Yin, Yoga Nidra & Restorative Yoga
In a city like Washington, DC, where the norm is to be over-scheduled, exhausted, and stressed, it can be hard to find space to slow down and turn inward. The more subtle practices of Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra, and Restorative Yoga can serve as antidotes to the stressors of modern life, helping you cultivate mindful awareness, relax, and boost resilience.
Yin Yoga uses gentle and long-held poses to target the body's connective tissue (tendons, ligaments, and fascia). It gently and safely enhances the pliancy of our joints within our natural range of motion, and can help liberate the body's chronic holding patterns. With its slow and meditative pacing, a Yin practice naturally draws the mind inward into a relaxed and reflective state, where awareness can be brought to postural, breath and thought patterns.
Wake Up Yin
Let’s welcome each Sunday morning with a slow-paced and restorative Yin Yoga practice. We will gently open into various poses and hold them for a short period of time — usually 3-5 minutes — with the intention of entering a deep stretch of the body’s connective tissue. While the teacher will invite you to allow the pose to reveal what is available each practice, they will also offer variations and suggest the use of props to help students settle into each posture, without strain or struggle. Yin Yoga is a practice that is suitable for all levels — from first-time yogis to experienced practitioners. The intention for each class is to allow students to open slowly and gently, and welcome the day feeling more connected and spacious.
Blankets and bolsters and sandbags, oh my! Restorative yoga is a nourishing, meditative practice where the body is supported by props in each pose. Restorative poses are held for several minutes to encourage continued release and deeper levels of relaxation. The purpose is to soften and release the grip and tension that may be present in our bodies, and to feel fully supported and held in each pose. This practice can deeply calm your nervous system and provide a sense of nourishment and ease.
Yoga Nidra is an ancient practice that brings deep rest to body and mind through guided meditation. During the practice, most students will choose to lie down comfortably, with support from blankets and other props. Those students who are more comfortable remaining upright may be seated on the floor or in a chair. From there, the only requirement is just to BE — to surrender to stillness and rest through breath awareness and sensory exploration of the body, mind, and heart.