Yin Yoga is based on the Taoist concept of yin and yang, opposite and complementary principles in nature. Yin is the stable, unmoving, hidden aspect of things; yang is the changing, moving, revealing aspect. Other yin-yang polarities include cold-hot, down-up, calm-excited.
In the body, the relatively stiff connective tissues(tendons, ligaments, fascia) are yin, while the more mobile and pliable muscles and blood are yang.
A Yin Yoga class usually consists of a series of long-held, passive floor poses that mainly work the lower part of the body—the hips, pelvis, inner thighs, lower spine. These areas are especially rich in connective tissues. The poses are held for up to five minutes, sometimes longer.
This is a unique class that helps develop the skill of Manifestation. Quantum Physics and Traditional Wisdom cultures (such as Native American, Heramitics, and Alchemist) believed that we all have the ability to shape our reality through our feelings and thoughts. But in order to master this skill we must practice. Each month the class will introduce an affirmation that will be practiced for the entire month. In order to support the affirmation the class will consist of basic Qi Gong practices, guided and silent meditation, 10 minutes of speaking the affirmation, visulization and then a sound meditation. Prior experience is not necessary.
Mixed Level Vinyasa
This class incorporates, dharma and spiritual teachings, breathwork, and flowing yoga sequences, threading one pose into another , offering the traditional Ashtanga vinyasa in between sequences. Suitable for all levels, but a grasp of basic poses is helpful. Modifications will be encouraged by the teacher for those who have injuries or limitations. Listen to your body, feel what is right, rest when you need to, and enjoy! Music backdrop for the class will change regularly. Jazz, traditional indian music, ambient electronic, rock, funk etc.
In this class, students are encouraged to gently explore and tune into the body with a meditative framework, combining movement and breath work for a gestalt approach to healing. Students are guided as they explore various movements and open sequences which promote range of motion, flexibility, and strength. Students are guided in observing movements and areas of tension within the body, while applying this same logic to observing the movements of our own mind and patterns of thoughts. These sequences are designed to invite some deeper movements into body by energizing and restoring, so come ready to flow and let go.