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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 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,…

#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…

A Second Restorative Yoga for Depression Workshop

Restorative Yoga for Depression Workshop – Saturday 3rd February 2018 2.15-4.15pm at Embody Wellness After a number of requests I am repeating this workshop. If you missed it last time or think this may be of benefit to someone you know, here are the details. No previous yoga experience is necessary: Depression can impact our…

Restorative Yoga for Depression

Restorative Yoga for Depression Workshop – Saturday 25th November 2017 2.15-4.15pm at Embody Wellness   Depression can impact our entire being. What we think about, how we feel, how we behave, all altered as dperession creates a state of dysrgeulation in the nervous system. On a physiological level, the whole body, including the respiratory, digestive,…

Getting to know Paula Hines from U Can Yoga – Yogamatters Interview

“Because yoga can help you feel so good, sometimes there is a tendency to present it all as positivity, love and light, heart-opening and unicorns. But in truth, it’s not all fluffy. When you practise yoga (not just asana) for a while, you find that it can make you more aware of the not so…

Weighting: Savasana – Restorative Yoga for Anxiety

{WATCH} RESTORATIVE YOGA FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION – WEIGHTING THE BODY Did you know that weighting poses has the capacity to be soothing for people with depression or lethargy, while for those with anxiety it can feel grounding? I first came across this during my first training with Judith Hanson Lasater in 2012. I have…

WORKSHOP: Restorative Yoga for Anxiety

Saturday 27th May | 2pm to 4pm | Embody Wellness 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…

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…

Winter Solstice Gong Bath & Yoga Nidra

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…

Do You Struggle to Sleep? Try This

Paula’s Yoga Nidra for Sleep – Audio Download available here Do you struggle to get to sleep? Listen to this 12-minute Yoga Nidra practice I have recorded to help you drift off to sleep more easily.  This is best listened to in bed as this nidra does not wake you up at the end so…
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Rest + Renew eBook for You

Download my NEW complimentary eBook here Do you want to address your stress? Are you sleep deprived? Anxious? Then my new eBook is for You. As an experienced Restorative Yoga teacher (I am an Advanced Relax and Renew Trainer having studied with Judith Hanson Lasater) and dedicated student I am excited to share my new…

Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra & Gong Bath Evening

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…

Yoga Nidra – Dreaming of Yogic Sleep

“Yoga Nidra can be understood as a total practice of yoga itself… a state of ‘awakened sleep’ … in this state (we encounter) auto-suggestive experience of the power of the unconscious mind and its linkage with the soul.” – Sri Ram Sharam Acharya. What is Yoga Nidra? The word ‘nidra’ translates as ‘sleep’, hence the…
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My Gift to You – A 15 minute Guided Relaxation

If you’ve had a look around the U Can Yoga website recently you might have noticed a few changes. One of those is that you can now receive a free 15 minute Yoga Nidra (‘yogic’ sleep) Meditation. To receive your recording all you need to do is sign up to my mailing list here or via…

Rest is Good for You

“We really need to challenge the assumption that if you take more rest, you are more lazy. The fact that people who are more rested seem to have better well-being is an endorsement for the need for the rest.” – Prof Felicity Callard of Durham University, director of Hubbub Yes, rest is good for you.…

Less Stress, More Savasana

Heard the one about the yoga teacher who’s tired and wired? Whilst chatting with a friend after our morning run, I burst into tears, out of the blue. I joked that I was just tired and emotional. Surprised? I shouldn’t have been. Yoga teachers get stressed too. Those tears were a sign that I’d not…

The glorification of “Busy”

No matter how old I get, September is always associated with ‘Back to School’. The move into Autumn symbolises a time when many of us feel we need to get our heads down and get back to work after the summer. And before we know it, our daily calendars are full to bursting (if they…

Detox Yin Yoga at Home

Stimulate your gallbladder, liver and kidney meridians with Butterfly Pose. Thank You to Everyone who came along to my New Year Detox Yin Yoga Workshop where we practised yin poses to stimulate the liver and gallbladder meridians. If you weren’t able to be there, here is a pose you can try at home. According to…

Recharge with Restorative Yoga

Relax & Restore Restorative Yoga Workshop – 22nd November 2-4pm at Embody Wellness Give Yourself Permission to Relax Join me for this calming and nourishing workshop which will introduce you to the principles and many benefits of Restorative Yoga. As we shift into Winter, the yin season, the emphasis of our practice will be to…

Simple Self-Care

Simple Self-Care with Supported Reclining Cobblers Pose This is one of the most relaxing of all Restorative Yoga poses. Supported Reclining Cobblers Pose is ideal for relieving fatigue, headaches, breathing problems, aiding digestion and much more. For women this is also a wonderful pose to practise during your time of the month and during menopause.…