Paula Hines is a senior yoga instructor and author from London. She has practised and studied yoga since 2001 and has been instructing since 2011, now with a selected concentrate on restorative yoga, yin yoga and yoga nidra. Her personal expertise of yoga as a instrument for transformation led her to instructing after fourteen years of working within the TV business and fuels her need to share the life-enhancing advantages of yoga with others. She is creator of the e book, Relaxation + Calm: Light yoga and aware practices to nurture and restore your self (Inexperienced Tree, Bloomsbury Publishing) and a columnist for OM Yoga Journal.
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Inform us a bit about your self…
I’m Paula, a yoga instructor and author from London. I’ve practised yoga for over 20 years and after a 14-year full-time profession in tv, the place I additionally wrote comedy, I started instructing yoga in 2011. I’ve additionally written for OM Yoga Journal since 2011 and my e book, Relaxation + Calm: Light yoga and aware practices to nurture and restore your self was printed in 2022. I nonetheless do some occasional script improvement work (in my outdated job I used to be a script editor), although yoga and writing are at the moment my focus. My instructing has an emphasis on restorative yoga, yin, yoga nidra and yoga for menopause.
What does a typical day appear to be for you?
As a self-employed freelancer, my schedule tends to fluctuate day-to-day and over the course of the 12 months. It will depend on whether or not I’m extra in instructing mode, writing mode or script mode. Relying on the sort of work I’m doing I is likely to be studying scripts or writing an article within the daytime and instructing yoga within the night.
How did your yoga journey start and what impressed you to grow to be a yoga instructor?
I began yoga in 2001 as a strategy to ease stress and again ache. A colleague instructed yoga is likely to be useful and I believed it was price a strive. I used to be working full-time in TV – very lengthy hours and late nights have been the norm. I did certainly achieve aid from again ache and stress, however I additionally gained far more. When you’d advised me again then that I might find yourself instructing yoga I might have in all probability laughed in your face! However yoga unexpectedly grew to become an enormous a part of my life and it reached some extent the place my need to share with others among the advantages I had skilled overrode all the things.
What impressed you to specialise in your apply?
That is one thing I’ve written about in Relaxation + Calm, the place I share a few of my story. When it comes to restorative yoga, it was damage, discovering I had a power situation and burnout. I’d been doing a variety of dynamic asana apply that (unbeknownst to me on the time) was exacerbating the bodily ache I used to be experiencing. Restorative yoga mixed with yoga remedy modified the best way I apply and train.
How have you ever seen yoga profit your college students?
Once I’m instructing I see the variations in folks on the finish of a category or workshop in comparison with after they arrived. In a restorative session, particularly, I get pleasure from when you possibly can sense the calm within the area as nervous programs settle. From the suggestions I obtain afterwards, I discover that individuals who expertise circumstances similar to C-PTSD, power fatigue, anxiousness, insomnia, power stress and extra frequently inform me they’ve discovered the practices useful. Although yoga isn’t a treatment all, it’s rewarding to have the ability to share practices that provide tangible advantages and to see these constructive outcomes.
What’s your favorite quote or life motto?
It’s the Maya Angelou quote, “I’ve realized that folks will overlook what you stated, folks will overlook what you probably did, however folks will always remember the way you made them really feel.”