Classes

Find Your Inner Fire

In this Find Your Inner Fire yin yoga class with EkhartYoga I focus on Manipura, the third chakra. Mani’ means ‘shining gem’ and ‘Pura’ means ‘place’. So the translation of Manipura is ‘place of the shining gem’. This chakra is related to our confidence, self-esteem and determination, while the associated element is fire whose energy…
Screenshot of Paula Hines teaching Soothing Savasana class on EkkartYoga (copyrighted)

Soothing Savasana for Deep Rest

Soothing your nervous system while resting deeply. “Learning to rest. to let go of the lure of constant busyness takes practice” – quote from my book, Rest + Calm This is an invitation to bring some physical rest into your day. In this practice I show you how to set yourself up in a supported restorative…
Still from Slow Flow for Energy class on EkhartYoga

NEW: Slow Flow for Energy

Flow… Have you tried my most recent class on EkhartYoga? This anytime flow is ideal for when you want to get your energy moving. Props aren’t essential, but if you like to use blocks to bring the floor up to yo, then you can have to hand a couple of bricks and a block to…

Restoring Flow

Restoring yoga to soothe your nervous system Have you tried my Restoring Flow class on EkhartYoga? Join me for a relaxing, flowing, low to the ground practice with a couple of supported postures included for good measure. This is perfect for when you want to slow down but still crave a little bit of movement.…

NEW: Rest + Restore – in-person, monthly

Next date: 8th September 2023 Join me on the first Friday of each month at Embody Wellness in Vauxhall for Rest + Restore, 90-minutes of contemplative practices to regulate your nervous system and restore your equilibrium. Grounded in restorative yoga, this special in-person monthly class also incorporates yin, breathing practices, meditation and guided relaxation. You’ll leave feeling rested,…

NEW! Go with the Flow Yin – my latest class on EkhartYoga

Go with the Flow Yin is my latest class available on EkhartYoga. Svadhishthana – the Sacral Chakra – linked to the Water element, is located in the lower abdomen near the sacrum. This chakra is associated with our ability to go with the flow, our self worth, creativity, and ability to express ourselves freely –…

NEW! Join me on Substack

I’m on Substack! In March this year I moved my newsletter over from Mailchimp to Substack. If you’re currently subscribed to my newsletter, you’ll already have been regularly hearing from me at Slow Living in the Big City on Substack. Why move to a new newsletter platform? Being on Substack allows me to offer you…

Kick Off 2023 with Feel-Good Yoga!

Launching on Monday 2nd January on EkhartYoga is the Feel-Good Yoga Challenge. Sign-up to enjoy daily 30-minute yoga practices throughout January. Esther Ekhart, the rest of the teaching team and I have joined forces to offer you classes to lift your mood and honour your body’s craving for movement to help you get your 2023…

Get Grounded Yin on EkhartYoga – new online class

My sixth class with EkhartYoga has been released. Muladhara – the Root Chakra – is associated with our basic needs of survival, security and safety and defines our sense of self. In this class I guide you through a grounding Root Chakra Yin practice to help you return to your place of inner knowing and…

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…

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…

Yin Yoga: Half Saddle Pose

If the full version of Saddle Pose feels too much then give Half Saddle a try. Like the full version, Half Saddle can also be a satisfying stretch for the quads and hip flexors. This pose also provides a gentle opening of the front body, a release for the upper back as well as extension…

Winter Yin Yoga: Saddle Pose

In this short video filmed at Embody Wellness in Vauxhall I am showing you Saddle Pose. On an energetic level this yin posture stimulates the Kidney and Urinary Bladder meridians – associated with the Winter season – and also the Spleen and Stomach lines. Here I’m using a bolster propped up on two blocks to…

Autumn Yin to Rebalance

In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), Autumn represents the Metal element, which is related to the Lung and Large Intestine Meridians (located in the upper body, shoulders, arms, torso). Imbalanced Metal Chi or Qi (energy) in the lungs and large intestine can manifest as allergies, colds, low immunity and an inability to express emotions, particularly sadness.…

Wall Yin: Squat

{WATCH} In this short video filmed at Evolve Wellness Centre in South Kensington I show you how to do a yin Wall Squat. This is one of my favourites for stretching the hips and easing lower back tightness. If sitting in a squat feels tricky for you, give this version a try. – Start by…

Yin Yoga: Dragonfly Pose

{WATCH} In this short video filmed at Embody Wellness I show you a few propping options and suggestions for Dragonfly pose. Yin yoga provides us with the opportunity to let go of striving so bear in mind that we are not striving for an end goal of uber-flexibility. Instead, aim for the variation of the…

Want to Improve Hamstring and Adductor Flexibility? Try this

{WATCH} In this short video filmed at Create Pilates in Wimbledon, I show you how to do Prasarita Padottonasana (A). When practised with care and consideration this pose is strengthening for the legs and feet – it can improve hamstring and adductor flexibility and can also help develop awareness of how to protect your lower back…

Undo Knots in the Upper Body with Thread the Needle Pose

{WATCH} In this short video filmed at Create Pilates in Wimbledon, I show you how to do Thread the Needle Pose. Thread the Needle can provide a satisfying stretch through the chest and shoulders. Also, the gentle twisting motion can help stretch the muscles in the lower back and release tension in the upper back…

Pain in the Neck? Try this

{WATCH} SEATED NECK RELEASE Do you suffer with a tight or sore neck? We can often hold tension in the neck (as well as the shoulders and upper back) due to stress and the dreaded ‘computer/mobile phone posture’, among other activities. In this short video, filmed at reCentre Health in Balham, I show you how…

Yin Yoga for Runners: Reclining Leg Stretch

In this short video filmed at Embody Wellness in Vauxhall, I show you how to do one of the poses I found helpful during my training for the Brighton Half Marathon a couple of years ago. (TIP – Do you have a tendency to hyperextend your knees? I do. To avoid this, you will see…

Wall Yin: Eye of the Needle

    In this short video filmed at Evolve Wellness Centre in South Kensington I show you how to do Wall Eye of the Needle. If you are in London I teach a weekly Yin Yoga class here on Wednesdays 6-7.15pm This version of Eye of the Needle is great if you have trouble keeping…