Yin Yoga & A Quick Meditation

I haven’t been writing much lately. Unfortunately, (or fortunately) I’ve been caught up in a lot of other things that needed my time, such as: being really laser focused and committed to a detoxing diet for Crohns, writing and getting clear on my message to help others, and getting back into Yin Yoga (my first love!).

The latter has been so awesome. Even more awesome because I found a new kind of Yin – Hot Yin Yoga. It’s kind of the best of both worlds for me. Since discovering Hot Yoga (not Bikram, although very similar) my joint aches have improved greatly and I don’t really get sick anymore!! I think my body needs this particular kind of sweat. Yes, a steam room or sauna can get somewhat of the same effect but it’s the combo of fluid movement + the heat that is incredibly healing for my body.

This has been quite a journey: from doing my training in Vinyasa Power Yoga, to moving to Hot Hatha and Yin. I had to face the facts, my body doesn’t thrive when pushed to the max in Vinyasa. (although, I still love/respect Vinyasa and my fav teachers!) It’s partly because of all the health stuff I’ve been experiencing. But THAT’S OK! I have learned to listen in, take it easy and challenge myself in other ways.

Mostly, I feel my best and thriving when I’m: biking outside, walking, hiking, swimming and/or doing hatha/yin yoga. So, that’s what I stick to. Letting expectations go is really healing – and freeing!

So, back to this new Hot Yin class. It’s a combo of yummy, juicy relaxing poses (although holding them and going deep into it does serve as a challenge!) and hot heat – which makes for a really great, de-stressing class. Especially if it’s right before bed 😉

At the end of the class, our instructor asked us to do a breathing exercise (meditation) with us. It was really nice and I thought I’d share it with you.

  • In a cross legged seated position, sit up straight and elongate the spine.
  • Feel free to use a block under your sit bones to elevate your hips. Some find this more comfortable for mediation.
  • Become aware of your breath and start to witness the in-breath and out-breath.
  • Now, close your eyes and tune in. Quiet the mind and concentrate on your breath.
  • Repeat these mantras yourself…

Breathing in, I feel peace.
Breathing out, I let go of resistance.

Breathing in, I feel love.
Breathing out, I let go of fear.

Breathing in, I feel acceptance.
Breathing out, I let go of judgement.

Breathing in, I feel gratitude.
Breathing out, I let go of unworthiness.

Breathing in, I feel compassion.
Breathing out, I let go of anything that doesn’t serve me.

You can continue this or repeat this for however long you wish. I believe we did about two cycles through. It was really lovely. We had candles lit and then took savasana.

Enjoy!

…and remember that there’s in a ripple effect in how we treat people. If we treat ourselves with loving kindness {and others} the love can be passed on and felt by others too.

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2 comments on “Yin Yoga & A Quick Meditation
  1. Oh that’s so beautiful, thank you for posting and sharing!

    Andrea

  2. Joanne Cobble says:

    Really beautiful content! Everyone needs to stop, rest the mind and honor thyself. Thank you for this important message!

    Breathing in, I feel peace.
    Breathing out, I let go of resistance.

    Breathing in, I feel love.
    Breathing out, I let go of fear.

    Breathing in, I feel acceptance.
    Breathing out, I let go of judgment.

    Breathing in, I feel gratitude.
    Breathing out, I let go of unworthiness.

    Breathing in, I feel compassion.
    Breathing out, I let go of anything that doesn’t serve me.

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