Balance your practice with Yin or Yin/Yang Yoga
slow down, cool off, unwind, and tune in
These classes are open to all levels. Please dress in layers and bring socks and eye pillows if desired.
In traditional Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa classes the muscles are the target, but in a Yin Yoga class it's all about targeting the connective tissues such as the joints, ligaments and fascia of the body. This practice helps increase range of motion to the joints and energy flow throughout the body. This can bring balance to your yoga practice or other physical exercise on a structural level.
Yin is a meditative yoga practice. When we practice concentration, it leads to meditation, and the benefits are beginning to be recognized in the medical community, the schools, military, and more.
Yin focuses on connective tissue. We all know the feeling of stiffness getting out of the car after a long drive, or climbing out of bed after a night’s rest. What has happened is the fascia has gotten a little thicker and tighter, creating adhesions in the joints reminding us to move again! As we age, we loose viscosity of our joint fluid.
Yin Yoga is great for seniors or those recovering from injury. Yin yoga can help us return our bodies to functioning at a higher level again. The poses offer steady, slow pressure to gradually undo the damage of time and repetitive movements. When poses are held at an appropriate depth for a period of time, stressing the joints and compressing the tissues, cellular regeneration occurs. Upon releasing the yin pose, pools of energy are freed up to flow through the body, giving a revitalized feeling of healing.
Yin / Yang Yoga
Combining both Yin Yoga and Gentle Yoga in one class provides a balanced practice that can have a powerful effect on one's energy levels. If you are low in energy, starting with some Yin poses can be a good way to get your practice started. By practicing Yin yoga first you can carry over the mindful way of practicing into the Gentle Yoga practice, creating more awareness.
When we work actively, circulation is directed into the muscles and superficial connective tissues, warming them up. As we warm we build strength throughout the body, ending in a final rest pose.
Stay tuned to the Events page for our Special Classes. We sometimes have a special Yin + Vibrational Sound Bath Meditation on a Sunday with January Slater, our guest teacher.