Reggae Yin Retreat in Jamaica

Feb 1-8, 2019 : Reggae Yin Retreat

Join us for this special sound inspired retreat during Reggae Month. We will have reggae yin classes with live music by Jason Lee Worton, Jamaican musician and yogi. Attend the Bob Marley Birthday bash in Kingston for an impactful musical history lesson and have an urban moment in one of the world's most creative cities.  Come fill up on yin vibes, culture and an education of reggae lifestyle and philosophy.

We are happy to have Jason joining us again…he has played music and taught at a number of the LLY retreats and trainings in Jamaica in the last few years. I bet you have heard his epic fusions of medicine music, of course mixed with his talents as a professional reggae musician. What a joy to have live music and a sampling of reggae history in sound, in our yin yoga classes in February. You can check out his latest video release here, called Breath and for sure follow his FB page for the latest and greatest news.


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Cost of this trip is $2250USD and includes shared accommodations, all our vegan meals, airport pick up and drop off as well the cost of day trips. Payment is via PayPal and a $500USD deposit holds your space. Final Payment January 1st.

Subbing Yin in Vancouver

Hey local Vancouver Yinnies.

I am subbing some classes over the next few months at the Dharma Temple on Main Street.

Looking forward to being back in the space for some times. I hope you can make it to these public drop in classes, which I haven’t been teaching much of the last few years. Really looking forward to meeting some new members of the yin community.

October 21th: 6pm

November 11th: 6pm

December 2nd: 6pm

December 23rd: 6pm

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Yin and Acupuncture in Vancouver.

I am very grateful and excitement to be working again with my collaboration co-teacher Ryan Thompson. We used to teach yin and acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine workshops together back in the day in Vancouver and I also hosted him for a special Meridians and Yin retreat in Jamaica a few years back. Ryan recently returned to school and his been rocking the adaptation of his badass work. Check out his bio:

Ryan is a registered Acupuncturist, and Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner. He has worked in private practice for over 13 years, which includes several trips to teach and support impoverished communities in India, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic. 

Recently, Ryan has graduated as a registered Psychiatric Nurse to supplement his work in the Downtown East Side of Vancouver where he has worked in supportive housing projects, homeless shelters, and supervised injection sites. 


He has always been socially active in his practice and outreach and its SUPER rad that after his committed studies focus, he has time to return to come yin offerings. We are hosting a special four part series of community acupuncture and yin yoga where you can join one, a few or all of them. Information is here and ticket links are here.

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Balance, Leadership and Liberation: 200 Hour Teacher Training in California.

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Join us for Balance, Leadership, and Liberation, a 200 hour Yin Yoga training in Alameda California, July 29-August 23, 2019, hosted at Leela Yoga Alameda.

This training is a collaboration between Love Light Yoga and The Equity Collective. Founders Danielle and Dia have joined forces to explore the overlaps and intersections between the physical tension, the subtle body, inner transformation and systems of power. Expanding on 5 years of collaboration and curriculum development, they will support participants in a deep dive of interconnection. Led in collaboration with a stellar team of yogis, participants will explore balance in process, leadership in life, and the practice of liberation. This training is an opportunity to embody transformation, physically and socially. It is a space to experience yoga practice and philosophy, both, on and off the mat.

Leela Yoga Alameda is in gorgeous San Francisco Bay and privileges community over personality with a commitment to approaching yoga as a life practice. Founder, Beth Zygelbaum is a master teacher who focused on the female pelvis and yoga for both pre and postnatal bodies.

In addition to Beth, Melanie Green, Brima Jah, and Alex Crow join Dia and Danielle for this inspirational month of study. Melanie has an open heart, is fiercely devoted to justice, the co-founder of Berkeley Yoga Center, and deconstructs Ashtanga for both new and seasoned practitioners. Brima exudes love, dances like no one’s watching, serves as a mental health case manager, and practices his devotion in the everyday moments of life. Alex embraces the subtle realm challenging us all to experience liminal space by demonstrating the healing of Reiki, Nidra and how Yin energy serves to balance everything.

A month of practice with these justice warriors:

$2700USD early registration

$2900USD after May 2019

Please complete the application for this training here.

