Sunday Series: Introduction to Yin
Sunday Series: An introduction to Yin
Sunday 10th and 17th March, 2019 – Running 3pm to 5pm
Our next Sunday Series focus is ‘An introduction to Yin’. These Sunday sessions are ideal if you are looking for a softer, slower and steady way of doing Yoga. Expect mostly floor-based postures, helping you to find a pathway to meditation and opening the body.
What is Yin Yoga?
Chances are you may have already been doing yin based activities most of your life, especially as part of your Yoga routine. However, you might not have had a name to it, and most likely you didn’t spend two hours exploring yin poses.
Here’s a quick summary:
- Yin focuses on holding the poses for longer, either 60 seconds and building up to three minutes or longer.
- Noticing the stretch, yet not pushing beyond it.
- Longer, static holds enable us to access yin tissue – fascia and connective tissue.
- In yin we are aiming to gain a deeper and kinder awareness to the body.
- We notice the breath, ensuring there is always space for a steady paced breath.
- It is an unhurried practice with reduced muscular effort.
Why is Yin different to other styles of Yoga?
In other styles of Yoga you will typically hold the poses for 20 to 30 seconds – with yin you will begin to notice what’s happening when you are in the posture for longer. Essentially you are trying to make space, and release tensions. As we may already know ‘Yin is the opposite to Yang’, and in day to day life – as well as in Yoga – we need both to help us keep balanced.
Just because it’s slow doesn’t mean it’s easy!
On the whole yin is a slow practice, as we slow down we need to find more balance and support. Just because it’s slow doesn’t mean it’s easy! Initially it can feel a challenge to hold poses for longer. Eventually the benefits of yin will help you to create a sense of safety and ease within the body and mind.
“Yin yoga was developed by teachers for students of meditation who found it too painful or difficult to sit on the floor for long periods of time. It is no surprise, then, to learn that yin yoga – while being a very effective way to open tight hips and hamstrings – also goes hand in hand with mindfulness practices.” Read more from this article from the Guardian website.
The fee for the two mini workshops is £50 per person, or a single worksop is £35. Book online here.
We are keen to welcome as many people onto these sessions. If you are on a reduced income and would like to be considered for lower fee option please contact us via email. For anyone who is a current student, you are welcome to attend as a Karma Yogi, please get in touch and we can explain how this works.
Both sessions will be led by Jasmin -Expect an interactive and structured workshop, with clear cues, techniques and tips throughout the session. With plenty of props to hold you in the postures in a supportive manner. Please stay on for Q&As and a cuppa after class if time permits. The time will fly by! We hope you’ll enjoy a deeper and more nourishing way to connect with Yoga.