Yin yoga sequences & classes with different themes & focuses.
We hold each yoga asanas for extended periods in Yin yoga to maximize a deep stretch into the fascia-focused areas. Variations/props are offered to help you relax within the target area. As we hold the pose, we can become more receptive & reflective to what’s happening within & around the body, in addition to noticing our reactions & responses to the stillness.
The practice encourages mindful, conscious breathing, listening to your body & observing the mind, returning you to a sense of wholeness.
Rebounds – Sometimes we do several shapes before a rebound, sometimes a rebound after every pose, sometimes long holds/rebounds & sometimes shorter holds/rebounds. Every class is slightly different, so you gain creativity within your practice.
Yin Yoga – Yin yoga shapes & rebounds.
Yin Yoga Flow – A flow of Yin yoga shapes & rebounds, includes one/three short Downward Dog Yang poses
Yin yoga sequences for the meridians
In Chinese medicine, Qi/energy moves through a network of energy pathways called ‘meridians’ that interconnect with corresponding organs, tissues & cells.
There are 12 main meridians seen as the main points of energy storage & distribution. Within Traditional Chinese Medicine, an organ’s Qi/energy moves through that organ’s meridian & there is an inter-connectivity of our emotions & physical health where our emotions can impact the health of the body & vice versa.
The 12 significant meridians consist of five Yin meridians: Heart, Spleen, Lungs, Kidneys, & Liver & five Yang meridians: the Small intestines, Stomach, Large intestine, Urinary bladder, Gallbladder; the Pericardium meridian, & the Triple Warmer, also known as the San Jiao meridian.
Each class sequence offers a specific or combinational meridian focus.
The Theory of the Five Elements within Chinese philosophy conceives the world as energetic phases of constant change. They reflect a deep understanding of natural law, the Universal order underlying all things in our world & represent how Qi, prana, or energy, moves throughout the body. Each of the energy of the five elements corresponds with specific meridian pathways & associated internal organs within the human body & has interconnected relationships between them. When our Qi is flowing freely, the five elements are said to be in balance. But imbalances between the phases & their corresponding meridians can cause the Qi to stagnate, become deficient, weak, excessive &/or destructive. Remember, our Yoga practice is all about instinctively connecting to what our body and mind need; therefore, go with what class you feel drawn to.
These are sequences that target the shoulders, chest, arms & spine. They will encourage blood & energy flow through these areas that have a tendency to get constricted by how we physically carry ourselves & hold onto our mental/emotional ‘baggage.’ Promoting the opening of the upper body to create space at the heart center & restore a sense of peace where there may be anxiety. There are six meridians begin or end in the fingers of the hands. They all pass through the shoulder or armpit & six upper body meridians are the Heart, Small Intestine, Large Intestine, Lung, Pericardium, & Triple Warmer/San Jiao.
These are Yin yoga sequences that focus on the lower body. The hips are an area that can often hold a lot of unconscious tension, old emotions & deep vulnerabilities, which can lead to a shortening of the tissues, pain, tightness, lack of mobility & tension. With deep reflective stretches, these sequences will release lower back pain, hip, pelvis, groin & leg stiffness & reduce muscle soreness & discomfort. The six meridians that begin or end in the lower body are the Liver, Gall Bladder, Kidney, Urinary Bladder, Spleen, & Stomach meridians.
There are many benefits to working with myofascial release techniques. These include a reduction in pain, releasing knots/trigger points, improving movement and flexibility, improving muscle function, enhancing circulation by breaking up the tight areas where blood flow may become restricted, & reducing exercise-related soreness