As part of a day retreat that I attended in January, we did an hours of yin yoga. This was the first time that I’ve attended a yin yoga class. I’ve done some yin poses at home but haven’t been to a class at that point.
Having looked into Yin Yoga as part of my training, I knew what I could expect, poses wise. We started out really slow and just got into our bodies and out of our heads. With thoughts in my head raising around a 100 miles an hour, it took me a little while to settle down and just concentrate on my own practice. Something that I really needed to do and just restore myself.
I knew the poses we were doing, so I closed my eyes and let the teachers voice guide me. Closing my eyes during practice really helps me to connect with myself. The longer we held some of the poses, the harder they seemed to get. This is where it was important to just use the breath. The breath can make a big difference when something gets tough.
With all of these held poses, I almost expected for any feelings or emotions to come up, especially in the hip opening poses. But nothing came up at all.
The class ended with half an hour gong bath. Its was the first time I’ve even been to one, so had really no idea what to expect. I didn’t seem to be able to switch off during the gong bath and kept thinking ‘is anything going to happen any time soon?’. I tried to relax and just go with it as much as I could, but I didn’t seem to enjoy it at all. Towards, what turned out to be, the end, I felt something come over me and all I could see was purple. And then the gong bath finished.
It was a weird but good experience. I definitely will do both again and see how the gong bath feels like next time. I know there are lots of benefits of yin yoga and maybe it was good that nothing came up during my practice. That meant I could just work on my well-being and looking after myself.
Have you practiced Yin Yoga or gone to a gong bath? What are your experiences?