YIN This passive, meditative practice promotes stillness and relaxation through long static held postures (4-7 minutes in my classes) while softening the muscles. Yin taps into fascia and the connective tissues (joints, tendons, ligaments) to create more space and flexibility. Yin invites you to slow down and get deep into your poses to cultivate a more intimate relationship with your body, breath, and mind. Suggested props: blanket or towel, block(s) or thick book(s), bolster, cushions, or pillows.
VINYASA Vinyasa is a dynamic yoga practice that cultivates presence by connecting movement with breath. Combining a mindful, steady pace of flowing transitions with static held postures increases strength and flexibility, as well as focus and mental clarity. This mixed level class may include Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations), standing and seated postures, arm balances, inversions, pranayama, and meditation. Variations are given.
STRETCH & RESTORE This class combines the passive nature of Yin and the dynamic quality of Hatha. Each class targets a specific area of the body and begins with 2-3 Yin poses to promote flexibility, breath and body awareness, and transitions to static held Hatha poses incorporating muscle engagement and alignment. This mostly ground based practice focused on breath and longer held poses invites a deeper understanding of body and mind.