Contact us for shared accommodations; if enough participants are interested Dia and Danielle will help to coordinate lodging at an additional fee.

Danielle@lovelightyoga.com

200 Hour Yin and Essential Oils Teacher Training in Jamaica

May 1- 29, 2019: 200 Hour Yin Medicines: Essential Oil Distillation and Emotions:

 This Yin Yoga and Oils Teacher Training can be experienced as both a full personal immersion and a professional unit. We will learn basic distillation set up and aromatherapy principles and how they enhance yin yoga for improved emotional health.  We will uncover themes of adaptivity by implementing simple changes, through essential oils and meridian work, that will impact our emotional wellness. This training includes extensive practice teaching within the local community, hands on plant education, and a diverse application of yin yoga. Cost of this trip is $6500USD and includes the full training and manual shared accommodations, all our vegan meals, airport pick up and drop off as well the cost of day trips. Payment is via PayPal and a $1500USD deposit holds your space. Final Payment is due April 1. Application form is here.

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Yin and Chocolate: Together at LAST

Its been a great joy to be have been hosting these Yin and Chocolate events the last few years in Vancouver, bringing together my favourite vegan dessert makers and super East Van businesses for a special afternoon of long holds and sweet delights.

Nothing like a small urban retreat to reset the senses and carve out time to do something special and different for yourself. I love the looks of yinnies with their chocolate buffet plates, with yoga props piled all around them! What a sweet JOY!

We had delights from Aaron Ash of Gorilla Foods, Eternal Abundance, East Van Roasters and yoga strap gifts from Half Moon Yoga

Our next offering is on November 11th from 1:30pm-4:30pm at Unity Yoga.

Information is here and space is limited, so you can buy tickets here.

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Please Become a Patreon of Mine

I am excited and nervous to be crafting another way in which I interact with my community, moving my works into the digital and audio realm. I am also making fine art projects that are going to be copied and mailed out as well. This platform will bridge my work as a yoga educator, artist and activist. I am really excited to be crafting these parts and pieces for my peeps and would LOVE to hear what yin parts you are looking for. 

Thank you for supporting my offerings over these last 10 years of teaching yoga...its been a joy pleasure and journey and I look forward to the works that are coming ahead. 

You can check out my Patreon page here. If that is not your jam, but you would love to contribute a gift towards the LLY work, you can also send a PayPal or Money Transfer to danielle@lovelightyoga.com 

Love, Blessings and Yin Vibes to you. 

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Danielle 

Yin Yoga for the Apocalypse

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What a wild time to remember to BREATHE. If you are anywhere on the West Coast of Canada, or West Coast of America...or wait....anywhere in Canada or the States, I am sure you were and are aware of the massive wildfires that are burning and leaving ones in giant clouds of smoke. This seems to be the norm here in Vancouver the last many summers. The sun is blocked out, no moon in the sky and air quality warnings to stay inside. The day skies are all grey or an erriiie orange. Climate Chao is REAL, and we are often in a state of denial on how we much be the change the ripples change.  Both in our bodies, our lives and in the world around us.  Sending love and prayers to the massive firefighting times out there, strength to those that have lost everything to the fire of wildfire and humble bows the to the fireweeds and mushrooms that grow in these places. Let nature be our guide, that we can take change the potency of destruction and shift to towards new growth and bold change. This is a great read for those feeling the environmental grief. The mental health effects of the smoke are long lasting and never more present. Also read this article. 

This Yin Yoga for the Apocalypse is a special series for your lungs, both to repair and maintain and remember your ability to participate in change.   Lung Chi is for courage, boundaries and organization.  It is what also you to see the structures at play, both in and around you.  Let these poses restore your vitality and inspire your remembrance that we are the creators of courageous change...both within and in the systems we live in. It is said that Lung Chi is loss, sadness and grief when out of balance.   Hoping these simple shapes will also you to really up and see, feel and digest what is happening in our natural worlds, both within and around us. You gotta feel it to heal it! The one thing that after being in this THICK smoke for weeks, is that I will continue to be an ally to the earth and step up my warrior ways even more. This is a vow and a promise. Just like in Yin, we are being asked to modify and shift and bring ourselves back into balance  When the birds fly away and the there is a strange glow to the world under the dull and heavy feeling of smoke.....we must take these visceral lessons to heart and have the courage to change. I hope that sadness if your fuel for systemic change and that your deep breathing is massaging your heart, and reminding your soul...that you CAN be the CHANGE. 

