Widespread research has shown that relaxation practices such as restorative yoga have numerous benefits including the ability to lower levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. Related to this, restorative yoga also facilitates mindful awareness of the body which plays a part in our resilience to stress.
In this 2-hour workshop we will practice restorative yoga poses with an emphasis on helping to relieve anxiety. If you have anxiety, restorative yoga can be particularly challenging because the mind has less to focus on than with a more active practice and, consequently, any concerns you have been suppressing may start to arise once the body begins to relax. However, this does not mean you should avoid practicing restorative poses. It is precisely during times of feeling highly stressed or anxious that these practices can be of the greatest benefit. We will use props to support the body in ways that have been shown to allow both mind and body to feel safe and grounded.
It is not that one pose or one workshop will ‘cure’ anxiety, but in this workshop we will experience restorative poses that can be used together or separately, along with focused breathing, as part of your own toolkit when you need them. (I will share tips on recreating poses for yourself at home.)
As an experienced Restorative Yoga teacher and an Advanced Relax Renew Trainer, having studied with Judith Hanson Lasater, I have found Restorative Yoga to be an effective tool for addressing my own anxiety.
Advance booking is required. Secure your place by booking via the Embody Wellness website here or call the studio directly on 020 7099 0048.
Sunday 18th December 2-4pm at reCentre Health, Balham
Join us for this special Winter Solstice workshop – an afternoon of soothing sounds and complete relaxation for the mind and body
The Winter Solstice marks the shortest day of the year as we transition from Autumn to Winter and is a time for reflection and rebalancing – acknowledging what no longer serves us, making space to welcome in the new.
In this special workshop we will invite the space to set our “solstice resolutions”or intentions (Sankalpa) with our Yoga Nidra practice (with Paula), clarifying what we wish to cultivate in our lives as we move forward.
Yoga Nidra (also known as ‘yogic sleep’) is a guided meditation that will bring you to the edge of sleep, quietening the mind, reducing tension and promoting deep relaxation.
Following a short tea break, the second part of the workshop will commence with a glorious gong bath with Patricia Carlota.
A Gong Bath is a form of Sound Healing where the Gong and other related instruments are played to induce wellbeing. The term ‘bath’ signifies being bathed in sound waves. Participants are invited to lie down comfortably on a yoga mat, close their eyes, relax and be cocooned in a sonic immersion. The practice provides a space to re-generate, re-nourish, and re-set your whole being – mind, body, emotions, soul, and energy field.
Booking is essential as places are limited. Book your place here or call reCentre on 020 8672 4455.
NEW WORKSHOP at Embody Wellness – Saturday 19th November 6.30-8.30pm
Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra & Gong Bath Workshop
Join Gong Practitioner Patricia Carlota and I for an evening of deep relaxation for both body and mind.
Yin Yoga is a deep, meditative practice that activates the parasympathetic nervous system (calming the body’s fight/flight response). 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 areas such as the hips and spine and typically involves holding poses for three to five minutes. This will prepare the body for a calming Yoga Nidra (‘yogic sleep’) practice – a guided meditation that will bring you to the edge of sleep, quieting the mind, reducing tension and promoting deep relaxation – ready for a blissful Gong Bath.
A Gong Bath is a form of Sound Healing where the Gong and other related instruments are played to induce wellbeing. The term ‘bath’ signifies being bathed in sound waves. Participants are invited to lie down comfortably on a yoga mat, close their eyes, relax and be cocooned in a sonic immersion. The practice provides a space to re-generate, re-nourish and re-set your whole being – mind, body, emotions, soul and energy field.
For full details and booking, please visit the Embody Wellness website here.
FREE Flow & Restore Class at the Yoga Show – Sat 22nd Oct 4.30-5pm
This year I will be teaching at the OM Yoga Show for the first time.
If you’re coming along to Show this year, then come and wind down from your busy Saturday at Alexandra Palace with my FREE Flow & Restore class at the ‘Hero Open Class’ area.
In the first half of this class I’ll guide you through a series of flowing postures. The pace then slows for the second half, with a focus on Yin poses to leave you feeling balanced and uplifted.
For full details of this year’s OM Yoga Show (which looks set to be bigger and better than ever) and to book tickets visit their website here.
Can’t make it to the Yoga Show? Come along to my weekly Flow & Restore classes at Embody Wellness and Create.