Print Posted by Brigitte Riley on 09/09/2017
Autumnal feel good Friday - an evening in with yin

Autumnal feel good Friday - an evening in with yin

The Granary Yoga Centre
Brogborough, Bedford MK43 0YD, UK

Start Time
06/10/2017 6:30 pm
End Time
06/10/2017 8:30 pm

At The Granary Yoga Studio

Friday 6th October – 2017 – 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Yin Yoga

In celebration of the Autumnal Equinox, when the light and the dark make up equal parts of the day. This marks the beginning of the harvesting and composting phases of the year. As the weather gets cooler, we begin to draw energy inward, lending us time to pause, reflect, take stock of and process what came of the summer growing season. 

Therefore for this masterclass, I will be will guiding us through a series of Yin Yoga poses focused on supporting this transition to the Autumn season of the Lung and large intestine organ systems, which govern the respiratory and elimination function of the body. These systems are powerfully symbolic for the natural giving and receiving cycle of life. The lungs accept oxygen and later release it as carbon dioxide. Similarly, as food nutrients enter the large intestines, they are later released as waste. The same parallel can be drawn in nature, when the multi-coloured leaves, perform an encore on their way down toward the earth before taking their final bow. Autumn is a season of processing, letting go and release.

Yin helps to release tension held in the deep tissues of the subtle body. When we take the time to let go of physical tension, mental and emotional tension will also find space to release and above all, the practice of yin yoga followed by yoga nidra will help you to sleep very soundly.

With Yang-like lifestyles, one of the most difficult things to do is to stop and sit still. However, if we ride the Yang train for too long, physical and mental exhaustion ensues. This can manifest itself in either breakdown and/or injury, ironically forcing us to embrace more Yin-like activities.

One of the biggest yin challenges is to find the perfect balance between the physical and the mental. Our mind can often be a poor judge of the body’s abilities. It can be either pushy and inattentive to the body’s signals, or it can retreat in fear and interpret any strong physical sensation as a threat. If we apply too little stress to our tissues, they atrophy, however if we apply too much stress, tissues degenerate.

Yin Yoga will take you well outside your comfort zone. Much of the benefit of the practice will come from staying in this zone of discomfort, despite the mind’s urgent pleas to leave. I like to call this “effortless effort” and acceptance is key. Yin yoga poses apply moderate stress to the connective tissues—the tendons, fascia, and ligaments—with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility. They are also designed to improve the flow of qi, the subtle energy said in Chinese medicine to run through the meridian pathways of the body. Improved qi flow is hypothesized to improve organ health, immunity, and emotional well-being.

Ultimately Yin is a meditative approach to yoga and aims at cultivating awareness of one’s inner silence, and bringing a deeper level of awareness to your being.


Yoga Nidra

The last 30 minutes of the session will be a guided meditation yoga sleep which is an even deeper effortless state of relaxation. You simply lie down comfortably, completely allowing your body to let go and relax whilst my voice guides you. Yoga Nidra brings an incredible calmness, quietness and clarity and is one of the deepest of all meditations, leading awareness through many levels of mental process to a state of supreme stillness and insight.  The state of Yoga Nidra, conscious Deep Sleep, is beyond or subtler than the imagery and mental process of the Waking and Dreaming states. In Yoga Nidra, you leave the Waking state, go through the Dreaming state, and into the Deep Sleep state, yet remain fully awake.


Venue – The Granary Yoga Studio Brogborough, Milton Keynes
The Granary Yoga Studio is a lovely warm venue set in converted barn at Manor Farm in a secluded location. It has a a natural rustic character, soft lighting and is fully equipped with yoga props. It is located on the Bedford Road (old A421) just 1.5 miles from J13 of the M1

Complete beginners welcome.

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