During this deeply relaxing class you will be guided through a series of yoga positions that will stimulate your subtle bodies, chakras, and energetic meridians. This is accomplished by engaging your connective tissue that encapsulates and creates the physiological network of communication that this energy travels. By activating this connective tissue; fascia, ligaments, and tendons are lengthened and compressed to create greater flexibility, suppleness and freedom of movement. At the end of the class you will have a feeling of just finishing a beautiful moving meditation together.
The chakra meditation is integrated throughout the practice, after asanas (postures) that stimulate the facia layers around the chakra nerve plexuses we gently hold and pass the intention of wholeness and clarity to each chakra. We will conclude our more active part of the class with a chakra toning breathing exercise (pranayama).
The benefits of our practice will be received and integrated in a extended Shivasana where we will place a warmed beach stone on the chakra that calling out to us.
This class is clothing optional. We will check in with ourselves before starting the practice into what level of nudity we feel would serve us in the moment. We will then remove those layers of clothing and meet on our mats. The invitation to practice nude or particularly nude creates potentially nervous Situation in which our senses are heightened, we feel more alert and awake, and we may be pushing our own edge of what we’re comfortable with: and this is exactly the line we journey with Yin yoga, stretching just beyond what is comfortable and stopping before it’s too much.
In this way our comfort zone stretches and we become more expansive and flexible in all aspects of our person. We tone our ability to respond instead of react by toning our Sympathetic nervous system, or our fight, flight, freeze reaction to stimuli. When we intentionally put ourselves into this “uncomfortable” zone, or out of our comfort zone, by being undressed in a safe and supported environment and the engaging in the practice of yoga, we ask ourselves to stay in this slightly uncomfortable place with ourselves for a sustained amount of time. When we accept this time and space we are giving to ourselves, it creates the opportunity to respond to what’s coming up inside of ourselves instead of reacting by “running away” or ” fighting it” or “ becoming petrified” or a nervous system response. The more we dip into the edge of our comfort zone the more space we create there for us to breath, ahhh, and then respond to those thoughts generated by other thoughts, emotions, beliefs or presenting physical sensations. This practice of responding instead of reacting is a beautiful benefit you can take beyond the Matt into your everyday life for a more peaceful and balance existence.
Please bring a yoga Matt, two towels (one to protect the studios’ bolsters and one to use for padding)