Yin Yoga Butterfly pose – Cocoon into transformation

yin yoga sequence for the liver and gallbladder meridians

The Yin yoga Butterfly pose is such a nice way to stretch both the lower back & outer hips. We can move the feet farther away or closer, for additional stretches. It’s a great pose for the kidneys & prostate gland regulates our moon cycle, helps the ovaries & a great prep for childbirth.

We stimulate the Gall Bladder meridian lines on the outer legs & Urinary Bladder meridian lines along the lower back. If the feet are closer & a stretch is felt in the inner thighs, the Kidney & Liver meridian lines may also be stimulated.

Unlike the Yang version of Baddha Konasana, in our Yin yoga version, we take away needing a straight spine or place the feet into the groin & encourage a softer, round back, allowing the head to drop. We also stimulate the root chakra, Muladhara connected to our sense of safety & security & the Sacral Chakra, Svadisthana relating to our emotional needs, relationships & pleasure.

Within the Yin yoga practice, the solitude of your time in the Butterfly pose can instill a sense of calm.

The movements a caterpillar undergoes during its transition into a butterfly symbolize transformation. This Yin yoga shape can teach us that life is all about continuous learning, being patient & trust that all good things come with time. To accept we are growing, even when we cannot feel it or see it & be open & flexible to the possibility of positive change. To try to be spontaneous, light & free, & to go wherever your wings may take you, staying present.

You can join me for a free 90-minute Yin yoga practice that explores the Yin yoga Butterfly pose & all its variations within a free Yin yoga sequence for the Gallbladder & Liver meridian lines – see homepage.

Yin Yoga and Myoyin – Fascia Interconnectivity

what is myoyin

The Superficial Back Line (SBL) is a continuous line of connective tissue that runs in two pieces: the soles of the feet to the heels & back of the knees. From the knees to the back of the legs, along the sides of the spine & back of the neck, all the way to the top of the head, to your brow line.

Fascia is connective tissue, that weaves its way throughout the body, it supports, & separates our bones, organs, muscles, nerves & blood vessels & connects every part of your body with every other part.

It is this interconnectivity that can cause physical trauma in one part of our body to result in pain and/or tension felt elsewhere. Fascia can thicken in one area to support a completely different body part & this can further affect the interconnected structures within its tissue web. Creating lines of tension, pressure on blood vessels, and nerves & holding patterns within our muscles, as the body adapts to the stored pain/tension.

This interconnectivity is why the sole of the foot can be a source of pain felt within the leg or lower back, & why massaging the soles of the feet can also increase the flexibility of your hamstrings.

I’m performing a Myoyin variation in the Snail pose, to stimulate the SBL & Urinary Bladder Meridian. The Urinary Bladder meridian is primarily associated with the emotion of fear, & just like our physical lines of pull/tension, emotionally, any ‘fear-based emotions can also be expressed through other emotions, such as anger &/or sadness, because of the interconnectivity of our whole system – mind – body – spirit. It’s all connected.

Myoyin is myofascial release using a ball/foam roller, whilst holding Yin yoga poses. I explore a wide range of Myoyin practices within all my Yin yoga & Vinyasa & Yin yoga teacher training, teaching you something different each day to work through the whole body. Detailing the anatomical fascia system, physical holding patterns, & trigger points whilst offering you real practical applications in how to integrate both Myoyin & Acuyin techniques into your Yin yoga practice & teaching. In addition to discussing the connections with both the Nervous system & our brain functionality.

The Yin Yoga Space

yin yoga space is never empty

The Yin practice is all about developing our internal awareness & learning to notice what occurs within the stillness.

At first, it can be all our “stuff” that initially fills the empty spaces. All the things that need to be done, our worries & daydreams, we can replay a stressful conversation or a hurt feeling we still hold onto.

With patience, we can start to notice the quality of our stillness & observe what unfolds in the space.

Our body may offer feedback, to know whether changing our position is required. We can notice our sense of effort, our sense of force, the sense of heaviness or lightness, subtle temperature changes, the sensations of achiness, the moments between each inhale & exhale, & the sweet releases of the body as we undo any patterns of ‘holding’.

