Join us for our next event – an evening of Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra for the Winter Solstice (冬至 dōngzhì)
Sunday 15th December at 6pm – 8pm
Take time to let go stress and unwind with a wonderfully relaxing and blissful, 2 hour Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra evening for the Winter Solstice, with traditional Chinese music to open and close the practice, influenced by the Chinese Solar Calendar.
Winter Wellness evening of Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga, finishing with Yoga Nidra as Winter begins
We warmly invite you to take time to let go stress and unwind with a wonderfully relaxing and blissful, 2 hour Yin Yoga to Restorative Yoga evening finishing with a guided meditation Yoga Nidra (yoga sleep) which guides you to an even deeper effortless state of relaxation.
Join us for an evening of Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga, finishing with Yoga Nidra, influenced by the Chinese Solar Calendar to raise the Kidney yin/yang Chi to improve the immunity system as we transition in to the beginning of Winter.
When the body’s immune function is dysfunctional, the following problems will often recur: repeated colds, tonsillitis, asthma attack, recurrent bronchitis, pneumonia, and bowel imbalances causing diarrhoea…
The primary purpose of this yin class is to promote health care by boosting the immunity so that you can protect yourself during the winter months and beyond.
So how to improve our immunity system?
During the evening we will use a yin yoga practice to raise Chi energy flow throughout the body, with special focus on the kidney Chi. Introduce Traditional Chinese health and wellness techniques to preserve health, and discover how to use simple acupressure points to help the yang chi (Qi) and improve our immunity system.
Places are limited so book your space today for this special event.
Date & Time:
Sunday 17th November at 6pm to 8pm
St John Ambulance HQ. 21 Blackmoor Gate, Furzton, Milton Keynes MK4 1DA
What is Yin Yoga?
Yin yoga uses passively held poses, typically for 3 to 5 minutes, to stimulate, align and unblock the bodies myofascial meridian energy pathways restoring Qi energy (prana) and calming the nervous system; bringing the mind, body and spirit back in to balance.
Becoming still in a pose and staying for a while creates space, allowing sensations and often unconscious emotions to surface and release from your system. This way you clear the mind without getting caught up in the stories of those emotions.
Yin yoga is especially for you if your energy levels are feeling depleted or you if are over-stimulated with your mind overactive or your energy levels erratic.
Benefits of Yin Yoga
- Calms & balances the mind and body
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Increases circulation
- Improves flexibility
- Releases fascia and improves joint mobility
- Balances the internal organs and improves the flow of Qi or prana
- Find your appropriate edge: Move slowly and gently into the pose. Don’t go straight to your “maximum” in the pose and never stretch so far as to cause pain
- Stillness: consciously try to release into the pose, and to remain still, without fidgeting or adjusting position too much
What is Restorative Yoga?
Sometimes you’ve just got to slow everything right down.
When your life is racing full-speed ahead, so is your mind. Restorative yoga helps provide that physical and mental balance to prevent stress and anxiety, through the use of props that allow you to hold poses longer, giving you all the benefits of deep, passive stretching.
Poses like Child’s Pose, Legs-Up-the-Wall, and Savasana are held for up to 15 minutes using bolsters, blankets, pillows, straps, blocks, sandbags, walls, chairs and eye pillows, to support your body in a full, long, and comfortable, relaxing stretch so that tension can slowly be released. The more fully your body is supported, the deeper your sense of relaxation and surrender will be.
Because the body and mind relax, literally becoming softer, we also create space to get in touch again with our natural qualities of compassion and understanding of others and self.
Benefits of Restorative Yoga
Here are the top reasons to spend a little extra time opening up and breathing in the benefits of this nourishing yoga practice.
- Benefit from full and deep stretches
- Enhances flexibility
- Deeply relaxes the body
- Quiets the mind
- Improves capacity for healing and balancing
- Balances your nervous system
- Boosts your immune system to help recover from illness
- Develops qualities of compassion and understanding toward others and self
- Enhances mood states
- Heal emotional pain
Benefits of Yoga Nidra
Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep) brings an incredible calmness, quietness, clarity an deep relaxation. Creating a state called samadhi, it is among the deepest possible states of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness.
- Yoga nidra counteracts stress and is prescribed by GPs in many countries
- Provides effective relief for depression and long standing anxiety
- It is an efficient way to obtain sleep
- Clears the mind for learning and absorbing new material
- Releases tension for body and mind
- Relaxes the mind
- Helps with creativity