Yin and Mindfulness for Beginners - Six Week Course
This course will be taught by our regular Yin + Meditation teacher, Mandy Jhamat.
What will you get out of this course?
Create a daily conscious mindful practice of inner stillness that is simple, effective and creates lasting change. This is an introductory course into yin as a mindfulness practice.
Who is this course for?
Anyone that is looking for tools to manage the daily stresses and challenges of life with a reflective and contemplative practice. Those interested in an approached grounded in the meeting point between psychology and science as well as the ancient mystical traditions of Buddhism and Daoism.
6 x 45 minute livestreamed classes once a week across 6 weeks.
The course will be based on the model of resilience in Psychology as a framework for our practice towards our inner stillness. Each class will begin with the theme for the wk and setting a conscious intention, contain opening yin postures to embody that theme and includes its counter pose/movement and a mindfulness exercise to end. This will be accompanied by a weekly inquiry and journaling practice to complete at home.
First chapter – Clarity of Focus Class 1:
- what is yin yoga? And it’s key principles
- starting with savasana, how to be still through comfort? Into butterfly as our principal yin pose and counter movements
- Clarity breath meditation
- how can I use yin as a tool for mindfulness? Intention vs Attention
- Hip openers
- Attention focus meditation
Second chapter – Change & Acceptance
- The 3 kinds of stillness in yin – body, breath and mind
- Twists to open the spine
- Acceptance meditation
- Working with change and uncertainty (impermanence)
- Melting heart pose
- Equalising the flow of breath
Third chapter – Connectedness
- Wholeness and oneness – connect to self
- Spinal undulation – 6 directions of the spine
- Metta meditation for self
- Barriers and boundaries – the healthy balance, connection to the world around me
- 6 directions of the spine continued
- Metta meditation self and others
Outcomes for students:
- Have an experience of yin yoga, and how it can help to cultivate mindfulness
- Be familiar with some basic yin postures and their benefits to body and mind
- Be able to prepare your body through yin for a short meditation practice
- Increasing your awareness of experience – physical, mental and emotional
- To feel the power of stillness and ways you can implement this into daily life
- Learning some tools to deal with challenges as they arise
- Be able to self-guide yourself in a seated or lying down meditation
- Feeling confident and ready to join one my yin and meditation classes and build this into a regular mindfulness practice
And in reference to the weekly themes:
- Be more focussed in dealing with challenges and be able to shift your view to see them as mini-objectives
- Having a clarity of intention towards your goals and aspirations
- Accepting the certainty of change and working with it as a path of growth
- Recognising when you are de-centred and being able to return
- Cultivating self-acceptance