We live in a world where we are bombarded with stimuli 24/7. It’s so easy to end up not switching off at all - to end up with a mind that is constantly busy processing all the information that’s thrown at it. Whether the information is good, valuable or rubbish, it doesn’t matter, the mind still needs to deal with it. The mind gets used to that amount of information and starts to crave stimuli if it becomes quiet. So we end up browsing, looking for stuff; it doesn’t matter what, as long as we fill the gaps. Gaps we really should allow to stay empty to find some sort of downtime - for the mind to stop and for you to just be.
Any kind of dynamic form of yoga and exercise such as running, cycling, etc. caters to this aspect of keeping ourselves busy. Although the mind may calm down as a result of the active exercise, we are still feeding the part of us that craves intensity and wants to be stimulated. We just happen to have found ourselves a healthier stimulus! I am not saying cut out the yang type of exercises, I just think it’s a good idea to also balance all the on-the-go aspects of life and a great way to do that is through Yin Yoga.
I hold a monthly 2 hour yin yoga master class which will give you the opportunity to explore your inner world longer and deeper as we stay longer in a pose, usually 3-6 minutes. Yin yoga is a practice that brings together the 3 bodies that are called the physical, astral (feelings, emotions) and mental (thoughts) which are knitted together through our meridians and chakras. It is a practice of awareness and letting go.
Benefits of a regular yin yoga practice
Calms and balances the mind and body
Reduces stress and anxiety
Releases fascia and improves joint mobility
Balances the internal organs and improves the flow of chi or prana
Who is yin yoga for?
Yin yoga is for you if you are tired and craving energy or you’re over-stimulated and have too much energy; if your mind is overactive or your energy levels erratic.
This practice is equally beneficial for males and females on a physical, mental and emotional level and is suitable for all levels of fitness and all ages. It is slow and meditative and is done mostly sitting or lying down.
After a class, you can expect to feel calmer as we access a more relaxed parasympathetic nervous system (the rest and digest part of you), a tuning in (as we sit with ourselves and get connected) and a lovely feeling of being stretched out in your own skin (as fascia releases).
Extended Yin yoga classes 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Tuesday 2nd & 16th November
Tuesday 7th December
For more information or to book please email me.