Less is more-
yin yoga, mindfulness and simplicity
How much do you really need?
How many friends, how many jobs, how many stamps in your passport?
How much money? How much experience, knowledge, control?
Some of you are familiar with the term “Aparigraha”, which means "take only what you need". But in today's world it's very hard to draw the line.
I’ve fallen in love with the concept of less: realizing that what I already have is more than enough. Everyone knows that's the true key to happiness.
Regarding Yoga, after ten years of being a devoted Iyengar practitioner I did know my Trikonasana ever so well, but I was also getting bored from doing the same asanas over and over again, hearing the same cues and developing so slowly.
When I came across power vinyasa yoga, I was blown away by the verity of poses, creativity in sequencing and the teachers’ freedom to express humor, charm and personality in class.
I became greedy, and as my body was already well prepared from a decade of Iyengar yoga, I learned fast. From "Wild thing" to "Upward facing bow", from Side plank into the splits - what fun!
Arm balances were my favorite. I had less healthy fear and more childish courage, until I started injuring myself.
An old knee injury came back. A new neck roblem started bothering me.
But the joy of the practice, combined with some ego and addiction to the feeling of success, kept me going.
Luckily, I came across Yin Yoga.
Reading Bernie Clarck's "The complete guide to Yin Yoga" was eye-opening for me.
Less movement. Less variation in the poses. No funky transitions.
Deep internal work, both on the physical and mental/spiritual levels.
Wow. How quiet. How peaceful.
Just like meditation, but without rushing to a fast flow asana practice afterwards. Without rushing anywhere.
While training more and more in Yin, I found myself getting rid of road rage, over eating, yelling at my kids.
The deeper tissues of the body are holding the pose in Yin Yoga, so my joints and boned grew stronger, rather than just the muscles.
Ten years of Iyengar yoga, another decade of vinyasa- but it was the Yin that showed me the best results. It's the practice that keeps me sane. Keeps me positive. Keeps reminding me that Less is More, and that I have everything I need.
The effects it has on my mind and body, my thinking and actions, the relationships with my family and friends… It is remarkable. I felt a great need to share it with my loved ones, so I have put together a unique retreat in one of the most Yin/Yang contradiction parts of the world: The Desert (Yin) in Israel (wow, Yang!!), between the Dead Sea (how Yin is that!) and the spectacular Solomon Pillars.
As this retreat is by three international teachers, places are selling out quickly. If you have always wanted to travel to Israel- this is your perfect opportunity.