Okay, I must admit that I did not do my research prior to attending a Yin Yoga and Sound Bath class. I honestly attended this class because my body needed something relaxing and calming, something other than a hot yoga class. Before attending the class, I vaguely recall seeing clips of Yin Yoga on YouTube. I knew that Yin Yoga was something that would do well for me but I was not prepared for the class itself. The first mistake I made was walking into the class with my usual hot yoga attire on. I walked into the class with my workout headband on, leggings and a sports tank top, ready to work. I looked around the class and noticed that others were dressed in absolute comfort from sweatpants, sweat shirts, hoodies to you name it. Let’s just say, I stood out. Piles of blankets sat in one corner of the studio while blocks sat in the other. I grabbed two blocks, a blanket and sat down on my yoga mat. The class then started.
Before I continue, here are some benefits of Yin Yoga and Sound Bath. I’ve researched benefits after the fact ( I know, I know what you’re saying). Anyway:
Benefits of Yin Yoga:
- Promotes relaxation
- Calms & balances the mind & body
- Reduces stress & anxiety
- Improves sleep
- Develops breath awareness
- Improves flexibility
Benefits of Sound Bath:
- Deepens relaxation
- Lowers stress & anxiety
- Improves mood & well being
- Improves Sleep
With that being said, the class did exactly what it was supposed to do and then some with emphasizes on stillness. Stillness. Does anyone else struggle with this concept? Am I the only one whose mind is constantly going ? This class really forces you to be still. You hold each pose for three to five minutes. Yin Yoga really encourages you to practice your breathwork while holding each one of those pose. Your body naturally deepens into poses as well. I struggled with stillness because my body wanted to do so much more. I released some poses before the three minutes were up. I am so used to flowing through yoga sessions and not sitting with myself. This practice really forces you to sit with yourself which I found to be uncomfortable. I need to practice the art of being still and appreciating the stillness.
After Yin Yoga, everyone grabbed their blankets, wrapped their blankets around them and laid down on their yoga mats. “Let’s prepare for your energy healing session.” The instructor said. I laid on my mat preparing for a well needed healing session.
The room filled with sounds as the instructor whirled around the singing bowl set. The sound was loud. My heart raced. I honestly didn’t even know if I was breathing. I had no idea what the hell was going on. My mind thrifted in and out of images of my daughter, Nova spraying me with a water hose. I heard sounds of water. I don’t know ya’ll. There was a lot going on for me there on my yoga mat. It was like waves, of waves going through my body. As if my mind was trying to be still.
I went home after that class that night and slept like a baby. The rest of the night was a complete blur. Would I try a Yin Yoga and Sound Bath class again? I absolutely would, only if my body absolutely needed it. For now, I am sticking to my regular yoga flow.
Happy Healing Folks.
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