With Monique Haan
Spring is the time to focus on cleansing and making room for new possibility. As we move out of the dark stillness of winter and into the light and outward energy of spring, it is a time for blossoming and becoming.
In Chinese Medicine, spring is when our Liver meridian is the most active. Liver chi is responsible for healthy metabolism and detoxing in the body, and supports healthy emotional expression, creativity and decision-making. When our Liver chi is deficient or blocked, we tend towards feelings of irritability, frustration and anger. When this energy is flowing in harmony, we are able to access our innate compassionate nature.
This workshop will be a deeply nourishing Yin yoga practice to balance our bodies for the spring season (side body, hips and inner thighs). We will also incorporate a subtle body healing modality (Jin Shin Jyutsu), to support the release of energetic blockages in the Liver meridian. We will end with a few Restorative yoga poses to allow the body to absorb the benefits of our practice.
Yin yoga is a deep, passive, meditative practice that removes blockages and congestion in our connective tissues (our ligaments, fascia, joints). Poses are held for several minutes to gently stretch and rehabilitate the connective tissues. In Yin yoga, we are also stimulating the meridian channels of the body, rivers of energy (chi) that run through these tissues. By nourishing these organ channels the chi is able to flow more fluidly. Strong flowing chi supports the physical organs in the body as well as harmonizing our emotional body, resulting in a more balanced state of being.