The Rebound Essay

At the end of each yin pose there is a moment when we lay back, let go and absorb what has moved or changed for us, This physical, mental and emotional shift is an important part of the practice. It gives us time to recalibrate, to absorb and to feel.

To let go of something either by our own choice or circumstance is one of the most important practices in yoga. Letting go of something doesn’t necessarily mean we like what is happening but is more a shift in our relationship to how we view our current circumstances.

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Yin Sleep Sequence

 

Yoga is the art of balance and harmony. Balance in how we interact with ourselves and others, balance in what we eat, think and do and ultimately balance in how much we sleep as opposed to how much we wake. The Bhagavad Gita offers, Yoga is harmony. Not for him who eats too much or for him who eats too little; not for him who sleeps too little or for him who sleeps too much.

The ancient yogi seers classified sleep as one of the four fountains for survival (sleep, sex, food and self preservation) and if sleep is out of balance we tend to over compensate with one of the other fountains E.G. we may overeat. Interestingly it was found that if you got less than 5 hours sleep a night on a regular basis you were more likely to be heavier than those who ate more and slept more. Read more