Yoga and Adventure Holiday in Golden Bay @ Sandcastle
Oct 29 – Nov 4 all-day

6 days of Yoga, Meditation, Nature, Transformative practices, and supportive community.

Yoga Nidra, Basic Breathing Methods & Restorative Yoga Retreat @ Anahata Yoga Retreat
Nov 17 @ 10:00 am – Nov 22 @ 11:00 am
Yoga Nidra, Basic Breathing Methods & Restorative Yoga Retreat @ Anahata Yoga Retreat | Clifton | Tasman | New Zealand

A yogic immersion into Yoga Nidra, Basic Breathing Methods & Restorative Yoga focused on relaxation techniques. Explore tools to systematically address the tensions in the body, mind and emotions to induce a deep state of relaxation.

Yoga Nidra, Basic Breathing Methods and Restorative Yoga are key practices to equip yoga aspirants with yogic skills and techniques for self support. Theses methods will assist in the release of deep muscular, mental and emotional tension, inducing calmness and clarity for a range of life and health situations.

In this retreat you will experience and learn about the practices of Yoga Nidra and Restorative Yoga with time for self-study and personal reflection or simply to enjoy a walk in our neighbouring Abel Tasman National Park.

* Yoga practices for your own health
* Breath and the link with relaxation theory
* Yoga Lifestyle
* SWAN Practice
* Restorative Hatha yoga, Breathing practices, Yoga Nidra, Meditation, Mantra meditation
* Understanding the techniques of Yoga Nidra & Restorative yoga from a practical and theoretical point of view
* Option for deep theory sessions including the science behind the techniques
* Restorative Hatha yoga, Breathing practices, Yoga Nidra, Meditation, Mantra meditation

If you want to take this a step further, we also offer an extensive 9 day Yoga Nidra & Restorative Yoga Instructor Training. Please refer to our website for further details on this Professional Development Retreat or for full details on this course, including Pricing, Discounts, Complimentary Pick up & Private Sessions.

Yin Yoga Immersion with Yin Therapy @ Sanctuary Hill Retreat
Dec 2 – Dec 3 all-day
Yin Yoga Immersion with Yin Therapy @ Sanctuary Hill Retreat | New Plymouth | Taranaki | New Zealand

Yin Yoga Foundations

“In the quietude lies the power and out of the quietude arises the power.” (Confucius)

Yin Yoga – the quiet practice is “the other half” of yoga. Yin Yoga turns our attention inwards, to connect to the true essence of ourselves. It is the complementary practice to all yang forms of exercise, be it yang styles of yoga, dance or rugby. As our lives become more fast-paced and stressful, people are increasingly drawn to the powerful practice of Yin Yoga.

Using long-held poses without muscle tension, Yin Yoga stimulates the fascia – the connective tissue, ligaments, tendons, joints resulting in a deeply relaxing practice while creating “space” in the body, de-stressing the mind and re-energising the soul.

This foundation workshop explains:
– What is Yin Yoga? What is Yang Yoga?
– What are the advantages of both yin and yang yoga?
– How do they complement one another?
– Stress and back pain and Yin Yoga as a “therapeutic touch”

You will then experience a deeply stimulating and relaxing Yin Yoga class. In this class, you will be guided within, to listen to your body and learn how to modify the asanas to respect your individual bone structure and in doing so, you will discover your own tailor-made alignment and asana practice. After this workshop, you will come away with a new appreciation and understanding for your wonderfully and unique body.

Yoga Anatomy

The backbone of Yin Yoga is yoga anatomy from a functional perspective. Did you ever wonder why you can’t tie your legs in a pretzel in Lotus pose or why some people love shoulder stand and others not?

We uncover the mystery behind these and other anatomically questions by explaining the importance of understanding skeletal variation – our individual and unique bone structure. Skeletal variation affects every yoga pose we practice. Through a series of practical tests, you will understand that there is no one alignment for all, but rather an individual alignment which respects your unique body which will benefit your own practice as well as the teaching of not only Yin Yoga, but all forms of yoga, dance, sport, massage and bodywork.

Compression vs. Tension
Function vs Aesthetics
Skeletal Variation – “It’s All in the Bones”
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 analyse the following asanas in detail:
Lotus – external rotation of the hip joint
Reclining hero pose – internal rotation of the hip joint

We will 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?

This workshop is suitable for yoga students and teachers alike.

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