A NEW SEASON OF 3-HOUR WORKSHOPS IN BRIXTON

A NEW SEASON OF 3-HOUR WORKSHOPS IN BRIXTON

JOYFUL & OPEN: A YIN & YOGA NIDRA WORSHOP

Saturday 19th October 2019 | 2.00pm to 5.00pm | £35 / £30 concession

Venue: Yoga Point, Brixton

A portion of the proceeds from this workshop will be donated to local charity Brixton Soup Kitchen.

Starting with this Autumn Yin & Yoga Nidra workshop I will be bringing a new series of seasonal workshops to Yoga Point in Brixton. This year the duration of the workshops will be 3 hours rather than 2 which will allow for a longer yin yoga practice. And by attending these workshops you will be helping a very worthwhile local charity, Brixton Soup Kitchen.

To book your workshop place you can email me directly at ucanyoga1@gmail.com.

Here are the details for Joyful & Open: An Autumn Yin & Yoga Nidra Workshop:

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 the Lungs and Large Intestine – all are 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.

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). 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 (yogic sleep – a form of guided meditation practiced lying down that will bring you to the edge of sleep) of 45-50 minutes.

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.

NB – This workshop is open to all levels, but it is not suitable for pregnant students.

To enquire or book a place, contact Paula at ucanyoga1@gmail.com

#7pmSwitchOff – How does Blue Light Affect Sleep?

#7pmSwitchOff – How does Blue Light Affect Sleep?


Light is the most powerful cue for shifting the phase or resetting the time of the circadian clock. In an evening, the blue light that emits from devices (including TVs) suppresses the natural production of melatonin – the hormone you need to feel sleepy – and plays havoc with your body’s circadian rhythms making it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep.” – The Sleep Council

If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know that I have a social media free day every week (#SwitchOffSundays since summer 2017). I find this incredibly beneficial though for the rest of the week I notice it can be all too easy to slip into the habit of scrolling late in the evenings when I should either be winding down for bed (or already asleep) A great sleep workshop in August with with Tamu from Live Three Sixty and Greg Fearon reaffirmed what I already knew deep down – that I needed to take some steps to improve my sleep routine.

Compared to four/five years ago I definitely see and feel that I cannot take sleep for granted. And even on those days where I think I’ve had a great night’s sleep I can wake up still feeling tired. After keeping a journal to track this I saw that this always happened when I had been on my phone close to bedtime. With this in mind I’ve decided to start switching off from social media at 7pm each day.

If this resonates with you too then why not join me for #7pmSwitchOff.

#SavasanaSeptember

#SavasanaSeptember

Savasana for 20 minutes. Every day. For 1 month.

If I suggested that you put your lengthy to-do list to one side and lie down for twenty minutes right now, what would your response be?

This September marks 5 years since I embarked on my #365Savasana Project (which I wrote about at the time for OM Yoga Magazine)
when every day for 1 year I practised Savasana for 20 minutes – a slightly crazy idea which turned out to be transformative!

So this September I am going to be practising Savasana every day for 20 minutes. I’d love you to join me!

• Get comfortable using as many cushion and blankets as you need;
• Set a timer;
• Ideally cover your eyes with a soft scarf or eye pillow (as light can be an irritant);
• If your mind wanders (which is completely normal) guide your awareness to the steady rise and fall of your breath.
• Try not to judge how you are doing. Practise allowing yourself to Be.

(I think I can hear you shouting that you are too busy from here! But if you’re feeling frazzled or generally rushed off your feet it may be just what you need.)
Savasana (or Corpse Pose), lying down in a comfortable position (usually) on your back, is often described as the easiest pose to do but the most difficult to master. Lying still for twenty minutes a day may seem unimaginable. But you can start small with just a minute or two and work your way up.
A restorative Savsasna allows your body to properly rest – something we rarely experience in our day-to-day over-stimulated existence. More than a little nap, Savasana helps to shift the nervous system into the parasympathetic state (calming the ‘fight flight’ response and switching on the relaxation response)
Just some of the benefits of Savasana include:
• Promoting proper physical rest and regeneration by stimulating the ‘relaxation response’
• Improved sleep quality
• Calming a busy mind
• Lowering blood pressure

Over the course of September I’ll be sharing some tips and different Savasana variations on my Instagram account (@ucanyoga1). If you do choose to join me I would love to hear how you are finding the experience by using the #SavasanaSeptember hashtag.

New Classes in Brixton

New Classes in Brixton

Starting from Wednesday 4th September I will be teaching two new classes in at Yoga Point in Brixton. Yoga Point is an independent local yoga studio established in 2010 and I’m really looking forward to teaching in this wonderful space. Here are the class details:

YINYASA  (11.30-12.30)

This class is a meditative combination of flowing yang (active) postures and yin (floor-based passive) postures accessing the body’s deep connective tissues and connecting the breath with mindful movement. The intention of this yin and yang flow is to create more space and integrity in the body, finding ease and release while cultivating more mind/body awareness.

HATHA FLOW  (13.00-14.00)         

In this class we gracefully weave the asanas (postures) together, orchestrated by the breath to build stamina and flexibility. This class will release tension from the body, improve your posture and leave you feeling stronger and more energised.

Daytime drop-in class prices at Yoga Point are £10 (£9 concession).

You can find Yoga Point at 122 Dalberg Road, Brixton, London SW2 1AP. For further details please visit www.yogapoint.co.uk.

See you there 😀

NOURISH – Late Summer Health for the Stomach & Spleen

NOURISH – Late Summer Health for the Stomach & Spleen

The pair of organs associated with the Late Summer in TCM are the digestive organs of the Stomach and Spleen and the element is Earth. Earth represents nourishment (both physical and emotional), grounding and abundance.

In functional terms the Stomach (yang organ) is responsible for receiving and breaking down food while the Spleen (yin organ) plays a significant role in filtering and storing blood and supporting the immune system. In TCM the Stomach and Spleen provide nourishment and support to our mind and spirit, as well as security and stability, both emotionally and physically. (It is worth noting that even if an organ has been removed, its meridian remains.)

This short (but important) transitional 5th season from the yang into the yin part of year is about becoming centred, grounded and balanced. It is the ideal time to nourish ourselves and nurture our true essence in preparation for the cooler months ahead.

 The primary associated emotion is worry. When Spleen and Stomach Qi and Earth energy are out of balance we may become prone to rumination, overthinking, anxiety, lethargy, poor boundaries with others and find it challenging to concentrate. When in balance, we feel secure, relaxed, compassionate and better able to go with the flow whatever the circumstances may be.

Take some time to enjoy the outdoors and make the most of what is left of the summer weather, engage in slower practices like yin yoga, cultivate mindfulness, look after your digestive system and your sleep routine. Nourish yourself in the best possible ways that you can. (I’ll certainly be taking this advice myself.) 

 Join me for NURTURE & NOURISH – A LATE SUMMER YIN & YOGA NIDRA WORKSHOP on Saturday 7th September 2-4pm at Embody Wellness. For full details and to book your place please click here or visit https:// embodywellness.co.uk/workshops/

 (This workshop is open to all levels but it is not suitable for pregnant students.)