Humans are hard wired to seek pleasure and avoid pain. Why? Because pleasure is good for us.
Touch is one of our body’s greatest treats, inducing the release of endorphins and Oxytocin (an anti-inflammatory, stress-reducing hormone).
In Yin/Restorative With Mini-Massage, Niamh will lead you, in her unique way, through a Yin practice. This is deliciously interspersed with some restorative poses where she uses her trainings in The Puja Method, and Thai Massage, to give your tissues a little extra help to release tensions and “adhesion”, and bring your body healing bliss.
Niamh, creator of Yinstinct Yoga, believes that Yin should be practised at the first point of sensation, as the benefits/risks of passive stretching at the end of our range of motion are still being researched. Therefore, you can expect a lot of cosy props to hold you safe, and also some less traditional transition periods between poses.
These workshops also develop our internal awareness strongly, and this can be taken into other physical parts of our life, to temper the way we move. As we often don’t know we are doing damage until it is done (perhaps because, for instance, cartilage has no nerve-endings, or because we have been taught “no pain, no gain” for so long), this level of physical awareness is essential for our ongoing bodily freedom. Yinstinct always values constant attention and response to subtle sensations, above holding the posture at the expense of self-care. In this inward journey there is great challenge, great calm, and great pleasure available.