Enchantment is the feeling of awe that arises when you look at the star-filled sky, a piece of art or listen to music that catches your complete attention. This feeling reminds us that we are part of something greater.
Forest is a place and space that invites you to become enchanted. Research says that the feeling of enchantment is strongly connected with happiness and meaningfulness. It decreases the amount of rush and stress we experience. It may even help improve our immune functions.
This skogsyoga practice will be done in silence. Words are used for guiding your experience, but there is a lot of time to listen, meet your inner world and befriend silence.
Skogsyoga is much more than yoga postures in the woods. It deals with embodying the power of nature, learning to awaken the creativity and intuition within and connecting both with yourself and the environment on a deeper level. In the woods perception switches, imagination opens up and new possibilities become alive.
In the woods, yoga as union becomes almost tangible. In skogsyoga, you will not just merely be in nature, but also participate in it.
In addition, nature’s health benefits are undeniable: stress hormone levels and blood pressure decrease already in 5 minutes, nervous system health and body’s immune responses improve, breathing eases and the mind becomes clear, focused and calm.
The session includes a short introduction and a yoga practice that concentrates on settling into your natural state of being in silence. You become enchanted with the details of the forest and use your body to embody the stillness, slowness, groundiness and airiness that the forest provides. Practices are calm and slow, helping you to relax and loosen up.
Skogsyoga draws inspiration from yoga, Norse mythology, folklore and archetypes as well as from Forestmind techniques (designed to utilize and intensify the natural healing effects of forests, read more here: http://metsamieli.fi/Forestmind-fi/).
WHEN: Thursday 26.8. kl 17.30 – (around) 19.00
WHERE: At Bymarka near Kyvannet. The exact meeting location will be announced in the registration confirmation.
COST: 150 kr, all 3 sessions 400 kr
WHAT TO BRING: Weather-appropriate clothing. Yoga mat is not necessarily needed but you can bring one (or an underlay for sitting) along if you wish.
Prior experience in yoga is not needed.
Maximum 10 participants. The event takes place with a minimum of 5 participants.
NOTE! If it is raining heavily, I will consider cancelling the event. In the forest everything is already perfect, no matter what the weather is. So, please join only if you are comfortable with dirtying your hands or getting a bit wet. In skogsyoga we practice the attitude that weather is only a matter of equipping. Going beyond your comfort usually deepens the practice.
Sanni Parkkinen is an experienced yoga teacher (E-RYT 500h) and breath coach coming originally from Finland. Living in Trondheim since spring 2019, she coaches and facilitates people to live happy & healthy. Sanni has lived and worked in various yoga ashrams and centers in India, USA and Canada. Sanni appreciates her Nordic roots by working with drums and elements of nature. The teachings of yoga have opened up for her a path to understanding the world of Baltic-Finnic as well as Old Norse traditions. Sanni is enthusiastic about holistic well-being, yogic and tantric philosophy, nature, forest, folklore and mythologies.