 These images are of Jamaican Yogi and Musician, Jason Lee Worton. You should listen to his newest single 'Breath on repeat for this series. We shoot this series in Jamaica a few years back on his family's farm. YINCOURAGING you to try these simple poses and share their medicines with your loved one. Yin is accessible and the perfect remedy for the these apocalyptic feelings, yin is the stirring of emotions, energy and intentions....to know it, you must sit in it. 

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Twisted Child's Pose. 

This pose is great for calming the system and for making healthy space and reflection in the upper body. If you have knee troubles you can do this with the legs stretched out long and just focus on the upper body. Add a pillow under the shoulder if you need more support.  You should feel the stretch on the back body and the compression is normal on the front body. Take this pose for 1-4 minutes and come out if you feel pain, continue to shift and modify until you feel like the pose is for you. Yin Yoga is supposed to gently pressurize, stretch, twist and modify the container of fascia that is your form. Our bodies, their bones and energy, they are ALL so different, so part of the great work is to learn to know and deeply understand your personal form. Let this share be both liberating and contracting....just like the lungs. It is the dramatic interplay between that gives us LIFE. 

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This humble forward fold is the 2nd pose in this Yin Yoga for the Apocalypse. This beauty for the water element on the back body and the earth element on the front. Let this one be a moment of self reflection and pause to remember the inherent wisdom that lives in you. The Water element out of balance is FEAR, and you can imagine with all the fires and smokes, the changing air quality that left BC with the worse air quality in the world on some days! I spoke to so many friends that fear and anxiety was riding HIGH. The Earth element to balance out the anxiety on the energy channels on the front of the body, this passive forward fold is here for you to take a moment to feel the pressure, feel the fear and allow it to move through, past and around you.  Challenges can be the compost for the great change, so embrace the intensity of the emotions that arise, but in these shapes and in your days. BREATHING deeply into the back body and acknowledging the challenge of keeping the breath full in the front. You can stay in this share for 3-10 minutes. Adding a pillow under the knees or forehead can really made a difference. Yin is allll about finding a place that works for you and befriending the feeling on the unknown.....like life, we don't ever really know if we are doing it right! BUT the great work is in the feeling, trying and adapting. 

Sending you love, strength and AIR. 

Knowing and Praying that intensity of the world is waking us up, shaking us out of our routines and demanding that we no longer look away from the destruction....both in and around us! We have the ability to change the course, shift the ways and cultivate a paradise, both inside and out. 

In loving balance and bold moves! 

Danielle. 

Plastic Free YOGI!

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Danielle was interviewed for this great article about Vancouver's 'bring your own container' pilot program. Check it out here

Dear Sweet Lovers of all Things Delicious. It is really and truly a time for a dramatic change to be made in the ways that we prepare and consume the things we eat. I have a super challenge for YOU! Ready?? I think you can totally shift the way you interact with your own kitchen and restaurants.....it just takes some practice! If we get the lessons of patience and courage, truth and boldness in our confidence to participate in change...then we can surely start to be waste free in our meals! Because I personally have a plant based diet and prefer to know eat from places that have animal products in their kitchens, it really required me to get serious about my meal prep. Which also means planning and shopping in advance (also wastefree!), so not only does it also ensure that I have food, it also lowers the cost. When I do chose to or have to have meals on the road, I am always bringing my container, looking for stay in and wastfree options or finding places that can modify their packaging to meet your values. I feel very blessed to live in Vancouver with some many options and rad places, and great food spots in my neighbour that use compostable containers that I add to your massive worm bin. I know its not possible in this current state of the world to be totally waste free.....but there is the thing...... if you set the goal of being wastefree, and make SOME waste...you are already doing a super job. I feel like that is a lot like yoga, in the way that we have a vision or ideal and we take the slow and mindful, comfortable pattern changing steps to move forward and carve a new way.  Wishing you MEGA luck in your ways of small changes that have MAJOR impact...let the yin power be with you. 

In LOVE and SNACKS, Danielle.   

