3-week morning challenge: “Winter Self-care: Explore the Inner Landscapes” with Liina Tael
Nov 07-25, 2022
Mo-Fr 08.30-10.00
Studio Sonne (Sonnenallee 67) & Online
135 €

Please register here.

This morning-challenge is held Online via Zoom and in Studio Sonne.

You will receive the Zoom-Info to join the morning-challenge together with your booking confirmation via e-mail. Yellow yoga will record the morning-challenge and the recording will be available to watch for 48h for all yogis.

Winter is the energy of the element Water, the time of rest and hibernation when nature retreats to build up its reserves for its next cycle of seasons. This is a quieter, more reflective time of year, a time to slow down, to allow the stillness to guide you to the places in your body and psyche you may have neglected. During the darkest time of the year, allow the quiet practices to offer you the rest you need to build an inner reservoir and let these practices guide you into deepening your self-knowledge. This is the time for introspection, as all the answers we seek are within us – we just have to be quiet enough to listen and be empty enough to be filled.

The main emphasis in this 3-week morning challenge will be to dive into these slow introspective practices together, to support each other and to let these practices support, nourish, resource and sustain us. There are no prerequisites, no previous experience in anything is needed, just willingness to do less and to explore the inner landscapes. 

The sessions will be combining somatics with yin yoga, restorative yoga, gentle flow, qigong, yoga nidra, meditation, pranayama and long savasanas.

Week 1
– Why does slowing down matter?
– Exploring the wider meaning of “yin” and our relationship to rest
– Introducing somatic movement inquiry and how to combine that with yin and restorative yoga 
– Main principles and techniques of somatics, yin yoga and restorative yoga
– You are practicing “Dynamic Rest”
– Daily practice of somatics, yin yoga, restorative yoga, gentle flow, QiGong, meditation and pranayama

Week 2
– Living according to the seasons and honoring our cyclical nature.
– Seasons in Taoism and how to apply it to practice.
– 5 element theory with focus on Autumn – Metal element and how to use yoga and acupressure as an inner resource for balance.
– Self-care versus self-improvement
– Introducing Yoga Nidra
– Daily practice of somatics, yin yoga, restorative yoga, gentle flow, QiGong, meditation and pranayama

Week 3
– Now that we’ve cultivated some techniques, bringing more silent practices with minimal instruction, where you have space for your own personal inquiry
– 5 element theory with focus on Winter – Water element and how to use yoga and acupressure as an inner resource for balance. 
– “into the world” – our last week together explores how our practice ripples out into our relationships and our work in the world, how rest and yin is where our next steps string from.

Liina Tael is originally from Estonia, where she started practicing yoga 18 years ago. She comes from a business background (read: work hard, play hard) and her “no pain, no gain” attitude slowly but surely was leading her towards a burn-out in her late 20s. The only constant in her hectic (self-destructing) lifestyle was yoga, which gradually was sprouting questions and longings that she had not felt before. In 2007 she took a sabbatical, traveled through India and Asia and by the end of that year, through a series of coincidences, she found herself at a yoga teacher training course in (magical) Byron Bay, Australia. She’s never looked back since! She started teaching in 2008 at Byron Yoga Center, the same year completed her 500hr Teacher Training. After 2 years in Australia, she followed her gypsy heart and kept exploring, teaching, practicing and learning. In 2014 life landed her in Berlin, where she has grown some roots along with a vibrant international yoga tribe.