“Lightness of Being”: Self-Care Body & Mind Workshop
This is an embodied journey fusing Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra and aspects of Yoga Somatics for body and mind sensitisation and rejuvenation.
This is a two-hour experiential workshop with an invitation to meet yourself with lightness, spaciousness and subtle awareness. We will use the floor with some Yoga Somatics techniques to make contact with the body to ground, soften and meet ourselves with vibrant sensitivity. This is an exploration about how we can move between the inner, outer and more subtle parts of our being; travel lightly through these fabrics engaging our senses, feeling body and inner awareness.
The Yin Yoga practice will be taught through the lens of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and the 5 Element Theory where we work along the meridians to improve the flow of “chi” or energy. We will connect with the gifts of the Earth Element such as grounding, connection and protection. There will be ample time for stillness which is the essence of Yin and reflection. Stillness allows the body to absorb the energetic benefits of the practice and slows down the thinking mind. We will conclude with a Yoga Nidra effortless guided meditation to allow time for the practices to integrate and come to deep rest. Yoga Nidra, also known as “yogic sleep” is usually practiced lying down and is highly restorative for mind and body. Some ambient pieces of music will be included to allow for immersion and integration. The workshop will conclude with space for silence.
Having a body-mind practice is essential to restore our energy and vitality. Deirdre has a particular interest in the subtle body and energetics and how we can use these practices to cultivate our sensory and body awareness, to feel energised, replenished and alive in ourselves and also to client experiences (countertransference/somatic awareness).
This combination of yoga, somatic movement techniques, stillness and meditation have come out of Deirdre’s own personal “felt” experience and belief that these restorative practices are an essential self-care tool for therapists and those working in the healing profession.
Date: Sunday 12th September 2021
Time: 3-5pm delivered via Zoom. Recording will be available for a 7-day playback. Zoom link and practicalities will be sent the day before.
10% discount for IAHIP members using CODE: LIGHTNESS if booked before 2nd September 2021.
CPD: 2 hours (Certificates of Attendance will be sent post-workshop)
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Suitability: This workshop is suitable for all levels but not for pregnant students. If you have any injuries/illnesses that may affect you practicing, please contact me at the email below to discuss before booking. No previous experience of yoga is required but rather an openness and curiosity to explore.
For any questions, please contact Deirdre at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also read more here about Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra.
Deirdre Madden is a qualified and accredited psychotherapist and yoga teacher based in Dublin. She initially trained as a Vinyasa Flow teacher and then furthered her yoga studies to the practice of Yin Yoga which is slower and more meditative; also known as “mindfulness yoga”. She has recently deepened her yoga journey and undertaken a training in Yoga Somatics which is a contemporary perspective of yoga, combining traditional yoga studies, modern somatic approaches, meditative techniques and self-inquiry.
She has delivered creative workshops and series blending these body-mind modalities with a focus on inner contact, sensory and subtle awareness and the journey of the Self. Deirdre has a particular interest in working with the subtle body (energy body), energetics and senses. Her inspiration draws from the arts, travel and nature and she also writes some poetry.
“Deirdre's yoga workshops were very authentic, and the delivery and flow was very well paced. Deirdre's teaching is intuitive, warm, friendly and supportive. Looking forward to the next yoga workshop.” ~ Grainne
“That was such a great session yesterday. I had so much tension that I never knew. I had the most restful sleep I had in a long time.” ~ Inge