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Spring Yin & Yang Detox with Monique

  • zazen 2219 Filbert Street San Francisco, CA, 94123 United States (map)

Spring is the time to focus on cleansing and making room for new possibility. As we move out of the dark stillness of winter and into the light and outward energy of spring, it is a time for blossoming and becoming.

In Chinese Medicine, spring is when our Liver and Gallbladder meridians are the most active. Liver and Gallbladder chi are responsible for healthy metabolism and detoxing in the body, and support healthy emotional expression, creativity and decision-making. When our Liver/Gallbladder chi is deficient or blocked, we tend towards feelings of irritability, frustration and anger. When they are flowing in harmony, we are able to access our innate compassionate nature.

In this workshop, we will use Yin (passive) yoga and gentle Yang (active) yoga to balance our bodies for the spring season (side body, hips and inner thighs). We will also incorporate a self-healing touch modality (Jin Shin Jyutsu), to support the release of energetic blockages in the Liver/Gallbladder channels. We will end with a few Restorative yoga poses to allow the body to absorb the benefits of this deep practice.

Yin yoga is a deep, passive, meditative practice that removes blockages and congestion in our connective tissues (our ligaments, fascia, joints). Poses are held for several minutes to gently stretch, moisten and rehabilitate the connective tissues. In Yin yoga, we are also stimulating the meridian channels of the body, rivers of energy (chi) that run through these tissues. By nourishing these organ channels the chi is able to flow more fluidly. Strong flowing chi supports the physical organs in the body as well as harmonizing our emotional body, resulting in a more balanced state of being.

1 pm – 3:30 pm
Cost: $40 Non members, $35 Members / Register Online

workshop limited to 18, sign up early to reserve your space


Monique's classes are held with a therapeutic intention. Her work as a Somatic (body-oriented) therapist naturally informs the language and sequencing of her classes. She believes that yoga is an opportunity to listen deeply to the natural intelligence of our bodies, and learn to inhabit ourselves in new ways. Through this more integrated place, we discover authenticity in being and expression. Monique completed her 500 hour teacher training at Yoga Tree in San Francisco, and mentored privately for several years with Dina Amsterdam (founder of InnerYoga). Monique also has a private psychotherapy practice at Zazen, where she is enjoying deepening the Somatic work with her clients.

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