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Love Light Yoga Clothes, Share your thoughts!

Hello LLY Clothing LOVES! I am excited to be clearing out some of our older pieces and looking forward to the next stages of production. Have a peep below at the hoodie, the racer tank and tights and the wrap crop top. Use code OLDSCHOOL for 65% off any of the clothing in our shop. I am also collecting testimonials and clothing ideas here with this form if you want to check out the link and share your ideas on next pieces.  We have been doing trials on indigo tights and ladies undies! TELLL me what you want to see in our next pieces. 

Made in Vancouver from organic cotton and bamboo. 

Love and Light and fits just right! 

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Healing Head Yinjuries

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This healing process process of my double concussions in 2017 has been SO YIN (and so gemini) I say that both in a loving and frustrating way with all my heart/mind/soul. I feel blessed to have tools and community of healing, but even then,  when you are not well its hard to be your own advocate AND see into the future. Working on resources that I wish I would have had and things I wish I could have explained to people around me.  Like a yin practice, this push and pull and back and forth of healing and growing is not a set and stable path. Its awkward and unclear and ever changing. Its the YINTUITIVE parts of the way that we move in the world and how we are always dancing in the river of decisions and TIME. Its humbling to be learning the ability to limit the over output and more stimulation and replace it with the the deep need to recover, rest and find neutral ground again. Again. AND again and again.  Healers Gotta Heal is slowing becoming my mantra and my attempted practice to find some balance in this yang world.

For these reasons I have decided to pull back again with some fall projects and focus on the roots rebuild. January 2017 I got a door to the forehead at a musical venue in Vancouver and in May 2017, I got another little smash to the other side my forehead in Jamaica on a glass bathroom shelf. TWO knocks to the head and still didn't listen enough to great message.  Its been a very interesting journey and still is as we learn to refocus on the world in relationship to our abilities and our senses and our outputs and inputs that exist in this world. I think we need to focus more on the yinputs of personal preservation.  I am still in the midst of writing and sharing about my concussion experiences and figuring out the right platform to be doing that.  From what has helped so much ( SLEEEP and direct neurofeedback to name a few), to navigating the medical and healing systems in two countries while managing many small businesses. LE SIGH its been very yin like its presenting and revealing. Also, big up all the lady bosses reading this and making it happening and keeping it going in all the ways they can. 

After planning and chatting and reflecting, I have decided that I won't be teaching yoga at Bass Coast this year with Tank Gyal, like the last two years.  Learning to let go is awkward when you have plans of the future but your abilities and vibes don't match! But grateful for the flexibility of LIFE.  The sound and travel is simply just a bit too much and being there last year was SUPER fun, but too much on brain healing (LOUD, BRIGHT, PEOPLE!). On that note, I am also not going to be assisting Seane Corn  at Wanderlust this year, cause its yoga rave land and again... too loud and too busy. I love attending events and programs where I get a chance to connect with other yogis, leaders and creative rebels.  AND Dia and I  are canceling the Yin and Spirit Vancouver offering in August and focusing on the Hollyhock edition for September.  WHY? Cause HEALERS gotta HEAL, and like a bow and arrow...we need to retreat to advance. So many things were planned last year that just don't seem as possible or necessary. So YIN like...you can have a vision and a plan and still not until you reach that space what will truly happen. 

Being in the countryside of Jamaica was been excellent for the senses and the ability to create, heal and reflect.  I taught six small retreats and an urban teacher training and a workshop series in  Kingston over the last six months as well as friend time, hikes, art and great food.  Next stop is B.C to take care of a few projects on the back end creations and preparations for Hollyhock training with Dia Penning and the offerings with Chastity Davis and Yin and Reconciliation as an urban and retreat editions in September and November. Feeling like September is bringing the back to school vibes and bringing of some pages. 

LOVE and Light 

Danielle 

Yin and Essential Oil SALES and a little YINNOUNCEMENT

Stoked to have been studying and collaborating with the Jamaica Essential Oil Distillation Project for the last 6 months. I thought I had a love and appreciation for aromatherapy and plant medicine before...but now that I have spent so many hours in the distillery prepping plant materials, studying and smelling and watching the magic that is distillation and seeing the amount of work that goes into preparation....I can serious ever look at oils again and feel that same way! 

