Instructor: Andrea Gleason
Yin Yoga is a perfect complement to the dynamic and muscular (yang) styles of yoga that emphasize internal heat, and the lengthening and strengthening of our muscles.
Yin Yoga targets the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones, and even the joints of the body that normally are not exercised very much in a more active style like Vinyasa. Yin exercise strengthens, lengthens, and hydrates our these deeper, dense Yin tissues in the lower back, legs, hips, pelvis, and spine, keeping our bodies flexible and mobile. Postures are seated and supine and may make use of the wall.
While initially this style of yoga can seem quite, passive, or soft, yin practice can actually be quite challenging due to the long duration of the poses. You may remain in the postures anywhere from 1 to 8 minutes! Yin and yang tissues respond quite differently to being exercised. You need to experience this to really know what Yin Yoga is all about.
“It is the balancing practice for your yang style of yoga”
Join Tony Ferrante and close out your week with an hour of Yin / Restorative Yoga.
Start your class with a few of your favorite Yin Yoga poses. Still your body, still your breath, still your mind. By the time you move into the Restorative poses, you will have created a little more space in your body enhancing the ability to appreciate the support and stillness of a few Restorative poses.
Yin Yoga targets the cooler deeper connective tissues and joints by stressing them with long slow holds. This form of exercising your Yin Tissues helps to hydrate and lengthen them, enhancing flexibility and range of motion.
Restorative Yoga is a practice of allowing the body to relax and rest, letting go of the demands of our everyday lives. In this class you will work with postures to release tension and bring balance back into the mind and body, by utilizing breath awareness, some props, and hands on healing to fined complete relaxation.
WHY SHOULD YOU PRACTICE RESTORATIVE YOGA?
Slows Down the Pace of Life
Restorative yoga is an excellent opportunity to disconnect from the frenetic activity of daily life and let your speedometer return to 0 mph. It offers a welcome respite among all the turbulence of life and helps to prepare the mind and body for the inward stroke of meditation and deepened awareness. Moving slowly through the poses allows you to explore your mind and body at a steady and natural tempo.
Soothing to the Nervous System
The slower pace and deep breathing that you get in a restorative yoga class triggers the parasympathetic nervous system from the very first pose. This activation helps to mitigate the effects of the regular fight-or-flight stress response that can be damaging to your physiology and well-being. The overall calming effect on the nervous system sets a deeply relaxing tone for the class that comforts your mind and body down to the cellular level.
Restorative yoga could just as easily be called “mindful yoga” due to the expanded awareness of self and body that comes through the practice. Slower movements cultivate space for a deeper experience of the poses and the breath. Awareness of the physical sensations, the thoughts or emotions that arise, or sounds in the environment, can all take on a much more profound significance in the depth of the restorative practice. Simply put, you’re able to notice and feel more of the world through your yoga experience.
Cultivates Heightened Body Awareness
The comfortable pace of restorative yoga opens the doorway to a deeper understanding of your own body, letting you actually feel what it means to be a spiritual being having a human experience. Sadly, many people aren’t intimate with their own bodies. Through a restorative yoga practice, however, such intimacy can be explored and embraced. Deeper levels of bodily strengths can be integrated and owned and a more profound sense of self-love and acceptance can emerge.
Deepens Self-Awareness and Introspection
The subdued quality of a restorative yoga class often helps you draw attention inward and away from external events and situations of the world. With your awareness directed within, the practice becomes a sanctuary for the mind and spirit from which you can take a deeper look at who you are, what you want, and how you can serve the world. Restorative yoga opens us up to new levels of self-exploration and contemplation, allowing your inner being to shine forth.
Helps You Feel Safe and Nurtured
In daily life it’s easy to get pulled into the insecurity that is a byproduct of the modern world. Many people move through their days haunted by fear, anxiety, and uncertainty. Restorative yoga provides you with a safe harbor wherein you can reconnect with your true nature, which is immortal, invincible, pure, and nourishing. Making that connection through your poses, breathing, and deep relaxation restores the memory of who you are and helps you to reclaim the fearless nature of your soul. From this refuge, you emerge feeling secure in the inherent goodness within your heart and in the world.
And these are only just a few benefits. If you’ve never explored this style of yoga, this is your open invitation.
Deep Stretch and Core Fusion,is there a better way to spend your Saturday morning??
Did you know there are over 25 muscles between your shoulders & hips? Having a strong core helps eliminate back pain. Your core is your stabilizer, it helps with balance, posture and over all better movement.
