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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Yin Yoga Sequence: 20 Minute At-Home Timesaver Sequence

A Yin Sequence for Home Practice Although I love going to class to practice Yin, being around the energy of the group, teacher and community vibes, sometimes life gets busy and I don’t have time to make it to the studio. Yin teacher training with Sarah Owen really inspired me to implement a short practice into my morning upon waking up, and/or evening before bed, especially for those days I don’t get to class. I really notice the difference in how I feel and it’s super simple, especially for those of you who are pressed for time! One of my …

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Yin Yoga Sequence: 40 Minute At-Home Sequence

A Yin Sequence for Home Practice Here’s how you can implement it easily into your day without needing to travel to and from a yoga studio. A pranayama breath practice, 6 poses and Savasana. All you need is about 40 minutes. You can do this on a mat or in bed. Your choice. Remember to notice if you wander off in thought, and use your breath as an anchor to bring you back into presence, either by fully focusing on it, noticing the in breath and/or out breath. Or by feeling it move and flow through you as your body …

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Yin Yoga Philosophy: The Gift of Stillness

“Let it be still, and it will gradually become clear.” ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching Modern  life is so busy and it has become even more important to balance the craziness with some down time to stop, slow down, be still and reconnect. Yin Yoga is perfect for this. Not only are we sitting or laying in yoga poses, energy is continually moving within us, emotional and mental states are shifting, and we are aiming to calm the mind and body, so that we can allow ourselves to simply, “just be.” Amongst all the to-do lists and the constant …

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Yin Yoga Sequence: 75 Minute Grounding Sequence

A Yin Sequence for Teachers or Your Own Home Practice Earth – Sky – Earth… I put these poses together in this order, to signify the journey of beginning at home on the Earth, face down, heart open towards her, then moving up towards the sky, and eventually coming back down to the ground, returning home, to Mother Earth. During this sequence, I imagine and feel myself being completely supported by the Earth beneath me, allowing me to relax, soften and ground. I invite you to do the same, if this resonates with you.     Pose Time Modifications Wide …

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