We were really into whole plant and whole time distillation, which is quite different from commercial distillers that take the first push of oils...and other times cutting with non plant products. Taking time to see all the different oils and layers has give me nose some serious training! To smell the initial scent and all the under tones is such a gift. Its a blessing and a curse, as my nose has gotten so sensitive! I already have an YINTOLERANCE for artificial  and chemical scents. BUT this is taking it to a whole new level. 

Stoked to be vending some oils at the Con'cu Market in St. Ann, Jamaica on July 8th and True Self in Kingston on July 11th. I will also be bringing oils back and sending some small orders out to friends. Send a note to place an order for small batch Jamaican Essential oils and would love to share with you. We are prepping a little medicine travel kit and would LOVE to get more knowledge out to the world with plant medicines. I hope you can join us in Jamaica in March 2019 for Yin and Oils Teacher Training. We are only taking 9 people, so send me a note to save a space and the date! 

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Yin and Distillation Vibes

The slow experiment of distillation is so mesmerizing. Not only in the scents and textures of wildcrafted nature, but the process of time and the elements interacting and all the people needed for all the parts and pieces.  I can’t help but think about distillation differently and this idea of whole plant and full distillation. Its so beautifully yin, the process to collect, prep and distill. The time around the prep centre, sometimes making giant messes, telling stories, sharing meals and feeling infused by the sure presence of plant matter.  Its been a great joy to share space with Kingston friends, community kids and the regular farm boy crew and others that pass by.

 When we think of meditation, I think this idea of sitting quiet and alone with the eyes closed, really devalues these living meditations. These preparations and meditations that bring your mind to another space, your nose picking up the aromatic plant prep, the way your hands have to work and focus to prep. Its such a wonderful space to be. And then TIME. The distillation takes anywhere 3-16 hours depending on the material and our desired outcome.  HOW YINNIE! And I love this process here at the farm. Commercial oil manufactures mostly do the big and fast push and stop the distillation after the most oil pushes out. But here, as an artisan, patient and whole distillation process. We let the process run so that they many levels of oils can rise and mix. WE turn it off when its totally stops pushing oil. 

I love this process, not the fast yang, quick, give it to me now oils…but the slow and patience, the making and magic, the essence of time is the magic ingredient in Yin Yoga and essential distillation. Even the oils as they sit over time, change in essence, colour and smell. Time is such an under appreciated power. It is  totally out of your control, but your relationship to it, your patience with it is your resposniltity. 

The power of the oils are ever more refining the power of our senses, calling our nose to wake up and find the layers and levels, the hints and subtly. Since being at the distillery for the last two months, I can definitely feel the power of the bold changes in my ability to smell oils in their diversity, I smell the scents of the world me in such a different way. Its like learning to flex the smelling muscle.  MY teacher and friend Agape says, if you can smell the essential oils, they are working. I can’t also help but think about how many scents and smells we exposure ourselves to on the daily. In our homes, places of work and community. We truly don't yet feel the power and purpose of essential oils and their ability to heal make us well, more distilled to your truest essences and abilities. 

We would love to host you at next series on the farm. We have a series of weekend courses coming up in St. Mary Jamaica and would love for you to come along. 

 

Check out our Essential Oil Workshop Series this spring and summer in St. Mary, Jamaica. 

Introduction to Essential Oil Distillation: April 14-15th, 2018

Distilling Cultivated and Wildcrafted Plants: April 21-22, 2018

Distilling Essential Oils of Jamaica's Spices: May 12-13, 2018

The Do's and Don't of Hydro Distillation: May 26-27, 2018

The Magic of Co-Distillation: June 9-10, 2018

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LLY hOMies and Testimonials

Starting a series to share stories and yinpressions from some of our past trainings and offerings so ones can get a feel about  Kristin Kowalko

 Kristin is Kwakwaka'wakw and member of the Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw First Nations on her mothers side and of mixed European heritage on her fathers side. She currently lives and works on the unceded traditional territory of the Coast Salish people (also known as Vancouver B.C.) where she works as a Social Worker supporting youth and families. Kristin is in the ongoing process of learning and teaching Yin Yoga in both her Social Work practice and to the greater yoga community and believes deeply in the power of body based movement to heal our bodies and minds. 

