4 reasons to have a Yin start to your New Year

4 reasons to have a Yin start to your New Year

Contrary to Western beliefs, Eastern practices such as yoga, Ayurveda, and Chinese medicine view exercise in a seasonal fashion. Winter is a time for slowing our practice, conserving our energy for the spring. We should be keeping warm, walking doing Tai Chi or a slow meditative yoga practice such as Yin Yoga.

So while your friends and colleagues are starting their couch to 5k, or enthusiastically sweating it out at the gym why not treat yourself to something entirely different?

  • The Christmas holiday season can be very stressful. Between all the running around, shopping, trying to see everyone, hangovers and one too many of your aunt’s mince pies. Yin Yoga melts your stress away. Holding yoga poses for several minutes allows you to stop , breathe and relax into the postures.
  • Keeping the movements slow and purposeful Yin yoga targets the deep connective tissue between the muscles and fascia, allowing the body to increase circulation and nourish your joints which can take a hammering in the Irish winter.
  • Yin yoga practice is a form of meditation. Offering ways to keep your mind focused and your breath calm and even it provides a safe and easy place to start your 2017 meditation practice.
  • Be the envy of all your friends. Completing the weekend of Yin Yoga at The elbowroom escape will give you a fabulous afterglow. The fresh air combined with healthy vegetarian food, yoga and a dip in the hot tub. Not to mention the peaceful nights sleep in comfy, warm beds combine to leave you refreshed, rejuvenated, calm and ready for 2017.

Eimear Beardmore is leading the Yin Yoga Escape at The elbowroom escape in Donard Co. Wicklow on January 6th to 8th 2017.

About the author: Lisa Wilkinson

Lisa Wilkinson

Lisa opened The elbowroom in February 2003. Mother to Tuilelaith and Sean, director of The elbowroom and with a crew of over 35 staff, she is a busy bee. Lisa leads a team committed to bringing health and vitality to all of her clients. Lisa currently teaches in our yoga training programs, pregnancy yoga and mum and baby yoga. Lisa works hard developing healthy food choices for Graze Canteen @ The elbowroom. She specialises paediatric and pregnancy with workshops, yoga therapy and craniosacral therapy.

The elbowroom has an extensive range of classes for all ages and abilities. We offer such an eclectic mix to enable you to find something that will suit you. If you need any advice, please contact our class advisor who can point you in the right direction.