Yin gives us the chance to be still and observe what it is we are missing when the noise of our lives gets too loud, and to accept ourselves just as we are – on that day, in that moment (without the knee jerk emotional reactions we might have off the mat) and gives us the opportunity in a compassionate way to re- assess and respond in the time we are sitting in our ‘poses’.
Sometimes this feels blissful, and sometimes this feels uncomfortable. We ride these tones by encouraging stillness and not being too attached with either feeling.
When I discovered Yin, I found it to represent a ‘coming home’ to myself in a whole new way that was more tangible and accessible in a physical way. It allowed me to learn how to be softer and more receptive in the challenges in my practice. Layers of resistance started to melt away and not only did I feel amazing after these sessions but all the other things I enjoyed in my life, such as sports and dancing felt so much more graceful and enriched. I slept better, and felt more energized when I was awake! As the relationship with myself improved dramatically so did all my relationships - with my partner, friends and family.
You can learn a lot about yourself as you sit for 5 minutes in your hamstrings or hips :) and create some real space for transformation/healing and restoration on every level. After a class, you can expect to feel calmer as we access a more relaxed parasympathetic nervous system (the rest and digest part of you) - a tuning in - (as we sit with ourselves and get connected) a lovely feeling of being stretched out in your own skin (as fascia releases). Couples also often tell me how great they are together when they go home, after practicing (details withheld :)!)