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"Danielle's Yin Yoga Teacher Training was life changing. It's been 3 months since the training and I am still processing and thinking about all the topics we covered. This training has helped me delve deeper into my Social Work practice with youth, as well as give me the tools to teach Yin to those I work with in my Social Work practice and the general yoga community. Danielle is more than a Yin Yoga teacher, she is a revolutionary with a keen sense of social justice, a powerful healer, a knowledge keeper, an artist, a philosopher, and a warm friend. I recommend trainings with Danielle if you want to learn more about Yin Yoga and learn more about yourself in a safe and supportive environment."

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Poses for Power and Peace: A Tiny Class Blog with Dia and Danielle

 

Tiny Yoga Class: Poses for Peace and Power

A Blog with Dia Penning and Danielle Hoogenboom

Yin Yoga and Social Justice: September 23-28th at Hollyhock Cortes.
 

Yin is always in relationship to something else, the b side, or heads to tails. Yin is feminine, yielding, solitary and fluid. It is the antidote to the fast pace of over performing and over doing.

Yin works to establish balance, there can be no good without bad, joy without sadness, or justice without understanding injustice. Without the opposite to act as a measure how do we know when something is happening?

Cultivating peace is the development of internal strength, the creation of internal resources in order to show up in the world in the best way possible. Internal peace establishes power to connect, to be in community with people in your physical as well a virtual world. In order to shift systems that maintain inequity, one must look internally at the individual ways in which they participate in oppression. Starting with an exploration of honesty and non-violence, how might one start to transform the internal and external actions in the world?

Through this tiny yoga class, we explore poses and music to cultivate internal power.  Internal resources allow one to show up peacefully, beginning to shift broken systems and establish a world that works for everyone.

Playlist

Cold Little Heart, Michael Kiwanuka

The Soil, unspoken words

Thank you very much, Rising Appalachia

REd, Tribe Called Red, Red

Around my way, Lupe Fiasco

Gambia, Sona Jobarteh

 

Child’s pose: 6 minutes

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Taking a pause to retract inward, retreat and remember is an important piece of developing power. Think of this child’s pose as a returning to the beginning, starting with new eyes and allowing all the systems to settle and set a new. Each individual body is built so differently. Bones, mobility and limitations make each shape different, yin is not only about the shape. Yin is also about the energy, intention, space and peace-making that comes when one stills and slows down. Yin is about releasing the tension and allowing things to be and unfold as they are.  

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Child’s pose is a great pose for anytime of the day. Modify the width between the knees depending on what feels right for you and your body. Changing the tuck or tilt of the tail will shift how the front body feels, so keep moving and exploring until you feel it to be right. Add props under your chest to lift and raise the ground to meet you, or add props close to the backs of the knees to remove pressure or discomfort. Rest on your forehead or a cheek (changing half way through) on a bolster, block, blanket, stacked hands or floor. Find the most comfortable place for your arms, forward, back or under the body.

 

Be flexible and allow yourself to trust your own yintuition!

 

Square

3 min each side
 

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Start in a cross legged seat. Consider adding a cushion, pillow or block for height for your hips to help tilt the pelvis forward a bit. This will make easier to sit and to allow you to work shins and ankles forward. Play with the distance between the knees and feeling into the outer hips, move your knees closer together and then further apart. Where do you feel a sensation you can sit with?   The structure of your form will dictate the shape that you take, it’s your job to explore and not to push or force. You can also add props under the knees, or thighs or the ankles. Some people may stack the ankles and knees, but please don’t feel like there is a ‘goal’ shape in mind. The sensations will change if you start to lean forward, while still keeping the bum and weight of the pelvis rooted. Pay attention that the knees and hips are not complaining or forced. Yin Yoga focuses on balancing needs of the whole and listen to even the smallest physical needs.

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Lunges

4 min each side
 

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This is a shape that is both empowering, roaring, as well as intimidating! The powerful aspects of peace often come after the initial entry into the chaos. How can we know peace? There has to be something to compare it to. Lunges, often called Dragons in Yin Yoga, are some of the most potent shapes. Remind yourself in these variations that its those that exhibit the most amount have strength are the ones that have walked thru the greatest challenges. Remember, while shapes feel so different and intense, it is just compared to our modern lifestyles and sitting in chairs.  

