November is here!! We have the opportunity to start a fresh this month, with new wonderful intentions of Satya (truth) & acceptance. An exploration that I'll be guiding you through, to ignite the fierce power within you to stay motivated through this month and to inspire true self expression!
This time of year change is happening all around us, the leaves are still in their beautiful transformation and the weather is bright yet ...windy, rainy or cold! (True chameleon style!).
Its time to become immersed in the Autumn air, the warm simple foods, the adapting yoga practices and Yin/Restorative yoga are going to be huge influences in classes for the next few weeks ahead.
Even if you're joining me for a crazy, power, warm flow class you will still notice at the end we truly take time to rest, settle in and unravel. Yin and stillness can be a wonderful way of balancing Vata (Ayurvedic Dosha) and help us make the most of the hibernation 'feels' that might be dominating your body and mind!
What is Yin yoga?
Yin is a yoga practice that is still and settles into time, we are essentially doing the opposite to what we do every day... running around like a headless chicken!!
"Allowing ourselves to connect with this energy balance within our practice we can access different parts of our bodies. Within a very physical flow class we connect to Yang, when we are stressed, we are Yang, when we are constantly overwhelming ourselves with deadlines, we are Yang. The body can slowly over time burn out, we ignore the signals to rest and suddenly your body does it for you! You get ill and take days off work but still dont actually rest and it lingers into weeks. Full throttle YIN.
This can mean we are not acknowledging the full essence of balance.
When you attend a Yin yoga class you will notice a large difference. The practice is seated or lying down on the mat, there are very little alignment cues, there isn't a dynamic flow, it is just pure stillness. Moving into postures that sometimes look familiar from a Yang practice but targeting different areas within the body and the organs through meridian lines. Yin Yoga targets the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones, and even the joints of the body that normally are not exercised very much in a more active style of asana practice.
Yin Yoga postures are more passive, mainly on the floor and the majority of postures equal only about three dozen or so, much less than the more popular yang like practices. Yin Yoga is unique in that you are asked to relax in the posture, soften the muscle and move closer to the bone. While yang-like yoga practices are more superficial, Yin offers a much deeper access to the body. It is not uncommon to see postures held for three to five minutes, even 20 minutes at a time."
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Want to try Yin Yoga?
Tonights the night!! Every MONDAY come and join me ONLINE 8.15-9.15pm for a deeply restful practice, its my absolute favourite to practice and teach!
This weekend myself and Michelle (Shelley) are hosting another wonderful Yoga and sound bath workshop, if you feel called to really take some time out we would love you to come along. A 3 hour gathering that will allow you to truly unwind and connect to yourself, enjoy a slow flowing gentle/deep yoga practice (I modify every single pose!) that will help you connect to the Sacral Chakra, ill be guiding you through movements while teaching lovely gems of philosophy. When its time to relax you will wrap up, in blankets, thick socks and pillows and be lulled into a deep rest state by the sounds of singing bowls, drums, chimes and gong, honestly... I cannot describe the sound journey, its other worldly!!
THIS SATURDAY 6TH NOV
£25 per person
Feel called to attend?
You can book below:
Have a beautiful evening and week ahead,
Remember... you can start again every day, not just every month.
Lots of love,