- Last Updated on Monday, 09 November 2015 06:43
Gentle Yoga is designed to be highly accessible. This class is an evolution of a Yin Yoga class that now also has a good deal of restorative yoga as well as some gentle strengthening. The result is that you will:
- be very relaxed
- be very flexible, and
- maintain/develop a base level of core strength to protect your spine.
If you're worried that yoga is too intense for you, then this is a great class for you to start with. No prior experience is necessary.
Location: Balanced You Yoga
Price: Usual rates are listed here.
Equipment: Wear clothing that won't restrict your movement. A basic yoga mat is $10 at Target or Wal-mart, but our blankets usually suffice for yin yoga. We'll have everything else you need.
Experience Level: Beginner and up. There is something in this for everyone. You need no experience. Just show up!
You don't need to be flexible or patient to do Yin Yoga, but you'll become more of both!
If you've got injuries, we've got yoga for you! If you're particularly concerned about your case, feel free to email or call and ask!
About Yin Yoga:
Yin Yoga is about the connective tissue -- that's the stuff in your joints that also plays a part in your flexibility. Over time, our joints shrink up. Doing yin yoga helps loosen them up again so you can recover and maintain your mobility.
Poses in yin yoga are held for a long time because connective tissue is reluctant to stretch. Stretching hard and fast doesn't do it any good. Long, slow, and gentle stretches are the key. So that's what we do, mostly sitting down and lying down. In certain poses, the muscles will need to stretch as well as the joints -- they'll certainly get that!
Like all good yoga, Yin Yoga is helpful for the mind as well as the body. The long holds give you plenty of time to practice letting your mind settle and become clear.
"Yin" comes from the Chinese concept of Yin and Yang, that for everything there is a balance. Yin yoga classes are a great complement for more active 'yang' classes -- doing both is a good thing. Just like other yoga classes, yin yoga can be a rewarding practice all by itself. If you move a lot, it can help you find stillness. If you don't move much, it can be the first step into a more active life by increasing your range of movement.
In Yin Yoga, we sometimes call Pigeon the Sleeping Swan to honor the fact that even though it looks the same from the outside, it's doing something else on the inside.