*Yin Yoga & Sound Healing

Restorative yoga with singing bowls can just as easily be termed “mindful yoga,” due to an expansion of awareness of self and body experienced through this practice.

The purpose of restorative yoga is to slow down through meditation with yoga postures.
One opens the body through passive stretching.

The practice consists primarily of reclining and sitting asanas that are designed to support the body and inner organs in deep stretching, alignment, and balance.

One often remains in the same position for five to ten minutes, maintaining just a few postures over the duration of an hour. During these long periods of rest, the muscles and mind relax deeply.

The sensation from this yoga class is one of surrender, allowing time to be one’s guide.
Props used include bolsters, blankets, and the wall, which support the body instead of one’s muscles, so that mone rests and focuses on the vibrations of the singing bowls. During the session, more than 30 different singing bowls with varying  frequencies are played enhancing relaxation and their vibrations  sonically massage your body and inner organs.

This unique workshop’s combination of slow pace, deep breathing, and vibrations from the singing bowls triggers the parasympathetic nervous system from the first pose. This activation helps to mitigate the effects of the daily fight-or-flight stress response that can damage one’s physiology and well-being. The overall calming effect on the nervous system creates a deeply relaxing environment for the class that comforts your mind and body down to the cellular level.

Upon leaving a restorative class, one experiences  the sensation of having undergone an excellent deep tissue massage together with an hour of contemplation and rebalancing of the inner psyche and emotions.

Restorative Yoga is the perfect addition to an active lifestyle along with a marvelous antidote to stress.

The workshop would be recommended to anyone who likes yoga, meditation, exerceise , relaxation and music. Prior knowledge of yoga is not necessary. Please bring comfortable clothes and something to drink.

Mata Sakka is a dancer- dance educator- Movement therapist (Yoga, Qigong, Meditation and Relaxation Practitioner) Massage therapist and a mother of two daughters. She is originally from Athens and lives in Berlin since 2002. Her first contact with Yoga was when she started dancing at the age of nineteen, it was the time of trying to achieve the most absurd and physical impossible yoga asanas and sequences.

Later while in New York, studying the Merce Cunnigham technique, she became more involved with the Sivananda Tradition, at the Sivanada centre, NY. Learning Yoga Philosophy together with the basic asana sequences and chanting mantras. It was her first realisation that Yoga is a life long practice and a complete way of living.

While in Berlin, being a member of Sasha Waltz & Guests company, She had regular classes with Ananda Leone, amongst other inspiring Yoga teachers at Yoga studios around Berlin.

Two Years ago she started her education and received a Yoga teacher Certification from the Campus Naturalis with two exceptional teachers Bea Fritzsching and Martina Kneis. Recently she started teaching and studying at the Lotos Yoga, the Satyananda Tradition from the Bihar school of Yoga. Her most recent Yoga Retreat was with Roland Bauer at Kloster Lenin. "Through all these years of on and off Yoga Practice, I came to notice how much balance -emotional, physical and spiritual- the Yoga practice was offering me.
I followed teachers and different styles, arriving to a point of creating my own approach to this wonderful vast field of Yoga knowledge.I teach free style Hatha Yoga in combination with (my dance experience, Qigong practice and Shiatsu meridians), Restorative Yoga with singing bowls, Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra for resting the body and mind”.