Introduced to different movement based teachings and yoga since my 20s it took a brutal cancer diagnosis to widen my lenses and gradually integrate yoga teachings into all life.I had the privilege to study closely with John Ogilvie as well as Sarah Powers as my root teachers and further learnt from Leslie Kaminoff, Simon Borg-Olivier, Shiva Rea, Jo Phee, and Carlos Pomeda.
In Yin Yoga we target the connective tissues that we stretch gently through the longer hold of a yin pose to provide a slow steady load. The quiet practice of Yin provides an opportunity to deepen our connection to breath and tune in to body wisdom. (Maya )
Yin yoga can be a wonderful way to complement other forms of exercise including pilates. It can be differentiated from other types of yoga by the following two principles: holding poses for at least several minutes and stretching the connective tissue around a joint. Although connective tissue is found in every bone, muscle, and organ, it's most concentrated at the joints. In fact, if you don't use your full range of joint flexibility, the connective tissue will slowly shorten to the minimum length needed to accommodate your activities.
Connective tissue is different from muscle and needs to be exercised differently. Instead of the rhythmic contraction and release that best stretches muscle, connective tissue responds best to a slow, steady load. If you gently stretch connective tissue by holding a yin pose for a long time, the body will respond by making them a little longer and stronger—which is exactly what you want.
Yin provides an opportunity for us to relax into the body and the breath, listening to its intelligence as it gives us feedback and allowing ourselves to discover and explore each subtle layer along the way to a deep resting place. It is very restorative and you will feel fantastic when you leave. We welcome you to trial a class if you haven't tried yin before- you'll be so glad you did !!