CALM & CONNECT
A yin yoga, mantra chanting and sound meditation retreat created with love to support you to open into more of what you are
What is Yin Yoga?
Yin yoga is based on the ancient Tao principles of yin and yang. They are in essence both complementary yet opposing forces with the yin being the concept that embraces the feminine and passive aspect, while yang is the active, masculine and changing aspect.
Yin encompasses oneness and harmony within and with nature, and this style of yoga involves holding floor postures for longer periods of time while engaging in breathwork. Even though it is passive, it is still incredibly powerful as it focuses on the deep connective tissue of the body, like your joints, bones, ligaments and fascia networks, working mainly the hips, pelvis, lower spine and inner thigh areas.
The practice generally starts and ends in Savasana, the resting posture that prepares and cultivates the practice. Interestingly, although a Yin practice may look quite sedentary, it can be quite challenging until the body and mind connect and the body releases into the deep stretch.
When postures are held from three to five minutes, the flight and fight system is deactivated, repressing the production of adrenaline into the system, so that your body can begin to heal and rejuvenate. During this time the myofascial meridians are stimulated to assist in removing blockages to balance organs and internal systems, and the connective tissue stretches as the muscles relax.
This deeply grounding practice soothes the nervous system and calms the mind, creating space for the mind to quieten, and emotions, thoughts and feelings to surface so that we can live and respond from a more centred space.
Yin yoga also creates the space for self-connection and reflection while offering the opportunity to practice loving self-compassion. This happens with being mindful and aware of the body, enabling nourishment of the soul and the therapeutic benefit of relaxation. Holding each posture generates deeper healing by being present with what is, accessing peace and stillness that is always available to us - it is at this point that the magic happens.
The purpose of Yin Yoga is to restore our natural ability to move with fluidity and thus targets our fascia.
Is it effective?
We are all familiar with the ‘flight and fight” response which is the activation of the Sympathetic Nervous System, and together with the “rest and digest”, the Parasympathetic Nervous System, makes up the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS). As the name implies it generally acts unconsciously and is responsible for regulating our heart rate, respiratory system, digestion to name but a few. Both systems play an important role in our health and well-being, yet in our modern society and especially when navigating challenging times, like that of the past two years, our sympathetic nervous system is more frequently triggered leading to some negative health consequences.
Although there is no scientific evidence that yoga affects the nervous system, some research done in Sweden looked at the relationship with mindfulness, Yin yoga, worry and stress. The findings from this first scientific study that evaluated the effects of Yin Yoga, called YOMI, revealed that yin yoga, especially when accompanied with pranayama, slows breathing and the heart rate and activates the rest and digest system facilitating the body to shift into a relaxed state, and generally gives real benefits.
Benefits of a Yin Practice
It is the while in the parasympathetic mode that we get to rejuvenate and replenish our bodies, giving our over worked organs an opportunity to heal and repair, as the flow of nutrients and energy is improved through the application of mild stress to the joints.
Yin yoga teaches us to be free of expectations and of what each pose will bring, engendering an acceptance and act of surrender which can be taken off the mat into our lives, making us more resilient.
Since Yin yoga effectively activates the Parasympathetic nervous system, it provides the body with many benefits, some of which are:
* Releases fascia
* Enhances joint lubrication and mobility
* Improves flexibility
* Increases circulation
* Balances and calms body and mind
* Reduces stress and tension
* Increases energy flow or chi to the organs
* Hydrates tissue and muscle
Who is it for?
For those that are tired and needing more energy, and if you are over-stimulated.
As with all our yoga classes everyone is different and we encourage you to go at your own pace and listen to your body.
Presented by Alexandra Kierdorf-Robinson
Vedic in nature, Mantra’s are said to lift the believer towards higher levels of consciousness and their higher self. These powerful Sanskrit sound elements are permanent entities and can be transformational, providing us with strength to attain our dreams and goals.
