These classes are a long, slow, deep style of yoga done on the floor that targets the connective tissues, ligaments, and joints; Generally in the hips, pelvis and spine. It enhances flexibility, range of motion, and allows for stillness of the mind. While initially this style of yoga may seem passive, or soft, yin practice can be challenging due to the long duration of the poses. Posture are held for 3-10 minutes to help rejuvenate and recondition the tissue and allow the body to reach greater depths in a pose.
Yin is a perfect complement to more vigorous styles of yoga or any athletic workout which generally emphasize internal heat and the lengthening and contracting of our muscles. It is suitable for all levels - no prior experience is required.
Please note: Yin Yoga is not restorative yoga. Like all yoga practices, if the tissues you are targeting for exercise are damaged in some way, please give yourself a chance to heal before resuming your regular practice.
Yin Inspired Yoga with Shannon Wednesday 10:00-11:30am
Yin and Yoga Nidra with Melissa - Monday 6:30-8pm No experience necessary. Yin and Yoga Nidra with Melissa combines the quiet yet energetic elements of Yin Yoga followed by the inward process of Yoga Nidra. The practice of Yin Yoga allows us to go a little deeper into our body as we move into each posture and hold up to five minutes. These are usually done seated or lying down with props. The purpose of holding these poses longer allows us to get into the fascia, the connective tissue that allows us more flexibility. In order to do this, we must “tune in” to our body, become aware of sensations and you may even enter a meditative state with each pose which is the perfect prelude to Yoga Nidra (Deep Healing Relaxation). Our final pose, Savasana, will transition us into the practice of Yoga Nidra where I will systematically guide you through your body allowing deep relaxation and healing to occur physically and mentally. A Sankalpa (intention or personal resolve) may be used during the practice to inspire health and wellness in mind, body and spirit. Yoga Nidra is helpful for stress reduction, anxiety, fatigue, insomnia and can bring about a general sense of well-being and peace.