Sunday is my favorite day of the week. It’s sacred time–when I don’t schedule anything, when I step away from my devices, and when I avoid driving or buying anything (if I can). Time when I follow my whims. Time when I recharge by letting spaciousness reign.
Whether I’m out late with friends the night before, or I’ve spent the evening alone watching Netflix on my couch, I sleep in on Sundays, letting the day unfold organically from there.
And while I don’t require myself to practice on Sundays, as I do on other days of the week, I usually find myself gravitating towards it at some point in the day.
This is a safe haven to let my feelings flow, pray, and feel my heart– especially when the world feels as crazy as it does right now.
Letting my practice be extra gentle, I move through what has become my favorite yin yoga sequence. Customized to milk the tension out of my most bound-up nooks and crannies, it’s filled with hip openers, gentle backbends, twists, and forward folds.
Just like I look forward to making myself a nice brunch on Sundays (paleo, blueberry waffles, topped with ghee and maple syrup, please!), I also look forward to adding a little something special to my yin practice on these days. This can be a Dharma talk I’m excited to hear, an interesting interview, or a recording from an online program I’m enjoying.
These practices soothe and rejuvenate me. They prepare me for the week ahead, and they return me to myself.
I wish for every woman to have this, too; because yin yoga is one of the best allies we can have in our embodiment tool kits. In today’s Poolside Sutra, I’ll tell you why.
And, since it’s Sunday, I encourage you to listen to this within both inner and outer atmospheres of spaciousness and self-enjoyment!
Poolside Sutras #4:
A Woman’s Guide to Yin Yoga
In today’s SHE Talk, I share:
- The unexpected story of how I found yin yoga (it involves intentionally not sleeping for 3 days straight!)
- Ways to use yin yoga to work with adrenal fatigue, anxiety, insomnia, and more.
- Why this practice is one of the best ways to skillfully align our yoga practice with our hormonal cycles.
Listen to today’s SHE Talk:
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Yin yoga has been a huge staple in my practice and teaching– helping me to heal everything from ovarian cysts to back pain to depression.
My sincerest hope is that this talk brings some sanctuary to your Sunday, and your life at large, by helping you to take some space to connect with yourself and what you most care about.
And, if this conversation inspires you, please forward this email to a friend, or share it on your favorite social media site. (And thank you dearly to those of you who left reviews for the podcast on iTunes last week! This helps so much, and we greatly appreciate it!)
Enjoy your Sunday. And I’ll see you later this week, for our fifth (and final!) episode in this summertime series.
With much love and respect,
A big, warm welcome to all of you who joined us for the early bird deadline for the SHE Yoga & Meditation Teacher Training on Friday. Hooray! I’m over-the-moon excited to gather with a circle of such devoted, deep, enthusiastic yoginis– coming so far from Germany, United Kingdom, and all over the United States. I can’t wait to give you all a big hug in person next April!
If you haven’t registered yet, and you love these Poolside Sutras, please consider joining me for my upcoming SHE Yoga & Meditation Teacher Training, open for registration until next Wednesday, July 27.
Believe me, I know: even when our seeking is utterly sincere, it’s too easy to let yoga & meditation become one more outlet for our perfectionism, self-criticism, doubt, and shame.
That’s because we women wake up differently than men. But even though upwards of 90% of most yoga classes are all women, we’re still practicing as if we were teenage-boy gymnasts. (With slight modifications for those pesky feminine details.)
Being a woman isn’t a detail: it’s the profound, sacred heart of your embodied awakening. If you’re aching for a fresh, feminine approach to yoga & meditation, you’re not alone. You deserve it. And if you teach? Your community deserves this from you, too.
Please join me and an intimate cohort of reverent rebels at my upcoming SHE Yoga & Meditation Teacher Training. Think: less linear, more flux-flow. Less rigid discipline, more authentic devotion. Less bootcamp, more exquisite retreat.
Registration is now open, but to keep things extra intimate, space is extremely limited (and we don’t have many spots left!).
If you’re called to deepen your practice and serve your community, click here to learn more about this rare training for women, by women, with women.