Kula Reset (40 min): Yin & Breath for Hormonal Balance

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Schuyler Grant

I used to think that yoga was something my parents did to embarrass me in front of my friends in junior high. But 20 years ago, recovering from a back injury, I began practicing asana and discovered something I h...
(Suggested props: blocks, blanket, bolster... all the things that make Yin yummy)

Our endocrine system orchestrates the functioning of our inner selves (coordinating everything from energy levels, sleep, digestion, growth, sexual function, and so on) through the production and balancing of hormones. The stressors of life impact this function and can create a negative feedback loop of stress and hormonal imbalance. Slower paced yoga and especially deep, slow breathing are one of the most effective ways to hack this system.  This Yin sequence and simple breath work is a tool box for hackers. 

(Int) These turbulent times have inspired a new Kula class to down-regulate, restore, heal, and reset the nervous system. Each practice will vary, but the common thread is an array of the subtle arts. Expect a blend of reflective traditions like pranayama and meditation alongside the embodied practices of Yin and Restorative asana. You might even be treated to some singing bowls, an occasional inversion up the wall, Yoga Nidra, or a curated reading (none of us are too old for a good story time)!

Studies show that these practices boost the immune system and cardiovascular health, reduce stress and depression, enhance sleep and muscle repair, and generally make you a nicer human being. Enjoy the antidote for the stressors of our times (and a perfect compliment to the Yang dominance of most Kula classes). You can do chaturanga tomorrow. Right now, drop in for a Kula Reset.