The holidays are here, and SURPRISE!, we’re still stressed out.  Crowded lines at the grocery store, holiday parties, traffic, and to do lists might have you white-knuckling it until January.  In the midst of your end of the year cheer, stress, and anxiety, take some time for some self-care.  I’m excited to announce an upcoming workshop I’m teaching at Soulfire Power YogaRest Easy – Yin + Yoga Nidra on December 11th.  A lot of my students at the studio have had questions about the workshop, and I thought it might be helpful to address any concerns or frequently asked questions here.

What is Yin Yoga?  Yin Yoga is mostly done on the floor, and positions are held for longer periods of time (1-5 minutes).  Yin Yoga targets joints, ligaments, tendons, and connective tissues in order to open the body.  Students get the opportunity to practice the softer side of yoga that requires us to soften, open up, and settle into the stillness of the present moment.

I’m not good at:  Being flexible, stretching, holding poses, being still, quieting the mind (or insert any reason here).  GREAT!  None of those things are required to practice yin yoga.  You will be instructed how to modify for your body if needed with the use of props or even changing positions.  One of the great things about Yin Yoga is that it requires us to tune in and listen to our own body’s signals.  There’s no one way to perform any position, only the way that serves you best.

What is Yoga Nidra?  Yoga Nidra means “Yogic Sleep” because it can help students come into a state of conscious deep sleep all while being fully awake.  The Yoga Nidra itself starts off very much like a guided meditation where the student focuses on the breath or points in the body in order to relax the mind, and we will slowly transition into silence so students can come to a restful state.

I’m horrible at meditating!  FABULOUS!  I actually credit yoga nidra with helping me learn how to meditate.  If you were an expert at any of this, you wouldn’t need to go to a workshop.  If you can lay down and listen, you can practice yoga nidra.

I might fall asleep.  Good!  While falling asleep isn’t necessarily the goal of the meditation, it happens.  There will be no sleep shaming. (or any other shaming for that matter.)

Will the room be heated?  While most of our classes are heated, this workshop will not be.  There’s nothing more irritating than trying to meditate in a puddle of your own sweat.  Well, there is one thing more irritating, and that’s trying to meditate while shivering.  The room will likely be warm (around 80 degrees) so dress accordingly to your preferences (maybe even layers).  Blankets will be available for your comfort.

If you have any more questions that weren’t covered here, feel free to contact me!

If you are ready to REST EASY, sign up on the Soulfire Power Yoga website by clicking here.