Come to the yinside of yoga.
- 1 hr 30 min1 hour 30 minutes
- 12 British pounds£12
- 4 The Avenue
Yin yoga, a phrase coined by Sarah Powers in the late 1990s/early 2000s, is essentially a slow, meditative practice involving mostly seated and lying postures which are held for time. It provides appropriate stresses to the deeper tissues of the body: ligaments, tendons, bones and the fascia - our connective tissue which covers the entire body and can be the cause of movement restriction, pain and restrictions that contribute to disease or disfunction. All tissues need stress - the appropriate amount. By moving slowly, focussing attention on the experience we become more familiar with how we inhabit out bodies as well as the places where we hold tension. Founded in Daoism, an ancient Tibetan practice, we also discover the yin side of energy. As we link together a series of sustained poses, without striving to get somewhere, we are gifted space to notice what arises. In the stillness we can allow the sensations to be without judgement or the desire to run away, deny or discount what's there. In this way we develop an ability to listen and perceive where we get stuck in our storylines - what stops us, both physically and mentally. Anyone can do yin. We use a myriad of props to make each pose appropriate for the individual. There is no right or wrong way, it really is a case of opening your mind to each experience. As you quietly develop awareness and cultivate patience joint tissues can realign, tight fascia can unbind and movement restrictions can be untangled. Yin increases your ability to be still and to simply notice. Unlike meditation where you are required to sit still in one position, the yin practice creates a chain of mini mindful pauses that open you to the multiple physical, neurological and psychological benefits associated with meditation. These include reduced stress and anxiety, stimulation of bone producing cells which can ward off osteoporosis, clearer thinking and improved hormone functioning. "Yin helps us to calm and cool the fettered mind and its essence of slow surrender can start the process of resolving some of our unease. Whilst it may not solve the world's problems it can help us become more grounded in what is really happening and alert to greater awareness of our experience. It may even offer us some clues as to how to skilfully adapt our habitual response to serve us better and lead us more assiduously towards that elusive balance." Norman Blair
Cancellation policy: In the event of needing to cancel a class you must provide a minimum 24 hours notice. Refunds will not be issued but transfer to another class is possible only providing your space can be resold to another participant. As a small business it is important that this rule is applied to all bookings to ensure sustainability and fairness throughout - your understanding is appreciated. In respect of retreat bookings please refer to the Ts and Cs page for guidance.
4 The Avenue, Clevedon, BS217ED, GBR