During this retreat you will get to understand the meanings of sacred mantras and experience the power of their vibration. While chanting OM, for example, the Primordial Sound of the Universe that reverberates in the entire cosmos and in every cell of our body, it acts as a cleansing agent for our body, removing negativity, negative blocks and toxicity from our body and mind.
When you recite mantras, it is said that can access your inner consciousness opening to receive an increased flow of life force energy as your brain cells get activated, you tend to become more open to receive this positive energy.
Presented by Dr Sangita De
Sound bath Healing Meditation
As we move into the time of the day, when our body is busy absorbing and digesting nutrients, and we feel sleepy, soak up and immerse yourself up in the enchanting vibration of Planet Singing Bowls, named after the planets in our solar system, each of which is aligned with the specific frequency of each bowl. The Planet Singing Bowls tune into each of our seven chakra’s to create a harmonious and coherent healing environment.
These beautiful, planetary singing bowls enhance the drawing in of universal energy, and facilitate detoxification of negative and stagnant energy, aligning our body with the planets.
When our seven chakras have vivid, ample and balanced energy, there is freer flowing movement within our body so that it may flow easier and smoothly from the Root Chakra to the Crown Chakra. It is then that both the physical and mental begin the spiritual journey to explore your higher being. This is when you become “Whole” and enjoy health and well-being.
Planet Singing Bowls therapy utilises ancient knowledge about the inner relatedness of the universe and stars with earth, and man. By enhancing this union between the heavens and the individual, we get to experiences positive effects emotionally, spiritually and with our physical well-being simultaneously.
The selected frequencies of the Tibetan singing bowls that are related to the rhythms of celestial bodies impacts our unseen life force energy, our Aura. These frequencies are attempting to make a link and harmonise conditions between us and the stars, and eliminate any disturbance in their coexistence.
Presented by Shirley Lui Ying.
Planet Singing Bowls are carefully selected from Tibetan Singing Bowls, measured by sophisticated computer programs and then chosen for physical and soul healing.
Neptune bowl brings more grounded energy from the motherland.
Aura bowl helps to heal more deeply and to release inner trauma from your aura.
Sun bowl will bring sun energy to enhance your passion and enthusiasm towards life and work.
OM bowl (earth) will help improve your connection with the earth facilitating feelings of love and belonging.
Saturn bowl helps enhance communication to be socially more welcomed and accepted.
Moon bowl connects you to the moon, which has a powerful reflective energy to your brain to enhance creativity and intuition.
Jupiter bowl helps to open the possibility to link to the energy of the universal and spiritual worlds
A yin yoga, mantra chanting and sound meditation retreat created with love to support you to open into more of what you are.
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MEET THE FACILITATORS
Alex draws on teachings and traditions from Hatha, Prana Vinyasa and Yin Yoga to create an integrative practice where body, mind and spirit meet. Through energetically nourishing yin poses and breath work, you are invited to let go, to surrender and to let the process of yoga unfold within.
Alex provides space for her students to cultivate a deeper awareness of self and allow the restful nature of yin to pacify the mind/body complex as they move through this practice.
Sangita De, Ph.D, FHEA Educator, researcher, speaker with expertise in -The Future of Work, Talent Development ( L&D) , a faculty member of Griffith Business School Queensland, Australia.
Sangita has extensive international experience in the industry, having worked over 15 years in various sectors and countries as an HRD professional.
Coming from Indian origins , she embraces spiritual development as her second nature. Sangita's learning and knowledge of Sanskrit - the classical ancient language of India, enables her to offer authentic and genuine insight into mantras and chants that are part of her inherited tradition.
Shirley Lui Ying
Shirley completed her practitioner training in the ancient art of Tibetan Singing Bowl healing, receiving her training directly from a German born Nepalese master who travelled to teach students in Beijing, China. Her beautiful metal bowls are hand made for natural material in Nepal. Since completing her training she has practiced in both Beijing and on the Gold Coast.
She is a busy mum, managing her professional career with an active life in the community and incorporates teaching and training as well workshops into her practice.