I am a massage therapist and passionate about Himalayan Yin Yoga
“Wisdom, joy and freedom come from inner stillness” Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati
I was introduced to yoga, like many people, at a rough time in my life. Yoga practice, on and off the mat, helped me in tempering my troubles and now I’d like the share this practice with you.
Why I love Himalayan Yin Yoga?
I have a particular affinity with Himalayan Yin Yoga which is a strong grounded practice where we exercise our ligaments, tendons and fascia with long held static stretches, with maximal muscular disengagement. This can give rise to strong sensations, some of which can have emotions attached. These classes are certainly a safe space for you should anything shift within you, and I will do my utmost to nurture you through anything that does arise.
What is Himalayan Yin Yoga?
Himalayan Yin Yoga weaves together the ancient vedic Himalayan tradition of Yoga and Yin Yoga as taught by Paul Grilley. Himalayan Yin Yoga teachers help nurture the divine flame within each student so they may awaken to their true Self via a systematic system of yoga meditation. Himalayan Yin Yoga is a meditative practice handed down through the Himalayan tradition where we work in a systematic manner with the grosser, external aspects of our being and then move inwards to more subtle practices that lead to meditation. In a Himalayan Yin Yoga class you can expect a quiet nurturing experience. Yin Yoga is primarily a floor based practice which will include physical positions that are held between 2 and 5 minutes. So as to access the deeper Yin tissues most shapes or body positions will be seated or lying with joints gently supported. When joints are supported the muscles are able to soften and relax so as to access the energetic pathways in the fascia (deep and superficial), ligaments and tendons.
This practice is suitable for all levels of yoga practitioners and generally is found to be deeply healing on a physical, emotional and spiritual plane.
Yin Yoga has its roots in Taoist Yoga and is tied to the Chinese Medicine tradition. For this reason classes are inspired by the Chinese 5 Elements (Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, Wood) and their associated meridian lines. The classes are designed to open the targeted meridian lines to encourage more efficient Qi flow throughout the body.
I’m a work in progress but I’m at a point now where I’d like to share what I’ve learnt and what helped me. One thing I’ve come to realize is that everyone is fighting their own battles and trying to live their lives free from suffering. I truly believe yoga can help with that goal. So whether it’s Himalayan Yin Yoga, Hatha yoga, Ashtanga vinyasa yoga or Iyengar Yoga come and have a go a find your fit.
One particular small piece of literature that I particularly like was authored by Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati and is wisdom I aim to live by and share with others:
-There is only one highest reality and many teachers
-All humans and life arise from the same one source
-All countries, religions and institutions arise from that source
-There are many books of wisdom from many ages
-Thinking there is only one way comes from ignorance
-Coercive conversion is violence against other people
-The goal of life is found within, not within institutions
-Wisdom, joy and freedom come from inner stillness
-Love to all, as we are all waves from the one ocean