On a never-ending quest to achieve balance between work, play, and relaxation, I’m discovering new ways of upping the ‘me’ time (because let’s face it – that’s usually what suffers the most in our busy lives).

The transition from student life to creating the foundation for my career has shown me how important – and difficult – it is to find this balance.

But there’s good news for anyone else who finds themselves looking for some help in the relaxation department; it’s called yinyasa.

Any chance I get, I love to sneak away and make my way over to Shanti Dartmouth‘s Yinyasa class. Yinyasa is a powerful combination of pranayama, yin, vinyasa, and, my favourite, guided meditation. AKA – a really great mix of flow, still, and meditative postures.

And boy, is it powerful.

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I never feel as happy or as connected to myself as I do leaving this class. Every worry fades away, every muscle relaxes, and every area of the body detoxifies. It’s the best feeling in the world, made even more perfect by instructor Emilie Fabre‘s attention to detail, confidence, and genuine desire to help.

A part-time yogi for the last 8 or 9 years, I’ve taken a lot of different classes at a lot of different studios. Emilie’s class always

stands out to me as something my body truly craves, embracing elements I’ve not experienced in any other class – including chants, Tibetan music, and visualization.

It’s the best stress reliever I can think of. What types of things do you do to relax?


2 thoughts on “Yinyasa.

  1. Andrea Leber November 3, 2013 / 5:56 pm

    Chants and music are powerful tools for relaxation. But many teachers are reluctant to include them in class because they fear they might scare students away who just come for the work out… Shame!

    • deardartmouth November 3, 2013 / 7:41 pm

      You’re absolutely right. Going into practice with an open mind is the best thing you can do for your body & mind! The things I instinctively would have considered ‘weird’ are usually the things I enjoy the most.

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