My intention behind producing these Colouring Yin cards all started with my own home yoga practice. I discovered Yin Yoga as a way to cope with a chronic pain condition. Slowing down and holding these poses for a few minutes a day provided me with relief from the pain and basically introduced me to the benefits of mindfulness. Long holds allow you to ‘let go’ as muscles can relax and physical and mental tension dissolves. These static poses gradually revealed more calm and clarity in my life off the mat as well and restored my health so that I could keep up with my kids. Suddenly, Yin was in.
The biggest obstacle preventing people from starting a home practice is that they think it has to be as long as a regular class. It doesn’t. Taking five minutes in a pose as a mindful moment is enough to centre you and connect with your breath. In this modern age, so much of our time is spent ‘doing’ and juggling multiple tasks that we need these bite size opportunities to just ‘be’. Our lives are already very ‘Yang’ and in need of balance to slow down and be present. All you need is a space in your living room to stretch out and some pencils for your own mini art therapy session. Permission granted.