MINDFUL YIN YOGA
Mindful yin yoga combines the influences of mindfulness, Indian yogic practices, Chinese daoist principles with western science to improve our health on many levels. With its emphasis on floor based asana, mindful yin yoga increases flexibility in the back, hips and pelvis, mobilises and strengthens the joints and allows body and mind to drop into deeply nourishing relaxation.
Mindfulness is a way of paying attention, on purpose and without judgment, to what goes on in the present moment in your body, mind and your outside environment. It involves intentionally stepping out of ‘automatic pilot’ to be present, aware and responsive. We learn how to observe the breath and use this as a way to focus on the present moment, allowing thoughts and feelings to arise and sitting with them, without getting “involved”, before letting them fade away.
In Daoist principles, ‘yin’ is about yielding, being, letting go. Much of our daily life is spent being in a ‘yang’ state, busy, striving, doing, achieving. We need a balance of both for a healthy life and this practice gives us the permission and space to slow down and experience our yin nature. With the forward bends in particular, the relaxation response is initiated leaving you feeling deeply relaxed.
Yin yoga practice encourages:
* lengthening of fascia and ligaments of the back, pelvis and hips
* improving range of movement in tight joints
* rehydrate the synovial fluids
* break down of old scar tissue
* release toxins and waste products from tissue
Within a class, we start with a short meditation, pranayama (breathing exercise) or guided visualisation, practice a number of floor based asanas where we sink in for upto 5 minutes, ending in a final relaxation in savasana. Bolsters, blocks and other supportive accessories are used.
All abilities are welcome, you don’t need to be flexible or have practiced yoga before. Perhaps you may have practiced a ‘yang’ style of yoga for years and keen to complement your practice. Mindful yin yoga classes are offered in small groups to ensure a sense of comfort and ease. You will pre pay for 6 classes in advance (I am unable to offer a refund for any missed class, unless there are mitigating circumstances). Ring me to book.
6.30pm – 7.45pm Tuesday Floating Point, Pangbourne £70
7.30pm – 9.00pm Wednesday Braziers Park, Ipsden £90
11.00am – 12.15pm Sunday Floating Point, Pangbourne £70
Tuesday 2nd January 2018
Sunday 7th January
Wednesday 7th February
Tuesday 13th February
Sunday 11th March
(all you need bring is a cushion and blanket)
6 week Therapeutic Course
Combining the power of yin yoga, yoga nidra meditation and 20 years experience of health and wellness, this 6 week course will be delivered in small groups, to ensure bespoke individual attention to achieve your goals. You will also enjoy a 10% discount off any therapy taken with me, during the course. Whether you wish to achieve more flexibility and movement in your body, recover from injury, illness or an operation, or find new coping strategies to ease long term health conditions, or to deal with the stresses and strains of life, this course is for you.
Wed 3rd January 2018, 2pm – 4pm at Floating Point Floatation Centre, Pangbourne
Thurs 8th February 2018, 11.30am to 1.30pm at Floating Point Floatation Centre, Pangbourne
I am intending an evening course and seeking a venue to accommodate us, so happy to hear from you if you know anywhere in South Oxfordshire or West Berkshire area.
Email me for your booking form at: firstname.lastname@example.org
1 to 1, private tutoring available. Please contact me for further information.