Never tried Yin Yoga before? Not a problem! Yin yoga is for everyone! Whether your body is fatigued from activity, general wear and tear, and lack of rest. Or your mind is over active, over tired, and under appreciated.
This workshop is the perfect place to start your journey into the Yin side of yoga. Two hours of gently progressing into your own space of peace, contemplation, and restful rejuvenation.
What to expect
We will begin by centering ourselves and creating a beautiful safe space for rest and self exploration, a few minutes of gentle relaxation and guided breathing to relax the body and focus the mind . We will be surrounded by beautiful candlelight, supported by sacred music, and enveloped by the aroma therapy of rich essential oils. In Yin we hold postures for 3-5 minutes at a time. All postures are on the floor and well supported with props. Yin yoga postures focus on target areas such as the hips, spine, and shoulders as these are the areas where connective tissue (fascia) is most dense.
Each posture is followed by a short ‘rebound’ (rest) of approximately 1 minute. This allows the body to come to a neutral position and the mind to notice the effects of the previous pose before moving on to the next posture. In this way the practice becomes quite meditative. We will close with a 15 minute relaxation and guided meditation which allows the body and mind to absorb and integrate the opening and softness created during the practice. What is Yin Yoga? In Yang exercise (walking, running, vinyasa yoga) we target our muscles. Yin yoga goes deeper to target deep connective tissue in the body including ligaments, bones & joints, and fascia - a web of connective tissue reaching through the entire body. This connective tissue is said to be where we hold stress, tension, and trauma in the body. The long holds of approx encourage us to relax as deeply as possible in the pose, softening the muscle in order to move closer to the bone. In this way, it offers deeper access to our bodies than we can normally achieve in yang practices.
Yin yoga is simple, but simple does not mean easy.
Once you start practicing you’ll realise how challenging slow, deep, mindful movement can be, and how much you learn about yourself and your body in the process.
It’s helpful to note that Yin yoga is not the same as restorative yoga, and can be quite intense physically.