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Try a Yin class for enhanced sleep

In our fast-paced, on-the-go world, stress and busyness often dominate our lives.

Finding moments of peace and stillness can feel like an elusive dream. 

And when we are constantly on the go, it can be hard to wind down at bedtime and enjoy quality, restorative sleep. 

As you are likely aware, there are countless health and performance benefits associated with quality sleep. Here at Soul, we want to help you access this great sleep, so that you can live the best life possible. 

Amidst the chaos, there exists a serene practice that not only nurtures the body but also promotes deep, restful sleep: Restorative Yin Yoga.

Yin Yoga, rooted in ancient Chinese philosophies, is a gentle yet profound practice that targets the connective tissues, such as ligaments, tendons, and fascia, with passive postures held for extended periods. Yin Yoga encourages practitioners to surrender into each pose, finding stillness and softness in body and mind.

Yin Yoga supports restorative sleep because of its emphasis on relaxation and rejuvenation. 

Here are a few ways that Yin Yoga facilitates a deeper, more restful snooze:

  • – Stress Relief: In this day and age, stress has become a pervasive companion, often disrupting our ability to unwind and sleep peacefully. Yin Yoga acts as a powerful antidote to stress by engaging the parasympathetic nervous system – your rest, digest, repair mode – triggering the relaxation response. As we sink into each pose, tension gradually releases, calming the mind and preparing the body for rest.
  • -Mindfulness and Presence: Yin Yoga encourages us to land in the present moment. By releasing judgement and cultivating awareness of bodily sensations, thoughts, and emotions, we learn to let go of the day’s worries and anxieties, creating a conducive environment for restful sleep.
  • -Releases Tension and Promotes Flexibility: Holding Yin Yoga poses for an extended duration gently stretches the connective tissues, releasing deep-seated tension held within the body and increasing flexibility. As the body unwinds, muscles relax, paving the way for a more comfortable and restful sleep experience.
  • -Cultivates Inner Calm: The meditative aspect of Yin Yoga encourages us to cultivate inner calm and serenity. By quieting the mind and tuning into the breath, we create a sense of internal spaciousness, allowing us to drift off easily into sleep. 

So, instead of tossing and turning in bed, consider joining us on the mat and surrendering to the gentle embrace of our Restorative Yin Yoga!

We are currently offering 6 x yin classes a week within the sanctuary of Soul Studio. For more information and to join us for a class, head to the timetable on the website or email hello@soulstudio.co.nz