We can also become aware of any initial reactions & responses & to the emotional shifts that may emerge. As the body calms & becomes still, our awareness can shift within to the deeper ‘subtle’ energy vibrations. There are so many sensations & ways of experience, from the familiar to the unfamiliar, to the uncomfortable.

In this silence, we can put a brake on the doing, the thinking & speaking, instead giving ourselves nurturing space & time to just notice & respond if needed. It’s an intimate observation guided by our inner voice, strengthening the relationship you have with your body & mind.

The Yin yoga space is never a empty pause, but a time to connect to what is, to sense & feel into all sensations that may arise, a time to both notice & learn from our responses & reactions, & a time to for ‘undoing’s’ as we surrender into the practice fully.

The true experience of Yin yoga cannot be seen from the outside, it is an inner feeling of self-love, self-compassion, & self-care. An inside job.

Yin Yoga – Shadow Shapes

jo phee yin yoga

The last post talked about how the stillness of a Yin yoga practice invites a time to become both receptive & reflective to what is happening in each moment, within & around the body, while also noticing our reactions & responses.

This also enables us to build a deeper connection with ourselves & can trickle through to greater self-acceptance; one which can transpire into our relationships with others.

When you start the path of observing with compassion your whole self, you can begin start to see how your behaviors, decisions, & experiences led to who you are today, the interconnectivity/mirrors of your interactions/relationships & the fundamental patterns of your life. From here, you can begin the journey of self-acceptance.

Self-acceptance reminds you that it is ok to be you, we have all made mistakes at times…maybe seriously lost our cool, we might say the wrong thing, or make the wrong decision, we may react in the wrong way, but we are all human, existing the best way, consciously or subconsciously, in each moment.

When you start to notice your’ shadow patterns’ you are better able to decide if you want to improve things, but it has to be in your time without outside influence or pressure, to come from you, your choice & your experience. After all, the only people we can truly change are our-self.

The gaining of self-acceptance, which includes all your flaws, & your different shades of shadows will also soften how you see others, you realize that honestly, no one is perfect, we all have many facets & shadows; our great moments, and our ‘not so great’ moments.

This self acceptance can transpire into greater understanding, communicating, relating, cooperation, real forgiveness, empowered truth & deep respect within our relationships.

Getting to know yourself is a gorgeous gift you can truly offer yourself, & the most amazing way for you to fully connect with others, it leads to a letting go of the small stuff, all the imperfections of other people, & a deeper sense of acceptance we are all doing our best on any given day.

It reconnects us to the existence of the mirrors of life in shades around us, and we can start to notice & appreciate the deeper the shade the actual bigger the lesson it potentially can color for us.

Yin Yoga and Acuyin

acuyin jo phee yin yoga

AcuYin integrates two holistic practices of both Acupressure & Yin Yoga. The idea is when you combine these two methods, it will enhance the benefits of our ‘target area’ within a Yin yoga pose.

In Acupressure, disease is understood as an imbalance in our vital energetic system, known as Chi, also described by other traditions as Prana, Qi or Ki. We can show physical &/or emotional symptoms of imbalance caused through blockages within our Chi flow, & the connectivity with our internal organs & health.

The pathways through which this energy flows within Chinese medicine are called Meridians, & the points through which this energy can be manipulated, are called Acupoints.

Our Yin practice involve holding positions for extended periods that stress & renew the deep, dense connective tissues, or fascia. The method includes using many variations within the postures so we are able to fully relax into the target area.

A target area is the part of the body that we are intending to influence by performing specific Yin yoga postures.

The aim is to simulate into the Sinew channels & deeper Meridian lines by using an appropriate level of both time held & stress into the interconnected fascia system.

Within AcuYin, pressure can be applied by the fingers on certain Acupoints whilst we hold a Yin yoga shape. This can enhance the effectiveness of our target, releasing both tension & stagnant energy that can be held within the body. This can promote the energy to flow more freely & therefore also encourage the alleviation of any physical &/or emotional symptoms of imbalance.

Build your confidence to incorporate the combinational creativity of AcuYin & promote the effectiveness of your Yin yoga practice & teaching, integrating self-healing possibilities & inviting a body/mind balance within my Bali trainings.

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