Seasonal Cycles :: Winter

Seasonal Cycles :: Winter

At this time of year, water turns to ice and plants store their energy in their roots. Winter is considered a time of reflection, deep receptivity, and a time of building potency. The season of winter asks us to slow down and store up. 

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine this season is related to the water element and Kidney energy. Kidney energy can become depleted with stress, over stimulation, and overwork. And so during this time of year it’s especially important to rest and rejuvenate and nourish new seeds of potential. This is also a wonderful time of year to focus on internal practices like meditation and contemplation.

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Yin Yoga Posture Sleeping Swan and Yin Yoga Posture Pigeon Pose with modifications

Yin Yoga Posture Sleeping Swan and Yin Yoga Posture Pigeon Pose with modifications

The yin yoga posture of sleeping swan pose or pigeon pose creates external rotation in the front leg, and targets the quads and hip flexors. It’s also a backbend which compresses the lower back and can help maintain the health of the lower spine..

Sleeping swan pose primarily targets the Liver, Gall Bladder, spleen, Stomach, Kidney and Urinary Bladder meridians.

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Yin Yoga Posture Childs pose with twist with modifications

Yin Yoga Posture Childs pose with twist with modifications

This yin yoga posture of childs pose with a twist is similar to regular childs pose except you bring your bottom shoulder toward the opposite knee. It opens the stomach channel through the twisting as well as the inner leg. If you choose to release your opposite hand and drape it behind you the chest, Lung, Heart and Large Intestine is also activated.

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Chinese Medicine for Yoga Online is here!

Chinese Medicine for Yoga Online is here!

I am SO delighted to finally open registration to Chinese Medicine for Yoga Online!!

During many of the yoga trainings I've offered, I've heard from students and teachers who want to incorporate Traditional Chinese Medicine into their yoga and their life.

So I created this course: Chinese Medicine for Yoga.

This course is designed to provide an overview of Traditional Chinese Medicine theory and the associated meridian system.

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Yin Yoga Happy Baby Pose and Yin Yoga Stirrup Pose

Yin Yoga Happy Baby Pose and Yin Yoga Stirrup Pose

The yin yoga posture of happy baby pose or stirrup pose helps to open the hips and the inner line of the leg. The movement creates external rotation in the hips and can also decompress the sacrum and the sacroiliac joint.

Energetically, it targets the Liver, Kidney, Spleen, Gallbladder and Urinary Bladder meridians.

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Yin Yoga Forward Fold and Yin Yoga Caterpillar Pose with modifications

Yin Yoga Forward Fold  and Yin Yoga Caterpillar Pose with modifications

Caterpillar pose is a straight-legged forward fold. It helps to lengthen the ligaments that run along the spine, activates the hamstrings, and compresses the abdomen aiding in digestion. It also triggers the Bladder channel that runs along the back line of the legs and along either side of the spine.

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Join us in Mexico for a Mindful Yoga Retreat

Join us in Mexico for a Mindful Yoga Retreat

Join me for a week of deep relaxation and nourishment in beautiful sunny Mexico.

At our private beach front villa you'll enjoy daily practices of yoga, meditation, and self reflection. Replenish your energy and take this time to slow down.

You'll also have plenty of time to watch the waves, go for long walks, enjoy the sun, read a good book, or simply rest.

Healthy, nourishing meals will be served to our group by our private chef and staff.

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Yin Yoga Melting Heart Pose and Yin Yoga Quarter Dog Pose with modifications

Yin Yoga Melting Heart Pose and Yin Yoga Quarter Dog Pose with modifications

Melting heart is a beautiful backbend for the upper and mid back. It helps to open the shoulders and the heart. Remember if you feel any tingling in your hands or arms to back off. You can also lpace your hands shoulder width or wider to ease some pressure in the upper back. If you would like to intensify the opening bring your chin towards the floor instead of the forehead. You can also use padding under various areas such as the knees, ankles or chest to create more comfort and ease.

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