 

Start from hands and knees, step one foot forward. Make sure that your front foot and back knee are about outer hips distance apart. Place more weight on the upper part of the back knee, so you feel like you are pulling the tissues of that back thigh forward as you drop your pelvis. Place the front knee over top the front ankle will give you a good amount of stability. Consider adding props under your hands to lift your chest, or chose to fold forward. Play with variations while exploring sensation and have no expectations. Yin is not an assumption or plan, it is an experience and relationship between parts and your ability to both feel and adapt in each moment. Yin is adaptation, meeting sensation and recognizing your habits and patterns. Yin is developing inner resources to allow internal shift and external change.

 

Savasana

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Rest. Melt. Breathe.

Calling all rebels, leaders, healers, seekers and knowers. How do we confront and contain our energy, while making our bodies conduits for change? What does it take to create change, both internal and external? Let’s gather together to explore the complex, awkward, covert, and paradox as medicine for change. Free the tension in your body and spirit, allowing space to renew, refresh and see with new eyes.


Navigating our changing world and living a life of equity and social justice can be challenging. Like yoga, social justice requires practice in order to overcome long-held habits. Bringing our contemplation and yoga practices into our work, relationships and communities, allows a deeper examination of the privileges, biases, and structures that keep inequity in place.

During this 5-day program we will demonstrate how focusing on energy meridians and our physical bodies and sensations can serve as an example for energy changes in our organizations and communities. We will examine how attention and intention align with impact; how changes in behaviour create changes in interpersonal relationships, community interaction, and larger social structures.

The hours count as CEU with Yoga Alliance, or can applied towards the completion of LLY 200 Yin Yoga School.

Dia Penning is the founder of Equity Collective and the Director of Curriculum at World Trust Educational Services. She dances in the intersections of art, yoga, and social justice. A yoga practitioner for over 20 years, she discovered her love of yoga through a book she checked out from a local library. Dia supports students in slowing down, examining limiting patterns, and exploring creativity. She views yoga as a tool for social change, integrating it into her work as a social justice coach and curriculum developer, by encouraging a deep exploration of structural inequity through personal transformation and paradigm shift.

Dia has held leadership positions with the San Francisco Arts Commission, The Center for Innovation in Technology and Education at Columbia College Chicago, and the Center for Art and Public Life at California College of the Arts. With a Master in Interdisciplinary Arts, Dia is a connector. She draws together, ideas, people, thoughts, and feelings by using breathwork, the arts, media literacy, and strategic dialogue. This approach gets at the heart of assumptions and habitual behaviour. She works with teams, over time, to assuage their fear of change by building ideas, like blocks, and giving people time to reflect, respond, and question.

Dia is a mother, yogi, artist, activist, lover, teacher and student. She recognizes that her students share similarly complex identities and strives to meet them where they are at. theequitycollective.com

Danielle Hoogenboom founded Love Light Yoga as an expression of her yoga practice and creative interests both on and off the mat. She is passionate about yin yoga and its ability to heal, change and transform ourselves and the world around us. Believing that all people are invited to the healing of yoga, Danielle teaches a diverse schedule of classes and workshops that range from the practical theory to the mystical and sacred aspects of yoga. She is certified in Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, Prenatal Yoga and Vinyasa Lotus Flow. She teaches in studios across Vancouver and often travels to teach abroad, share, celebrate and connect. She teaches Yin Yoga workshops worldwide sharing her passion for a gentle, steady practice. lovelightyoga.com

 

Roots Adventures in Jamaica

Don't believe the hype and fear. 

I have received a few notes about people being worried about crime in Jamaica.  I have been travelling here for 7 years and never once at any trouble. I LOVE Jamaica. I feel respected and in alignment with natural living and right balance.  When people make comments about fear and crime they often don't look at the source. Poverty is a realllll things in the world that like to ignore or pretend is a thing separate from each action in the world. 

