Yoga Workshops with Mimi Solaire
Back Health, The Core, Yoga Anatomy, Deep Stretching, Prenatal Yoga.
To schedule a workshop
Gold Dust Studio
4144 East Gold Dust Ave., Phoenix
Space is limited to ten.
$35 - Reservations required
Saturday, October 5, 2019
Contact Mimi at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your space, make payment and get directions. Cancellation policy: 24 hrs in advance of workshop for refund. To receive notification each month please join the mailing list.
THE LONG DEEP STRETCH WORKSHOPS are held the first Saturday of the month. You will leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated as if you had a great massage!
Yin Yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga with postures that are held for comparatively long periods of time—five minutes or longer per pose. Yin Yoga poses are also designed to improve the flow of qi, the subtle energy said in Chinese medicine to run through the meridian pathways of the body. Improved flow of qi is hypothesized to improve organ health, immunity, and emotional well-being.
By Mimi Solaire
Stretching not only relaxes the body, but also has a calming effect on the mind and emotions. Among the benefits of stretching are mental and physical relaxation, body awareness, reduction of muscular tension and soreness, and production of chemicals that lubricate connective tissues and joints, supporting physical fitness and reducing the risk of injury to joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons.
There are three important things to understand before incorporating a stretching routine into your fitness program.
- Stretching should never be painful. Many people resist stretching because of previous experiences that resulted in soreness or injury. To stretch safely and efficiently, go slowly and be gentle. Imagine that the tight areas of your body are similar to an onion, with layers upon layers of tension. Try relaxing the outermost layer first, by gently stretching that area just enough that you feel a mild sensation or resistance. Direct your breath into that area until you feel a release as the muscle relaxes. Then go deeper into the stretch, as if peeling away another layer of tension. Be sure to hold the stretch long enough to experience the release—about three to five minutes.
- Muscles can do only two things: relax or contract. They can’t stretch! The muscles you are feeling when you stretch are not the muscles that are stretching—they are the muscles that are resisting. Most often, we are not aware of our chronically tight muscles because we’re so accustomed to them. Most of the exercises and activities we choose for sports or fitness contract the muscles for strength. However, a chronically contracted muscle eventually becomes a weak muscle, because it constricts the flow of blood, nutrients, and energy that the muscle needs to function. We experience the sensation we call stretching when a contracted muscle releases. Deep relaxation allows the muscles to return their natural, relaxed state.
- Set realistic goals. Our capacity for stretching is largely determined by our genes, which determine the amount of collagen in our bodies. Women have more collagen than men, and therefore are generally more flexible. However, the greater limiting factor is stress. Stress produces the chemical cortisol, which contracts muscles and tissues. Stretching, along with the mind’s intention to relax, helps release this chemical from the body.
The goal of stretching is to reclaim your unique capacity for flexibility, so you can feel comfortable inside your body and enjoy the things you love to do. A relaxed body sends messages to the mind and emotions that “all is well,” creating an overall sense of well-being.
Deep Stretch for Tight Bodies and Active Minds
In the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts
Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health
March 16-20 2020
For all levels.
Learn to let go of stress, release the issues in your tissues, and open your energy centers. Mimi Solaire’s approach to deep stretching combines Yin Yoga principles, anatomy, Western stretching methods, breathing techniques, and meditation to reengage muscles and disengage unhelpful thoughts. You work with both physical and energetic anatomy, and experience the PSOAS muscles through trauma-release postures that relieve tension caused by PTSD, surgery, and the stress of daily life.
In this program, you:
- Practice Yin/restorative poses to gain meditative insights into your issues
- Learn to observe thoughts and emotions that create tension and chronic pain
- Explore meditation exercises to calm and refocus the mind.
Mimi guides you through a gentle practice which stimulates muscular, circulatory, and nervous systems, providing a balanced approach to aligning body, mind, and breath.