All levels welcome, inclusive beginners.
Please come 10-15min early if its your first time at 2nd Floor Yoga. No EFTPOS, cash only.
Tuesdays: 600 -715pm
Thursdays: 400 -515pm and 600 -715pm
Fridays: 530 -700pm (Yin -Nidra)
Yin-Nidra is basically a 60min Yin session with a very relaxing 30min Yoga Nidra.
A beautiful way to end a busy week and enter the weekend. You can find more information on Yoga Nidra here.
Replenish, revive, balance and restore.
Yin yoga is a practice of long-held, deeply relaxing “stretching” poses that open and energize the “meridians,” or energy pathways of the body, restoring youthful joint mobility as you quietly activate and gather your chi, your prana—your life force.
Most people are familiar with appropriates the muscles or yang tissues of the body, yin yoga targets the more interior, supportive structures-the “fasciae,” literally down to the bone marrow. In today’s world, Yin Yoga is the soothing balm, the elixir that is so badly needed to help us find balance in our stress-filled, over-scheduled lives. Yin is a calming, restorative practice that literally helps you to recharge your batteries.
Yin poses are designed to stretch and revitalize the deeper connective tissue in every part of the body, stimulating your meridians which connect to your vital organs and help to restore balance and harmony in your body and mind. This “needle-less” form of acupuncture will leave you feeling calm and energized at the same time. The asanas combined with deep, focused breathing encourage you to tune in and listen to your body and surrender to your feelings rather than trying to push them down or control them. Poses are held for 3-5minutes, to liberate the body’s chronic holding patterns and relieve pain, helping you to recapture some of the ease and freedom of movement you used to have as a child. One of the most potent ways to cultivate the body’s subtle energy, Yin enables you to heal yourself, move negative emotions out, prevent injury and find a deep sense of peace in your body, mind and spirit.
Further benefits of Yin yoga are:
• 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
• Greater stamina
• Better lubrication and protection of joints
• More flexibility in joints & connective tissue
• Release of fascia throughout the body
• Help with TMJ and migraines
• Deep relaxation
• Greater ability to cope with anxiety and stress
• Capacity to sit for longer in meditation
• Ultimately you will have an improved Yang practice
To really understand yin yoga, you must experience it. We look forward to you joining us.
Want to know more?
The concept of Yin yoga has been around for thousands of years and some of the older texts, such as the Hatha Yoga Pradipika note only sixteen postures, far fewer than the great number of postures practiced in today’s yoga. Through the mindfulness of the practice, you become increasingly aware of your actions or karmas, and how they influence your level of comfort or discomfort. You can see the direct cause and effect relationship between your poses, breathing, and overall level of wellbeing. As this experience continues to deepen, you begin to make more deliberate and attentive choices, both on and off the mat. Yin is a meditative approach with a physical focus. The practitioner is trying to access the deep connective tissue and fascia and, as many of the postures focus on areas that encompass a joint (hips, sacrum, spine), yin yoga is a wonderful way to maintain flexibility in the joints as we age. It also works deeply to unravel long held negative patterning and is often used in programs that deal with addictions, eating disorders, anxiety and deep pain or trauma. You might struggle with being alone, sitting with feelings and sensations. It can be challenging to face yourself and the rawness of what you are doing and who you are in each moment. But, in practice, yin yoga allows for greater mental stability. Yin teaches you to truly be still, to come face to face with yourself, to listen to your body and your soul.
During the postures, you are learning to simply “be,” to “accept what is” in that given moment, something we can all benefit from daily.