Experience Breath and Balance
As you Journey Inward with Yin Yoga
“If you have been doing yoga for a while now, you might be experiencing only half of the practice and just some of the benefits that are available to you. Yin Yoga is the other half,” says Bernie Clark in his book The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga.
Many of us have an active yoga practice which is “yang” targeting our muscles with rhythmic, repetitive movement to strengthen and lengthen the muscles. In a Yin practice there is a sense of surrender and softening, moving slowly targeting the deeper “yin” tissues of our ligaments, bones and joints. These yin tissues are dryer and less elastic so they do not have the same ability to stretch and elongate. They need to be compressed gently for a longer period of time. The longer the body is still, the more the energy becomes concentrated in the deeper tissues.
In this class, teacher Kathleen Snapper will guide you into postures on the floor to target deeper connective tissue. Kathleen will guide you to work from a place where you feel a stretch or compression on the tissue but not pain. The work is done by remaining still, so we support the body with bolsters or blankets. Yin yoga is a very meditative practice and the hardest part may be remaining still once you are in a pose but this stillness in the body lets the muscles become inactive. When the body becomes quiet, the breath becomes quiet, and the mind slows down. We are able to cultivate a deep awareness of mind and body.
Yin Yoga will resume in January. Check weekly schedules.