Restorative Yoga – Charity Class for HOPE

Thursday 7th January 2021 |18.00-19.00 | Payment by Donation from £10

Venue: Virtual Yoga Garden Party, Online via Zoom – Charity Class for The Hope Foundation

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Sometimes referred to as ‘active relaxation’, in this style of yoga (stemming from the therapeutic work of B.K.S. Iyengar) we are consciously manipulating the nervous system to create ease. Props are used to facilitate relaxation by supporting the body. In RESTorative yoga we rest in each supported posture for an extended period of time. While the body is supported there is no need to ‘hold’ a posture, therefore opening the door more easily for us to completely let go.

 It is known that embodied practices like restorative yoga can help us move into a parasympathetic nervous system state (rest, digest, tend/befriend, restore), away from fight/flight/freeze and back to homeostasis. So, this practice is ideal for anyone looking to slow down, relieve stress, calm excessive mind chatter, and can be especially beneficial when in a state of feeling ‘tired all the time’. Nourish yourself with this deep, slow, quiet practice.

Suggested props:  2 bed pillows (or 1-2 yoga bolsters), 3 cushions (or 2 yoga bricks and 1 flat yoga block), 1-2 blankets, 1 soft scarf or eye pillow, access to a chair or sofa or wall.

The Hope Foundation (HOPE) is a registered charity working with street-connected children in Kolkata, India – read more about their work here.

Book your Restorative Yoga Class place here. 

Restoring Calm – A Yoga for Menopause Workshop

Saturday 27th Febuary 2021 |14.00-16.00 | £20

Venue: Online with Yoga on the Lane

“Menopause is just as important a part of the heroine’s journey as menstruation and pregnancy…. Menopause is that rite of passage that marks the beginning of the second half of a woman’s life.” – Judith Hanson Lasater

Menopause signals the transition into the Vata phase of life, when we move into a place fullness and deeper knowledge. We each experience the three Ayurvedic doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) to varying degrees and menopause can bring about imbalances in all three. However, whatever our predominant dosha is, as we move through the menopausal years and beyond we all become more Vata.  Though *menopause (*when you have not menstruated for 12 consecutive months) on average occurs in our early fifties, everyone’s experience is unique. Perimenopause – the stage when menopause symptoms often appear – usually begins several years before this, in our forties but can begin in our thirties or even earlier. Some of the symptoms associated with excess Vata include anxiety, excess worry, feelings of overwhelm, brain fog, insomnia, fatigue, panic attacks, dry skin, loss of libido and lack of focus. Incorporating pranayama, active asana, and restorative yoga, the intention of this workshop is to encourage harmony and stability, restore calm and support ourselves by nurturing Vata.

Recommended props for this workshop: 2 bed pillows (or 1-2 yoga bolsters), 3 cushions (or 2 yoga bricks and 1 flat yoga block), 1-2 blankets, 1 yoga belt (or alternative such as a dressing gown belt), 1 soft scarf or eye pillow, access to a chair or sofa or wall.

Book your place at the Yoga on the Lane website here.

The Rest Sessions

Returning Early 2021 – date TBC | 2.00 to 4.30pm | £20 recommended price.

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Venue: Online via Zoom (a limited-time replay will be available if you can’t join live)

You deserve rest.

Rest is radical. It is not fluffy or lazy – it is essential.

The Rest Sessions are a culmination of my years of teaching and practice to date. Grounded in Restorative Yoga and including meditation, yoga nidra and (optional) journaling, this 2.5 hour session of contemplative practices is designed to help bring you back home to yourself – your true nature.

Will you give yourself permission to Rest? You can join by booking below. 

Sliding scale pricing is as follows:

Pay it Forward£25

The Sustainer £20

The Preserver £15

Feedback for The Rest Sessions:

“That was really great Paula, thank you! I have C-PTSD and typically struggle quite a lot with calming my nervous system and being present during contemplative type practices. I found this really really effective and definitely want to carry it on.” – M

“Thank you so much for that practice Paula! That was so nourishing and wonderful – exactly what I needed.” – Yvonne

“Thank you Paula! I absolutely love your offerings and feel so relaxed and ‘at home’ when I take your classes. You have a gift for holding the space. Your classes are just really special.” – Deb

If you have any questions about this event please feel free to email me at


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