MINDFUL YIN YOGA
Mindful yin yoga combines the influences of mindfulness, Indian yogic and Chinese daoist principles, with western science, to improve our health and wellbeing. With its emphasis on slow paced, 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 judgement, 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.
Body – to find you middle path of not too tight, not too loose. Is there something you can let go of? Or perhaps your body is asking you to surrender to some limitations and work with others?
Thoughts – has your mind wandered (it will, that’s what minds do). Are you caught in your ‘story’ and practicing mindlessly. Are you judging your bodies on the basis of what you can or cannot do?
Emotions – do certain asanas make you feel angry, frustrated or sad? Perhaps you bought these emotions onto the mat. What would happen if you changed your breathing? .
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.
In our practice we:
• Play to our edges – each time you come into an asana, go only to the point where you feel a resistance in the body. Give you body a chance to open up and if you are invited to go deeper, only then do so, listen to your body.
• Rest in stillness – once we have found the edge, we settle into the pose and wait without moving, aware of our breath, mindful of thoughts, emotions and bodily sensations and dropping into stillness.
• Sink in – when we have arrived at our edge, once we have become still, all that is left to do is stay. The yin tissues of deep connective tissue, ligaments, tendons and bone are not elastic and they need long-held, reasonable amounts of traction to be stimulated. By doing this we are able to:
* 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
Bolsters, blocks and other supportive accessories are used.
Classes (currently looking for a venue. Online options available)
Neurobiology led Therapeutic Programme
Our nervous and energy systems are under a constant barrage of stress and triggers which drain us, lead to suboptimal health and rob us of vitality. It might be an accident, illness, past trauma, something that just feels stuck or reeling from the impact of the covid pandemic.
This programme is flexible and developed around those attending. We usually begin with some information around different topics, for example:
- neurobiology and what happens when we experience some form of shock, upset, trauma
- the influence of social constructs and archetypes and how these affect our thoughts, beliefs etc
- explore the range of tools available to us to help break these patterns and live our best lives.
I am currently looking for a venue to deliver this programme once again and in the meantime very happy to offer online sessions on a 1:1 basis. Call me if you’d like to chat about this in a bit more detail.