Warm, sleepy yoga to bring us into balance this Autumn. Vata (air) energy is high at this time of year, so it's important to balance it with grounding, restful, restorative yoga and yoga nidra. We begin with gentle, somatic yoga for deep inner inquiry to create the physical experience of contentedness and “rightness”, then we move into a restorative yoga practice with long, supported, sleepy holds (think blankets, bolsters, cushions and eye pillows). We continue with yoga nidra to set intentions for the coming darker months, which are rich in potential for seeding dreams, then we close with Vata balancing pranayama and meditation.
There will be free-flowing tea and yogi snacks to warm ourselves with on arrival and throughout the afternoon.
Seven of the most potent energy centres in the body reside at points along the spine. Hatha yoga incorporates the chakra system as a model which helps us to understand our subtle energy and the many facets of ourselves in relationship to each other, and to the world. Spanning the spine from your root (muladhara chakra) to your crown (sahasrara chakra), the chakras govern your feelings of belonging, personal power, capacity for love, ability to speak your truth and many other facets of your unique nature.
The practices of Hatha yoga, namely postures (asana), breath work (pranayama), mantra (repetition of sound) and meditation (dhyana) are designed to clear stagnant energy in the body and heighen our perception. This leads us into a state of balance where we become sensitive to the continuous fluctuation of the internal climate.
In this workshop, you will learn about the chakras and their properties. We will do yoga practices focused on each chakra, with a dynamic asana practice in the morning and restorative yoga, pranayama, mantra and meditation in the afternoon as we move into the higher chakras. You will receive a handout detailing each chakra and how to gauge whether it is in balance, overactive or in deficit.
An afternoon of feel good yoga designed to boost your energy and lift your mood as we move towards the final days of Winter. We will start with kriyas (cleansing breath work to clear stagnant energy and bring your energy up), set our intentions, then move into a gentle posture practice which will include standing poses, with a focus on confidence, openness and balanced energy. We will go on to do a heart opening restorative yoga practice to balance Kapha (earth/water) energy which reigns at this time of year. The afternoon will end with yoga nidra - inner journeying to find your joy, then pranayama (breath work), bandha (energy seals) and meditation.
You will learn how to balance your doshas (constitution) in your daily life, with the focus being on Kapha dosha in the Winter season.