Yin Yoga › Dirish Shaktidas
Yin yoga is a floor-based yoga practice in which poses are held passively for a length of time, often a few minutes. Holding poses for a longer period of time works into the connective tissues (ligaments, joints, bones and fascia) rather than the muscles, it can also help prepare the body to sit for periods of time in meditation. Energetically, it taps into our ‘chi’ and helps improve the flow of energy round the body. The practice of yin yoga gives you space to turn inwards and tune the mind and body to physical sensations, often playing with your ‘edge’ and dropping deeper into your practice. We also recommend you try out some energising and dynamic practises to strengthen the body, perhaps vinyasa, or even pilates or barre for a well-rounded daily practise.
Yin Yang Equinox Yoga Flow
A yoga class for the equinox or whenever you need to find balance. This class mixes Kundalini-style breath work and yoga poses which build strength and heat, balanced with yin yoga poses. Class starts with a special chakra cleansing technique to build inner vibrancy and clarity, followed by a gentle warm up, and invigorating back bends. You may need a blanket to sit on and perhaps a bolster.
Pigeon Pose Yin Yoga
A slow yin yoga class for opening the hips. The hips can get very tight when we are sedentary or athletic, so this yoga class is perfect for the end of the day or after a long flight, hike or bike ride. This calming class includes a variety of poses that target the hip flexors, then moves into longer holds of various pigeon alternatives. You'll need two blocks and a blanket.
Yin Yoga for Overwhelm
Expect cooling forward bends and refreshing twists in this yin yoga class. The poses help to ease overwhelm during the full moon, or any time that life feels a little stressful. The journey inward starts with some gentle movement. Then we focus on releasing and letting go with folding forward poses, which encourage looking inward. Your hamstrings and hips will benefit from these folds, they are perfect poses for those who have been seated all day, or athletes needing to stretch out the hamstrings and hips. During the long pose holds, there is no instruction or talking, so that we can delve deeper into the poses, and unlike some yin Classes, there is a little movement in between poses. Props suggested: a bolster (or two!) a block or two and a strap.
Soothe Your Soul: Breath & Yin
Slow yin yoga and grounding meditations will help to calm you when you're feeling overwhelmed, relax your body and prepare you for a restorative state of being. Expect a mix of energy-releasing stretches, guided meditation, and pranayama to clear your head and release your worries. If you tend to toss and turn or have trouble falling asleep, this series is perfect to help you slip into that rested state of mind.
Yin Yang Yoga
This yoga class is a wonderful combination of yin yoga together with yang (more active) elements. It starts with a seated yin yoga pose to clear out the noise of the day and bring us into a position of grounding, stability and equanimity. We then move through a forward folding flow for the first part of the class to let go of the mind chatter. Class finishes off with yin yoga poses for hip openings and a sweet, long, relaxing Savasana.