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3-Week Morning Challenge: ’Spring Yin-Yang Yoga’ with Victoria

May 11-May 29, 2020
Mo-Fr 08.30-10.00
Studio Sonne, Sonnenallee 67
English
140 €

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The winter is considered a yin season, associated with the element of water in Chinese medicine. It’s a time to draw inwards, rest, hibernate, repair and rejuvenate. Spring is a yang season, with the guiding element of wood, an element which seeks to grow and expand. Just like wood needs water to be able to thrive and not become weak and brittle, yin needs yang and vice versa. Chinese medicine believes that this body we live in is a manifestation of nature and if we align ourselves with the natural processes of life and the seasons, and find a balance of both yin and yang, our bodies will adjust and thrive.

Many of us don’t seek the rest that we need – our lifestyles are busy, full and demanding, which fuels our yang tendencies. This challenge is a chance to explore the benefits of embracing both opposing styles, bringing a balanced dose of yin and yang into your practice and your life, and enjoying the benefits in your physical body, nervous system and mind.

Yin yoga is a slow and meditative practice in which asanas are held for a longer period of time to target the deeper dense tissues of the body. This practice stimulates the meridians bringing balance to the body’s organs, improves flexibility and joint mobility, calms and balances the mind and body, reduces stress and anxiety, works deeply on the connective tissues (fascia, tendons and ligaments) and can optimally prepare the body for meditation.

Yang yoga is a more active, rhythmic practice that strengthens and tones the body, improves flexibility and circulation, increases stamina, calms the mind by inviting us to synchronise movement with breath and removes tension and obstacles in the body to allow breath and prana to flow.

Carrying this balance of complementary practices off the mat and into our life, we can learn how to better observe our inner and outer worlds – noticing imbalances, moods, and the effect of different life experiences and skilfully applying the appropriate practice to help the body and mind towards equilibrium.

 Week 1
– Daily yin/yang asana practice
– Introduction to the principles of Chinese medicine and the 5 Element Theory
– Effective use of pranayama for asana and meditation

Week 2
– Daily yin/yang asana practice
– Understanding the nervous system and how yoga can help to regulate and strengthen it
– Questioning our attitudes/habits and understanding how adapting our practice can benefit us

Week 3
– Daily yin/yang asana practice
– What is the fascia?
– How can we train the fascia appropriately?

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Victoria Simpson is originally from England, and each year she returns to India for spiritual encouragement. Living under the guidance of her teacher in the foothills of the Himalayas, she has participated and assisted intensive yoga courses and developed the tools to encourage personal growth. An unquenchable thirst to explore and understand her true Self deeply awakened during her mid-twenties, encouraging her to expand her practise and knowledge of Yoga. She thrives on experiences of Eastern culture and philosophies, practises body work therapies and takes part in intensive silent retreats. Healing in her life came through community and safe spaces. In these open and supported spaces there were many opportunities to work through self-limiting beliefs and doubts and this inspires her to share her practise. She completed her 500-hours in Akhanda Hatha Yoga and a further 100-hours in Yin Yoga; each style providing her with valuable techniques, lessons and experiences. Victoria feels incredibly blessed to have learnt and to be supported by great and compassionate teachers and healers through all of her trainings.