This class is an opportunity to pause, digest and let go of any residue you do not wish to carry forward from the past year, and then realign, and fortify for the year ahead. Come back to your unique center, realign with your internal compass, and bolster the bridge between what roots you and what moves you. Class begins with a few brief writing prompts designed to help you tune in (no sharing), and set your course for the month and year ahead. Then let the wisdom and intention you've gathered anchor in your mind and heart as you release constriction and debris from your lungs and deep tissues, and strengthen your joints with an hour of Yin Yoga.
Please have pen, paper, a mat, several folded blankets, and any other Yoga props you may like to have handy for your Yin practice.
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.