Yin Yoga Philosophy: The Yin and Sound Synergy – Enter the Native American Flute

There are so many forms of healing and ways to deepen the knowing of ourselves. Yin Yoga is an incredible tool to expand our awareness, shift stuck energy and emotional states, allowing us to show up in the world and relate to others and ourselves in a more peaceful and mindful way. Yoga seems to be a wonderful container for creative expression and exploration into other avenues of healing. My connection to sound became enhanced within the yoga space whilst also experiencing other forms of healing through plants and shamanic practices. As I expanded within myself, my fascination with sound …

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Lessons from the Jungle: Discernment

Many of you know that I spent a few weeks in Peru recently, and I have to say, this experience changed my life in so many ways. One of the biggest lessons that I received was about discernment. Being able to discern between this and between that in life… People, situations, circumstances, truths, values, what’s mine or not, lessons, etc. Since coming home this lesson of discerning has been at the forefront of my integration and expansion. It’s helped me to decide and consolidate and let go and focus (and not focus!). It has also confused the shit out of me …

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Lessons from the Jungle: Wholeness

I recently had one of the most incredible experiences of my life where I spent almost 3 weeks in Peru for shamanic ceremonies and nature immersion. The idea of wholeness was something that came up for me a lot. Before Peru, this was just an intellectual concept, as well as a fleeting state that I briefly experienced several times during things like meditation, yoga, ceremonies, etc. . My first few days spent in the jungle in Peru, turned this concept and fleeting state, into a state of being. . No phone, no social media, no distractions… just immersion in nature, …

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Yin Yoga Sequence: 60 Minute Up-the-Wall Sequence

I’m all about experiencing life from different perspectives and trying new things, and I recently I realised that I have never taught a wall class before. I like the idea of using the wall for support and creating a different experience for students. There are several metaphors within this that I feel can mirror everyday life. How well can you receive support? How well can you deal with change? How does it feel to do something different? And on and on and on… I’m continually looking for ways to be creative and different in my Yin classes, as well as …

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Gathering in Circle is like Breathing

Our breath is essential for life. It IS life. Without it we wouldn’t be here. Our breath nourishes us on many levels, physically, emotionally and spiritually. The breath is a bridge between the Body-Mind, and the doorway to consciousness. It is our connection to all beings, to spirit, to all of life. Community and connection IS life. It is our nature. We were designed to be together. They are essential for true health and happiness. Gathering is our way of connection with each other, ourselves and this life force that moves through us. It is a deep source of nourishment …

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Yin Yoga Philosophy: The Power of Space and Silence

Lately I’ve been remembering what a gift it is to have silence in everyday life. It’s so refreshing and calming to have contrast to the daily noise and distraction. When there is silence, there is space for inner wisdom to be heard. There is space for mind “stuff” to come up and look at. There is space for discomfort to be recognised. There is space for expanded awareness. I decided to experiment with this in some of my Yin classes recently. No music, minimal talking from me, except guiding into poses and transitions, plus a sentence here or there to …

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The Power of Connection

What is connection? Is it feeling so full and happy within yourself that you feel like you could burst? Is it feeling like you are part of a group, a community, a tribe, and something greater than yourself? Is it when I let down my walls, and give you permission to let down yours, and we stay open to receive as we meet heart-to-heart? Is it when we sit together, in a safe space, let all the labels and stories go, and realise that underneath it all, we are the same? Is it when we understand each other so deeply, …

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Yin Yoga Sequence: 60 Minutes (Challenge in Stillness)

This sequence came about after a challenge I was presented with at a studio I have recently been covering Yin classes at. It includes some of the more challenging, yang-like poses that I wouldn’t normally teach in class. You can read more about this and the context, here. Sequence Cesar (Toe) Pose (2 minutes) > Counter pose – Table top, straighten legs behind you one at a time Dangling (2 minutes) Squat (2 minutes) – Yin-style yogi squat – allow shoulders to rest and gently relax head by allowing it to naturally bow forward. Dangling (2 minutes) Squat (2 minutes) …

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Yin Yoga Sequence: 60 Minutes (Flow in Silence)

This sequence came about when I decided to teach a class in (mostly) complete silence – no music, minimal talking from me (except presenting the intention at the start of class, guiding into the poses and counter poses, and short sentences here and there as students settle into each pose). The idea was to take stillness a layer deeper and notice what happens when there is also silence…. if this changes the experience, if it’s uncomfortable, and also to appreciate and remember how precious peace and quiet is. I wanted this sequence to flow well with minimal movement to transition …

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Yin Yoga Philosophy: The Challenge to Be Still (Includes a challenge I was presented with)

True or false? It’s harder to be still than to move…. It’s harder to “just be” than to do, do. do. Who would have thought that doing nothing could be harder than doing all the things? The deeper I dive down the Yin Yoga rabbit hole of stillness, reconnecting and knowing thyself, the more I see and experience how necessary and transformational it is to become still and really be with ourselves. Crazy, fast-paced modern life needs some chill time. The to-do list needs to be balanced out with the not-to-do list. Recently I was presented with a challenge… After …

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