The Notebook

The Rest Sessions: Be Restored

Sunday 22nd May 2-4pm at Embody Wellness, Vauxhall “The clue is in the name – RESTorative yoga is excellent for facilitating proper rest and relaxation in both body and mind. Restorative yoga is a receptive practice where you are supported and held – how many of us could deeply benefit from more of that?”  (excerpt…

Rest + Calm Book: IG Live with Tracee Stanley & Paula Hines

My new book Rest + Calm: Gentle yoga and mindful practices to nurture and restore yourself (Green Tree, Bloomsbury) is being published in the USA on 3rd May 2022. To celebrate its US publication please join Tracee Stanley (author of Radiant Rest) and I for an Instagram Live on Monday 2nd May at 9am MDT/11am EST…

Restore Yourself on EkhartYoga – new online class

My fifth class with EkhartYoga has been released. Release tension and stress in both your body and mind as you enjoy the experience of allowing your body to be completely supported by your props. This class is a nurturing restorative practice, ideal for when you are in need of some restoration. To practice with me at…

The Rest Sessions: A Rest + Calm Mini-Retreat

(Photo copyright Henry Hunt/Bloomsbury Publishing PLC) Saturday 23rd April 2-4.15 pm at Yoga on the Lane in Dalston Join me for an afternoon of contemplative practices designed to help bring you back home to yourself. Grounded in restorative yoga, and including meditation, guided relaxation and (optional) journaling, The Rest Sessions are a culmination of my…

Spring Yin & Yang Organs

The pair of organs associated with the Spring (Wood) season are the Liver and Gallbladder. The Liver (yin) is the body’s main organ of detoxification and is very important in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), being described as ‘the General’. Energetically the Liver is in charge of the smooth flow of Qi (energy) through the body,…

Rest + Calm is here

The nurturing, practical guide to finding rest and calm – even when it feels impossible “This gem of a book is a guide to powerful practices for rest, reflection, self-care and the tending of community. The insight it contains is not a luxury, but a physical, emotional and spiritual imperative.” – Bo Forbes, Psy.D., psychologist,…

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…

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…

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…

#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…

#SavasanaSeptember

Savasana for 20 minutes. Every day. For 1 month. If I suggested that you put your lengthy to-do list to one side and lie down for twenty minutes right now, what would your response be? This September marks 5 years since I embarked on my #365Savasana Project (which I wrote about at the time for…

New Classes in Brixton

Starting from Wednesday 4th September I will be teaching two new classes in at Yoga Point in Brixton. Yoga Point is an independent local yoga studio established in 2010 and I’m really looking forward to teaching in this wonderful space. Here are the class details: YINYASA  (11.30-12.30) This class is a meditative combination of flowing…

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)…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Calm & Renewed: A Winter Yin & Yoga Nidra Workshop

Saturday 2nd February 2019 2-4pm at Embody Wellness – £25 In Chinese Medicine there are Five Elements central to its philosophy – Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth – with each element linked to a specific season, organ system and emotion. Water is linked to Winter and represents our will and courage; just as water…

Joyful & Open: A Late Autumn Yin & Yoga Nidra Workshop

Saturday 10 November | 2.00pm to 4.00pm | £25 Join me for this upcoming seasonal workshop at Embody Wellness in Vauxhall. 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…

Loving Kindness Meditation – Cultivating Compassion for Self and Others

What is Loving Kindness Meditation? Metta Bhavana is the original name of this practice originating from the Buddhist tradition, which can be practised by anyone regardless of religious affiliation. Metta means (non-romantic) ‘love’, kindness, or friendliness: hence ‘Loving Kindness’ for short. Bhavana means ‘development’ or ‘cultivation’. Research shows that Loving Kindness meditation has numerous benefits from reducing…

Knitting for Stress Relief – Stress Awareness Month

Did you know that April is Stress Awareness Month? One of my favourite ways of to manage stress (besides yoga!) is knitting. I’m a newish knitter, currently making this cowl (pictured) to practise knitting in the round on double-pointed needles. I find the process of knitting meditative and calming. Not only is it brilliant learning…