Workshops & Courses
Power Of Intention Yin Yang Workshop
With Gavin DeMarines
13 April 2019, 14:30–16:30
This workshop will begin with full meditation, pranayama and heart opening intentions. Our physical practice will start with Yin poses so that we clear the energy channels and cultivate a relaxed and focused state. We will then move into the Yang part of the practice with a faster, energetic sequence flowing through standing poses, balances, inversions and backbends. We will set aside specific time to explore handstands and headstands. Our circle will be completed by returning to a Yin state, settling our hearts, reflecting on our practice and setting our intentions for the Summer.
Yin Yang yoga is based on the Taoist concept of Yin (feminine)and Yang (masculine), opposite and complementary principles in nature. Yin is the stable, unmoving, hidden aspect of things; yang is the changing, moving, revealing aspect. In the body, the relatively stiff connective tissues are yin, while the more mobile and pliable muscles and blood are yang.
Connective tissue and the internal organs respond best to a slow, steady load so Yin poses are generally passive, floor-based and held for longer. It is in this space that the body and mind surrender their resistance and allow for the healthy flow of chi or prana - the life force.
Muscle and the respiratory system respond best to dynamic movement so a Yang practice reflects this by taking the body through it’s full range of movement in a flowing sequence that builds in intensity. Taken together, Yin and Yang practices bring balance to all the body’s systems and focus and clarity to the mind. Perfect for setting powerful intentions!
Suitable for all levels though some experience is beneficial