Its here! The first of the monthly Yin & Myofascial release classes, aptly named 'Deep Release'. It's one of the most incredible practices where we not only deeply stretch the muscles but we also learn how to massage and manipulate the fascia within the body.
Fascia is a fabric like web that surrounds and supports muscles, organs, bones and nerve fibers. It interweaves itself within the WHOLE body. This connective tissue does more than provide internal structure; fascia has nerves that make it almost as sensitive as skin. When stressed, it tightens up. It’s designed to stretch as you move and if we are doing repetitive movements that over work an area of the body, when we become sedentary and if we experience trauma like an injury/surgery even emotional this will cause the fascia to tighten around muscles, which can then limit mobility and cause painful knots, aches and tightness to develop. Within this class we learn techniques to release fascia, loosing and lubricating tight and tender spots. You will leave practice lighter, more spacious, the body will feel easier to move, calmer and more fluid. Opening the physical body unlocks the mind, hand in hand they are connected, a stressful mind = tight and stressed body. As you learn to release the physical body the mind relaxes too!
What is Yin Yoga?
We are all familiar with the Yin and Yang symbol and yin yoga is one half, representing the inner body, it is cooler, feminine and closer to earth. The yang half is often what we always practice in a class, always moving, dynamic, warmth, working with the muscles and fascia. Similar to Shiva and Shakti and other lineages of yoga.
The Yin/Yang symbol holds its roots in Taoism (Daoism) a Chinese religion and philosophy, These two energies are of the same essence but reflect different qualities of energy and are inseparable.
When you attend a Yin yoga class you will notice a large difference. The practice is seated or lying down on the mat, there are very little alignment cues, there isn't a dynamic flow, it is just pure stillness. Moving into postures that sometimes look familiar from a Yang practice but targeting different areas within the body and the organs through meridian lines. Yin Yoga targets the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones, and even the joints of the body that normally are not exercised very much in a more active style of asana practice.
Yin Yoga postures are more passive, mainly on the floor and the majority of postures equal only about three dozen or so, much less than the more popular yang like practices. Yin Yoga is unique in that you are asked to relax in the posture, soften the muscle and move closer to the bone. While yang-like yoga practices are more superficial, Yin offers a much deeper access to the body. It is not uncommon to see postures held for three to five minutes, even 20 minutes at a time. The time spent in these postures is much like time spent in meditation.
Yin yoga is not a restorative practice, we use props but are always present, finding the sensations of tension and discomfort within the body and staying with it. How many times have you found yourself running away from uncomfortable situations in your life? What happens if we show up and stay within it. This intimate practice of yoga requires students to be ready to get intimate with the self, with feelings, sensations, and emotions, something of which I have noticed can be easy to avoid in a fast paced yoga practice.
Suitable for almost all levels of students, Yin Yoga is a perfect complement to the dynamic and muscular (yang) styles of yoga that emphasize internal heat, and the lengthening and contracting of our muscles. Yin Yoga generally targets the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine.
Calming and balancing to the mind and body.
Regulates energy in the body.
Increases mobility in the body, especially the joints and hips.
Lowering of stress levels.
Better lubrication and protection of joints.
More flexibility in joints & connective tissue.
Release of fascia throughout the body.
A great coping for anxiety and stress.
What do I need?
For the practice you will need:
Two medium dog balls (I got mine from Pets at home!)
We CANNOT work without them so make sure you have them ready for the session.
Cushions, blankets, bolster and blocks.
These props will be used throughout the session but you can be creative with what you have around the house!
It will be lovely to see you all and guide you through new techniques to release your body & mind! If you have any questions please feel free to get in touch, Im currently filming lots of new videos and a few of these techniques will be added!
This class runs MONTHLY on a Tuesday evening.
Arley Kings, Church House. (Stourport)
This is going to be pure magic and I cannot wait for you to experience it!