Yin Yoga Course with Jacqueline Hargreaves Nourishing the Energetic Body
Enjoy the feelings of rejuvenation and steadiness that arise from a Yin Yoga practice. In this form of Hatha Yoga, the ancient teachings of India are integrated with the specific subtle body anatomy of the Chinese Meridian Theory. The aim is to actively nourish and harmonize the movement and distribution of chi (life force or prana) and alleviate ill health by eliciting the body’s natural healing response. It is a synthesis of eastern knowledge that aims at directly affecting the connective tissue (fascia, joints and ligaments) in the body, so that the health of the associated organs is improved.
As the whole body rests and opens with long hold floor poses, the natural healing power of chi is used to rejuvenate and repair the area of focus. It might be described as “taking your acupuncturist with you to yoga!” Each week in this four-week course will focus on a different area of the body and thus a different set of internal organs:
. Kidney-Urinary Bladder with forward bending
. Liver-Gall Bladder with hip opening
. Stomach-Spleen with front body opening
. Lung/Heart-Large/Small Intestines with the shoulders, neck and upper back.
In contrast to the most commonly practiced forms of Hatha Yoga (such as the dynamic vinyasa practice of Ashtanga), Yin Yoga is taken in stillness, quietening the body in preparation for meditation. It is the prefect complement to more dynamic forms of yoga and suitable for all levels of practitioners.