Yin yoga is quite different from a lot of yoga you may have read about. It is completely floor based and uses lots of props like bolsters, blankets and blocks. If you are practicing from your home there are many opportunities for you to be creative! You can use pillows or cushions instead of bolsters, thick books with blankets over them for blocks, the list is endless.
Yin works on your connective tissues, it stresses them and over time they may become stronger and longer. When you come to a class it will normally start with some breath work to help you switch off from your day and bring you into the present moment. We then go into a pose, supported by props if required, and once we are comfortable and have found our ‘edge’ we stay there. Poses can be held for up to five minutes. From the outside it looks an easy practice, however it is quite challenging. If you are someone that is always on the go, you may find it difficult to settle and be still for a time. However, this is probably a practice that you need! I guide you throughout the practice and over time we learn to tame our constant thoughts and take our gaze inwards. It is an extremely meditative practice, it has definitely helped me to learn to switch off both on and off the mat.
What to Wear
As Yin is completely floor based I would recommend wearing something really comfortable like jogging bottoms or leggings. We also don’t move a lot in Yin, so it is a good idea to wear layers, including a lovely comfy jumper to keep you warm. I also suggest some cosy socks when the weather is cooler.
What to bring
The only thing you need to bring is a bottle of water and a blanket. You can use the blanket as an additional prop for some of the poses as well as covering yourself in savasana at the end of practice.
Mats, bolsters, bricks, straps and eye pillows are all provided. You are welcome to bring your own if you wish.
Yin yoga classes are held in a beautiful intimate studio which holds a maximum of 6 students, therefore you do need to book in advance to ensure that there is space available for you.
Before your first class please complete the New Student Registration Form. When I have received this I will set you up on my booking system (Bookyway) and send you information on how to use the system (it’s really easy) and how to purchase credits.
Upon receipt of payment I will add credits to your account so that you can book yourself onto classes.
Going forwards you just top up your credits by sending me payment by direct bank transfer.
It would be lovely to see you in class, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.