Vin To Yin Yoga

This class will begin with a warming and heart-opening yang practice allowing prana or energy to begin flowing in the body. The second half of the class will focus on yin poses held longer to stretch the connective tissues helping us to relax into the...

This class will begin with a warming and heart-opening yang practice allowing prana or energy to begin flowing in the body. The second half of the class will focus on yin poses held longer to stretch the connective tissues helping us to relax into the deepest layers of the body.

In this restorative practice linked to Chinese medicine, you will develop inner awareness and serenity as you ease into reclined or seated postures. Holding these healing and prop-supported poses for 3 minutes or more will open the thicker layers of connective tissues around the joints, unravelling areas of tension that a dynamic yoga practice can not always access. Observe your feelings without identifying with them as you move into stillness, peace and attentiveness.

In order to understand what Yin Yoga is, perhaps we have to understand what Yang Yoga is. Most forms of yoga target the muscles with shorter held postures and a more dynamic way of moving. We can call this a Yang type of Yoga, it targets the Yang tissues of the body, the muscles. The muscles however only make up about 50% of the body.

The other half are the Yin tissues, the joints, the ligaments, the connective tissue. These tissues don't like to be worked in a 'Yang' way, they prefer a gentle amount of pressure over a longer period of time. 

Vin/yin

Whether you’ve only been to a few classes or you’re advanced in your practice, a yin/vin class is beneficial for everyone. This 60 minute class combines dynamic vinyasa flow with yin yoga. It begins by warming the body with vinyasa flow and heat building poses (asanas). It then transitions into the cooling stillness of yin poses to help achieve a balanced state. Yin yoga emphasizes long, passive holds to help target the joints and connective tissue to help increase circulation in the joints, improving flexibility. 

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Teachers

Helena Majchrzak

Helena Majchrzak

Helena began her journey with yoga at the prenatal and postnatal classes in 2007. Helena changed her path from architecture and education and began a journey into holistic health practise and become Qualified Complementary Holistic Therapist ,Reiki Practitioner and Crystal Healing therapist. More recently Helena continued her passion in holistic well being and she has undertaken accredited Acupressure diploma course along with Mindfulness Practitioner course. Helena is a mum of three boys.

In 2019, following many years of practising and loving yoga, she qualified as a Hatha Yoga teacher with Yoga Professionals and YMCA fit Manchester. She has also attended several anatomy and physiology training and workshops in different healing modalities. Helena has recently completed 300hrs Yin yoga Teacher Training with Jenifer Raye Yin Yoga.

Working from a yang and yin yoga techniques to balance and align our energy flow, shifting blocked energies and bringing vitality into our bodies she believes these two practices work amazingly together. Yin and Yang are the underlying principles of Chinese philosophy and medicine. Good health is believed to come from a balance of Yin (parasympathetic nervous system,cold,still,negative, dark, and feminine) and Yang (sympathetic nervous system, hot, movement, positive, bright, and masculine).

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. IS THIS CLASS FOR ME?

What to expect in a typical Yin yoga class. A Yin yoga class usually consists of a series of long-held, passive floor poses that mainly work the lower part of the body - the hips, pelvis, inner thighs, lower spine. These areas are especially rich in connective tissues.

Q. WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?

Bring a water bottle and your own mat if you prefer, or you can hire a studio mat for £1.

Q. WHAT TIME SHOULD I ARRIVE?

Please arrive 15 minutes before class so you have time to get ready and allow a prompt start.

Q. WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

Cotton clothing is more suitable then stretchy synthetic fabrics, but wear what you feel most comfortable in that will allow your body to move and stretch freely. There are changing cubicles at the studio for before and after class.

Q. WHEN SHOULD I EAT?

Try not to eat a heavy meal at least two hours before class, but a light snack is fine if you need.

Q. HOW DO I GET TO THE CLASS?

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