• Dates, Times and Prices

    • Friday the 5th of June at 18.30 CET - A Lung, Intestines, and Heart meridian balancing sequence
    • Friday the 12th of June at 18.30 CET - Spinal Health with a Governing Vessel and Conceptual vessel meridian balancing sequence
    • Friday the 19th of June at 18.30 CET - A Kidney and Urinary Bladder meridian balancing sequence
    • Saturday the 27th of June at 18.30 CET - A Liver and Gallbladder meridian balancing sequence
    • Friday the 17th of July at 18.30 CET- A Stomach and Spleen meridian balancing sequence
    • Friday the 24th of July at 18.30 CET - A Meridian Pairs balancing sequence
    • Friday the 31st of July at 18.30 CET - A Lung, Intestines, and Heart meridian balancing sequence.
    Please note that there are no classes on the 3rd or 10th of July due to the Level 1 Mindfulness MBSR and MBA teacher training course.
     
    The cost of each class is €12, there is a 10% discount if you book all 7 classes at the same time.
     
    To book and pay, you can either pay by bank transfer in Euros, Sterling or Dollars or use the PayPal drop-down menu below, there are options to pay for individual classes by adding them to your cart or all 7. 
     
     
    Mindfulness Yin Yoga class dates and prices and payment

    Zoom links and passwords for the classes will be sent by email once payment is received. Please send an email to [email protected] advising which class you have booked.
     
    Please come to class with an empty stomach, you will also need a yoga mat or additional blanket, blanket for the final relaxation and some blocks (or books!) plus a couple of cushions. Of course, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

  • Graduates of the Mindfulness Yin Yoga Course

    The 90-minute weekly Mindfulness Yin Yoga classes offers us the gift of a heart centered practice, allowing us to wake up from Automatic pilot and return to our center where true healing begins. 

    With an emphasis on awareness of the present moment and focus on being in your practice, rather than doing your practice, the classes include pranayama (breathing) mudras (energy connections) and mindfulness meditation.

    The meditation you will practice was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and his colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in the USA over 40-years ago. It is has been designed to help people learn new ways of handling the stressors of modern living and to help us find balance both on and off the mat.

    Mindfulness is a life skill which can deepen our sense of well-being and fulfillment. It involves paying attention to what is occurring in our present moment experience, with an attitude of openness and non-judgmental acceptance. It engages all of our senses as we open to our entire experience, becoming aware of our body, thoughts, and emotions - not always that comfortable during the long holds of Mindfulness Yin Yoga! Using the skills of Mindfulness you will be able to skillfully deepen your practice allowing you to tap into the true essence of the quieter practices. 

    As Jon Kabat-Zinn so eloquently describes it, Mindfulness is “arriving at our own door”, being in touch with ourselves, with others and our surroundings in the present moment. It is a natural and intuitive state of presence in which we can feel more connected, real and alive. 

  • What is Mindfulness Yin Yoga?

    Yin Yoga is part of the original Hatha Yoga tradition, and some say it was the original practice. Mindful Yin Yoga combines the influences of traditional Hatha Yoga with modern Mindfulness practices to improve health and well-being.

    Recently brought back into the spot light by Bernie Clark, Sarah Powers, Paul Grilley and Biff Mithoefer and others, Yin Yoga is the practice of floor postures held for three to five minutes (sometimes more) It emphasizes the connective tissue of the hips, thighs, pelvis and lower spine. By drawing awareness away from the muscles and deeper into the bones a deep level of relaxation can be achieved. There is usually an element of Yang with a Yin pose, for example in Seal pose the muscles in the arms will be working, and props can be used to help take the strain off the arms. 

  • What is the difference between Restorative Yoga and Yin Yoga?

    Yin Yoga is not intended to be Restorative Yoga, and there is some confusion on the differences. Yin Yoga encompasses long-held, static stresses of the deep connective tissues allowing them to be remodeled, it may or may not be relaxing and there is a saying that goes "if you are feeling it you are doing it"

    Props can be used to support the part of the body not being focused on, the joints affected/targeted are not supported themselves. In this way, the joint can be stretched with gentle, but persistent pressure for the length of the hold, full details including options will be given, allowing you to customise the practice to suit your body in each moment.

    We also use the tools of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction MBSR to step out of automatic pilot and just be in our bodies in this present moment, to find the middle path. Yin Yoga is not intended to promote recovery from injury and illness in the way that Restorative Yoga does.

    Generally speaking in the Restorative Yoga, the postures are held for longer periods too but in a fully supported position allowing the body to let go (see the photo of a Mindfulness Restorative posture below)

    There are some overlaps but they are two distinct methods with different intentions. It is always dangerous to make a short dogmatic definition but here is how Bernie Clark explains it!

    Our Mindfulness Yin yoga is the perfect time for cultivating the Yama 'do no harm' by stepping out of Automatic Pilot and with a foundation of Ahimsa and Mindfulness, you tune into the experience of what is happening just now – in this moment.

    Restorative Yoga takes an unhealthy body and brings it (hopefully) back to normal, while Yin Yoga takes a normal healthy body and brings it up to optimum. So you see - it is a question of degree.

  • Yoga Sutras II:16 “Heyam Dukham Anagatam - Suffering that has not yet come can, and should be avoided” 

    This sutra really supports our vision of teaching yoga. We often ask "as you practice yoga can you relinquish the goal of physical accomplishment for the intention of cultivating awareness of well-being, peace, joy, and happiness?"

  • Mindfulness Yin Yoga Workshop

    If you would like to learn more, perhaps consider purchasing the mp3 recording of a recent workshop. In this workshop recording you will explore:

    • What is Mindfulness Yin Yoga and who is it suitable for?
    • The differences between a Yang and Yin yoga practice
    • The differences between Yin and Restorative Yoga
    • Yin yoga asanas and sequences for the meridians
    • How Mudras and Pranayama can deepen your practice
    • Using accessories to support your practice

    The cost of this workshop recording and the accompanying 68-page Mindfulness Yin Yoga manual is €35. Please pay using the link PayPal.Me/mindfulnessacademy 

    The workshop manual and mp3 recording will be sent on receipt of payment. 

    As a USA YACEP Yoga Alliance Registered continued education provider, the workshop counts as CEP for those registered with the USA Yoga Alliance.