About this event
Contemporary science has revealed that chronic pain is a mutli-faceted experience, involving not just our physical body, but our emotions and mind states, as well as our environment. While our "Yang" conditioning might encourage us to fight through pain, fixate on it, or attempt to ignore it, these strategies often end up amplifying our discomfort. A mindful Yin Yoga practice can teach us a soft and responsive way to work with challenges (and disagreeable sensations), as we learn to befriend our embodied experience with clarity and compassion.
In this workshop, we'll explore how a framework of Yin and Yang can provide an opportunity to embrace being with the full range of our experiences. We will talk about how Yin Yoga practices can be beneficial for those experiencing pain (as long as they are medically cleared to practice gentle yoga). Because the Yin poses are held for 3-5 minutes, they give us time to investigate our relationship with intensity, and to watch sensations change. We will also take a look at mindfulness techniques for shifting our relationship with pain, and how to choose a technique based on the specific habit pattern you are trying to counter.
After presenting these concepts, Addie will guide you through a Yin Yoga practice, in which you can apply and integrate the ideas that have resonated with you. We'll end with a question-answer session and discussion.
Addie deHilster is a C-IAYT Yoga Therapist, a Yoga teacher trainer, and a Mindfulness Meditation Facilitator. She is the founder of the Moved to Meditate online yoga platform, an on-demand library of accessible, therapeutic, and mindful yoga classes. She also owned and operated a community yoga studio (Spiral Path Yoga Center) in the La Crescenta neighborhood of Los Angeles for over five years. In addition to leading yoga classes and meditation groups for the general public, she also teaches trauma-informed, accessible yoga and meditation for students with challenges such as chronic pain, arthritis, neurological issues, and insomnia. She has been leading 200-Hour Teacher Certifications and Yin Yoga Teacher Trainings since 2013. A dedicated practitioner of Buddhist Insight Meditation (aka Vipassana or Mindfulness), she has accumulated over three months of silent retreat practice over the years. Her classes highlight the mindfulness principles within movement practice, helping students find an accessible pathway to the heart of what yoga and meditation have to offer.