Yoga For Relaxation
Can you guess which part of my weekly movement practices I have the most trouble with?
Ironically, they're usually my favourite.
While I can cajole myself after a while into getting onto my mat to practice dynamic yoga or outside (even in the dark/rain etc) to go for a run, practicing Yin yoga is the task I find it hardest to commit to without the help of a live class.
Part of the reason is that it's naturally a cooling practice and I'm generally very cold/already wearing several layers, but it's also because being still can be challenging, especially when we need it most - i.e. are stressed about all of the things we have to do, and our mind tries to convince us that there is simply no time.
Practicing with a guide, however, is a game changer. Live online classes provide a container of support and group energy where you can receive feedback and encouragement, and be held accountable to not fall asleep/roll over and start binge watching Netflix (we've all been there!).
Yin yoga truly is a magical tool to enable us to begin to slow down and notice and sit with our emotions in a manageable way. It gives us just enough time to begin to explore our inner landscapes, without the distractions and chatter of the outside world we navigate daily. Committing to a weekly Yin practice can have huge benefits for not only your physical body (flexibility in particular) but also your mental and emotional health.
It is my favorite style of yoga to both share as a teacher and practice as a student, and is invaluable in my self care practices (however challenging it can be sometimes to schedule in!).
If you're interested in trying this wonderful form of yoga this Friday I'm offering our monthly Deep Rest: Yin & Yoga Nidra session online from 7-8:30pm. This will combine an extended Yin Yoga practice with a guided Yoga Nidra meditation. This style of meditation involves systematically relaxing the whole body, all the way from the crown of the head down to the tips of the toes, before focusing on the breath, relaxing the mind and a guided visualization. It is deeply restorative and one hour of yoga nidra is thought to be as restful as four hours sleep.
If you're looking for an end of month wind down and space to rest, digest and reflect ahead of the coming month this is definitely for you. Even if the busy to do list is calling - then it is doubly as important!
Afterwards you can expect to feel more calm, relaxed and in touch with yourself, and quite possibly ready for the best night's sleep you've had in some time (as recent testimonials can attest to).
Absolutely no yoga or meditation experience is required, and a recording is available if you can't make the live session. The investment is just £10 per household and you can book here.
Have you ever tried Yin before? Let me know what you think in the comments :)