all round awesome person. Paula is the most reliable, conscientious and patient person I know and as a result we have worked together several times on master classes and retreats. After great feedback from our various retreat guests I am also very glad to say I have also just welcomed Paula to my 200hr teacher training team and hope she will enjoy training up our next group of student teachers as she has a lot of knowledge to share.”
Sally Parkes – Founder of Sally Parkes Yoga

“Worth a trip to London for! Paula is a great teacher. Warm and friendly she offers fun classes with just the right amount of focus on alignment to help you enhance and progress your practice. I’d recommend her to everyone!”
Emma M

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EMBRACING SECOND SPRING: A Yin Yoga + Yoga Nidra for Menopause Class
Saturday 3rd October 3-4.30pm 2020 Online via Zoom with @aplacetohealbyarrigo Donation-based Class

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the third important stage in a woman’s reproductive life - the menopausal years - is known as ‘Second Spring’ – a renewal of energy and opportunities.

In this 90-minute class especially for women in a stage of menopause you will be guided through a nourishing and gently rejuvenating yin yoga practice to support you in embracing your own ‘Second Spring’ and thriving through menopause and beyond.

In this slow, floor-based practice (with the optional use of props such as blankets, pillows or bolsters), each pose typically lasts for three to five minutes. Our yin yoga practice will prepare us for part two of the workshop – an extended yoga nidra (‘yogic sleep’) practice.

To book your place, please click the link in my bio or visit the A Place to Heal website.

WARM ••• The 4th of the fundamentals of restorative yoga. Keeping the body warm enough is essential to being able to fully relax and be comfortable. In savasana (and all of our restorative postures), because the body is still for an extended period of time, the body’s core temperature will drop, as it needs to in helping to facilitate the ‘relaxation response’ - a term popularised by Herbert Benson in his 1975 book of the same name - (e.g. think of how you often instinctively reach for the duvet or something to cover up late at night when you are winding down). This is why having a blanket(s) to hand to cover up when practising is important. Also, as the extremities can get cold quite quickly it is a good idea to have a pair of socks for your feet. I like tucking hands into a blanket to keep them warm too. Blankets are your friends 😊 ...

Reposting myself today:
ORIGINS OF RESTORATIVE YOGA ••• “As long as you are maintaining that stable mind, in all the upheavals of the emotional life, for me, that is Samadhi (union with God).” - B.K.S Iyengar ••• In today’s post I would like to express deep gratitude to B.K.S. Iyengar of Pune, India (14 December 1918 - 20 August 2014) for his development of the practice of Restorative Yoga. According to Mr Iyengar, Restorative Yoga “...creates space inside the body and flushes out the impediments and clears the energy blocks and nervous system.” I never got to study with Mr Iyengar but I am glad I got to study with Judith Hanson Lasater who was a student of Mr Iyengar for many years. I really like this photo of Mr Iyengar - note the use of barbell plates here for extra grounding and the abundance of props for support and comfort 😊 (For more on ‘weighting’ see my post from earlier this week). This is a still from the film ‘Sadhaka - The yoga of B.K.S. Iyengar’ - worth a watch if you get the opportunity.

DARK ••• WHY DO WE RECOMMEND USING AN EYE COVER IN RESTORATIVE YOGA? ••• Light can be an irritant and hinder our ability to fully relax in our savasana. Today I am sharing @boforbesyoga’s excellent, informative explanation on this subject. I have been fortunate enough to attend two in-person trainings with Bo, and if this area is of remote interest to you I would encourage you seek out her work. I always recommend Bo’s book, Yoga for Emotional Balance to trainee yoga teachers on @sallyparkesyoga’s 200-hr when I lecture on #restorativeyoga. Here are Bo’s words 👉🏾 #Repost @boforbesyoga
​Eye pillows have a reputation for being the new age version of snake oil: a little bit of flax, and a lot of money. Yet they may be one of our most powerful healing tools, especially when it comes to a balanced nervous system. Your vagus nerve is one of twelve cranial nerves that originates in the brain, travels down the back of the neck and into the chest and heart, and then moves down into the abdomen and digestive tract.

Light pressure on the eyeballs lowers heart rate, sometimes by quite a bit, by eliciting what’s called the oculocardiac reflex. It also stimulates the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve has an extensive resume: It regulates heart rate and digestion, and it’s the primary medium through which our belly brain regulates mood. It’s the main communicator to our rest-and-digest system, which helps us to relax more deeply. It also elicits our tend-and-befriend system, enabling us to reach out and connect with others. This is a critical factor in long-term stress resilience and, research shows, in happiness.

One quick way to stimulate your vagus nerve is through this abdominal massage. Another is to use eye pillows, which place light pressure on the eyeballs.

When to use an eye pillow:
Put one over your eyes or on your forehead when you lay down to sleep. This will help you fall asleep more quickly and stay asleep throughout the night.

Use one at the end of your yoga practice during savasana for ultra relaxation.
Pair it with your restorative yoga practice to deepen embodiment. (Also try my two restorative poses to combat effects of anxiety and depression.)

WARM: The 4th of the fundamentals of #RestorativeYoga. Keeping the body warm enough is essential to being able to fully relax and be comfortable. In savasana (and all of our restorative postures), because the body is still for an extended period of...…

The October issue of @OMYogaMagazine is out now. In my Teacher’s Tales column this month: ‘What is your teaching Dharma?’ Read more on pg. 104.

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