Begin To Yin: An Introduction to Yin Yoga – Half Day Yoga Workshop
Come and join us on 10 February!
Have you heard about Yin Yoga, but never tried? Are you wondering what it is, and how it differs from other styles of yoga? Are you simply exhausted, looking for a way to connect compassionately with yourself, or wanting to develop a meditative practice? If the answer is ‘yes’ to any of those questions, then we have just the thing for you – our ‘Begin To Yin’ half-day workshop!
Yin Yoga has the same goals and objectives as any other school of yoga; however, it directs the stimulation normally created in the asana portion of the practice deeper than the superficial or muscular tissues (which we are calling the yang tissues). Yin Yoga targets and applies moderate stress to the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones, and even the joints of the body, with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility. The intention of Yin Yoga is to stress the joints (within safe limits) in order to prevent degeneration.
While initially this style of yoga can seem quite boring, passive, or soft, yin practice can be quite challenging due to the long duration of the poses. We can remain in the postures anywhere from one to twenty minutes, allowing the body to softly yield to the floor, whilst we work on turning our attention inwards and accept the emotions which arise as we find stillness.
Suitable for almost all levels of students, Yin Yoga is a perfect complement to the dynamic and muscular (yang) styles of yoga that emphasize internal heat, and the lengthening and contracting of our muscles. Yin Yoga most often targets the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine.
This yoga workshop is a mixture of theory and practice, and is a great introduction to Yin Yoga; we will learn some of the basic concepts found in traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and meridian theory: In addition to targeting the connective tissues in the body, Yin Yoga postures are each said to have a direct impact on the meridian lines found in TCM, and the organs that they run through. The meridians (energy pathways) are responsible for moving Chi (energy) and blood around the body, moistening tendons and bones, and lubricating joints. They also connect the inside of the body with the outside.
We will spend some time developing a meditative self-enquiry practice and finish the day with Yoga Nidra (Yoga Sleep) to encourage a deep meditative state of consciousness. Yoga Nidra can be a very transformative process, and can be used to work on things we might wish to change in our lives.
The practice of Yin is an opportunity for communicating in a sweeter and more compassionate way with ourselves. Within the safety and softness of the poses we are better able to send and receive our heart’s messages, to fortify the parts of us that need attention and to encourage a greater understanding of ourselves in this world.
Workshop spaces are limited and must be booked in advance. £36 per person, £15 deposit required when booking your place. Early-bird discount: £31 if booked and paid in full by 2 February.
Our half day workshops and retreats are held at Astral Park Sports and Community Centre, Johnson Drive, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 4AY – a wonderful venue with ample free parking, a wooden floor and under floor heating – perfect for a winter’s afternoon of yoga!
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