Yin Yoga Practices

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Yin Yoga is a deepening practice — A place to stop, to ground yourself, to create balance, it’s a moment in time to pause and reflect, to breathe deeply — to tend to ourselves. Away from mobiles, work, family, the daily demands of being ourselves. It’s a quiet space to restore & renew.

Face to face classes are offered in Nelson, New Zealand. Each offering has a purpose & theme, though it must be said life shows up in unexpected ways in practice, and the unnameable becomes present.

When we allow ourselves to be human, to stay in the shape of the posture as much as we are willing to and allow life to move through us and out. When we let the breath catch in our throat, to stay at the edge of our unknowing, to linger long enough that we tremble with the enormity of our courage.

If you can stay until that moment passes, and you breathe easily and softly again into this body, this home, deepening into your own mystery.

You realise I Am Here Now,

and a new mantra vibrates your cosmos.

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Calm Body Calm Mind – A Yin Yoga Practice

Calm Body Calm Mind is a simple & sincere weekly yin yoga practice. The key is to show up, pause, soften & meet yourself just as you are and let that be enough.

Learn how to cultivate states of flow and calm with yin postures/shapes, meditation, and intentional breath practices.

When you dedicate a few hours a week to a Yin practice, you will feel more relaxed, more connected to your inner wisdom. It’s an intentional, meditative & mindful practice that offers a calming antidote to life.

We meet on the mat and commit to a yin based practice of slow body gestures, guided meditation and breathwork.

Venue: – TBA

Cost $15.00

Deepening – is the practice of illumination

Deepening is a two hour yin & meditation class – and is based on the notion that our hearts are beating, our breath is flowing, let this be enough. Let’s start there.

This practice invites you to embody resilience, compassion & stillness in the midst of each asana, grounding yourself in the shape you become. 

Its about small gestures that go beyond the familiar, caressing the texture of our understanding. Its the sound of AUM as it vibrates an energetic alchemy beneath the skin. 

Within us are depths that have no words, the unspoken, we withdraw into breath & asana this is the pivotal nature of Deepening.

This practice bridges the gap between mind & body, offering silence within as a homecoming to your true nature. In this space lies your power & your freedom.

You will leave restored & rested.

All are welcome, though some yin knowledge/understanding is required.

Upcoming dates coming – May 2022

Cost: $40.00

Rest, Restore & Reiki

Imagine two hours of deep, supported restorative rest + reiki. The kind of relax that melts your bones & liquifies your mind into no-thingness, your brain waves ebbing & flowing. Your body weight is supported by bolsters, straps, blankets & blocks, your eyes cushioned with a soft eye pillow.

Your senses withdraw and gradually your muscles soften & release, allowing gravity to call them to rest.

Any desire to move fades away and your entire nervous system heaves a sigh of relief as any anxiety, stress or nervousness is extinguished by the soft inhale and exhale of a Calm Mind + Calm Body.

Then we add in Reiki as a healing modality. When all layers of our body/mind edges are softened, it is then we are truly able to receive healing.

You are invited to bring the harsh, the soft, the edges of your being to this practice. To allow the earth to receive you & compassionate healing to be the gift.

it needs to be said that you have a choice in this practice. To allow hands-on Reiki or to bathe in your own stream. Permission will be asked of you and respected.

Carol Neilson will be Kaitiaki/Guardian of this space as well as a guide for your practice. She is joined by Reiki Master & transformational energy healer Joanne Amyes from Energy-Plus.

Cost: $40.00

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Yin Yoga Beginners Workshop

Because Yin postures are simple, passive, long-held & floor-based, supported by props, it encourages your body to soften into the yin shape. It allows all body types & ages to find their unique shape and is an intentional, meditative & mindful practice that offers a calming antidote to life.

We soften the muscles to focus primarily on the connective tissue that binds the bones together – the joints, ligaments, tendons and fascia. The effect is to strengthen joints, increase their flexibility & mobility, deepen neural communication via the fascia to the whole body and soothe the nervous system.

In this workshop, you will be introduced to the fundamentals of Yin Yoga as a practice for the body and mind. This includes breathwork, Calm Body, Calm Mind tools & simple yin postures that will form the foundation of your practice.

Date – TBA – May 2022