I have had the pleasure of practising yoga with Leslie. She cares so much about the total wellbeing of her clients and students. It is delightful to see her teaching and sharing this passion! X ND
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Well here I am! Finally embarking on my yoga teacher training journey. I have been practising yoga on and off for over 20 years and with my body work clients I often drop to the floor and demonstrate a pose that may be beneficial for whatever is going on for them.
Massage and yoga are a perfect union for me so it feels like a natural progression for my career to train as a yoga teacher. I have a particular love for yin yoga and I can see it being really beneficial for so many of my clients.
I undertook an intensive yin yoga training earlier this summer with Norman Blair - an incredibly inspiring teacher. And I am so pleased that I am now able to offer yin yoga classes as a trainee yoga teacher.
Classes are weekly on a Thursday evening and Sunday late afternoon. I will provide mats and props, all you need to bring is a blanket for our relaxation at the end and for extra support. As I am a trainee yoga teacher these classes will be at a reduced rate of £7 for an hour session and will be bookable online only.
My Sunday Slow Down classes take place at North Hayling Recreation Hall at 4.30pm and are bookable now at https://believeinwellbeing.as.me/?appointmentType=11225891. Thursdays will begin again on 9 January at North Hayling Recreation Hall at 6.30pm and you can book this class at https://believeinwellbeing.as.me/?appointmentType=11889784. I am also putting on a fabulous yin yoga and sound bath on 12 January and more dates have been scheduled for 2020. Go to WORKSHOPS to find out more.
So what is yin yoga? Yin postures are more passive and mostly floor-based which makes it accessible to so many of us. It has a slow and considered approach, asking you to relax into a pose, soften the muscles and deepen into your body. Poses are held for a number of minutes, melting tension and taking your deeper into yourself. This style of yoga targets deep connective tissues and, as it has a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) approach, we can also regulate the flow of energy in the body through targeting specific meridians and acupressure points.
The time spent holding postures can be meditative which, to me, makes it such a beautiful practice. And it is thought that a practice like this was traditionally used to help promote meditation and long periods of pranayama (breathing exercises) and sitting. This meditative approach with a physical focus gives us the opportunity to access deeper tissues such as the connective tissue and fascia. Often this is where we hold deep seated historical tension. And in my experience as a body worker and Reiki Master this is also where we hold emotions that no longer serve us. This practice of yoga gives you the opportunity to get close and personal with yourself, with your feelings, with the emotions lying under the surface. And it allows us to do something we struggle with.... to SLOW DOWN!
Yin can also help us with flexibility. There is no delicate way to put this - the older we get the more our joints lose flexibility. And yin is a great way to maintain good movement and joint function. Yin teaches you to listen to your body - something we all need so much.
Some of the benefits of yin yoga are:
Calms and balances the body and mind
Regulates energy in the body
Increases mobility, especially the joints and hips
Lowers stress levels
Helps lubricate and protect joints
Impacts on the connective tissue
Better able to sit for meditation