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Where to begin?

Why is Yin a great place to start your yoga practice?

The Yin classes I run each week are a perfect place to begin. Unlike other, more dynamic styles of yoga that focus a lot more on the physicality of movements and progression. Yin, on the other hand, focuses much more on Yoga as a whole system. 

Instead of focusing on how to get into a posture or how that posture will progress over time, we focus much more on the Why we're doing what we're doing. We use the posture to get into the body, and opposed to using the body to get into a posture. The focus then tends inwardly in a much more natural way. The sensations that arise in the body draw our attention in, and because we have a much longer period of time to experience them as we sit within the stillness the posture provides, we therefore have much more time to see and feel into how we react and respond to the stimulus of the posture.

This, with consistency, I believe, builds a much deeper self awareness as we really are at the core of yogic teachings, right from the beginning. We're becoming the experiencers of the sensations and mental stimulus that arises through a physical practice.

With this practice, we can directly implement tools like the breath along with various different meditational techniques to smooth the rougher edges of the emotions that arise. By doing this, we can change how we respond to the stresses of these emotions or physical sensations, in real time. Studies show that with consistent practice, this translates to the rest of our life also. 

How we experience stress.

As humans, we experience all types of stress in the same way. If we encounter confrontation, or have a stressful, high maintenance job, the body will experience and respond to the stress in the same manner as if it was being chased by a bear or a tiger.  

Before continuing, this is important to note. Our autonomic nervous system, can be broken down into two subcategories. The parasympathetic nervous system (Rest and digest), and the sympathetic nervous system (Fight or Flight). As you can imagine, there time we spend in a state of stress, our sympathetic nervous system becomes dominant. What we want, is a healthy ability to be able to switch between the two. Yoga provides us with a way to move from a state of nervous system dis-regulation to being able to self regulate as we detect shifts within ourselves. 

 

When we experience stress, people who have a consistent practice, find it much easier to return to a baseline of feeling relaxed and calm, and they can also achieve this much faster. Stress, as i'm sure we all know, has many detrimental effects on our health. 

The more capable we are to handle stress, and the less time we spend feeling the effects of the stress after whatever it is that's caused it has finished, then the more calm, present, healthy and balanced we can feel.

What do you need to bring?

Not much, except yourself, and an open mind. All I ask of new comers to a yoga practice, is be patient, open minded, and give the practice a chance. You don't need any specific clothing, just clothes that you are going to be comfortable, and warm in. We don't move around as much as other, more dynamic styles of yoga, so being warm and comfortable is important. If you have your own mat, then please bring it along. If you want, then bringing along a blanket can also make a big difference. 

What to expect in class?

Class will begin with practicing a couple of different Kriyas (Actions). These are quite simply actions that have specific effects on the body. The first of which will be a Pranayama technique called Dirga Pranayama, or three-part breath. This allows us to experience the full spectrum of a proper, diaphragmatic breath.

 

Then, we practice variety of different poses and movements to mobilise and free up tension within the torso and spine. This will allow us to feel stronger and more comfortable throughout the rest of practice, it will also free up room to allow energy and the sensation of the breath to move more more freely around the body. 

After which, we will begin with an opening body scan meditation before beginning our Yin practice. A typical Yin posture can last between 2-6 minutes, and tend to be a lot more passive than regular yoga styles. In the resource section of my website you can find much more information about the practices of Yin, and Pranayama. Experiencing these practices is really at the core of beginning to understand them and the amazing benefits and effects they can have on the body. 

The yin poses will be well balanced so that we feel an effect more globally throughout the body. The aim is to relieve tension and experience greater flexibility and mobility over time. Allowing us to move more freely, and just feel really great within our bodies. 

To finish, we will practice a finishing set of Pranayamas and a closing meditation. This practice as a whole, has a tremendous ability to help balance and regulate our nervous system along with letting us experience a much deeper feeling of calmness and connection to ourselves.

I really hope you enjoy these classes and find as much benefit from them as I do. 

The class is held weekly, and if you have any more questions then don't hesitate to get in touch via the form below.

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When is class?

Wednesday

6:00pm – 7:00 pm

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