What is Yin yoga?
Yin yoga is based on the Taoist concept of yin and yang, opposite and complementary principles in nature. Yin is the stable, unmoving, hidden aspect of things; yang is the changing, moving, revealing aspect.
In the body, the relatively stiff connective tissues - tendons, ligaments, fascia - are yin, while the more mobile and pliable muscles and blood are yang. So, you will no doubt guess that in our yin practice, we are tapping into those harder to relax and release parts of the body! More dynamic forms of yoga such as Vinyasa and Iyengar are types of yang yoga.
How does it work?
Yin yoga is a slower paced and more meditative style yoga practice. Poses are held for up to five minutes with more emphasis on feeling than form. Because much of the practice is spent with the eyes closed or a soft gaze, the bonus is no-one is watching you (apart from me, because I’m always ready to assist you if you need it!) Deep stretches, especially through the hips, pelvis and spine help create more space within the body and provide a perfect way to relax and unwind. Most poses are floor-based and the use of props such as bolsters and blocks is common. The beauty of Yin yoga is that it works around your body and there is a modification for everyone, so don’t worry if you have tight hips or troublesome knees.
While being a very effective way to open tight hips and hamstrings, Yin yoga also goes hand in hand with mindfulness practices. You will learn how to observe the breath and use this as a way to focus on the present moment, allowing thoughts and feelings to arise but practising the art of sitting with them and watching them without getting caught up, eventually letting them fade away.
What’s (Y)in it for me? sorry, couldn’t resist a pun!
Yin yoga can complement an already active life or help those who feel distracted by ‘mind chatter’. If you are stiff, tired, over-stimulated, your energy too erratic, and your mind overactive, then yin yoga is for you. Expect to come out of class feeling more open, clear-minded and peaceful (also, possibly yawning, in a good way!)
Who is Hannah?
A regular PT-devotee at Chris’ Gym, Hannah first began practicing yoga in 2010 as a way to balance a stressful life, and hasn't looked back. After deciding to take her practice to the next level and share her love of yoga with others, Hannah completed her 200 hour Hatha yoga training and 50 hour Yin yoga training in 2015 with The Yoga Social in Melbourne.
How do I book in?
Speak to Rebecca and Andrea for options around block and casual bookings and to secure your spot on the mat. All mats and props are provided.