My Journey To Yin Yoga

In the society that we live in today it’s becoming more difficult to be un-busy than it is to be busy. Technology has made multitasking the norm. Remember the last time you were driving to class while talking to a friend on your Bluetooth headset and sipping on a cup of coffee, a load of clothes in your washing machine and dryer while the DVR was recording your favorite reality TV show? And if you have kids this was probably right after you dropped one off at a birthday party  and before you picked up the other from soccer practice.

Everyday may not be quite this busy, but days like this can build up in the body and in the mind. It was after several months like this I arrived on this beach for summer vacation feeling heavy and burdened so I signed up for a morning beach yoga class. Practicing on a moving foundation like sand can be fun but also challenging. I could tell the teacher was experienced, she had us moving slowly using long holds to stretch and strengthen, in the background was the quiet sound of the ocean waves. I began to feel the tension in my body relax and the schedules I’d been juggling in my head melt away. A feeling came up while I practiced, “this is what is missing, I need more of this”.

For years I’d been practicing a style of power vinyasa with yin postures being a small part of the practice, and it served me. It was my gateway into yoga, living a healthier lifestyle and eventually becoming a teacher. I love this practice and there’s nothing I would change about it. But here I was being called again to find the more balance in my life and in my practice. It was at this moment I decided to take a Yin yoga teacher training that I had heard about from a fellow teacher. Up until this point I wasn’t sure I could “hold still long enough” but when you give yourself the time to ease into this space you become aware that even in stillness there is movement, change and transformation. Breath is movement. This is how my journey to Yin yoga began and I’m grateful everyday for the balance it has brought to my life and the lives of my students.

If you’ve never tried Yin yoga before I hope you’ll join me next Friday evening, July 7th, for Sacred Surrender. This 90 minute yin flow incorporates aromatherapy and hot towels during savasana. It’s divine 🙂

Peace and Love,

Shawntell

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