Yin yoga is a wonderful complement to any sport, physical exercise, or other type of yang yoga. It targets the deep connective tissues rather than muscles. It is a slower, more meditative practice that gets us out of the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) and into the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest). You will learn how to breathe through discomfort and sit with your thoughts. Adding a yin yoga practice just once or twice a week to your routine can give you more mobile joints and connective tissue, increased flexibility, better circulation, and decreased stress and anxiety.
Each class will begin with a grounding exercise. This will be followed by a practice of yin yoga postures that will be held for three to five minutes each. Props will be used. A yoga mat, two yoga blocks, and two blankets will be used in each class. They are available at the yoga studio, or feel free to bring your own. The class will conclude in savasana (lying on your back) so your body and mind can integrate everything from the class and give you time and space to drop into a relaxing, sometimes blissful state, before you start your day.
Themes are as follows:
Week one: Be Present
Week two: Self-Love / Heart Opening
Week three: Get Centered
Week four: Let Go