Yin is a great compliment to our normal “yang” styles of yoga at Hot Lotus. This nourishing and releasing practice involves gentle postures and shapes where experimental exploration is encouraged to rejuvenate, relax, refresh and restore you.
Within a yin class asanas (postures) are held for longer periods of time—for beginners, it may range from two to five minutes; more advanced practitioners may stay in one asana for eight minutes or more. Students are encourage to release all tension in muscles so that the asanas, held for longer periods of time, can access deeper tissues.
Yin Yoga poses apply moderate and healthy stress to the connective tissues of the body—the tendons, fascia, and ligaments—with the aim of increasing circulation and movement in the joints, bones, tendons and improving flexibility.
Yin yoga will give you that opportunity to commit to stillness, observing what arises, releasing and letting go, opening, creating space and allowing your self-time to discover who you are.
Instead of focusing on building strength, Yin focuses on flexibility and relaxation by targeting deep connective tissue. Yin Yoga is suitable for all levels and for beginners especially who may be particularly stiff – we invite you to bring your own bolsters ( or normal pillows) and blocks to assist you in getting the most out of the postures.
Yin Yoga practice restores and supports balanced Qi (vital life force) flow within the meridian pathways.
Restorative Yoga is designed to reset, rebalance and relax. This is the perfect class to do if you want to set yourself up for a good night’s sleep and in need of some TLC and this practice is often referred to as the gateway to meditation.
You will remain on the floor through (no downward facing dogs here!) and will hold relaxing, revitalising postures for a long period of time.
You need to bring your own pillows and blankets to use as props and wear something warm and comfortable that allows ease of movement.