New Yin Yoga Class

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I have been leading a regular flow class, in Elie, since I started teaching yoga a year ago.

My greatest challenge in designing and delivering, these classes is the ranges of experience and understanding of yoga, that I find in my classes.  Elie Yoga’s regular flow, or  Vinyasa class, is based on my own Ashtanga training. It is composed of a number of different postures, or asanas, held for 5 breathes. Each posture can be adapted to the needs, experience and bodies, of each individual practicing in one of Elie Yoga’s classes, however the focus is always on the breath and, most, postures are not held for longer than the standard 5 breathes.

Lockdown has given us, all, time to review and relearn. I have focused on the needs of my clients who have continued on Zoom, adapting my regular flow class to their individual needs. However, for any business, there is always a need to innovate, to provide new products, develop new markets, or both.

Initially, under lockdown, I thought that I would be developing chair yoga classes, to meet the needs of older people, in my community, stuck at home. However, I found myself drawn to developing a new Yin Yoga class.

The slower, more domestic, pace of lockdown, for me, seemed to point towards introspective, drawing inwards, self care, showing love and appreciation of oneself – demonstrating gratitude. I have long loved Yin, however have not had this opportunity to slow down and really explore it as a practice.

Yin is the opposite of Yang, a slower, more relaxed practice, with fewer, longer held, postures, or asanas, it is about letting go.

At the end of a test class that I lead for a few regulars, on Zoom, one regular Elie Yoga practitioner described the practice as ‘indulgent’.

If you think that all yoga classes are a workout, that they should make you sweat and feel physical pain, perhaps you should try Yin.

The change of pace might do you some good, just as, if you are attracted to a relaxed class, a more dynamic class might deliver a greater number of measurable benefits.

However, as with Yin and Yang, themselves, it is best to have a balance. So, how about weaving both into your regular practice?