YIN MEETS YANG

Like before we’ll explore the complementary practices of Yin and Yang, where flowing, spiralling movements keep the joints mobile and moving in their most natural capacity before switching to Yang inspired sequencing where we explore strength and stability through powerful transitions and strong foundations.

This session we’ll focus on twists and turns, moving from low to high and everything in between, prowling low like tigers before moving into the air with bird postures.(You don’t have to have joined the last session to understand or take part in this class!) There will be chance to chat after and share a nourishing brunch 🙂

Let’s backtrack to the planning process for this series of workshops…

Talking through our styles and how we would weave them together….Time to chat in the studio and plan it out…Yin and Yang in the breakfasting world…When Lawrence and I discussed our breakfast go to, Steph and I were amused to hear that Lawrence was all about ‘the BIx’. ‘Yep, 4 Bix,’ he told us proudly. ‘And a banana on top.’ Me and Steph chuckled quite a bit about this and were like, well actually, let us get back on the boxed cereals and see what it is all about. The only reason we don’t let ourselves go down the cereal aisle in the supermarket is because it is a total predilection of mine- COMFORT and NOSTALGIA!!! If I have cereal in the kitchen I want to eat a huge bowl with lashings of almond milk… enjoying the crunch, the cold milk, the great mix of textures and cosiness of what associate as childhood brekkies. We made Lawrence smoothies, turmeric lattes and porridge bowls which he readily ate; he is all about the almond milks and variety of foods, is a beautiful cook and Ulle, his girl, is an overnight oats sort of gal like us! But when it comes to his manly start to the day, it is about the Bix.

When he arrives to teach in the studio and also on site on the floor below as carpenter, he takes out his flask of milk, his banana, his Bix and sets to on a huge bowl of brekkie his way. I said I wanted to try Weetabix again but was worried if I had a box in my kitchen I would be munching it constantly! The first thing I do when I go to Mama Wolff’s is head for her cereal cupboard and pour myself the biggest bowl of Rice Krispies and crunch cereals by the handful… Lawrence said he would send me in some Bix and when Ulle came for Rising Warrior Wild Flow class, she pulled a zip lock bag out of her backpack with 4 bix. She was bemused herself as was I when I looked at this sweet offering! When she was leaving the house Lawrence had said, ‘Can you get some Bix?’ ‘What you want to eat them in bed and me bring them to you?!’ ‘No, they are for Jess.’ Ulle thought this odd but she kindly brought me some Bix down to the studio. It was a long time since I had Weetabix and I was sensitive to the sweetness of them but enjoyed my Lawrence style breakfast.

When we began to plan our brunch for our workshop, I told Lawrence that I did not really want to serve Bix, even though I had really enjoyed them…SO we went for avocado and eggs, toast and granola and spinach and banana smoothies! Kitty was all over it with Ayurvedic touches and it was delish after a 2 hour practice of all things YIn and Yang…

Lawrence and I are heading into Round 2 of our YIN MEETS YANG series. It is super interesting to collaborate with Mr Power Yoga and delve into the world of yin and yang; what it meant to us and how we approach our yoga…

YIN MEETS YANG Round 1 was all about Water and Fire elements. Lawrence and I took a while to piece together a flow between our styles and how we would work to blend it all together. A lot of core from Mr Power was explored to connect with Fire element. Establishing fire requires the utilisation of subtlety; the sign of its presence is its opposite, radiance. Lawrence is so precise in cues for the body that very quickly the body is fired up. Slow and steady and strong, always with options and a consideration of how we bring balance and how we work with our own body and breath in each moment…

The superficial application of water is to allow complete passivity into the muscular system, so poses become a stretch. The subtle application is to find the exact synchronisation of body movement, and breathing. Establishing water requires the utilisation of delicacy; the sign of its presence is its opposite, power. Lawrence and I used the a softer Wild Flow and sinking down into Yin and Restorative to explore this element.

Within spiral and soft movements in appearance we find great power and flow of energy. As we practiced, we brought the element of Water into the Power style and the presence of Fire into the more Yin side too. All open to interpretation and a balance of all things… Yin Meets Yang…

So how do you eat your Weetabix? We maybe will have some on offer this Sunday… Such a helpful way to explore the yin and nature of all things…. 😏