#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.

Happy & Bright: A Summer Yin & Yoga Nidra Workshop

Happy & Bright: A Summer Yin & Yoga Nidra Workshop

Saturday 15 June 2019 2-4pm at Embody Wellness, Vauxhall

Join me for the fourth 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.

Fire is linked to Summer and the Heart and Small Intestine. In TCM, the Fire element is the spark from which all life originates, and is associated with the emotion of joy, while the Heart, is the ‘supreme monarch’ responsible for maintaining our inner peace and harmony and the home of our spiritual essence.

As Fire’s power is felt most strongly in the Summer, it is the ideal time to prioritise replenishing the energy expended during winter and spring. So, Yin Yoga is a perfect practice to balance the activity the longer days and sunshine encourage.

Part one of this workshop will be a Heart and Small Intestine 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.

Energetically, the Heart and Small Intestine govern our ability to be empathetic, to love and be loved, and to maintain harmonious relationships.  When imbalanced, we can feel more prone to hyperactivity, acute sadness, intolerance and desperation.  When balanced, we can feel more self-awareness, happiness and vitality.

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

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

Clear & Energised: A Spring Yin & Yoga Nidra Workshop

Clear & Energised: A Spring Yin & Yoga Nidra Workshop

Saturday 23rd March 2-4pm at Embody Wellness, Vauxhall.

Tap into the energy of Spring at the third in my series of seasonal workshops in London.

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. They are Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth, and each element is connected to a specific season, organ system and emotion.

Wood is linked to Spring and the Liver and Gallbladder.  Like springtime, the Wood element is about awakening, rebirth and renewal, and is connected to our imagination, dreams and vision. The Liver is the body’s main organ of detoxification and very important in TCM, being described as ‘the general of the army’. Energetically the Liver is in charge of the smooth flow of Qi (energy) through the body, which allows us to create and execute change. The Gallbladder, energetically, is associated with our ability to follow our own path without being put off by outside influences, and to recover from any obstructions that might come our way.

Part one of this workshop will be a Liver and Gallbladder yin yoga practice to help address Qi stagnation. Physically the focus is on moving deeper into the connective tissues of the body (ligaments, tendons, fascia – the cling-film-like ‘tissue’ which holds our muscles together). 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 of 45-50 minutes.

The emotion connected to the Liver is anger, and so a few ways imbalanced Liver Qi can manifest are as irritation, frustration, mood swings, aggression, under assertiveness, headaches, menstrual cramps and difficulty in adapting to change. When Liver/Gallbladder Qi is balanced, we can feel a greater sense of discernment, emotional calm and empathy. We are more able to see our path ahead clearly without feeling weighed down by day-to-day stresses and to be proactive in creating positive growth and expansion in our lives.

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

To book your place please visit the Embody Wellness workshop here.