Yin Yoga for the Win

I don’t know about you, but I haven’t been very active this winter. Staying indoors, nice and warm has been the way to go especially since this winter was been colder than in previous years in my opinion. I miss being in the outdoors and active, but winter just makes a person want to stay in and hibernate. I have been thinking about yoga lately, but that sounds good for summer as it’s rather cold outside. But what if you can do yoga indoors and in the comfort of your own home?

It is possible, and Sibylle Sharon who is a is a Consciousness Coach™️ and Trainer, Time to Think™️ Facilitator and Coach, Enneagram Practitioner and Yin Yoga teacher brought this to my attention…Yin Yoga.

What is Yin Yoga and how do I benefit from it you may ask?
Yin Yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga as exercise, incorporating principles of traditional Chinese medicine, with asanas that are held for longer periods of time than in other styles.

According to Sibylle, Yin Yoga is a much slower practice than the more widely known, regular “yang” yoga practice. Yin Yoga targets joints, deep connective tissues, ligaments and even bones. This approach promotes flexibility and mobility in areas often perceived as non-malleable, or non-elastic especially hips, pelvis, shoulders, and lower spine. Areas that carry a lot of tension, especially as you age. It helps with stress, anxiety, sleep, and calms down the sympathetic nervous system and activates the so called “rest and digest” – your parasympathetic nervous system! Yin Yoga stimulates and balances the flow of life force energy (also known as Chi or Prana) along what is known as Fascia in Western medicine, Nadis and Chakras in Ayurvedic Medicine, and Meridians in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

2022 has been a busy and challenging year for all of us with the impact that the pandemic has had on the world and how load shedding not so long ago interrupted our daily lives and businesses. In Sibylle’s recent blog post The Emotional Benefits of Yin Yoga she discusses how stress, and each emotion can be harmonised and balanced through Ying Yoga practice. This helps to have a calming effect on the nervous system so that we can manage stressful situations in a calm manner.

One of the great benefits of Yin Yoga is that it can be practiced in the comfort of your home and Sibylle offers weekly online classes. With warmer days approaching, you may be thinking, well I am interested in doing Yin Yoga, but what I am really looking for is a break away to clear my mind and get reenergised for the rest of the year, then the Conscious Retreat is just what you need. Sibylle and Private Chef, Award Winning Cookbook Author and Consciousness Coach™ Practitioner Alix Verrips will be hosting their Conscious Retreat in majestical Knysna, South Africa between 25-28 August 2022. Daily Yin Yoga and meditation practice will be one of the wonderful things that you can look forward to.

Sunny days are on their way and it’s time to make the rest of 2022 your best year yet. Instead of waiting for the end of year break, why not book some time out for yourself and your friends to Retreat Intentionally? Click here for more information and to book send an email to hello@consciousretreats.co.za. Visit the Conscious Retreat Instagram page for more tips and information on what you can expect from this fantastic retreat.

Information courtesy of Sibylle Sharon and Conscious Retreats.

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A Retreat State of Mind with Sibylle Sharon

Hello May 2022, how quick you have arrived along with autumn and the changing colours of the leaves on the trees. While nature is taking a bit of a break, we continue to push and live our lives to the fullest. A few of the public holidays have now passed and we are heading to the middle of the year, and just the thought of that makes me slightly anxious. Some people have taken a much-needed holiday getaway and others have rested at home, but have you ever been on a retreat? I’m thinking of being around in nature, with my phone off, meeting new people and just embracing life. I recently chatted to Sibylle Sharon about her upcoming retreat and how we can develop a retreat state of mind.

Sibylle is a Consciousness Coach™️ and Trainer, Time to Think™️ Facilitator and Coach, Enneagram Practitioner and Yin Yoga teacher. She grew up in Germany and moved to South Africa in 1989. Today she is married with four young adult children, one of them still in High School. 

In 2012, after recovering from burnout, Sibylle remembers watching her family and friends walking the road called life and feeling that she was leaving herself behind. “I had lost my zest for life and lacked a sense of purpose.” 

She made the choice to make a change and was blessed with the loving support of family and friends to help her to get back on her feet. Traditional western medicine, body talk, therapy – she did whatever she could to create shift within. 

Sibylle became interested in life coaching and two friends pointed her in the same direction and the rest is history. She started her journey of Consciousness Coaching™️ in 2015 and was 100% committed to her life and family. Consciously realigning to her essence and purpose led her to create a new reality for her life. Without changing anything on the surface, Sibylle reinvented herself at almost 50 and started a new career as a Consciousness Coach™️.  “I became a 50Plus Start-up.” Today, she supports her clients to “rewire instead of retire” to life and to start again if necessary. “I help people to become very deliberate in creating opportunities for themselves and with that a life they love to live.”

What is a Consciousness Coach™️ and why is it beneficial to have a coach?
“As a Consciousness Coach™️ I engage my clients to move forward because they say so.  Not necessarily because they think or feel they can do it. Commitment and integrity are key in my coaching methodology. As are the conscious use of language and changing the narrative or interpretation of “what is.” I teach my clients various tools of Consciousness Coaching™️ so that they can create a life they can’t wait to get up for in the morning. 

My clients take responsibility for their lives and with that they learn to take their power back. I mirror back to my clients when they are in so called “reactive” or unconscious living. This usually shows up when they are complaining, expecting, blaming, or giving up. I then show them how to choose their behaviour more consciously and how to shift into “creative” living. With my Time to Think™️ background, I am trained to help my clients identify untrue assumptions that inform their behaviour. We unpack these assumptions in a coaching session and replace them with truer and liberating ones. Assumptions inform our behaviour, according to Nancy Kline, founder of Time to Think™️ and more often than not these assumptions are not true. This work is based on the observation that the quality of just about everything we do, depends on the quality of the thinking we do about it first. I help my clients to access conscious thinking versus limited and ego cluttered thinking.

I also use the Enneagram to shine a light on the unconscious motivation of behaviour in my clients.  Again, becoming more aware of automated responses and ego patters helps my clients to step out of autopiloted living into conscious and creative living.  They become very deliberate in creating opportunities for themselves.”

What do you love about retreats?
Being in nature and off the grid with no interruptions and social media.
Nurturing and nourishing my physical and mental body. 
Active resting. I love there to be silence, enlightenment, reflection, and plenty of meditation. Walking, swimming, yoga, movement.
Spending time with like-minded, conscious people who love self-development and transformation. I (re)treat with intention seeking inner peace and calm. 
Having conscious fun and conversations. 

Between 25-28 August 2022, Sibylle and Private Chef, Award Winning Cookbook Author and Consciousness Coach™ Practitioner Alix Verrips will be hosting their Conscious Retreat in majestical Knysna, South Africa.

What can you look forward to?
• Time to Think™ and conscious conversations
• Daily Yin Yoga and meditation practice
• Additional restorative therapy sessions
• Guided hike across the reserve
• Free time for relaxation, contemplation, beach walks and much more!

Bookings are limited, so why not treat yourself to a well deserved and much needed retreat. Click here for more information and to book or send an email to hello@consciousretreats.co.za.

August may be a while away, but you can still Retreat Intentionally in your home. Retreating may also look like a 10-minute meditation, a walk in your neighbourhood, a yoga or gym session.

I don’t know about you, but I am certainly feeling inspired to do some meditation and to go for a jog as part of my intentional retreat this weekend. For more inspiring posts, you can follow and connect with Sibylle on social media: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

Images courtesy of Sibylle Sharon.

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