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Yin Yoga - Level 1


This class is taught by:

Stephanie Martinez

Stephanie attended her first yoga class in 2009. She always used exercise as a way of dealing with the stresses of college and work life, and she quickly fell in love with yoga. Yoga allowed her to deal with anxiety, while gaining breath awareness and strengthening her body. Stephanie completed her 200 hour teacher training in August 2014 at Invoke Studio under Ahna Hoke and Chuck Crosby. Stephanie teaches vinyasa classes that focus on connecting the breath with each movement. Stephanie believes that yoga should be approached with lightheartedness and offers classes that will calm the mind and open the heart.

Michelle Finch

Michelle Finch believes in the power of a practice rooted deeply in the fundamentals & mindfulness. She genuinely embraces the notion that an open heart & mind coupled with the alignment of body & breath can be profoundly healing to the mind, body & spirit of every yoga practitioner. Whether attending her specialty Yin yoga classes or the balancing Yang (Slow Flow), you will find her classes to be powerful & moving for the entirety of your being. Michelle’s light hearted, yet nurturing approach to teaching is guaranteed to elevate your spirit and place a lasting smile on your face. Michelle was first introduced to the practice of yoga in 2003 and although it took eight years for these teachings to truly sink in for her, looking back she can see this foundation, laid in her early 20’s, provided the stepping off point for her to realize the multitude of benefits yoga offers, both on & off the mat. Having personally felt its healing qualities, the rounded practice of yoga has aided Michelle in turning toward a healthier lifestyle, relieving her dis-ease of anxiety & depression, as well as overcoming a personal battle with addiction. After nearly 10 years in corporate human resources, she found herself being called away from the business world & in 2012 made the decision to re-dedicate her life to the path of yoga & has not looked back. Although Michelle is an ERYT-200 RYT-500 certified teacher, she believes that one should always seek further wisdom from the teachers that have come before her. Therefore, following the path of continued learning, she is humbled to be currently studying with the Insight Yoga Institute under the loving guidance of Sarah & Ty Powers. On top of her yogic studies, she is also currently enrolled in the highly acclaimed Transformative Leadership MA program with the prestigious California Institute of Integral Studies. When not teaching, Michelle spends her time outdoors (cycling, hiking, kayaking, etc.), traveling, enjoying time with her friends/family & sharing the beautiful journey of life with her husband, DJ.

Lindsey Springer

Lindsey began doing Mat Pilates as a regular way to break up her 9-5 work day in 2007. Noticing a change in her energy level and body within a matter of weeks, she was forever hooked on Pilates from that point on. She started teaching in 2008 and soon left the corporate world altogether to pursue a challenging career in fitness instruction, including Barre, Pilates Equipment and Mat Pilates.
 
Trained through Balanced Bodies, she learned that Pilates is for every body type. She safely challenges all her clients' to meet their goals and increase their flexibility, strength and balance. Her passion for Pilates inspired her to further her education and returned to college to study kinesiology, the study of body mechanics. She dreams of one day traveling the world to share her knowledge of Pilates and kinesiology, and to train other aspiring Pilates instructors.

Cristina Fontana

Cristina began practicing yoga during a stressful time in her life. She fell in love with the wonderful feeling of peace and grounding after attending a yoga class. She became very interested in cultivating that feeling not only on the mat in herself, but also at home with her family. Yoga teacher training led Cristina to deep self-discovery, fueling in her a passion to teach and inspire others. Cristina believes in living in the present moment, teaching from her heart, and calming the chatter of the mind by linking breath and movement. She obtained her 200-hour yoga teacher training certification from Blooming Life Yoga in Zionsville in 2015, her yoga4cancer (c) certification through Tari Prinster in New York City in 2016 and her Yin yoga teacher training certification from Exalt Yoga and Wellness at Invoke studio through Michelle Finch in 2017. Prior to this training, Cristina also studied under the guidance of Dr. Sue Morter, founder of the Morter Institute, completing all 4 levels of the Energy Codes course work. Cristina is currently a Pediatric Registered Nurse, and has worked as a Radiation Therapist with oncology patients for over 15 years. Cristina is excited about the many benefits different types of yoga bring to the body, either through a flow style Vinyasa class that links breath and movement to a Yin class that targets the deep connective tissue, both complementing each other.

Yin yoga is accessible to anyone, including beginners. Poses, held between 3 and 5 minutes, are done mostly on the floor and target the deep connective tissue concentrated in the major joints of the body. Yin yoga helps rejuvenate connective tissues, improve circulation, and bring joints back to their natural range of motion.

The longer duration within each pose provides the opportunity to slow down and bring awareness to the current capabilities of our bodies. Through mindfulness practices, we are able to focus inward more clearly and open ourselves to fully embody the present moment.

Yin is a wonderful compliment practice to our more vigorous activities such as vinyasa, running, cycling or other athletic pursuits. Maintaining poses for several minutes can have an intense effect on the tight, sore and sometimes inflamed tissues that endurance athletes often experience.

Please note: Yin is NOT restorative yoga. Due to the long, slow, deep holds of the Yin poses, this practice can be intense. Please discuss any injuries you have with your instructor prior to class.


Upcoming classes:

  • Mon Oct 23 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Stephanie Martinez
    at Downtown - Invoke Yoga & Pilates
  • Tue Oct 24 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Michelle Finch
    at 86th & Ditch - Northwest - Invoke Yoga & Pilates
  • Wed Oct 25 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Michelle Finch
    at Downtown - Invoke Yoga & Pilates
  • Thu Oct 26 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Lindsey Springer
    at 86th & Ditch - Northwest - Invoke Yoga & Pilates
  • Mon Oct 30 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Stephanie Martinez
    at Downtown - Invoke Yoga & Pilates
  • Tue Oct 31 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Michelle Finch
    at 86th & Ditch - Northwest - Invoke Yoga & Pilates
  • Wed Nov 01 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Michelle Finch
    at Downtown - Invoke Yoga & Pilates
  • Thu Nov 02 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Lindsey Springer
    at 86th & Ditch - Northwest - Invoke Yoga & Pilates
  • Mon Nov 06 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Stephanie Martinez
    at Downtown - Invoke Yoga & Pilates
  • Wed Nov 08 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Michelle Finch
    at Downtown - Invoke Yoga & Pilates
  • Thu Nov 09 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Lindsey Springer
    at 86th & Ditch - Northwest - Invoke Yoga & Pilates
  • Mon Nov 13 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Stephanie Martinez
    at Downtown - Invoke Yoga & Pilates
  • Tue Nov 14 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Michelle Finch
    at 86th & Ditch - Northwest - Invoke Yoga & Pilates
  • Wed Nov 15 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Michelle Finch
    at Downtown - Invoke Yoga & Pilates
  • Thu Nov 16 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Cristina Fontana
    at 86th & Ditch - Northwest - Invoke Yoga & Pilates
  • Mon Nov 20 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Stephanie Martinez
    at Downtown - Invoke Yoga & Pilates
  • Tue Nov 21 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Michelle Finch
    at 86th & Ditch - Northwest - Invoke Yoga & Pilates
  • Wed Nov 22 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Michelle Finch
    at Downtown - Invoke Yoga & Pilates