I'm so pleased to be able to offer this nourishing and balancing workshop, live in person and live online again.
Join me for a Yin and Tonic Workshop that incorporates Myofascial Release techniques with yin yoga poses to help you deeply release tension in the body mind and soul, promoting a wonderful sense of embodiment and connection, increasing mobility in joints and fascia. and stimulating the flow of Chi through your entire being as you experience blissful sensations of releasing tension and letting go, offering the ultimate relaxation, sense of peace and stillness.
Kate Kearns, director of Yoga Aura, is a qualified Yin and MBSR Restorative Yoga Therapy Teacher, Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals UK, 200 RYT, PRYT & YACEP with Yoga Alliance US and a qualified Pre and Post Pregnancy Yoga Teacher.
This Yin Yoga and Myofascial Release Workshop is the perfect workshop to Unwind, Release and Let Go of tension in the body and to encourage healing and recovery from trauma held in the fascia. A refreshing and deeply releasing, deliciously yummy and bittersweet practice of letting go of tension we are holding in the body, combining Yin you poses with myofascial release techniques placing balls in places of tension, to release and nourish to provide a deeper level of release.
This 2 hour workshop cultivates harmony and balance as we breathe into our yin poses, releasing and letting go of tension, increasing flexibility as our fascia, connective tissues and bones are energised as we soften into out edge.
We stimulate the meridian channels, releasing blockages and encouraging energy, Chi, Prana, life force to flow through your entire being.
What is self-myofascial release?
The term myofascial refers to the muscles and fascia that surrounds them. Myo- simply means muscle. Therefore, self-myofascial release is a massage technique of applying continued pressure using various techniques to an area of myofascial tissue that contains restrictions, tightness, inflexibility, adhesions or lacks proper movement.
Self-myofasical release has many benefits, these include:
Increasing circulation and blood flow Increasing joint flexibility/mobility, reducing adhesion and scar tissue,
Aiding in preventing injury
Eliminating tension in muscles
Releasing endorphins to help reduce pain
Relieving mental stress
MFR is very effective for rejuvenating and regenerating muscles and can be used to rehabilitate and restore the health of soft tissue structures increasing movement and aiding recovery.
We will also incorporate these targeting techniques to acupressure points, Back Shu points and Front Mu points, known as “transporting” points because it is said that they transport “Qi” to the inner organs. Using this method also around our ‘belts of tension. Using the tennis/massage balls (or any other balls or even using apples and oranges (even potatoes) if you do not have any balls to hand while we come into a yin pose and use techniques of rolling, cross fibre, stretch and pin, using pressure of the balls to release tension and then coming to hold our yin poses provides a totally amazing, deep release!
You can feel the deep release and the flow of Qi as we stimulate areas that my me tight and holding tension and stress as we release stagnation and blockages. Likened to giving your self a deep tissue massage.
What is Yin Yoga? “Yin Yoga” Commit to the stillness, observe and allow whatever arises to simply be.
Mindful Yin Yoga is a permissive, nourishing, yielding practice. It works on the deep tissues in the body that need a gentle, longer-held pressure to be stimulated and grow stronger. The asanas in this practice are usually held for 3 to 7 minutes, while keeping a deep, mindful breathing. The tissue will lengthen, open-up and become stronger, restoring itself and increasing flexibility of the whole body.
The three fundamentals of Yin Yoga:
1 - Enter the position with the right depth. Find your edge and let your body slowly open up
2 - Keep quiet, keep still. Once you find the optimal point of tension, keep calm.
3 – Remain in the pose for a period time. Mindful Yin Yoga offers a meditative approach to yoga and is a slow-paced style of yoga with postures held for longer periods of time - up to five minutes in order to improve flexibility by releasing the connective tissues of the body including the tendons, fascia, and ligaments, even joints of the bones generally in the hips, pelvis and lower spine.
At the same time, there is an emphasis on relaxing the muscular tissue.
• The perfect complement to dynamic (Yang) forms of yoga as it improves flexibility, stimulates, and hydrates fascia including myofascial and superficial fascia especially, strengthens joints and encourages energy to flow freely.
• Yin aims to unblock energy channels known as the meridians and offers a deep release and sense of letting go.
Cultivating harmony and peace, a deeper sense of balance and feelings of calmness, stimulating the meridian channels improves organ health and can bring us back into balance so we have yin and yang = we need both, everything needs yin and Yang, you cannot have one without the other, but they can be out of balance and yin yoga aims to balance our Chi. You will feel balanced and relaxed, calm and peaceful, although at times the yin yoga practice can evoke emotions to arise and it can be challenging to remain in a pose and this is where we also develop our self awareness of what is present, of our feelings, thoughts and give our selves this time and space to let anything surface that we need to let go of.
• Yin is a quiet and simple yoga practice but that does not mean that it is easy. Yin can be challenging owing to holding the postures for long periods. We can use props like blocks, bolsters, blankets and cushions help us to remain at our appropriate edge and support us in the pose and with no to skeletons being the same we will all be working to stretch/stress, compress, twist and release in different ways and will all look the different, all have different shapes, all need different props in different places to help us feel what we need to feel as individuals in the target areas of each pose. There is no alignment here in our yin yoga practice.
• Mindful yin Yoga is a path, a journey that we embark on in our practice where our intention is not to get somewhere else in our practice, but to be just where we are. To be in the moment, with our breath, just being aware of our intention of staying mindful.
• Mindful Yin Yoga is non-judging and is about being fully present and with kindness to ourselves and self-compassion in our hearts.
• Mindful yin yoga taps into our innate potential for healing and it cultivates our ability to embody wisdom and self-compassion and can help us to free whatever arises in our lives with integrity, with clarity and with an open-hearted presence.
Suitable for all levels including beginners. You will need 2 tennis balls or some softer massage balls, pet balls even, blankets, blocks/large books, a belt/scarf/tie, cushions, pillows etc.
Live places £25 and online £20
I provide the equipment for the live class but you are welcome to bring your wonk. You can now book all my classes and workshops online buy going to my website https://www.yoga-aura.co.uk/RetreatsandWorkshops or Book your place now by email to Kate via firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text 07795 418266
Cancellation policy - Investment non-refundable from 7 days before the event or £10 admin fee to cancel up to 8 days before.
This adventure is perfect for individuals and small groups, and can be tailored for:
- Charity fundraising
- Hen / Stag parties
- School groups
- Dog Friendly
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