An evening of yin yoga and yoga nidra
Take some time to pause and reflect, spend your Friday night ‘in with yin’.
At The Granary Yoga Studio
Friday 6th December – 2019 – 6.30pm – 8.30pm
In Chinese Medicine, winter represents the most Yin time of year. Winter’s energy is dark, slow and inward.
Whilst our tendency may be to hibernate until spring arrives, a yin yoga practice can restore the body and help us to find harmony with this cold and dark season. According to traditional Chinese medicine, water is the primary element of winter, therefore this yin sequence will be designed to target the kidneys and urinary bladder by stimulating the meridian lines that run down the front and back of the spine, as well as down the back of the legs and up the inner thighs.
At this master-class you will practice a yin sequence designed to clear out blockages along the kidney meridian line and give yourself the time to rest and replenish your kidneys properly. As the kidneys are our storehouse of energy in the winter time, this particular focus can assist in revitalising our entire being.
Yin helps to release tension held in the deep tissues of the subtle body. When we take the time to let go of physical tension, mental and emotional tension will also find space to release and above all, the practice of yin yoga followed by yoga nidra will help you to sleep very soundly.
Yin Yoga will take you well outside your comfort zone. However much of the benefit of the practice will come from staying in this zone of discomfort, despite the mind’s urgent pleas to leave. I like to call this “effortless effort” and acceptance is key. Yin yoga poses apply moderate stress to the connective tissues—the tendons, fascia, and ligaments—with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility. They are also designed to improve the flow of qi, the subtle energy said in Chinese medicine to run through the meridian pathways of the body. Improved qi flow is hypothesised to improve organ health, immunity, and emotional well-being.
Ultimately Yin is a meditative approach to yoga and aims at cultivating awareness of one’s inner silence, and bringing a deeper level of awareness to your being.
The last 30 minutes of the session will be a guided meditation yoga sleep which is an even deeper effortless state of relaxation. You simply lie down comfortably, completely allowing your body to let go and relax whilst my voice guides you. Yoga Nidra brings an incredible calmness, quietness and clarity and is one of the deepest of all meditations, leading awareness through many levels of mental process to a state of supreme stillness and insight. The state of Yoga Nidra, conscious Deep Sleep, is beyond or subtler than the imagery and mental process of the Waking and Dreaming states. In Yoga Nidra, you leave the Waking state, go through the Dreaming state, and into the Deep Sleep state, yet remain fully awake.
Venue – The Granary Yoga Studio Brogborough, Milton Keynes
The Granary Yoga Studio is a lovely warm venue set in converted barn at Manor Farm in a secluded location. It has a a natural rustic character, soft lighting and is fully equipped with yoga props. It is located on the Bedford Road (old A421) just 1.5 miles from J13 of the M1
Complete beginners welcome.