Self-Care Sunday - Yin Yoga
Welcome to self-care Sunday.
When living and teaching in Nepal, I taught a Sunday evening yin yoga class for more than two years. It was my favourite class. Coming together slowing down, breathing, integrating, it was a wonderful way to end the week and prepare for the new. It was a profound experience as a teacher seeing how people arrived at the Studio and witnessing their transformational shift of energy once they left.
The calmness one feels after a yin class is very real.
Selfcare to me is like an antidote to the ever changing aspects of life. Knowing and understanding how we are and what we need in times of emotional, physical or mental distress is a north star.
Yin Yoga is a wonderful slow-paced, almost meditative practice, suitable for any level of experience. It gives you time and space to tune inwards to notice both your mind and physical sensations.
A sequence can have a very similar effect on our energies as an acupuncture session, just without the needles :)
It incorporates principles of traditional Chinese medicine and Taoist principles, which believe there are pathways (meridians) of Qi (energy) that run through our bodies. By deepening ad softening into the poses, it can support the opening and release of blockages so that the energy can flow freely.
Yin yoga targets the "yin-tissues" in the body. The deep connective tissues, like your fascia, ligaments, joints, and bones. Because you stay in the poses for a longer period of time (2-5min or longer), the practice helps you stretch and lengthen those tissues while also teaching you how to breathe and be present through discomfort.
As for the poses themselves, many yin postures are either seated or reclined poses, since they require your muscles to fully relax.
Yin Yoga can be a big contrast if you are used to more dynamic, heat-building practices or you are generally living a fast-paced life, but especially then it can be a wonderful tool to bring some balance into your life.
The practice has incredible benefits for both body and mind. Here are just a few:
1. Reduces stress levels by activating your parasympathetic nervous system
2. Increases blood-flow and circulation
3. Releases fascia and improves joint-flexibility
4. Relieves tension
5. Balances the internal organs and improves the flow of Qi
6. Encourages mindfulness and a meditative awareness
The self-care Sunday immersion consists of four classes, held every Sunday in February. It can be an opportunity for you to try something new if you´ve never tasted a yin class or if you are familiar with the practice it can be a chance to commit the whole month creating some space and a consistent self-care in your life.
Even though the classes are online the space is limited to 12 students.
If you have any questions feel free to reach out. I am happy to give you more information or help to clear any doubts or concerns.
If you would like to join and book your spot please contact me.
Photo by: Maria Vojtovicova