Yin Yoga Practice Video : Wall Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga Practice Video : Wall Yin Yoga

Using the wall is a great way to support the body if you’re feeling fatigued, or if you’re looking for a very gentle practice. Using the wall is also helpful if you or your students have some physical barriers that limit mobility in seated yin yoga poses.

Parts of this practice could be considered more “restorative” due to the very supported nature of the poses. But if you’re feeling a “stretch”, or feeling gentle pressure in the body, that means you’re still activating the connective tissues which is a central tenant in the yin yoga style of practice.

In any case, you can use this practice to slow down and calm the nervous system, or to support tired legs and feet. Check out the video to practice along:

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Join Seasonal Support and Self Care for Spring

Join Seasonal Support and Self Care for Spring

Spring is on its way here in the Pacific Northwest, so I'm opening my super low commitment Self Care for Spring Online Course for enrolment once again.

Spring is a time when we can start again in many ways. As the natural world starts to awaken after hibernation, we also have the opportunity to shake off the heaviness of winter.

You can use Self Care for Spring as a little guide for seasonal support during this season.

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Natural Remedies for Pain and Inflammation

Natural Remedies for Pain and Inflammation

Whether its shoulder or knee pain, headaches, joint pain, menstrual cramps, back pain, or IBS gut pain, chronic pain can be very difficult to live with.

In todays video I discuss pain, the bodies inflammatory response, and some natural remedies we can use to get some relief. Unfortunately, many people live with chronic pain. Listen in to learn what you can do.

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Yin Yoga Toe Squat pose and Yin Yoga Ankle Stretch pose with modifications

Yin Yoga Toe Squat pose and Yin Yoga Ankle Stretch pose with modifications

Yin yoga toe squat and yin yoga ankle stretch are great to open the bottom of the feet (the plantar fascia), they create more space in the toes and they open the ankles.

These yin poses also target all of the lower meridians that run through the feet. The meridians targeted are the Kidney, Urinary Bladder, Liver, Gallbladder, Spleen, and Stomach meridians.

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Boost Memory and Brain Health with These Remedies

 Boost Memory and Brain Health with These Remedies

Supporting overall brain health is always a good idea considering how much the brain does for us every day! Good memory is connected to many complex systems so it's important to say that there are many different reasons for memory loss. But for the purposes of this video, I discuss overall brain health and a few really important and impactful things you can do if you’ve been experiencing brain fog or just general poor memory.

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Yin Yoga Dragonfly Pose or Straddle Pose with modifications - Lateral Dragonfly Pose, Dragonfly Pose with a Twist

Yin Yoga Dragonfly Pose or Straddle Pose with modifications - Lateral Dragonfly Pose, Dragonfly Pose with a Twist

Yin yoga dragonfly posture or straddle pose is a forward fold with the legs wide. From a seated position a forward fold, a side bend or a twist can be practiced.

A yin yoga dragonfly pose targets the backs of the thighs (hamstrings), hips, inner groin, and inner knees. It also activates the Kidney, Urinary Bladder, Liver, and Spleen meridians.

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Seasonal Cycles :: Deepen into Winter

Seasonal Cycles :: Deepen into 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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