In this class, you'll begin with a few brief writing practices to connect with the truth of your heart. Then you get to use the insights gained through this bit of introspection to create silent mantras on the breath as focal points for your mind as you unwind in Yin poses that both nourish and open the heart. The heart, which is a rhythmic organ, is soothed and strengthened by mantra practice. You'll emerge from this class with a clear and centered mind, a gentle inspiration for the future, and a deep sense of peace in the present.
Please have paper and a pen ready, a Yoga mat, and if you have one or two Yoga blocks and/or folded up blankets, those may be handy for some poses. Work-arounds are offered for anyone who is without props.
Energetically, the best way to stimulate activity (Yang) is by taking rest and receptivity (Yin) to its extreme. After class, you'll find yourself not only calm and rejuvenated, but also alert and agile in mind and body, ready to take on not only the day, but the whole month ahead.
Rae Diamond is a Qigong, Yoga and meditation teacher, mentor, and artist, who works with the creative intelligence of nature. In private sessions and classes, Rae supports personal growth through compassionate awareness, innovative perspectives, and mind-body-spirit integration.
Rae teaches practices from various Qigong traditions, including Wild Goose, Eight Pieces of Brocade, Five Animal Frolics, Primordial, Bone Marrow Washing, and Yijing Medical Qigong. Her teaching style is gentle, contemplative, fun, at times zany, and yet also therapeutic, with strong emphasis on proper physical alignment, energy flow, and on mind-breath-body coordination.
Over twenty years of devoted practice and inquiry are at the heart of her work. Rae's training includes several years of study with Medical Qigong master, Dr. Bingkun Hu, a 200-hour Anusara Yoga Teacher Training, Yin Yoga training, four years of private apprenticeship with a shaman, and a Reiki mastership. Her work is also informed by over two decades of research and practice with the Chinese Medicine system, meditation, herbs, psychology, physiology, voice, breath, Yoga, and Buddhist and Taoist philosophies.