End the Thanksgiving Weekend with Yin Yoga by Candlelight
With Jill Pawloski
WHEN: Sunday, November 27th, 2016.
TIME: 7 pm- 8:30 pm
WHERE: Modern Yoga
COST: $15 ( Specialty classes are priced separately from all other packages)
Experience Yin through a series of long-held, passive floor poses that mainly work the lower part of the body which is especially rich in connective tissues. The time spent in these postures is much like time spent in meditation as you are asked to relax into the poses, soften your muscles and move closer to your bones in poses that are held for 5 to 10 minutes each.
In this 90-minute class, we will target ligaments and fascia, along with the energetic systems of the body, bringing your body into balance and increasing your natural range of motion through deep stretch. Yin Yoga is designed to open the body up, peeling away layers of stress, injury, and tension that reside within. This class creates strength, openness, and deep healing. Discover a wider range of motion, more depth in postures, increased stamina, energy, and equanimity.
You will leave class feeling refreshed, renewed and restored.
The Yin and Yang of Yoga
Yang Yoga is what’s commonly known as Hatha and vinyasa flow where breath is the primary focus and connecting breath to movement is secondary. Yang yoga is active and expressive. It develops muscular strength, stamina and flexibility. Power, Slow Flow, Basics and even Hot Slow Burn classes are each classified as Yang Yoga.
Yin Yoga, however, is a very grounding, passive, meditative type of yoga practice with a physical focus that often goes much deeper than in the Yang practices. This practice was designed to help the student sit comfortably in mediation for long periods of time. It involves poses that primarily target the lower extremities. Variations of seated and supine positions are held for a minimum of 3 to 5 minutes. These long holds access deep layers of fascia, the connective tissue that surrounds muscles and separates them from other organs. Often overlooked, this connective tissue accounts for almost 50% of the body’s resistance to flexibility, while muscles account for about 40%.
Immediate benefits include open hips, a calm body and a centered mind. During a yin class, the student is asked to relax into a pose and stay with it. Sitting with feelings and sensations for long periods of time can be challenging for anyone. This exact stillness can result in greater mental stability.
Any yoga practice asks the student to be willing to get intimate with the self. Emotions, thoughts, sensations are felt and acknowledged in a flow class, and sometimes we power right through them. Conversely, in yin, the student is asked to stay with the experience of the self for extended periods of time. This practice of allowing healing processes to begin or continue can have a profound impact on a person’s well-being.
Unwind at the end of Thanksgiving weekend in our first warm, candlelight yin class with Jill Pawloski on Sunday, November 27th from 7-8:30 pm. Set these 90 minutes aside to reduce stress and anxiety while improving flexibility and circulation.