YIN YOGA with Michelle (no classes at this time)
Yin is a relatively new style of yoga practiced in the U.S. compared to the more familiar and popular Yang styles. Most forms of Yoga practiced in the U.S. are active (Yang) which emphasize muscular movement, contraction, and stabilization, all of which are essential for a healthy body and yoga practice. To balance that active (Yang) energy, we also need the receptive and introspective (Yin) practice that allows inward focus and a feeling of integration and harmony on all levels of being….body, heart and mind. Yin practice complements the more muscular styles of Yoga like Vinyasa & Ashtanga.
Yin is a unique style of yoga that is most effective when practiced once a week as a complement to your active practice. It is meditative and calming, while at the same time energizing and deep. You are guided through a sequence of longer held floor postures (3-5 minutes each) that specifically target and stimulate the deeper connective tissues, while the muscles remain relaxed and passive. Based in Chinese medicine, it combines focused breathing (pranayama) and intention to stimulate specific energy meridians and their corresponding organs. This increases the flow of energy (Chi & Prana) which stimulates and restores vitality. Yin Yoga specifically targets the hips, pelvis and lower spine. These are the deeper yin tissues of the body, relative to the more superficial yang tissues such as muscles.
Many students are discovering new depths in postures, deeper ranges of motion, and an increased flow of energy by focusing on the deeper tissues of the body. In addition, they are benefiting from the meditative and introspective nature of the class that places the emphasis on simply 'being' versus our tendency toward the 'doing'.
MINDFULNESS YOGA & MEDITATION with Michelle (no classes at this time)
This is an integrated practice that offers an hour of yoga followed by a 1/2 hour of seated meditation.This new class is being offered in response to the growing meditation community at Village Yoga and the interest in the combined practices in one session. The essence of this practice is the cultivation of mindfulness, the capacity to meet life, moment to moment, with open-hearted presence. Flowing between movement and stillness the yoga postures are used as a vehicle for embodying core mindfulness principles, while developing an integrated body-mind practice that encourages awakening on every level of being....the physical, energetic, emotional and interpersonal. Following the movement practice and a short period of relaxation will be a seated meditation in the Vipassana tradition. It is here, with the body relaxed and mind focused that we can use meditation to cultivate access to the spacious and kind awareness that is our true nature.
MINDFULNESS YOGA AND MEDITATION (Extended Class) with Michelle
First Saturday of each month only. (CLASS SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE)
8:30-11:00 AM $20 per class (Class cards and unlimited passes can be used- will count for 2 classes.)
This longer class is designed to offer a deep and integrated practice that strengthens inward focus and compassionate self-awareness. The extra hour allows for a more complete practice incorporating both yin/yang styles of yoga, a deep relaxation and a 20-30 min. seated meditation.
The essence of this practice is the cultivation of mindfulness- the capacity to meet life, moment to moment, with open-hearted presence. The postures are used as a vehicle for embodying core mindfulness principles, while developing an integrated body-mind practice that encourages awakening on every level of being….the physical, energetic, emotional, and interpersonal. Each class will include a centering, thorough warm-up sequence to prepare the muscles and joints for more active movement, a series of standing poses to increase heart rate, blood flow, and concentration, followed by a series of longer held yin style floor poses that allow for the deeper opening and releasing of the pelvis, hips and low back. Yin poses will be followed by a restorative inversion and a period of relaxation. Following relaxation will be seated, guided meditation in the Vipassana tradition. This class is designed for all levels and can be approached gently or more vigorously depending on your needs and intention. Modifications will be offered throughout the class to make the poses accessible to all. The use of vinyasa (flow) is optional to transition through the standing pose sequence to create a more vigorous practice. You will be encouraged to attend to your own needs and to honor your own appropriate edges. This class is not intended for beginners, given the styles of yoga practiced and the length of the class.