tension is who you think you should be, relaxation is who you are
Time and time again yoga crosses my path and teaches me to go back to my essence. To faith, patience, balance, silence and it shows me how to connect with myself again without judgement in a playful and exploring way.
In a world full of attractions and stimulation yoga for me is strongly connected to a meditative state of being, in movement or sitting still. Feeling. Awareness. Being in the present moment instead of dwelling in the unchangeable past and/or undetermined future.
Investigating what is going on, deep inside, by taking a step back rather than jumping forward. Being instead of doing. An effortless connection to the true nature of things and my own being.
Yin Yoga is all about long holds, slowing down, deep stretching (physical, mental and emotional), softening, surrendering and finding relaxation within resistance. It is about acceptance and daring to be still and to stay with what is.
It is an intimate form of yoga that allows you to connect on a deeper layer with your true self, with the light and the dark that you are. It is a beautiful, confronting and magical mirror. An answer to more balance in the yang-oriented world most of us live in.
Yin yoga is the opposite of yang yoga. The postures are mostly seated or lying and you hold postures for a longer period of time (from 3 minutes up). The emphasis in this practice is to let go of muscular tension. This causes pressure in your joints, while your connective tissue, cartilage and tendons get stretched. In this way they strengthen and blockages are being removed so your Chi can flow freely through your body.
Although you relax as much as you can, Yin yoga can be very intense, emotional and sometimes confrontational. It has a strong meditative quality and teaches you to be in the moment, with everything there is. It is a perfect way to explore and work with your physical, mental and emotional boundaries.
“Tessa offers a warm (heartfelt!) inviting atmosphere, in which I feel supported in my personal yoga adventure. I think it is very special that she is able to create this in a group class. What I also find very special, is that she can translate ‘resistance’ from the mind to other levels, which returns expressiveness to those levels. And all of that with respect for one’s own pace.
Well, the effect of that reaches beyond the classes themselves! “
“Tessa’s yin classes, following the elements through the seasons, are a deeply relaxing and opening experience. They are very well built up with subtle references to the theme, which enables me to really immerse myself into the practice and to surrender to whatever is there.
The adjustments given by Tessa are based on Thai yoga massage techniques and really help to relax completely and feel the love!
Tessa’s voice and energy are magical, she knows exactly which intensity is needed to take you through a wonderful journey of stillness in body, mind & soul.”
“Tessa’s yoga classes to me are always a moment of feeling welcome, winding down from all else and choosing ‘me’ for a moment. She has a very pleasant warm touch with which she knows just how to hit the right spot. She feels where there is more space and sees the body’s limitations. That way her adjustments are always customized.
The energy during classes is positive and mostly cheerful but especially during yin yoga Tessa takes this to a conscious and calm atmosphere in a fluent and simple way. Her enthusiasm and interests are contagious!”