This class is appropriate for students of all ages and levels of practice; it is also helpful for those working with injuries or sensitivities as well as for anyone feeling a little ‘stressed out’.
Yin yoga traditionally incorporates familiar poses from Hatha yoga that are used to cool the body and deepen the breath. These poses are held anywhere from 3 – 5 minutes and while there is slight tension in certain muscle groups, the focus of these poses is to bring our focus to opening the hips, creating better circulation, releasing stored emotion and unease, as well as restoring the connective tissue to its natural state all by using breath and body awareness.
Restorative yoga helps balance the sympathetic (fight or flight) and the parasympathetic (rest and digest) nervous systems through fully supported poses that allow each student to deeply relax the muscles of the body, while quieting the mind by focusing on the breath. Each restorative pose is held anywhere from 1 – 20 minutes encouraging students to ‘let go’ of any chronic tension and anxiety.