Our next 5 week block of 🍃𝘠𝘪𝘯 𝘠𝘰𝘨𝘢🍃 starts on the 5th of September
Welcome to the Late Summer YIN YOGA Practice
Did you know that Chinese Medicine has 5 seasons? Late summer is the additional short season serving as a transition between active lively Yang seasons of summer and spring and a quieter more inward and more Yin seasons of autumn and winter.
The season of late summer is related to the Earth Element in Chinese Medicine.
In nature, the Earth Season is a time of abundance, time of harvest. For us, it is a signal to slow down and take in the fruits of our labors – the results of our efforts in Spring and Summer.
We still have more weeks of hot weather, but I can already feel the shift towards the earth element.
Late summer is a time of transformation, harvest, and nourishment. This is the time to reintroduce grounding practices and practices involving twists to aid the digestion gently massaging digestive organs. This is the time to reflect, journal and digest instead of taking on too much on. The Earth element thrives when we ‘digest’ rather than doing a speed eating competition.
Use seasonal foods to nourish your body and do what nourishes you - physically, mentally, emotionally, energetically
Late summer and the earth element is related to Spleen/Stomach Meridians.
The Spleen is the largest lymphoid organ and responsible for filtering blood. It plays a major part in our immune and lymphatic system. In Traditional Chinese Medicine it is responsible for lifting the energy of the body, specifically to keep the organs in place. It creates a lightness of the mood, which is the easy going attitude of a person.
When we are deficient in Spleen qi, we can feel sluggish and fatigued, both physically and mentally. The Spleen is also said to house thought processes, and if we think too much, the Spleen meridian may suffer. Over-thinking (like worrying) leads to Spleen qi deficiency.
Earth is the element of prosperity, abundance, and growth. It’s where you find your deepest sense of connection to life in balance with all other elements on earth. The energy associated with the Earth element is a grounding energy that comes from being in touch with nature. The colors related to the earth element are yellows and browns, ranging from light pale yellow to deep, dark brown. Some of the Earth element Crystals are Tiger Eye, Citrine, Agate, Black Obsidian, Jade, Citrine, Yellow Jasper, Amber, Garnet, Black Tourmaline and many others.
You can use crystals and essential oils to enhance your Earth Yin Journey. Some of the oils that help us to ground and reconnect with our Earth self are:
Some of the Essential oils that bring back clarity of thought and ease an overactive mind are lavender, lemon, grapefruit, vetiver, rosewood, chamomile, marjoram.
Essential oils that reduce depression and encourage joy are basil, chamomile, clary sage, geranium, jasmine, lavender, patchouli, neroli, rose, melissa, and ylang ylang.
For balancing Earth, we want to connect with nature, walking barefoot, taking time to rediscover ourselves and doing our favourite things.
Your investment is £30 for 5 sessions (you will get the recordings sent to you after each practice)
PAYG is £6 per session (option available at the checkout)
Would you like to add Essential Oils to the Practice?
Introducing essential oils into your practice helps to enhance the benefits of the session! Inhalers and rollers are my favourite at the moment to use during the practice. They create a lovely soothing & grounding atmosphere allowing your mind and body to relax and forget about all your daily hassle and stress. I also use wax melts or diffuse oils during the practice.
Please visit our Essentially you range of products to choose some to compliment your practice.
If you would like us to make you a particular meditation/grounding blend with the oils of your choice please let us know.
🍂 Yin Yoga 5 Week Block + Eye Pillow + Roller - £48
🍁 Yin Yoga 5 Week Block + Eye Pillow + Spray - £43
🍂 Yin Yoga 5 Week Block + Eye Pillow + Roller - £43
🍁Yin Yoga 5 Week Block + Spray & Roller - £40
🍂 Yin Yoga 5 Week Block + Roller - £35
🍁 Yin Yoga 5 Week + Spray - £35
If you are adding a roller or a spray to the order please let me know which blend you would like.
