RESTORATIVE-YIN YOGA involves supported body/mind relaxation. This is gentle, gentle yoga that promotes deep relaxation for stress reduction while also stretching and rehabilitating connective tissue.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Calm Flow: Entry Into A Landscape Of Delicacy And Power

Copyright Lance Kinseth, Calling Down Moon, 48"x48, 2002

IN THE NORTHERN hemisphere, the lessened activity of deep winter perhaps offers a provocation for slowing and relaxing that can carry forward into any season and, by doing so, opening a wondrous gate into a sense of the world that is real, but from which we can be distracted.

Relax and be drawn into an intuitive sequence of movement,
 as if rafting effortlessly downstream.

Drift and be open to the possibilities evoked by each pose.

Allow this practice offer a provocation, a trigger, to be no more than a cat-waking stretch,
 far more than an answer.

Be outward bound—opening, surrendering—and seed an inner fire.

Allow breath to become a soft rain of waking light.

Suddenly, wake inside a landscape of delicacy and power.

----Paraphrased from Lance Kinseth,
               River Eternal, [NY: Viking, 1989, p. 6]

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