Intro to Yin Yoga
with Cathy Wasielewski
What is Yin Yoga?
You may have heard the term Yin in relationship to Yang. Every time we create a concept, we create it’s opposite. This is conceptual as opposites are often complimentary. And so it is with Yin Yoga.
Yin Yoga as a practice is complimentary to the very active, movement based Yang practices we love. It explores the depth of the human body’s quiet but very important structural tissues as well as the life force energy known as Qi (Chi) or Prana that flows through these tissues. Yin Yoga can bring awareness to the vibrational flow of energy of living and being.
Yin practice supports everyday daily movement in life on the levels of both the physical and the subtle energetic body. Yin can look outwardly like a still practice while it is known that the unseen inner world is experiencing profound energetic movement. Yin tissues are stressed to create an overall response through physical and subtle energy planes to bridge the gap to the total health and well-being of mind, body and spirit.
In this workshop we will explore the “why?” of Yin Yoga practice.
Why do we need this practice?
Why do we need the stillness to create mobility? Why do we seek sensation? Why do we stay? Why does this practice challenge what we have been taught about conventional methods of Yang exercise and its benefits? …and so much more.
We will begin with a short meditation and go on to discuss the principles which define the basics of Yin Yoga philosophy and practice. Then we'll enjoy a long physical practice while Cathleen guides you deeply into the energetics of your experience followed by a short break and time for discussion.
Please come with an openness to feeling deeply through the layers of the Yin tissues and into the spiritual nature of the subtle body.
This practice will take place in an unheated room. No yoga experience is necessary.
Please feel free to bring your yoga mat (there are mats available for $1 rental fee at the studio) as well as a water bottle. Dress comfortably and in layers as Yin practice can often release internal heat in the body which may create a cooling effect following practice.