Based on the traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga that hails from Mysore India, this style of yoga, is very effective in building strength, stamina, flexibility and focus. This class is suitable for both beginners and experienced alike as we work our way comprehensively through the series of 52 poses. The class will start off being led but eventually the student will progress into self practice, finding their own unique pace, listening to the rhythm of the breath and learning how to rely on their instincts to get them through this challenging yet extremely rewarding practice.
Traditional hatha asanas when merged with the breath create a flow of energy that expresses itself in movement. Each flow class is different in that it originates out of the present and responds intuitively to what is precisely needed at that moment.
Yin Yoga targets the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones, and even the joints of the body that normally are not exercised very much in a more active (yang) style of asana practice. Suitable for almost all levels of students, Yin Yoga is a perfect complement to the dynamic and muscular (yang) styles of yoga and generally targets the connective tissues as well as the harder to stretch ligaments and tendons of our joints.
While initially this style of yoga can seem quite boring, passive, or soft, yin practice can be quite challenging due to the long duration of the poses which can be held anywhere from one to fifteen minutes! Yin and yang tissues respond quite differently to being exercised. You need to experience this to really know what Yin Yoga is all about. After you have experienced it, even just once, you will realize that you have been doing only half of the asana practice.
Please note: Yin Yoga is not restorative yoga. Like all yoga practices, if the tissues you are targeting for exercise are damaged in some way, please give yourself a chance to heal before resuming your regular practice.