Have a wonderful and cosy day & looking forward to seeing you on the mat!
Have a look any the list of our Essentially You Blends here
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Yin Yoga is deeply connected with the Chinese Meridian theory (these meridians flow through all tissues and bones. The energy – chi – flows via these meridians and its strength and flow is vital for a healthy balance of body and mind. If the energy is stagnant and the meridians are blocked it can cause an illness or emotional imbalance. The energy then needs to be redirected to allow for a smooth flow of chi throughout the body. To get it all back on track we use acupuncture, physical practice, breath work and a focused mind. The last three methods can be achieved through a balanced yoga practice (Powers, S. 2008). We have Yin and yang organs and they all correspond to five elements: fire, water, wood, metal, and earth. This is a very concise description of how it works and throughout our time together I will talk a bit more about the organs we are targeting and the emotional and physical elements of each posture.
Chinese medicine has been recognised as a viable science (not sure if it can be called science but let’s just assume it can be). Acupuncture is a well recognised treatment worldwide, as well as reflexology. Our body is a map of thousands of acupuncture or trigger points each positioned on various meridians. Dr Motoyama, with the help of modern electronic instruments, has been documenting the existence of a system of energy channels in the body. Dr Motoyama has demonstrated that the energy flows through water-rich channels in the connective tissues, which could also be called meridians (Grilley, P). It is all very fascinating and it might be a little bit of a woo woo information for some, but if you have a curious and open mind I think it might very well be of some interest to many.
Western Yoga practice is heavily Yang dominant: movement, pace, sweat, & flow. Physical exercise is Yang, mindfulness and stillness is Yin. They are like two sides of the same coin – one always complimenting the other one. Muscles are yang, connective tissues is Yin… muscles do not exist without connective soft tissue; and we would not be able to exist having no muscles. Every Yin practice has a bit of Yang in it.. we can’t just sit still and meditate fo a long period of time if our body is weak. We strengthen the body with Yang practices to be able to sit still during our meditation.
As Paul Grilley states in his ‘Yin Yoga Principals & Practices’ book: ‘The modern world is very yang; life should be a balance between competition and compassion, between ambition and contentment, but the balance has been lost’. Yin yoga can help in balancing a predominantly Yang lifestyle and making us into a calmer, better versions of ourselves.
‘Our goal in life is not to become perfect: our goal is to become whole’
Holding Yin postures for a few minutes trains mind and body to become calm, less distracted and helps to deal with all those scattered thoughts. Our minds are so full of various things we have to do and remember that we all need to stop and let the mind be still for a while. Yin yoga does not just make your joints more flexible, it cultivates physical ease and mental calm (Grilley, P. 2012).
In terms of purely physical benefits, Yin postures gently stretch and rehabilitate the connective tissue that form our joints. You have a few minutes to find that place that comforts and challenges you. Yin postures are not meant to be ‘easy’, they serve a purpose and you have time to find that sweet spot where you feel the pose is working for you: if you are feeling it, you are doing it (Clark, B. 2019). Yin Yoga (and any other forms of Yoga) is not about showing off your ego: we do not need to look great and flatten into a pancake to impress others – it. Is all about how the pose makes you feel; it is about creating your own practice and going deeper into it session after session.
‘How you look in a pose is irrelevant: how you feel in the pose is what matters’.
I am really looking forward to welcoming you on the mat and even if you are not joining us, I hope this post has given you a bit of an YINsight into this wonderful practice.
In terms of props, you might not need any, or you might need all of them. I do like knowing that I have a cushion, a bolster, a couple of blocks and a blanket for the practice. There is a video on YouTube of how to make a bolster from a couple of pillows and a blanket. Click here to watch it. It is super easy and you will probably benefit of having something like that for the Yin Practice.
Have a wonderful week and I hope you are all doing well, practicing Yoga and staying positive during these strange times!
Sending Love & Loads of Positive Vibes Your Way