??Recently I had a massage and the quality of touch was sublime… the masseur told me that there is a ‘Centre of Touch’ where research about how the human body, mind & spirit responds and affected by touch and also the quality and the intention behind the touch. ??  

This had begun to build in the studio… When Lawrence was off building stages in Glastonbury I missed him checking in with my daily dose! Omar, a student here, is quick to step forth and make sure you are topped up with hugs. And, have you met our Kitty? She is the huggiest of ones with a BEAUTIFUL touch! I am pretty sure if you have not filled your quota she will happily offer to wrap you in an embrace.

All of this talk of embrace and the qualities of touch got me thinking about Yin and when I was thinking of Yin, my mind naturally went to my Yin go to, TJ.

Our conversation went pretty much like this:

Yin yoga…. I am thinking of writing a blog…linked with embrace/qualities of touch/hug
Connected to yin yoga… moving through layers etc
If you have anything to hit me with, send it my way
So your going to connect the experience of Yin with embracing, touching and hugging?
Ha, that sounds cool.
Yes…I am sure I was inspired by something you had written explaining Yin Maybe it was in the Teacher Training documents??
The nervous system being honed and our awareness of our body comes to mind in relation to that. Also the way the endocrine system influences mood and is effected by touch is possibly similar to how that system is influenced by yin
Love it! Yes, this is what I mean. Share more and I will incorporate it in my blog!

Minutes later TJ  messaged me this (and I just love it):

The Touch of Yin: Yin Yoga is the art of being open, vulnerable and receptive. So much touches us each day and we have adapted to have a thin barrier of tension to protect us. What are we capable of experiencing if we train to let go of that barrier? The subtlety of a touch or an embrace can be enlightening but we have to become like a sponge ready to experience it fully. Letting go of tension in Yin asana on deeper and deeper levels requires us to become more aware of our Nervous System. The nerves from the surface of the body to the deeper layers require practice to become thoroughly aware of the information they send us. Additionally the Endocrine System that regulates the mood altering chemistry of our body requires balance derived from the signals of the Nervous System. It is all interconnected and it begins when we allow ourselves to become vulnerable and our senses become heightened. Yin Yoga is the practice of preparing the body to be touched, embraced and loved.

If you want to head into the world of Yin, to feel the touch, the embrace of this practice, at Wild Wolf’s we are delving deep and heading into a wonderful exploration of the balance to the yang and we have two spaces on our 100 Hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training this summer.

DATES: 11th-18th August  ///  COST: £795  ///  CONTACT: teejaymaher@gmail.com

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