October 12th, 7.30pm @ The Yoga Lounge, Upper Boddington
Im sure you have noticed the discernible shift from the warm days of summer to the cooler days of Autumn as we approach the Fall Equinox on Wednesday, September 23rd. This will be one of only 2 days in the year where night and day will be of equal length signifying that the balance between light and darkness is shifting.
There is a natural tendency during this time of transition to reflect upon what part of our own lives might be out of balance and how we can cultivate more balance mentally, emotionally and physically. A Yin Yoga practice is a wonderful way to regain some centering and embrace the changing seasons. In Chinese Medicine Theory Autumn is a time for letting go. To surrender. To release. To exhale.
This Yin practice begins with poses stimulating the Stomach/SpleenMeridian (related to the Earth element) which connects seasonally to the ‘Indian Summer’ and then transitions to poses stimulating the Lung Meridian (related to the Metal element) which connects us to Autumn. Honouring transitions helps bring us into alignment with nature. It assists in letting go of habitual negative thought patterns and opens us to new potential.
The practise will end with a wonderful healing Yoga Nidra.
Yoga nidra, or yogic sleep as it is commonly known, is an immensely powerful meditation technique, and one of the easiest yoga practices to develop and maintain. 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. No longer do you have to dread spending hours sitting on the floor waiting for liberation. Here are five benefits of developing a yoga nidra practice.