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Mid-Winter Yin Yoga Immersion (English) - Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Urban Calm, Dunedin Level 1 Clarion Building, 286 Princess Street Dunedin New Zealand (map)

Mid-Winter Yin Yoga Immersion - Urban Calm, Dunedin
(in English)

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” (Confucius)

Huddle up, snuggle down and re-energise with a luxuriously decadent mid-winter dose of yin yoga with international yoga teachers Markus Henning Giess and Karin Michelle Sang.

Deepen your knowledge about Yin Yoga in theory and in practice.
We practice, listen and feel, stimulate, re-energise and bathe in the stillness.

Enhance your knowledge about your own body through Yoga Anatomy.

Did you ever wonder why you can not tie your legs in a pretzel like the „real“ yogis? Did you ever ask yourself why some people can sit in lotus pose and others not, although they have the same flexibility?

In this immersion we will take the mystery out of these questions and give you security in your yin & yang yoga practice.

What is Yin Yoga?

Yin yoga is one of the calmest and most relaxing forms of yoga in the world, consisting of a series of passive poses of the body.

By means of long-held stretches (3–5 minutes) without muscle tension, we focus on the deep connective, fascial and ligamental tissues – stimulating, strengthening and stretching the tissues.

We mobilise the joints, and stimulate and calm the nervous system, thereby reducing stress and encouraging regeneration.

During the practice we temporarily slow down the flow of Chi energy, enabling the revitalising energy to accumulate and then flow more freely on conclusion of the practice.

Indeed for days after a yin yoga practice, we’ll feel blissfully relaxed and recharged.

This immersion is suitable for yoga teachers and also yoga students wishing to learn more about yin yoga and yoga anatomy (à la Paul Grilley).

Day I - Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga Theory:

  • What is yin yoga?
  • What is yang yoga?
  • What are the advantages of each kind of yoga?
  • How do they complement each other?
  • What is tension and what is compression?
  • What is the function of our connective tissue/fascia in this practice?
  • Stress and back pain, and yin yoga as a “therapeutic touch”

Yin Yoga Practice:

  • Yin yoga classes (Paul Grilley style)
    Focus: Gentle morning class - the water principle
                Back class

Day II - Yin Yoga & Yoga Anatomy

Yin Yoga Theory:

  • Why is a hip opener class sometimes so intensive?
  • Yin Yoga & the body
  • Yin Yoga & the mind
  • Yin Yoga & the emotion
  • Yin Yoga & energy

Yin Yoga Practice:

Yin yoga classes (Paul Grilley style)
Focus: Hip opener class

Yoga Anatomy Theory:

  • "It's all in the bones"
  • Individual bone structure
  • Skeletal variation
  • Function/aesthetics
  • Compression and tension
  • Analysis of a yoga pose
  • Individual bones - individual yoga

Yoga Anatomy Practice:

Skeletal variation tests and it's practical implications in relation to yang yoga poses and assists – such as lotus, shoulder stand, pigeon, down dog, warrior, etc.

We’ll analyse the following asanas in detail:

  • Lotus position        - external rotation of the hip joint
  • Reclining hero       -  internal rotation of the hip joint
  • Shoulderstand       - neck, shoulder, shoulder girdle
  • Headstand             - shoulder girdle, proportion

We'll discuss the following issues:

  • What restrictions do I have due to my unique bone structure?
  • How does my bone structure differ to others?
  • Will I or my students ever manage to get into the lotus position or achieve a “perfect” pigeon, etc?
  • How should I stretch?
  • When am I in bone compression?
  • hat is the physical function of a yoga pose?

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