*New Monthly Online Workshop – last Saturday of every month*
OPENING TO THE LIGHT
A Yin / Yang Yoga workshop with Qi Gong + Yoga Nidra
Saturday 27th March | 2 – 5 pm | £20
We shall gather to celebrate the arrival of Spring with a three-hour workshop of movement-based ‘Yang’ Yoga into Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra.
The practice – Yang phase
We shall start with a movement-based practice + will learn how to ‘root’ to ‘rise’ The yang phase will encourage the smooth flow of Qi or energy through a physical flow. The practice will be 75 minutes of flow influenced by both Hatha Flow Yoga and Qi Gong. Qi Gong means life energy cultivation. The Liver energy likes to move, and the flow will stimulate both the Liver and Gallbladder Meridian channels. The Liver channel is on the inside of the legs and is considered Yin + the Gallbladder channel runs down the side of the body of the body and is considered Yang. The Flow will consist of lots of lovely side stretches and we will work the groin area on the inside of the legs as well.
The practice – Yin phase
Spring is an upward energy, and the Yin practice will also focus on stimulating the Liver and Gallbladder channels, but in a passive way.
Yin yoga postures are floor based and held for 3 – 5 minutes. Yin yoga
works the body on many levels – Physically: the deep layers of Fascia through slow stretching are released. Energetically: The Meridian pathways (energy channels from Chinese medicine model) in the body, which are close to the surface of the skin are stimulated and this can release stagnant or stuck Qi (energy). Meditative: Yin yoga is a practice which creates space for stillness and therefore it is meditative in quality and can help cultivate a settled mind.
Yoga nidra, or yogic sleep as it is commonly known, is an immensely powerful meditation technique. While the practitioner rests comfortably in savasana (corpse pose), this systematic meditation takes you through the pancha maya kosha (five layers of self), leaving you with a sense of wholeness and deep relaxation.
Sasha will also share poems, seasonal tips to help support you in Spring, including nutrition, acupressure points and lifestyle.