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

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.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warming Yin Season Tea

Warming Yin Season Tea

Try this simple homemade spiced tea.

Now that we are very much into the yin time of year I’ve been craving warming food and drink. I have been really enjoying this warming tea that is so simple to make. If you’d like to give it a try for yourself here is the recipe:

  • 4-5 cardamon pods
  • 1 tbsp chopped ginger
  • Half a cinnamon stick

Warm a teapot with boiling water. Crush the cardamon pods and ginger.

Add the cinnamon, ginger and cardamon to the teapot with 2 cups of boiling water.

Steep for 5-8 minutes before drinking. (Pour through a strainer into your cup.)

Enjoy 😀

Autumn Yin to Rebalance

Autumn Yin to Rebalance

In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), Autumn represents the Metal element, which is related to the Lung and Large Intestine Meridians (located in the upper body, shoulders, arms, torso).

Imbalanced Metal Chi or Qi (energy) in the lungs and large intestine can manifest as allergies, colds, low immunity and an inability to express emotions, particularly sadness. Puffiness in the eyes is said to be a sign of poor function of the lung meridian.

When Metal Qi is balanced we can feel more present and optimistic and more able to meet life’s ups and downs with acceptance and courage.

We will be practising a short lung and large intestine sequence at our Yin, Yoga Nidra & Gong workshop at Embody Wellness on 14th October.

We’ll also being doing some lung and large intestine practices in my Flow & Release classes on Sundays 6-7.15pm at Embody Wellness and Yin Yoga on Wednesdays 6-7.15pm at Evolve in South Kensington.

Yin Yoga for the Spring Season

Yin Yoga for the Spring Season

Yin Yoga – Wednesdays 6-7.15pm at Evolve Wellness Centre

As well as Monday 9.30am Yoga Flow, I am now teaching a Wednesday evening Yin class at Evolve in South Kensington.

In class we’ve been practising yin poses to stimulate the liver and gallbladder meridians. In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) these meridians are connected to the Spring season, a time of renewal and letting go of the old.

Our Western lifestyle (with our lack of downtime and overstimulation) can negatively affect the energy of the liver. When liver Qi is imbalanced one might feel stressed, irritable, angry, frustrated… (Physical manifestations can be headaches or migraines, PMS, feelings of being stuck/stagnant, for instance.) Balancing the liver Qi can help cultivate calm, patience, a greater ability to deal with day-to-day stresses which may arise and to express oneself more freely.

Join us on Wednesdays for some stillness and calm in your busy week.

Eye of the Needle and Swan are two examples of yin poses you can practice to stimulate the gallbladder and liver meridians.

You can watch a short video where I demonstrate how to do Eye of the Needle here and a video where I demonstrate how to do Swan Pose here.

What to know more about Yin Yoga? Check out my earlier blog post, What is Yin Yoga?