To me there’s a lot of ways to approach yin yoga. The way I teach it is what I would call a more “feminine” approach. Although, of course, yin in itself means the feminine. When I teach, it’s less about the activation of meridians and fascia – that’s happening anyway -and more about, what happens when we get still? What happens when we slow down and let our brain waves slow down? Most of us are too busy. We live in environments where the vibrations are frenetic. We’re in a city-based over-productive consumptive culture that makes us stay in and keep our beta waves.
When we get into nature we slow down. Our brain waves slow down. Eventually, we’re able to access our own ability to dream when awake. But if we have a build-up and habit of staying productive – we may not get that same slowing down as easily. There will be a build-up in our own tide of our own fears and anxiety and the need to do. Perhaps even a fear or an inability to hang out in space and do nothing.
But this nothing isn’t actually nothing. It’s a slowing down to our inner sensitivity in which we can meet that place where the whole universe is created. It’s our inner magic. You don’t need to take special herbs to get there. It’s in you.
And so, to me – yin is the practice of meeting ourselves. And also meeting those blockages that we have in us that prevent us from meeting ourselves. The traumas that we weren’t ready to handle back then, the feelings we thought we weren’t allowed to feel, the truth we didn’t know was okay to express. Our own pain and pleasure.
So, the practice with me is simple. We slow down. Body, breath, heartbeat, brainwaves. We don’t force anything because then there’d already be a fight. We don’t place expectations on ourselves. We allow ourselves to be ourselves. From there our body begins to tell a story. In the beginning it may seem like it’s whispering and murmuring – we can’t hear her too well. With practice we realize how much she’s constantly communicating with us. We learn to follow her like a river. We dip into the flow of ourselves and let her take us on a journey. And through this journey we are purified and remember our wholeness.
In my biodynamic yin yoga journeys and in my craniosacral therapy trainings and in my women’s yoga retreats – this is our practice. Remembering our inner magic. Our inner shaman. The wisdom that lives inside of us and connects both to the earth and to the stars. Allowing ourselves that place of stillness that’s actually not so still. That helps us drop deeply into this moving churning currents that create everything. Remembering our own power to create and dream. It’s our time to remember our own ability to truly dream again.
I birthed Biodynamic Yin yoga in Bali as an integration into my work in subtle energetics, craniosacral therapy, and yin (and other yogic modalities.) I have had many initiations with teachers and healers in Bali and it’s a place where I began to reclaim my magic. They say the veils are thinner in Bali…and that it’s easier to communicate with the other dimensions here. I definitely know that there is no other place on the planet like Bali. It’s a place where sensitivity is heightened. And although Bali has been changing due to tourism (like everywhere) – the magic is still there. I love the energy, the support, the additional “cooking” that happens when running my biodynamic yin yoga teacher trainings there. In fact, I have an upcoming Energy Training: Connection Nov 21-28th and Biodynamic Yin Yoga Teacher Training: Dec 2-16th in Bali if you want to come out and train in the Bali magic.
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