Date(s) - 10/11/2018
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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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 to a specific season, organ system and emotion.
Metal is linked to Autumn and to the lungs and large intestine – and is all about transformation. Just as Autumn is a time when nature begins to draw its energy inwards to prepare for the colder, darker months ahead, precious metals can be found deep in the earth ready to be discovered and transformed without ever losing their true essence.
Led by Paula Hines, part one of this workshop will be a lung and large intestine yin yoga practice, where physically the focus is on moving deeper into the connective tissues of the body (ligaments, tendons and fascia – the cling-film-like ‘tissue’ which holds our muscles together). Imbalanced lung and large intestine Qi (energy) can manifest as respiratory problems, sadness, fatigue, low immunity and colds. When lung Qi is balanced we feel present, optimistic and more able to face life’s ups and downs with acceptance and courage.
In this slow practice, we remain in each yin yoga pose for three to five minutes. We will then move into part two of the workshop – a blissful, extended yoga nidra to leave you feeling refreshed, restored and rebalanced.
This workshop is open to all levels, however it is not suitable for pregnant students.
About Paula Hines
Paula has practised and studied a range of yoga styles since 2001. Her own experience of yoga’s capacity to aid recovery from injury and ease stress led her to train as a teacher after fourteen years of working full-time in TV and fuels her desire to share yoga’s life-enhancing benefits with others. An experienced restorative yoga teacher, Paula is an Advanced Relax and Renew Trainer.
Paula enjoys teaching groups and individuals around London and on retreats and is also a tutor on the Laxmi Yoga 200-hour Vinyasa and Hatha teacher training programme with Sally Parkes. Her commitment to studying yoga as a teacher and student is on-going, including studying restorative yoga with Judith Hanson Lasater, yin yoga with Norman Blair and vinyasa flow with Shiva Rea. Paula is also a Total Yoga Nidra teacher and facilitator (an approach which encompasses a range of Yoga Nidra traditions with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Nirlipta Tuli).
Paula greatly enjoys learning from students and is eternally grateful to all the teachers she has had the good fortune to practise and study with.
Paula is also a writer with script-writing credits for the BBC and currently writes a monthly column for OM Yoga Magazine.