Slow Down & Yin Yoga in York

I teach Yin Yoga as part of my Slow Sunday monthly yoga workshops, and I also teach one off Yin Workshops (I don’t currently have a 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 at 6pm. Find out more here  -

I really hope you can join me, its a wonderful practice and I'd love to share it with you. 



Benefits of Yin Yoga:

Yin Yoga is a brilliant counter to more active types of yoga (flow, Ashtanga, vinyasa), runners and cyclists who have tight muscles,  and also great for people who want a slower and more meditative class.

  • eases tension & tightness in the body

  • calms & quietens the mind, melting away stress

  • enhances flexibility

  • unravels areas of tension that a dynamic yoga practice cannot always access, releasing muscle, fascia and connective tissues

  • balances body, mind and nervous system

  • the longer held postures mean it’s simple to learn

  • a more meditative approach to yoga


Yin Yoga One to One

1:1 privateyin classes are also available tofocus on your unique needs and requirements. 

 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. 

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.

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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

  • phone Susan on 07954 238 424

I look forward to hearing from you.