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Yin Yoga moves much more slowly than it’s yang counterpart and stretches more deeply into the body.
Yin Yoga centers around calming, grounding, asana for stretching deeper into connective tissues such as ligaments tendons and deep fascia, combined with holding the postures for an extended period of time, because you perform yin yoga in a more passive manner, you’re encouraged to relax and surrender to gravity allowing for it to target your physical mental and emotional health.
Restorative Yoga is the practice of asanas, each held for longer periods and supported with props such as bolsters, blocks and blankets to relax the body and reduce stress.
By allowing time for longer holds and deeper breathing we restore the body to its parasympathetic nervous system function helps elicit the relaxation response allowing the body to rest, heal and restore.
Yoga Nidra, or "yogic sleep" is described as a conscious sleep, during the practice of yoga nidra you may appear to be asleep but the consciousness is functioning at a deeper level of awareness, therefore yoga nidra is often referred to as psychic sleep or deep relaxation with inner awareness. It's a powerful supportive and nurturing practice that takes you on a journey through the koshas (energetic sheaths) to bring about complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation.
You're guided to relax consciously and guides you starting with setting an intention for your life and for your practice, you then learn to focus your awareness on your breath, bodily sensations, emotions and thoughts, when other thoughts slip into you conscious mind you are encouraged to observe them, welcome them, and let them go without getting caught up in it.from awareness of the physical body to more subtle levels of presence, stillness and spaciousness and the deepest state of relaxation.
Once set up in a relaxed supported posture, you're guided through the practice which includes sankalpa-the acknowledgement of a resolve, intention or affirmation, pratyahara-the withdrawal from our awareness of external stimuli and drawing our senses inward to awareness of the breath and bodily sensations, guided relaxation of parts of the body, letting go of effort, visualisation, resting awareness, surrender, welcoming ourselves back, sankalpa smirti (remembering our sankalpa), freewriting or journaling to process the experience, offering gratitude for the practice and love for yourself.
A recent study suggested that yoga nidra can be a useful tool in reducing both cognitive and physiological symptoms of anxiety.
Take some time to release tension, overthinking, get grounded, and be with what is happening right this second with a guided meditation to relax your body, piece by piece.
Meditation helps us calm the sympathetic nervous system; mainly, our fight-or-flight response, and activate the parasympathetic nervous system.
Mindfulness Meditation is not aimed at clearing the mind of thoughts, it's not about pushing yourself to make something happen, there is no ideal state of relaxation, I always found meditation the most difficult part of my yoga practice, through a fear of stillness and being alone with my own triggering thought patterns, until I found trauma sensitive mindfulness meditation, this practice is more guided allowing time for your to connect with the sesnses in the present moment sight, sound, touch, taste, smell, with many different options to find comfort physically and mentally.
Mindfulness meditation is a method to train or exercise the brain, it's not as simple as breathing and relaxing, the brain is a muscle that needs training, just like a muscle in the physical body you can't work it once and expect it to be strong, it needs repetitive conscious effort and practice to allow the brain to become strong in meditation, this helps to develop mindfulness skills, mindfulness is about learning to be in the present moment to allow you to relate differently to what you experience.
During meditation, you’re in a waking state of consciousness while focusing the mind and allowing thoughts to come and go.
Being mindful is being attentive, you aim your attention on purpose and observe your present experience with a curious attitude, when you're mindful you are aware of where your attention is moment to moment.
Research studies find many benefits of mindfulness practice such as a stronger concentration and greater body awareness, increases in the ability to stay present with life experiences instead of avoiding them, practice also increases empathy and compassion toward ourselves and others.
The term breathwork is used to describe intentional and conscious breathing it is an active meditation that helps bring attention to and influences cognitive physical emotional and spiritual states.
Many of us spend the majority of our lives breathing unconsciously, when we're stressed and anxious the breathe becomes short, shallow and constricted, this can have a distressing impact on the body's and our wellness.
Conscious breathing offers mental clarity, connection to creativity, a sense of internal wellness, whilst the breath is not a magic pill for all of life's problems, engaging in a regular intentioanl and conscious daily breathwork practice can re connect us with out body's and improve our quality of life.
Breathwork can be a good step in to meditation, if you find meditation and being alone with your thoughts difficult as I did, sitting with the breath can help you find stillness and inner awareness whilst having something to focus on.
Conscious breathing techniques, Pranayama, supports emotional health; including relief from depression, anxiety and trauma symptoms, reducing chronic over response to stress, increasing cognitive function; including memory, concentration and sensory processing, effective communication, reducing anger, physical pain, blood pressure and heart rate, integration of grief and loss, helping with sleep disturbances, addressing digestive irregularity, sustained energy throughout the day and a deeper connection to spiritual and intuitive guidance.
If you are new to yoga, want to work towards a specific area within your practice, have an injury, want to learn how to implement a home practice, or you want to learn more about anatomy and the biomechanics of movement, we can spend more time working on alignment techniques and curiously explore what works best for you in your body.
If you're looking for fast flows I'm not the guide for you, but if you would like to know how to move mindfully and safely and build strength, flexibility and body awareness within your practice then this is the place to start.
You can experience learning more about your body, they way it moves, body parts, anatomy, joint articulation or muscle engagement, to increase your body awareness and acceptance.
When we learn alignment techniques in our yoga classes we are not only keep our bodies safe from injury, we are also learning to move with intention and take control of our body.
We don't look at alignment as a right and wrong but as techniques to explore and move and stay safe and get strong.
We all have imbalance within our body's and our daily lives and habitual patterns can cause misalignment of our skeletal structure, muscle tightness and stiffness, aches and pains, this class can help you become more aware of the how and why, which can help you be more aware of your body day to day and bring more awareness to everything you do in your daily life.