Yin Yoga

Acceptance

Acceptance is relaxing, however learning to accept when things are not as we would like is not easy.

Acceptance is a practice we work on in Yin Yoga when we give up resistance. Acceptance doesn’t mean we can’t try to change things. You only need to accept the past and the moment that you’re in. You can however change the next moment.

Yoga and meditation offer the space and opportunity to watch and listen. We can observe how our state impacts others and where we need to soften and accept. When we accept the way things are, when we let things be as they are and give them space the answers come. This is the gift of meditation, being here in the one moment.

As well as accepting situations or circumstances, we can also think about acceptance on the physical level and what our bodies are capable of. I attended a recent workshop on Yin Yoga were we looked at Paul Grilley’s photo’s of bones. (Below) When you see the huge variance in the shape of our bones it is very clear why yoga poses look different for everyone.

This is where yoga is important, it is not about body image but about embodiment and how we can be more authentically at home in ourselves. Through yoga we can feel more comfortable inside out, rather than outside in this has a lot to do with acceptance as we understand our own limitations. Some parts of our body we can work on, others we just need to accept.

Check out these images of bones below :
(Images courtesy of Paul Grilley website https://paulgrilley.com/bone-photos/)

I find these pictures fascinating, I hope you do to. Next time you’re […]

Honour Your Menstrual Cycle – an Ayurvedic Approach

When we connect with our menstrual cycle we enhance our overall health. Connecting to our cycle means understanding the different phases of our cycle and the different energy levels associated with each phase, (see image above). There are yoga asana and practices that can support women at each stage of the month.

“The fact that so many women in our society call menses ‘the curse’ is sufficient indication of how far away from a naturally healthy life we strayed when took women out of their menstrual huts and told them to work through the month no matter what.” – Dr Robert E Svoboda Ayurveda for Women: A guide to Vitality and Health

Menstrual Phase ~ Days 1-6

This is a time to take a couple of days per month to slow down. When we welcome this time to rest and reflective it often helps us gain insights into challenges we currently have going on in our lives. This phase is linked to the New Moon.

Follicular Phase ~ Days 7-13

At this time there is a steady rise of your hormones and your mood a time to begin new projects, organise and prioritise. This phase is linked to the Waxing Moon.

Ovulation ~ Days 14-21

This time of ovulation you maybe feeling happy and social, a great time to increase communication and collaberation. This phase is linked to the Full Moon.

Luteal Phase ~ Days 22-28

This is a time we may feel more sensitive and introspective. A good time to step up your self care and work on creative projects. This phase is linked to the Waning Moon.

Yoga poses for the menstrual phase ~ Days 1-6 (New Moon)

Relax and Release Your Fascia

What is Fascia?

The fascia is the connective tissue (densely packed collagen fibers) that wraps around the muscles, bones and organs. It’s like a spider web of tissues that holds our whole body together.

Why do I need to release it?

Improve your Range of Motion – When the fascia is tight in can restrict our range of motion. Lack of movement as well as inflammation in the body can cause the fascia to tighten and to dry out. Yoga, massage and physiotherapy all help to release the fascia.
Boost your Immune System – As we soften and release the fascia, it also becomes more hydrated. It’s important to keep the fascia hydrated not only to help our muscles move but also to keep our immune system healthy.
Listen to your bodies natural intelligence – Releasing and softening the fascia helps to bring our awareness into our bodies it assists us to become more conscious of what our body is telling us. This is because Fascia contains sensory receptors, which carry messages throughout the body and allow the mind and body to connect.

Breathwork and Fascia Workshop this Sunday

Emilia Baduy and I have been working on a new therapy combining Yoga Therapy, Physiotherapy and Massage. This is our first workshop demonstrating this technique. We welcome everyone who wants to release, relax and rejuvenate body and mind using Breathwork, Fascia release and gentle Movement.

Dharma Shala Sunday 8th Sept 2.30pm-4pm
Cost $60
Email to book (Maximum 10 per class) justine@triveda.com.au

What is the Divine Feminine?

Whatever our gender, we all have both masculine and feminine energies within us. These are our divine energies as they are connected to our spirit and are sacred. The energies we associate with the Divine Feminine aspect of ourselves are creativity, intuition, flow, kindness, internal focus, listening to our bodies and surrender. These qualities are important in creating relationships, managing our health, building communities and looking at the greater good.

 

The energies we associate with the Divine Masculine aspects of ourselves are goal driven, linear, healthy risk taking, logical, focused and ordered. All of these qualities are helpful in situations when we need to be assertive and outwardly focused.

 

We all need both of these masculine and feminine qualities, also known as yin and yang, feminine and masculine, shiva and shakti energies. It’s great if we can have both in balance, but life is continually moving and changing and so is the balance of our energies. Our lifestyle, environment, body type, job, belief systems relationships etc can all affect the balance of our energies.

 

The qualities associated with the masculine energy are often needed for survival and are often celebrated in the business world and society in general. However there is a lot of unbalanced masculine energy around right now it is expressed as anger, fear, anxiety and aggression, being unreasonable and over thinking. It may show up as a drive to prove ourselves at the expense of our body. A constant push, push, push.

 

In Ayurveda like attracts like and when we want to reduce a quality we do the opposite so increasing the feminine energy will help to balance any unhealthy masculine.

