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Yin Yoga Weekend Immersion (English) - New Plymouth, NEW ZEALAND

  • Sanctuary Hill Retreat 109 Veale Road New Plymouth, Taranaki, 4371 New Zealand (map)

Yin Yoga Weekend Immersion with Sivananda Yoga Centre, New Plymouth (in English)

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

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 Yin Yoga Weekend Immersion is suitable for yoga teachers and also yoga students wishing to learn more about yin yoga and yoga anatomy.

Saturday 2 December 2017
Morning Session
10.00am - 1.00pm

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 asana class

Afternoon Session
2.30pm - 5.30pm

Skeletal variation
Compression and tension
Analysis of a yoga pose

Skeletal variation tests and practical consequences for yang yoga asanas 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

We'll discuss the following issues:
What restrictions does my individual bone structure impose on me?
How different is it from other people’s bone structure?
Will I or my students ever manage to get into the lotus position or achieve a “perfect” pigeon, etc?
Where are the areas of compression and tension within my individual bone structure? How do I deal with it? How can I stretch and stimulate the tissues, when compression is constricting me?
What is the physical function of a yoga pose?

Sunday 3 December 2017
Morning Session
9.00am - 12.00pm

We will draw on the theoretical knowledge we have gained from the previous day and immerse ourselves in a luxurious practical 3 hour meditation and yin yoga asana practice.

We will experience and discover for ourselves, that when we listen to our bodies, acknowledge, and respect our very unique and individual alignment, the asana practice becomes a profoundly powerful mental, energetic and physical practice.

The hours from this weekend immersion can be used towards Continuing Education with Yoga Alliance for registered teachers.

NZ$175 / $155 (early bird offer if fully paid by 31 October 2017)

Sanctuary Hill Retreat, 109 Veale Rd, Ridgewood, New Plymouth 4371

Sanctuary Hill can offer accommodation for out of towners, please contact us to provide costs: or 021 081 66486 with Bhavani

Sivananda Yoga Centre