Yin Seasonal Specials
Late Summer/Earth & Autumn/Metal:
October 8 live in Haarlem at Bluebirds.
October 19 live-online Send email to join firstname.lastname@example.org
Nature is composed of different cycles, each one with a distinct energetic quality. We can make a one-year analogy, with a full movement of Yang to Yin energy from the beginning of Spring/ Wood (beginning of life) to the end of Winter/ Water (death), the year consisting of 5 seasons. Each season corresponds to one of the five natural elements, which can also be matched up with the five yin organs. By giving extra attention to the organ of the current season with an intensive yin yoga practice, we find greater balance in energetic levels.
This wonderful concept comes from the doctrines of traditional Chinese Medicine, which referred to the body’s energy as Chi In ancient times, the Chinese discovered 100 meridian points. They also discovered that by stimulating these meridian points, they could heal. Call it Energy, call it the Source, call it Intelligent Life Force, call it Chi. Whatever you want to call it, it works!
Each Yin Special will start with a short introduction about the 5-element theory and the current season*, followed by Intensive Yin Yoga practice in which we stimulate the energy through tapping, movement, Yin poses and acupressure points (AcuYin) ending with a 30 minute Meridian Nidra.
All these different techniques achieve healing through stimulating the body’s meridians and energy flow.
Expect an inspiring and original practice!
*Before the live online sessions, you will receive a handout with information so we can maximize the two hours online with practice.
In this Winter Yin Yoga Intensive, we will explore asanas that target the Kidney and Urinary Bladder meridians. These asanas are associated with the Water element. We will focus on the Spine and inner legs, including forward and back bends. Winter is the ultimate Yin season, the time of rest and hibernation, when nature retreats to build up its reserves for its next cycle of seasons.
In this Spring Yin Yoga Intensive, we will explore asanas that target the Liver/Gallbladder meridians: side bends, hip openers, and stretches for the inner leg. These asanas are associated with the Wood element and will greatly help us balance our tendency toward impatience as we initiate changes during early Spring!
In this Summer Yin Yoga Intensive, we will explore asanas that target the Heart/Small intestine meridians: focus on the chest, arms and back bends to help open the chest. These asanas are associated with the Fire element. Fire is our ability to have relationship, to feel in control, to be intimate, to have fun, to laugh and be exited.
In this Late Summer Yin Yoga Intensive, we will explore asanas that target the Spleen/Stomach Meridians. Asanas that activate these meridians focus on the front of the legs, the hips and twists.These asanas are associated with the Earth element which is all about being grounded and connected.
Balanced Spleen/Stomach chi allows us to ”feel at home inside ourselves”- Sarah Powers.
In this Autumn Yin Yoga Intensive, we will explore asanas that target the Lung and Large intestine meridians. These asanas are associated with the Metal element. We will focus on the upper body; chest, upper back, shoulders and neck. The energy of this season, more than any other, supports our letting go, revealing what is true and of most value.