Entries in yin yoga (2)

Thursday
Aug012013

10 reasons why Yin Yoga will Stay in my Life

I recently attended Sattva and Mari Nordstrøm’s 6 days Yin Yoga Immersion in Copenhagen and I’m completely in love with the practice. Here’s why.

1. Yin yoga is slow and teaches me to be still.

2. Yin Yoga lets me connect with me body in a way that I am yet to find in more dynamic or Yang methods of yoga. When holding an asana for 5 minutes I actually feel what the stretch does to my body.

3. Whenever I stretch a muscle and its connective tissue it is connected to the energy fields of my body. So even though I’ll be stretching my hamstrings I will be working on my bladder and kidney energies.

4. Yin Yoga makes my ‘stuff’ come up. Just like in restorative yoga when I give my body and mind a chance to relax, my attention seeks inwards revealing my Self. My feelings, sensations, emotions and issues – my stuff. Mari uses a beach ball as a metaphor of the Vrittis and Vasanas of meditation: when a ball is forced under the surface it will pop right back up – demanding to be looked at.

5. When attending a Yin class with others the practice creates the most beautiful energy. (This happens in restorative too. Come try it on one of my classes).

6. Yin Yoga works on the fascia. It’ll stretch out the fascia into nice sheets.

7. Yin yoga softens my body, opens my hips and makes me more flexible. It prepares my body to sit in meditation.

8. Yin Yoga brings long periods of time in an uncomfortable position, which then asks me to learn to be and to accept what is in that given moment.

9.It releases prana that I can actually feel in the body (and it feels like fizzy pop running through my veins).

10. When I leave the yoga shala or my yoga room at home after a Yin practice I feel like I’m floating 2 inches above the ground.

Thank you Mari and fellow yogis for an amazing immersion.

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Thursday
Aug042011

Honeymoon Yoga Retreat in Sri Lanka

So I’m a Mrs! And I’m back home in Copenhagen after three weeks holiday. One week in England planning our English wedding (which was absolutely magic) and two wonderful weeks of honeymoon in Sri Lanka. The latter has left me recharged and feeling happy and healthy.

Part of our honeymoon was spent at the amazing eco jungle resort Ulpotha. We came across Ulpotha in my Great Yoga Retreat book earlier this year and knew that we had to go there. If you’ve seen the pictures you’ll know why. After reading only positive reviews on Tripadvisor the decision was made; Sri Lanka was our honeymoon destination.

We were at Ulpotha for a Vinyasa course and Ayurveda detox (which I’ll write about later) so five hours a day were spent doing yoga with 14 other yogis from various parts of the world. We began our days with a meditation at the bank of the beautiful lake in the middle of the village and made our way to the yoga shala where we did a 2,5 hour dynamic solar vinyasa practice.The afternoon sessions were more lunar and focused on pranayama, and I was introduced to yin yoga, which I haven’t done before. Our teacher, Daniella, who runs a studio in Paris, had a beautiful way of putting the classes together to correspond with the five elements: air, water, fire and earth.

Ulpotha is a small village in the middle of the jungle. It has no hot water, electricity or mobile network (I needed a social media detox) but it still feels very luxurious. We stayed in a large hut without walls - so we basically slept outside but felt oddly safe because of our mosquito nets.

The animals were around us at all times of the day: monkeys, beautiful kingfishers, water buffaloes, lizards, snakes, frogs and turtles just to name a few. All were amazing - apart from a giant spider with one shiney eye that we came across one night. Because of the lack of electricity the village was lit by oil lamps, which would magically appear every day at dusk. Just beautiful. And the food. The food deserves a chapter on its own: all vegan and consisting of local vegetable curries, sambols, grain, beans, fruits and juices. Oh, and coconut water straight from the coconut. There’s nothing like a glass of coconut water after an intense yoga practice - but until now I’ve only ever had it out of a carton...

The combination of yoga, Ayurveda and the vegan diet (and my favorite hammock by the lake) has left me feeling healthy and recharged and ready for the autumn (and married life). To prolong the feeling back here in Copenhagen (which has been taken over by Fashion Week, food and drinks this week) the plan is to do a three day juice detox on the weekend. I’ll let you know how that goes provided I make it through without killing anybody.... :)


If you ever get the chance to go to Sri Lanka. Find Ulpotha.