Yin Yoga through the lens of Chinese medicine
The essence of Yin yoga is surrender. It focuses on postures targeting the hips, pelvis, and lower back. The postures are typically held for 3-10 minutes per side in order to lengthen the connective tissue that surrounds the joints and increase its elasticity.
It´s an exceptionally beneficial practice for athletes as well as people with an office lifestyle. Though Yin Yoga accesses all parts of the body, it concentrates predominantly on the lower half of the body. An athlete’s thighs: hamstrings, quadriceps, glutes and IT Band – are high traffic areas, used in running, surfing etc. The hip flexors, adductors and abductors are also important muscles for athletes. In the postures we gently ‘melt down’ the connective tissue surrounding the muscles in those areas well used in sport, bringing the fascia to a more liquid, pliable and mobile phase.
Since a Yin yoga practice includes several long, seated forward bending postures, it also restores energy and calms the nervous system. Using principles of Chinese Medicine, the Yin Yoga classes during the retreat will help you relax and create stillness, so you can retrain your nervous system for not only physical, but mental, spiritual and emotional well-being.
Breathe better & hold your breath
As a surfer your breath is important, not only when you might get pulled down by a wave, but to stay calm and focused. As a runner, or other athlete or just human being, you also benefit from learning how to breathe and use your breath more effectively.
You breathe every day, but how aware are you of your breath? In this retreat you´ll get tools to get to know your breath fully, how to get more oxygen into your lungs per breath, how to breath better as well as being comfortable holding your breath. Your teacher, Annelie Pompe, can hold her breath for 6 minutes and free dive to 126m as well as endure low oxygen levels in the Himalayas. It’s all about breathing well.
Yoga nidra is the yoga of aware sleep and involves a lot of self healing. The practice of yoga nidra begins as you are prompted to feel your body and your breath in using a specific technique in order to trigger the relaxation response. The relaxation response balances the two aspects of your nervous system: sympathetic and parasympathetic. This in turn aligns the activity of your right and left brain hemispheres.
Both yin yoga and yoga nidra help cells regenerate and repair, and both help decrease anxiety and improve your mood. In a combination, yin yoga and yoga nidra will make you feel like you just had the best nap of your life.
Includes all yoga and meditation classes, as well as lunch on Saturday.
Lunch: 12.30 in the yoga studio
The classes will be taught in Swedish or English depending on the students.
Sofie Ringsten: Yoga teacher, Chinese medicine practitioner and paddleboarder. Ex elite wrestler and police officer. One of Sweden´s leading Yin Yoga teachers and trainers. Both Yin Yoga and SUP Yoga pioneer in Sweden, and founder of Maldives School of Yoga. Acupuncturist trained in China. Lives in Sweden and Maldives.
Annelie Pompe: Professional adventurer, motivational speaker, personal trainer and life coach. World record holder in free diving. Loves surfing, yoga, kayaking and outdoor living. Author of two books.