“I consider myself someone who is familiar with yoga but not someone who practices regularly. I have been to other classes and felt a bit lost. Sara creates a space where, from the minute you walk in, the weight is released from your shoulders and the environment fills you with stillness and calm. The pace of the class allows for you to settle in to each pose and fully experience all of their benefits. Her voice is soothing but focused. She provides beautiful imagery to feed your soul and your body through each movement. I left the class feeling rejuvenated, refreshed and connected to myself again.” -Jade S.
Yin yoga is a slower, more meditative yoga practice that allows for deep tissue stretching and appropriate stressing – benefitting everyone from the endurance athlete and those always-on-the-go to the person who simply needs a deeper stretch. Yin is a perfect complement to a more dynamic style of yoga or exercise (yang), and for those who have overactive minds. Asanas (poses) are held anywhere from 1 to 5 minutes, and up to 20 for advanced practitioners, creating space in the physical and energetic bodies – and the mind –releasing tension and stress.
In her Yin classes, Sara focuses on stillness – stillness of the body, which leads to stillness in the breath, which leads to stillness of the mind. Sara leads practitioners to their “sweet spot” or “Goldilocks” position within a pose, then encourages stillness, holding the pose and honoring either the invitation to relax deeper into the pose, or the wisdom to move out of it slightly. The Yin practice focuses on each practitioner’s state of mind and body in the moment – and allows practitioners to reconnect with themselves through intentional breath and mindfulness.
Sara’s primary goal is to encourage clients to actively surrender into a state of stillness and sit with whatever emotions unfold from that space.
YIN YOGA FOR ATHLETES
The deeper stretches and longer holds of Yin yoga promote circulation and injury-prevention in the connective tissues – the joints, tendons, ligaments, and fascia – the areas of the body where we are most vulnerable and prone to injury.
When not used, our connective tissues contract, trying to create the least amount of space possible between bones. Yin yoga keeps these tissues active, long, and flexible, with a wider range of motion.
YIN YOGA FOR EVERYONE
Benefits of regular Yin practice include:
Reduced stress and anxiety
Releasing of fascia and improved joint mobility
Improved flow of Qi (also known as prana, mana, or energy)
Balancing of internal organs
Calming and balancing of the body and mind
Be at ease.