Warm Winter Solstice Yoga-Yin/Restorative/Nidra
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Honor the darkest day of the year and celebrate the sun’s return with nourishing & soothing Yin & Restorative Yoga & deeply relaxing Yoga Nidra. Yin and Restorative poses are passive, done with relaxed muscles & held longer with deep breathing. This allows for the body to release tensions & tightness and to cultivate an inward focus. Through inward awareness, we can balance our predominantly outward focused attention with gentle, compassionate inquiry to what we find in our bodies, hearts & minds. Then, snuggle in with your blanket(s) with Yoga Nidra, a gentle meditation that systematically relaxes & releases each layer of the body & mind. Kindle your inner glow and remember that darkness is another form of light. Please bring yoga mat, blankets (2 if possible), blocks (if you have them) & water. Optional essential oils offered. All levels welcome.
About the Instructor: Julie Erasmus
I began practicing and studying yoga over 20 years ago in Santa Fe, NM. My journey has been influenced by a desire to find balance through awareness, honoring both the light and dark aspects of life, the seen and unseen energies. I am a Certified Yoga Instructor with training in a variety of yogic traditions including Iyengar, Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, Yin and SATYA. I have deeply appreciated the teaching influences of Seane Corn (Vinyasa Flow, Detox Yoga & the Chakras), Sarah Powers (Yin & Yang Yoga) & Beryl Bender Birch (Power Yoga & Mindfulness-as we age) and most recently Tias Little (Subtle Body & Sensory Awareness Training for Yoga). I find inspiration and refuge when I am outside in nature, whether hiking, biking, walking, sitting or stargazing. One of the gifts of yoga is that it invites me inside, to connect with my internal landscape for compassion, guidance & illumination. My classes integrate vinyasa flow with posture alignment & core support.