Yin Yoga: Level I - II (Drop in) Mondays 6:00 - 7:15 PM
Yin is a simple, quiet practice that explores the connective tissue and joints of the body. The major differences between a yin and a traditional yoga practice are that yin postures are passive and done with the muscles relaxed. The poses are held on the floor, for a length of time. This is because connective tissue does not stretch like muscle and does not respond well to brief stresses. The focus of Yin Yoga, then, is to keep the joints and connective tissues of the body mobile. The regular practice of Yin yoga frees areas of chronic tightness primarily in the hips, legs, and lower back.
If this isn’t reason enough to try Yin Yoga, it also serves to increase awareness and chi flow to the connective tissues throughout the body. It is thought that these tissues contain the meridians of Chinese medicine, or acupuncture theory. The practice of Yin Yoga stimulates the meridians as they flow through the joints and helps restore vital energy to our organ systems.
The yin aspect of yoga, therefore, is vital for a balanced approach to our physical and mental sense of well being. Yin yoga allows for the physical body to release areas of tightness, for energy enhancement, and for the cultivation of inward focus and surrender. It is a great complement to more active forms of yoga or for those who prefer more muscular activities. The practice is quiet and passive; it has a quality of stillness. Learning to be still and to enjoy that stillness, helps us to find calm amid the chaos of our daily lives.
Although this class is open to all levels, be aware that it is not an easy practice, due to the long holding of postures. Pregnant women welcome.