Join Us for a Peaceful Evening of Yin followed by Yoga Nidra
with Molly Bondellio
Day: Sunday, October 22nd.
Time: 7:00PM -9:00PM
Cost: $30 Early Bird /$35 Day of Event
End your weekend off right …
With 60 minutes of Yin Yoga, long, slow stretching intended to open up joints and connective tissues. We will also practice internal focus, meditative breathing, and relaxation techniques while the physical body opens and allows energy to be unblocked. The 2nd hour of class will be the practice of Yoga Nidra, or Dream Yoga, where you will experience a state of extreme relaxation through guided meditations intended to get you to the state in between consciousness and sleeping. Please dress comfortably and feel free to bring along a pillow for Nidra.
Yoga nidra (Sanskrit: योग निद्रा) or yogic sleep is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, like the “going-to-sleep” stage. It is a state in which the body is completely relaxed, and the practitioner becomes systematically and increasingly aware of the inner world by following a set of verbal instructions.
The class will begin with a focus on a personal sankulpa, or resolve (intention), which helps us focus on releasing the accumulated tensions that we build up on our bodies daily. These tensions include muscular, emotional, and mental. Yoga nidra is not just the practice of relaxing, but of reforming from within, where we practice a burning up of old habits, beliefs, and tendencies. In nidra, the practitioner is in a state between wakefulness and dream, so we have traces of awareness where both the subconscious and unconscious levels of the mind are open. In this state we can penetrate the depths of our mind. After some release of physical tensions though a combination of yin and restorative postures, nidra is practiced in savasana, which includes guided meditations and visualizations, with the end result being a more connected feeling to your inner being and a very grounded sense of peace.
Yang Yoga is what’s commonly known as Hatha and vinyasa flow where breath is the primary focus and connecting breath to movement is secondary. Yang yoga is active and expressive. It develops muscular strength, stamina and flexibility. Power, Slow Flow, Basics and even Hot Slow Burn classes are each classified as Yang Yoga.
Yin Yoga, however, is a very grounding, passive, meditative type of yoga practice with a physical focus that often goes much deeper than in the Yang practices. This practice was designed to help the student sit comfortably in mediation for long periods of time. It involves poses that primarily target the lower extremities. Variations of seated and supine positions are held for a minimum of 3 to 5 minutes. These long holds access deep layers of fascia, the connective tissue that surrounds muscles and separates them from other organs. Often overlooked, this connective tissue accounts for almost 50% of the body’s resistance to flexibility, while muscles account for about 40%.
Immediate benefits include open hips, a calm body and a centered mind. During a yin class, the student is asked to relax into a pose and stay with it. Sitting with feelings and sensations for long periods of time can be challenging for anyone. This exact stillness can result in greater mental stability.
Any yoga practice asks the student to be willing to get intimate with the self. Emotions, thoughts, sensations are felt and acknowledged in a flow class, and sometimes we power right through them. Conversely, in yin, the student is asked to stay with the experience of the self for extended periods of time. This practice of allowing healing processes to begin or continue can have a profound impact on a person’s well-being.Unwind at the end of your weekend in our Yin Yoga/ Yoga Nidra Class on Sunday, June 25th from 7-9:00 pm. Set these 120 minutes aside to reduce stress and anxiety while improving flexibility and circulation.
Molly has been practicing yoga for 8 years and received her 200 hour teaching certificate through Pink Lotus Yoga In July 2014. It was the benefits of the physical practice that originally brought her to the mat, but the recognition of yoga as a total healing practice that kept her coming back. Molly firmly believes that there is a style of yoga for everyone and that through a consistent practice, change happens. She is passionate about the origins and principles of yoga and incorporates meditation, mantra practice and ancient Hindu mythology, among other disciplines into her teachings.
“Molly is a wonderful, very knowledgeable instructor. Her presence & grace puts me at ease in her class. ” Heather Y.