In this 60 minute class we will build strength and find that deep inner core, your power!
We will flow to warm up, then slow down to deeply stretch and lengthen muscles, strengthen your core then land blissfully in savasana.
As we all know, over time our bodies change and adapt to accommodate how they move
through the physical world. Often, repetitive physical patterns result in some undesirable
limitations caused by joint systems augmenting and muscle groups overcompensating or under
Core/Yin fusion is a practice designed to explore the connection of the body’s center line and
the relationship that integrity carries into musculoskeletal and joint systems so that we can
recognize and counteract the impact of repetitive motion strain. By spending time at the
beginning of class in a short sequence of core stabilization poses fused with breath and deep
abdominal muscle conditioning, our bodies are better able to understand the experience of
softening into a more classically led Yin based practice that intentionally reaches deep into the
connective tissues resulting in a reconditioning of fascia, ligaments and tendons. It’s like a drink
if water for your joints.
Any physical pursuit will eventually leave its imprint in your body, unfortunately these imprints
can show up as a restricted range of motion, shortening of the musculature and loss of
flexibility. Whether you’re a runner, walker, biker, swimmer, play hockey, or are constantly on
your feet or sitting as part of your career, Core/Yin fusion can help reduce the effect of repetitive
motion stress and nurture the development of flexibility in areas that tend to succumb to
tightness. Through time, this practice can help to lengthen muscles, open up the joint systems
and foster the improvement of core stabilization for healthy physical alignment, and mind/body
awareness in any activity.
*** SUITABLE FOR BEGINNERS ***
This slower moving, flowing, very meditative class weaves physical poses, breath and inner awareness together to create a deeply calming experience. Observation of thoughts and physical sensation is used as a doorway to a quieter mind. Includes a deep relaxation and meditation. Meaningful and appropriate for everyone regardless of previous experience. This class is inspired by the Amrit Yoga style of Yogi Amrit Desai.
Instructor: Kristine Keagan
Yin with Yoga Nidra
Join Kristine for this combo Yin / Yoga Nidra class as she leads you through the perfect combination of asana / postures, closing with a restorative Yoga Nidra. Begin your Yin practice by holding poses for 3-5 minutes. The stillness of the longer holds helps you to tune in and connect you to your physical body. By holding poses for 3-5 minutes, you target those deeper connective tissues and tendons, cultivating space in your body for greater mobility in your joints and enhancing flexibility.
By finding stillness in your body, you start to cultivate stillness in your breath which lends itself to stillness of the mind.
When you arrive at your 5 minute guided meditation/Yoga Nidra, you are primed for it!. Yoga Nidra and Meditation have an amazing array of benefits for body, mind and spirit.
If you have always wondered what Yoga Nidra is, this is the class for you!
All levels welcome!
Appropriate for all levels! Extensive use of props and modifications makes this class accessible to everyone from the brand new beginner to an experienced yogi.
Begin or continue your exploration into the Yin-side of your body and mind in this weekly class. Train yourself to become comfortable in stillness, a wonderful antidote to the 21st century life-on-the-go. Simultaneously, unravel the layers of tension and restriction that have taken up residence in your fascia, tendons, and ligaments.
Each class will include all or most of these components:
- Seated meditation and breathwork
- Physical postures from the yin yoga tradition
- Optional interludes of yang-style movement
- One or more restorative postures to end the class
A sense of curiosity is the only pre-requisite for this class. I hope you’ll join me and the growing number of people that have discovered increased freedom of movement and decreased pain as a result of a regular Yin Yoga practice.
*** SUITABLE FOR EVERYONE ***
Yoga Nidra is receiving attention from the medical community, therapists, those seeking more peace in their lives and those seeking a greater connection with their own spirituality.
Come in, lay down and cover up as this guided relaxation takes you deep inward through the layers (koshas) of your being as you set a personal intention specific to your life.
This method has proven effective in aiding healing, stress relief, addictions, feelings of loss and releasing long held behavioral patterns and leads to an integrated physical, mental and emotional relaxation. We offer Yoga Nidra in the unique and spiritually based style of Yogi Amrit Desai.
Recharge your body, mind and spirit with postures and movement to increase flexibility and mobility while strengthening your muscles, core and mind/body relationship. Class will always include breathing techniques for focus and stress reduction, postures to release tension in the upper and lower body, use of blocks and bolsters, and meditation time to rejuvenate energy. This class is designed to suit all levels including beginners.