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Yin is a style of yoga in which poses are held for 3-5 minutes each in order to stretch the fascia and connective tissues in the body, and to still and calm the mind. In order for the practice to be effective we look to find a gentle sensation of stretch in a position that is sustainable (so not 110% your fullest stretch ever!), then focus on breathing, relaxing and finding stillness in the body and mind.
After a pose, or set of poses we will move into a 'rebound' pose which can be savasana (lying flat on back), lying on the front, childs pose or reclining hug. Rebound poses are usually held for 30 seconds up to 1 minute and are there to simply feel and experience the sensations that arise in the body as a result of releasing the long hold pose.
Due to the slower & stiller nature of this quiet, contemplative practice it is a wonderful counter to the fast pace of daily life.
Yoga Nidra is the healing and restorative practice of yogic sleep. In yoga nidra you are guided through a series of mental exercises and visualisations that will allow your mind and body to slip into a deep state of relaxation. In yoga nidra, the brain switches from beta to alpha waves, the brain wave frequency that links conscious thought with the subconscious mind. In alpha state Serotonin is released, which helps you to reach a transformational experience of inner calm. Fluctuations in the mind decrease and you begin to feel more at ease and a deep feeling of tranquillity and relaxation occurs. As you move deeper into the practice the brain will then begin to emit delta waves, mimicking what happens when we enter a deep restful sleep.
Why practice Yin & Nidra?
A weekly Yin practice will give you time to slow down and disconnect from the busyness of your day, and reconnect to your inner stillness helping to reduce stress & anxiety as well as feeling more calm and present.
On a physical level Yin is a wonderful compliment to improve flexibility alongside your regular vinyasa/strengthening yoga practice, or to bring space and stillness into the body to balance your regular CrossFit or weight lifting sessions.
There are many benefits to a regular yin practice:
- Calm and bring balance to the body and mind
- Increase circulation
- Improve flexibility
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Learn to relax deeply
- Improve joint mobility
- Release tension from fascia
A regular Yoga Nidra practice has been associated with
- Reduced stress & anxiety
- Improved sleep
- Detachment from unhelpful thought patterns and habits
What to expect:
Expect a slow, contemplative practice in which seated, kneeling & reclining poses are held for 3-5 minutes each folowed by a Yoga Nidra guided meditation for deep relaxation.
Some sessions may begin with some gentle warm up movements if students feel very stiff or stressed from the day, other sessions will move direclty into the yin practice.
PLEASE NOTE: This is a live stream of the in-studio session. Due to technical restrictions I am not able to see all my students through this medium as I usually can in the studio. With this in mind, please only practice what feels good to you and skip/modify poses where necessary.
Logins for this session are sent out approximately 30 minutes prior to the session beginning. If you are signing up within 15 minutes of the session start time, please message 4096986335 to receive your login.
What you will need:
You do not need any special equipment for yin but if you have a yoga mat, blocks, bolster, strap and blanket please have them to hand. Options will be given if you do not have props available, a pillow or cushion can work in place of a bolster, a towel can take the place of a strap etc. (If you wold like to purchase props for your practice please contact the studio as a wide range is available)