 

How do we discover the different energies in our bodies and work with them? The […]

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    Autumn Wellness and Yoga Retreat at Paperbark Camp 2019 :: Gratitude

Autumn Wellness and Yoga Retreat at Paperbark Camp 2019 :: Gratitude

The invitation for this nourishing retreat was to slow down and listen to the bodies natural intelligence. We inhaled the lemon scented air, we exhaled and released into the spaciousness of the bush surrounds. We explored the teachings of Yoga and Ayurveda through movement and meditation. We swam in the crystal clear water at Hyams beach and relaxed by the fire in the evening gazing at the stars in the night sky.

Thank you to all the fabulous, gracious and powerful women who showed up with open minds and hearts we had a magical experience. Thank you also to Camilla at Paperbark Camp and to Mother Nature for again providing such perfect weather.

Please get in touch if you are interested in future retreats justine@triveda.com.au

 

Feel and Accept for Deep Relaxation

What is feeling?
In yoga we describe this as an inner awareness of our body.
As we turn our attention inwards we start to become aware of our breathing; we may sense our heart rate; we become aware of ‘gut feelings’; we may become aware of the temperature of our body.
When we start to draw our attention inwards to the interior space of our bodies we start to move towards relaxation. This is because we start to relax our senses and in yoga this is called Pratyahara.
Our senses are connected to our sympathetic nervous system our ‘fight, flight and freeze’ response. When our senses are alerted and our attention is outwardly focused, the sympathetic nervous system is switched on and the cortisol is pumping around our body, in this state we are ready for action, we are not relaxed or healing.
When we relax our senses and move our attention to feeling from the inside out we start to access our parasympathetic and enteric nervous systems. This is the place where true relaxation takes place. This is sometimes called the ‘rest and digest’ response.
What if we don’t like what we feel? Feeling can be hard or uncomfortable as there are may be things we don’t want to continue to feel. Feeling takes courage and an open heart. When feeling is hard or uncomfortable I would invite you to notice this, and try to accept what you have found. Allow whatever is there to be there fully. This creates space around the pain or uncomfortable feeling and helps it to resolve. The opposite of feeling is numbing, which is defined as ‘depriving one of feeling or responsiveness’. It’s very easy to ‘numb out’, we all do it. We […]

Yoga in Bondi Beach Park

Welcome to Spring!

I’m excited to announce that my beach permit is on the way and I’ll be teaching in the freshly renovated Beach Park for Summer.

Come and practice yoga in the Park (starting November 1), relax and revitalise with yoga under the trees, feel the summer breeze on your skin as you inhale the oceanic energy.

All classes 1 hour.

See timetable here.

Nameste
Justine
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2017 Yoga and Wellness Retreat :: Paperbark Camp

This Autumn I’m very excited to be offering another Yoga and Wellness Retreat in collaboration with Camilla at the stunning Paperbark Camp. This amazing bush setting encourages a very nurturing, relaxing and rejuvenating experience. Here is the scene last year, relaxing in savasana fireside…

Please get in contact if you are interested in future retreats as this one booked out fast.

Justine

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Increase Immunity – more tips from ‘The Ancients’…

When I refer to the ‘Ancients’, I’m not talking about my parents or even my grandparents, I’m thinking about wisdom passed down from thousands of years ago. Let’s look at two ancient systems Ayurveda from India and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) from China. What similar guidance have these traditional systems sent us?

Three layers of the body are recognized in each system, the Physical Layer, the Mental Layer and the Subtle Layer. As a yoga teacher, I’m curious about the Subtle Body. The non-visible energy channels that travel through the body are recognized in Ayurveda and are called Nadi’s and they are also acknowledged in TCM and are called Meridians, many pressure points along these energy lines are similar in both systems. To access the subtle body, both ancient wisdoms link breath and movement, think, Tai Chi, Yoga as well as Meditation.

Elements feature in both systems, TCM recognizes the five elements Fire, Water, and Earth, and in Ayurveda the 5 elements are Ether, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. Importantly, both systems recognize the microcosm and macrocosm idea, what is outside is also inside, each constantly influencing and affecting the other. In other words how we interact with our environment will hugely influence our energy.

Practices such as Yoga, Tai Chi and Meditation are the best way to start to access the subtle body. When we strengthen and heal the subtle body we will amplify our energy but also strengthen our body on a cellular level and build immunity. To dive in deeper come and try a yin yoga class!

See you on the mat!

Justine

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Love your Liver – Twist out your Organs!

Yoga for the Army General a.k.a the Liver
I’m obsessed with organs at the moment, not in the ‘head-to-tail eating’ variety, but the internal organs of humans and in particular, how they are affected by yoga. I think it’s incredible that when we pay close attention we can actually imagine and even feel these organs and the affect the different yoga poses have on them.
This week all my classes have been about the Liver. In the Chinese philosophy, Taoism, the liver is described as ‘The Army General’. I really love the idea of creating characters out of organs to explain bodily functions. ‘Organ characters’ become even more interesting when we think about their personality. We can do this by looking at the energetic body, the energy/chi/lifeforce running through the organs. Taoism refers to certain emotions arising when different organs are out of balance (for example a liver that is sluggish/congested or alternatively an over active liver). The Liver is most commonly associated with the emotions Anger & Kindness. When you think of the expression, ‘he/she was Livid’ this makes sense. I wonder what happens when the Army General is over active/hyper? How will this affect our demeanour?

‘The Liver is a very complex organ; it has a number of functions, protein production, storing and releasing blood, blood clotting regulating cholesterol, and glucose and iron metabolism. And by continually filtering our blood, the liver detoxifies and cleanses our bodies.’[1]
With tasks like this, it’s no wonder the Liver is referred to as the Army General. Without a doubt, no matter how clean living you are, urban living means everyone can benefit from a boost to liver function. The good news is the liver is able to heal […]