Yin Yoga Retreat
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About The Event
So why Yin Yoga?
It differs enormously from Vinyasa yet is the perfect complement! By having a Yin and a Yang yoga practice, you are creating a beautiful balance within your energy systems and a unique sense of calmness you will feel both physically and mentally.
Yin yoga is a slow and steady practice, which blends with meditation to bring you back to a sense of ease.
Yin and Yang tissues respond differently to being exercised. Muscles require heat and movement to release in a Yang practice like Vinyasa, while connective tissue responds best to the long steady holds within a Yin practice. Here are nine reasons to practice Yin yoga regularly.
1. Yin increases your flexibility.
Yin yoga stretches and targets both the deep connective tissues between the muscles, and the fascia throughout the body. The aim is to increase circulation in the joints and improve flexibility as the poses stretch and exercise the bone and joint areas. It also helps us to regulate the body’s flow of energy.
2. You can practice it almost anywhere.
Yin yoga is very portable. We will be practising on the beach, in a sacred location (it's a secret), on the deck overlooking the ocean. Once you learn many of the poses can be held while sitting at your desk, watching the TV, reading, or lying in bed!
3. Yin fosters self-love.
Yin yoga is amazing for opening up our hearts, calming our nervous systems, and providing a space for the body to deeply relax. It also allows us to recover and nourish ourselves, wash away our fears, and cultivate compassion and love for ourselves.
Practicing Yin is like thanking yourself for being so awesome. It helps us build absolute self-belief and faith in how wonderful we are, each and every day! This practice is a beautiful way for those who have disconnected from their bodies to reconnect in a gentle, compassionate way.
4. It melts your stress away.
Question: What is the part of the body that we use the most, but probably spend the least amount of time taking good care of?
Answer: Our minds!
We live in a world of deadlines and appointments, craziness and social media, anxiety and stress. What better way to switch off than to sit still in poses anywhere from three to ten minutes? By doing Yin, you are giving yourself plenty of time to do nothing other than ‘just breathe.’
It is a truly perfect way to find space, to slow your mind down, and to be guided deeper into your practice.
5. Yin allows you to become intimate with yourself.
Get ready to get intimate with your feelings, sensations, and emotions—something that can perhaps be ignored during a faster paced class.
When we begin to practice Yin, we learn to listen to our bodies, slowing everything down. We learn to recognise our thoughts, to see them coming in and out of our mind, and to experience and digest them, instead of having them race through our mind like an escaped rollercoaster.
This in turn increases our ability to be in the present moment and practice gratitude, slowly bringing us closer to our authentic self.
6. It builds fortitude and perseverance.
When life gets tough, you’ll find me on my mat practicing Yin—and the world quickly becomes a better place! When you are stuck mentally and the power to walk away is overwhelming, Yin teaches you that staying still and dealing with whatever comes up one breath at a time will actually help you grow.
As we hold our Yin pose, the drama peaks, it gets harder to ignore the monkey mind, and we start really wanting to leave the pose. Yin teaches us to find a place of comfort in a not-so-comfortable place and observe our thoughts and reactions from a perspective of calmness.
It is a practice that can be brought into our daily lives.
7. Yin is like meditation for beginners.
During Yin practice you will find yourself with a lot of time on your hands. Here, you find yourself face-to-face with the chance to begin a gentle meditation practice, to slow your breath and calm your mind.
Carole will guide you through your practice, offering ways to keep your mind focused and to stop your body and thoughts from wanting to escape.
Yin yoga provides a safe place for your mind and body to enter into and consequently gain greater personal growth through a meditative and blissful experience once you open yourself up to the vastness within yourself.
8. It enables you to release your demons.
When held at length, what seems like an easy, inoffensive pose can change into something super challenging. This is what Yin does—the poses and the way they are held can release incredibly strong sensations, both physically and emotionally.
See, we store our emotions in the various parts of our bodies. Memories, anxieties, and tension linger on in cells stored deep in our tissues. When we go into a yoga pose that opens a part of the body left untouched for a while, these deeply stored memories and emotions resurface.
Doing so can be challenging in the moment, and can lead to a wide array of reactions such as tears, anger, and sheer frustration, but afterwards it leads to our final point…
9. Yin gives you a fabulous afterglow
Practicing Yin gives you that dreamy afterglow where you find that moment of absolute peace within yourself.
While you may feel like you have not even broken a sweat by the end of the class, your mind, body, and spirit have been performing on a much deeper, more intense level, leaving you with a clearer mind, a lighter body, and a fuller heart.
Carole, your trainer is a qualified Master Trainer and has been teaching for over 20 years. This is a great opportunity to learn from someone with many years of experience in the yoga industry.
Your Balance for Life experience includes:
- 5 Yin Yoga classes
- Optional massage (additional cost)
- Meditation & Breathwork sessions
- 2 nights accommodation
- 6 nutritional & delicious plant-based meals
- Optional massage (additional cost)
06:00 Sunrise breathwork
06:30 Yin Yoga class
13:00 Free time / Massage
16:00 Yin Yoga on the Deck
20:00 Evening meditation session
Itinerary and times are subject to change.
Our Food for your Soul meals on this retreat are sattvic - meaning it brings peace and enhances the wellbeing of the body, mind and spirit. Your meals will be colourful, beautiful in flavour with aesthetic appeal and plentiful. We believe food should be sustainable, pure and real - supporting and nourishing your body and mind to cleanse and heal.
We will make every effort to accommodate food allergies (i.e. gluten, vegetarian etc), however we will do the best can to cater for your needs.
For safety reasons we are unable to accept guests who have a fatal allergy to any foods. We are not equipped to serve separate meals and as the closest hospital is 2 hours away we prefer not to put anyone at risk.
GETTING READY TO GO
What to Pack
Keep it simple. The pillows are quite high and firm, so you may wish to pack your own ‘special’ pillow.
Balance for Life will always make ‘healthy snacks’ however please feel free to pack some of your own ‘special’ snacks.
Bring 2-4 sets of workout gear (shorts and sports tops) as a minimum and 2 pairs of shoes (1 old pair, just in case one pair gets wet).
Balance for Life sessions Comfortable stretch pants and fitted t’s. Please bring your own yoga mat. Balance for Life can supply a mat if you do not have your own. Additional props will be provided.
Lightweight casual clothes for the tropics including wet weather (poncho). Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, umbrella and/or poncho (raincoat), insect repellent, hand sanitiser, refillable water bottle – it’s the tropics.
The temperature during the dry season is generally lower than Darwin and considering we are right on the beachfront you may wish to pack some warmer clothes.
There will be free time allocated each day so you may wish to bring a book.
Staying in touch
Telstra is the only carrier that provides mobile reception in Dundee.
Ensure you have 1 lockable bag for your valuables.
Be prepared to challenge yourself and have a lot of fun.
Most importantly pack an open mind and a belly full of laughs! You are about to have a very unique experience.
- Full fare - Single Room$897$8970$0
- Twin Share - Guest 1$597$5970$0
- Twin Share - Guest 2$597$5970$0
- Massage Treatment$75$750$0
- Book Now - Pay in Instalments$100$1000$0