I teach Yin Yoga as part of my Slow Sunday monthly yoga workshops, and starting in September I'll be teaching a new weekly Yin Yoga class at the beautiful York Yoga Studio. So I wanted to tell you more about this wonderful style of yoga, and how it can really be of benefit to you dealing with the stresses and strains of modern life - whether you are a seasoned yogi or a complete beginner.
~ What is Yin Yoga? ~
Yin yoga is a style of yoga that really helps you become more aware of living in your body. It's a yoga practice where we hold the postures for longer (3 to 5 minutes usually) to allow the body tissues to really release, let go and soften. It's called 'yin' to illustrate its contrast to some of the faster, more intense and dynamically moving yoga styles such as vinyasa, flow yoga or ashtanga which could be described as 'yang'. Yin is a slow practice, but one where we still find our edge, and it therefore provides a brilliant balance to these more dynamic yoga styles, or to other activities such as running, cycling, swimming etc.
~ Why Yin Yoga is brilliant ~
Yin is simply great at balancing us. Whether that is balancing our super busy, always on, modern lives by allowing our bodies and minds to replenish and to nourish ourselves in slowing down. Or balancing the physically dynamic activities we do such as other sports, or dynamic yoga practices. Its great for people with tight muscles from lots of running or cycling, whilst also be amazing for people who are simply depleted and exhausted by the busyness of modern life. Its grounding and calming effect mean we can be more at rest in the natural default setting of the parasympathetic nervous system (the rest and digest setting) where we can cultivate relaxed acceptance and gratitude.
~ What we'll do in a Yin class ~
In a Yin yoga class we do postures mainly sitting or lying down (although there are a few standing postures), and we work alot with the hips, the thighs and also the spine. There are fewer postures to learn than in other yoga styles, and they have simpler names (although the forms will be familiar if you have done yoga before) like Butterfly, Deer and Caterpillar. The postures are held usually for 3-5 minutes, and this gives the body time to release and deeper tissues to be accessed. It also allows us time to tune into our body and our breath, become more aware of ourselves, and appreciate a conscious stilling of our busy minds.
~ Who can benefit from Yin Yoga ~
Basically everyone! Its brilliant for the frazzled, the busy, the tight, the super sporty, the office workers, the people who do a lot of driving, the couch potato. The practice of Yin yoga allows us to become more present, have more openness and be more curious. It can be a brilliant practice in Mindfulness - being aware of the present moment.
It gives you some time to slow down, reconnect with yourself and be more aware of and appreciate your body. And nearly everyone can benefit from that.
~ Join me ~
My new weekly York Yoga class is at the beautiful York Yoga Studio on a Thursday evening. Find out more here - www.yogaformodernlife.com/classesworkshops
I really hope you can join me, its a wonderful practice and I'd love to share it with you.
Benefits of Post Natal Yoga:
Post Natal yoga has many benefits for your body, and your mind too, in the first year of motherhood (usually starting after your 6 week check):
- Strengthens the back, abdominal and pelvic floor muscles
- Releases tension in shoulders and neck muscles
- Helps to improve posture
- Decreases overall stress and promotes relaxation
- Rejuvenates the mind and increases energy
- Builds patience and inner-calm
- Learn breathing techniques that can help you get you and baby to sleep
- Brings fun and pleasure to both parent and baby
Yin Yoga One to One
1:1 private classes focus on your unique post pregnancy body, allowing you to keep strong ans supple, release tension from both body and mind and keeping your physically active. Also working on breathing and mindfulness techniques techniques to help you find calm and strength within. The sessions are tailored specifically to meet your needs, and to support you one-to-one at this special time. Taking a one off, or a series of private post natal yoga lessons is an investment in you at this special time.
- Women who are finding it difficult to fit yoga into their busy lives, as they are at a time to suit you.
- Women with specific problems in the post natal period such a diastasis recti (separation of stomach muscles) as classes can be tailored specifically to you.
- Women who are looking for some deep relaxation - we can create a delicious restorative, nurturing yoga practice full of brilliant breathing techniques and a 'super savasana' relaxations, with a deeply relaxing yoga nidra too. Gorgeous, a real treat!
Where? I have my own dedicated small yoga studio, situated on the edge of York, which is perfect for one to one private yoga sessions. The studio is full of lovely yoga mats, blocks,bolsters, straps, blankets and other yoga props for you to use in your private yoga sessions - so there's no need to bring anything with you. If you prefer I can also travel to your home to work with you, bringing mats, props and everything you may need with me, to help with nap times etc.
Cost: Private yoga at my own studio is £45 per 1 hour session. A block of five 1 hour classes is £200 (saving £25 on individual session prices). Travel to your home or place of work will be at an additional cost, depending on location.
Find out more
To find out more about about post natal yoga or to make a booking, you can
- contact me via the enquiry form on the right
- email firstname.lastname@example.org
- phone Susan on 07954 238 424
I look forward to hearing from you.