Join us for a class of New Moon Yin Yoga.
Why New Moon Yin Yoga?
The New Moon is a time of renewal and gives us the opportunity to honour, connect with and celebrate the natural cycles of life. New Moon is a time for starting new projects, exploring new ideas and finding a new way in relationships, whether it’s an entirely new relationship or a new way of being in relationship with others or oneself.
The New Moon provides the opportunity for introspection and self-reflection, and Yin yoga provides the space, energy and pace for moving inwards.
The New Moon practice will culminate in a yoga Nidra (deep relaxation) as we take a journey of awareness through the 5 Koshas or different layers of our being from our physical body to the bliss state. Find out more about Yoga Nidra.
What is Yin Yoga?
In Yin yoga we allow the body to guide us slowly and gently into the posture, and moving in this way we start to reach the deepest layers of connective tissue, the place where we hold residual tension, emotion and stress. Connective tissue (fascia, ligaments and tendons) is considered Yin body tissue (rather than yang body tissue – muscles) and we approach this practice slowly and mindfully allowing the muscles to relax so that we can access the deeper Yin body tissue.
All poses are down lying or sitting on the mat using just gravity to assist us into the pose and props where necessary. Poses are held for a few minutes at a time so that the body can naturally open and stretch in it’s own time and way. The poses can produce some fairly intense sensations. Therefore there is no forcing, no pushing, we let go of striving and effort and move towards our ‘edge’ or full range-of-motion mindfully, watching what arises from moment to moment.
When we listen to and feel the body’s reactions to the pose we are encouraged to let go of our stories and ideas about how the body should look, feel and move and we start to tap into the body’s innate wisdom. In this respect it’s a very empowering practice as the poses bring you face-to-face with your self and all that entails: mind, thoughts, emotions, body, sensations, and as a result, we start to become more self-accepting.
Yin Yoga also works on the meridians in the body, releasing stagnant energy and assisting in energy flow throughout the system.
You can read more on Yin Yoga here.