So before you sip the fear koolaid, allow yourself another narrative. Rolling hills, the warmest people, the best music, incredible food, real culture, incredible natural medicines and an attitude that ever upfulll. To quote one of the fav reggae artists, Randy Valentine: "whenever they tell you a story, they tell you how sad it is. I am here to bring you a new narrative, a true narrative" .

I would love for you to come to Jamaica anytime. I have been welcoming, hosting and producing groups and events for many years and have a great family and team here. From water adventures in Portland, to coffee mountain hikes, reggae nights in the city, fires and steamers and irie people and feasts fit for ital royals. We got you covered for sure! 

Curious? Want to bring a group? Link up with Danielle at danielle@lovelightyoga.com

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Yin Trainings in Kingston.

Feeling grateful to be offering another yin yoga series in Kingston in 2018. 

I am stoked to be presenting at 20 hour yin yoga teacher training at True Self Centre for Being again. This amazing studio popped up four years ago when my friend Liz decided it was time to transform a family home into a community, by donation yoga studio. We reached out to me if I could teach a yin class and we  decided 24 hours later, lets just try and see! That yin class had nearly 30 people and it was a super experience for us all. It was really a great to see that Ones were looking for and interested in safe spaces for wellness and transformation. Accessibilty  Its been a super joy to share yin yoga at True Self each year and be bringing our 3rd Yin Yoga Teacher Training in March together. There is still space, but its booking up quickly. The studio will be handling all the registration and I pleased to be welcoming a diverse group 

Looking forward to the full moon weekend in April to be sharing a yin series over the weekend at Afya Yoga in Kingston. I have been teaching yin classes there for many hours when I pass by town and its been such a joy to see the yin community to continue to build. This offering weekend is a mix of public classes and yinmersive workshops. All events are all levels and suitable for all yinterests. Yin Yoga invites all to practice and join and adapt as need. Yin Yoga is a versatile and accessible practice. 

Looking forward to sharing more with you. 

Danielle 

Essential Oil Distillation

 

Essential Oil and Natural Medicines

I am SO excited for this series of Yin Retreats in Jamaica. I have been working with my friends at The Jamaica Essential Oil Distillation Project since I learned about it with them last year.  If you know the West Coast version of me, I LOVE to plant, collect, create and dream up more and more ways that the natural world and her medicines can make an impact on our lives and health.  I have LOVED essentials for oils and never travel without a little kit of oils. My favourites for health and medicines are: lavender, tea tree and citronella and a great blend sometimes called Thieves Oil. 

What oils do you love and use?

The biggest joy of co-creating with JEODP is learning about so many different types of oils that can be produced in Jamaica. One the amazing things about essential oils is that different natural matter produces different oils. Some are the flowers, some bark, some roots, some branches, fruit peels and things in between. The most exciting part is the experimental parts of how much oil it will produce and what will the scent be like. Its a never ending game of scented beauty. I don’t my nose as worked so hard before, but its a great joy to see the abundance of possibilities  in the natural world. 

I hope you can join us on one of retreats this season. We will be distilling oils, making medicines and spending lots of time outside. Yin and Natural Medicines is calling you. Join us for a special workshop series or book a private session or weekend retreat.  More info here. 

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Plastic Free Yogi

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HEY YOU! I have a call to action for you. 

With all these videos and articles about plastic in the world, we sure don't see a lot about the YINDIVIDUAL efforts we should be making. You need to take direct actions to reduce, reuse and recycle. 

Please don't say you recycle....that actually should be the last ditch effort when you make waste.  Changing your patterns, behaviours and habits around waste and consumption is really yoga in action. INCOMING RANT! I think in this so called consciousness world is making SO much waste. Plastic mats, plastic based clothes, plastic wrapped super foods, take away power drinks..its all just ENOUGH! I would love to see this idea of 'yoga' as our relationship in the world and what we create/produce/leave behind.

SO I DARE YOU! Can you break some of the waste making habits, change your shopping patterns, make new decisions and commit to less single use items? You can go without, change it up or better yet....lets work to change policy and practices to lessen our addiction to plastics. 

I know you can! YOGIS, you have super powers that can make a global difference. Teachers, use your platform for good inspiration and CALLS TO ACTION. Just start, stand up, take a stand and shift the forms of society we call 'normal', cause I know that all yogis know what it is like to FLEX life!