Yoga class descriptions:
Yin yoga is first and foremost the decision to experience your body as an integrated whole. When you are healthy the flow of energy through your body is well-regulated – whether that energy takes the form of the contracting and relaxing of your muscles, the flow of blood in your veins, the synovial fluid in your joints, or the information traveling from your brain to your nerves. Yin Yoga intends to help you feel where the flow of energy is limited and to move you in ways that can get things flowing again! Practically this means moving slowly and mindfully into postures and paying attention to where you feel strain and what limits you when you go to reach, twist, bend, or extend. Most of us have some over-worked muscles that might compensate for ranges of motion we’ve lost elsewhere. And while those muscles are getting fatigued from working too hard, other parts of you are getting weaker or stickier from not moving enough. We usually also have some “sneaky” places where we unconsciously grip or strain – like that clench of your jaw when you sit up or that tightening of your shoulders when you reach forward. Once you are more aware of your movement habits, you can adjust them so that you restore balance. You can rest the parts that are over-working and stimulate the parts that need to move more.
The Yin method includes fluid movements to lubricate the joints and restore you inner rhythm, static stretches that rely on bodyweight and gravity as the prime movers so that you can gradually recover lost ranges of motion, and breathing techniques that can help you relax and pace your movements or assist you in focusing on your inner experience. Today so much of our time is spent juggling multiple tasks. Yin yoga is an opportunity to slow down, breathe deep, and be present.
This is a graceful, flowing style of yoga where continuous movement is coordinated with rhythmic breath. I offer a slower flow that allows time to build steady postures supported from deep within, both physically and energetically. The sequences are inspired by traditional hatha yoga, dance, and taoist martial arts to cultivate strength and suppleness. I enjoy working with students to find the variations or modifications that allow them to flow with confidence and ease.
Refresh your practice and refine your movements with playful sequences and mindful transitions. Yin Yang investigates the spaces between and takes a slower, more deliberate approach, charting new territory in the body. Flow in different directions and move in new ways, challenging your balance and enhancing mind-body coordination as you explore beyond the boundaries of classical hatha yoga postures, incorporating movements from dance and martial arts and primal movements like rolling and crawling.
To take a class with me, visit these studios
- Ohana Yoga & Wellness 405 Bay St, Port Melbourne
- Yoke Yoga 4 Union St, South Melbourne, 3205
- MOVE Yoga Level 1, 335 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, 3000
- Yoga Flame Windsor 105 B Chapel St, Windsor, VIC 3181
Visit my Class Schedule page to find out when!