Yin Yoga Workshop with Lisa Nicklash At Modern Yoga
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Who: Open to all levels
Cost: $25 Early Bird / $30 Day of Event
Finding stillness and ease in body and mind…
A workshop to aid in restoring and maintaining the natural mobility of the joints. Beginning with some discussion about the yin style of yoga and concluding with live music by Daniel Shy.
In Yin Yoga, floor postures are held passively for several minutes to access a safe and positive gentle ‘stress’ on the deep layers of the connective tissue in the body. Turning inward to cultivate our relationship with ourselves and the fluctuations of the mind.
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 your weekend in our Yin Yoga Workshop on Sunday, February 19th from 6-7:30 pm. Set these 90 minutes aside to reduce stress and anxiety while improving flexibility and circulation.