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RAIN Yoga: A Mindfulness Practice for Healing

RAIN is a mindfulness technique that welcomes and affirms all experiences.
RAIN Yoga workshop flyer.

RAIN yoga is a mindfulness practice that helps you to recognize, allow, investigate, and nurture your emotions. It is a powerful tool for healing and transformation, and can be used to address a wide range of issues, including stress, anxiety, depression, and trauma.

How RAIN Yoga Works

RAIN yoga is based on the principle of mindfulness, which is the practice of paying attention to the present moment without judgment. When you practice RAIN yoga, you will learn to:

  • Recognize your emotions: The first step in RAIN yoga is to simply recognize your emotions. This means paying attention to how you are feeling in the moment, without trying to change or judge your emotions.

  • Allow your emotions: Once you have recognized your emotions, you can allow them to be there. This does not mean that you have to like your emotions or agree with them. It simply means that you can accept them as they are.

  • Investigate your emotions: Once you have allowed your emotions to be there, you can begin to investigate them. This means asking yourself questions about your emotions, such as: Where do these emotions come from? What are they trying to tell me?

  • Nurture yourself: The final step in RAIN yoga is to nurture yourself. This means taking care of yourself in whatever way you need. It could mean giving yourself a hug, taking a walk in nature, or listening to your favorite music.

The Benefits of RAIN Yoga

RAIN yoga has been shown to have a number of benefits, including:

  • Reducing stress and anxiety

  • Improving mood and well-being

  • Increasing self-compassion

  • Reducing rumination and negative thinking

  • Increasing mindfulness and awareness

  • Improving sleep

  • Boosting the immune system

  • Increasing resilience

How to Practice RAIN Yoga

RAIN yoga can be practiced anywhere, at any time. You can practice it sitting, standing, or lying down. Here are the basic steps:

  1. Find a comfortable position.

  2. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths.

  3. Bring your attention to your body. Notice any sensations that you are feeling.

  4. Bring your attention to your emotions. Notice any emotions that you are feeling.

  5. Allow your emotions to be there. Do not try to change or judge them.

  6. Investigate your emotions. Ask yourself questions about your emotions.

  7. Nurture yourself. Take care of yourself in whatever way you need.

You can practice RAIN yoga for as little as 5 minutes or as long as you like. It is a simple practice, but it can be very powerful. If you are new to RAIN yoga, you may want to start with a short practice and gradually increase the length of your practice over time.

RAIN Yoga Workshop

If you are interested in learning more about RAIN yoga,

Stephanie will lead lite movement/yoga focused on hip-opening, breathwork, and meditation
Stephanie Snyder, RYT500, Certified Sound Healer

Stephanie Snyder, RYT500 is offering a workshop on Wednesday evenings from 6-7:15 pm from May 31st to July 19th at CMHC. In this workshop, you will learn the basics of RAIN yoga and how to apply it to your own life. You will also have the opportunity to practice RAIN yoga with a group of supportive people.

To sign up for the workshop, please visit the CMHC website.

We hope to see you there!

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