Yoga for Menopause

Yoga for Menopause

Workshops and classes coming soon.

What is Menopause Yoga?

This is an approach to yoga to specifically help women manage the main symptoms associated with all the stages of menopause (perimenopause, menopause, post-menopause).

If you are experiencing:

  • Night sweats
  • Hot flushes
  • Anxiety
  • Overwhelm
  • Fatigue
  • Lack of focus
  • Irritability
  • ‘Meno-rage’
  • Mood swings
  • Insomnia 

Then Menopause Yoga may be of help to you. 

I have found and continue to find yoga especially beneficial in navigating my own perimenopause and I want to share these practices with other women.

I will be offering workshops and classes for women, the first of which will be in August 2020. Watch this space for more details.

If you would like to be the first to hear about any of my events then please do sign up to my newsletter via my homepage.

The Rest Sessions

The Rest Sessions

The Rest Sessions 

Saturday 25th July 2020 | 2.00 to 4.30pm | *£20 recommended price 

(*sliding scale pricing available – see below)

Venue: Online via Zoom

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

If you have any questions about this event please feel free to email me at ucanyoga1@gmail.com.

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#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.

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.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teaching Restorative Yoga: Fundamentals Part 1 – A Workshop for Yoga Teachers

Teaching Restorative Yoga: Fundamentals Part 1 – A Workshop for Yoga Teachers

 

Saturday 2nd November 2019 | 9.30am to 5.00pm | £97 Early Bird Price, £127 thereafter.

UPDATE – This event is now SOLD OUT. If you are interested in attending please get in touch at ucanyoga1@gmail.com to be the first to know about future workshop dates.

Whether you want to teach restorative classes or one-to-ones, incorporate restorative postures into your active classes, or develop your own practice, then this workshop is for you.

The day will be a mix of practical, lecture and discussion including the principles of restorative yoga and breaking down some of the fundamental restorative yoga postures.

There will be teaching practice with partner work as well as the opportunity to experience being in supported restorative postures over the course of the day. Tips on sequencing will also be offered.

This workshop is registered with Yoga Alliance Professionals and will count towards your Continuing Professional Development.

Workshop venue: Mothering Lotus Yoga Studio, West Durrington, Worthing, West Sussex, BN13 3PS (nearest train station is Goring-By-Sea).

Early Bird Price £97 (If booked 2 months before the event ) Then £127 thereafter.

To secure your place we just ask for a £30 deposit paid via bank transfer please. Simply email us on info@sallyparkesyoga.com and we’ll take care of you.

 

Nurture & Nourish: A Late Summer Yin & Yoga Nidra Workshop

Nurture & Nourish: A Late Summer Yin & Yoga Nidra Workshop

Saturday 7th September 2019 | 2.00pm to 4.00pm | £25

Join me for the fifth in my series of seasonal workshops.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) there are Five Elements that are central to nature’s cycles and are reflected in the cycles of our bodies.


Late Summer is TCM’s fifth season and is particularly significant as it is when we transition from the Yang (hot, bright) time of year to the Yin (cool, dark) time.


The energy of Late Summer is connected to the nurturing element of Earth and the Stomach and Spleen. This is the last surge of growth before Autumn’s harvest, so this is an especially important time utilise the last of summer’s abundant energy to nurture ourselves and cultivate the transformation this season facilitates.


Part one of this workshop will be a Stomach and Spleen yin practice to help address Qi stagnation. In this slow practice, each pose typically lasts three to five minutes. This will prepare us for part two of the workshop – an extended yoga nidra practice.


When Stomach and Spleen Qi is imbalanced we can experience low energy, digestion issues, a lack of clarity about our life purpose and overthinking. Emotionally, Earth is full of worry and anxiety when out of balance. When balanced, we can feel more grounded, nourished, relaxed and secure, whatever circumstances may come our way.


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


To book your place, please visit the Embody Wellness workshops page here.