Yin is a slow, meditative practice with a focus on rejuvenating the natural strength and length of the connective tissue (fascia) of the body that may have been lost due to aging, diet and/or lifestyle. The direct effect on the connective tissue created by Yin Yoga in combination with mindful muscle relaxation promotes the healthy flow of qi (energy) within the body, optimizing mental, physical and emotional health.
Yin postures are held for longer periods of time giving the practitioner the opportunity to observe and bring awareness to the breath and sensations in the body as well as cultivate a deeper contemplative practice. Yin is meant to compliment more vigorous forms of activity in life to keep the body supple and settled.
This unique heated Yin class is the same practice you know and love, in a room set to 80-85 degrees. This warmer environment can potentially soften the tight tissues of the body to bring more ease into the practice. Be advised that any time yoga is practiced in a heated environment, over stretching is a risk. Please practice attentively.
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.