Yin yoga is gaining popularity on Cape Cod. If you're in the Falmouth area, you can find a yin yoga class Saturdays 8am at Uptown Body-Linda Dias, MS Ed/Registered Yoga Teacher.
Whether you're looking on Cape Cod or elsewhere, you'll see many different types of yoga classes available i.e. Hatha, Kundalini, Bikram, to name a few. Linda's yin class is crafted from the Hatha tradition of yoga which incorporates yoga poses, breathing and meditation.
If you have already attended a yin yoga class you likely noticed it wasn't like a typical yang or "active" yoga practice. Perhaps you wondered why? In general, a yin yoga practice targets deeper connective tissue in the body. Areas around the pelvis for example, have an abundance of connective tissue. There is a trend with age for this tissue to shorten or shrink with age. Yin poses aid in slowing or reversing this process. It is done with muscles relaxed and poses held for several minutes and has an overall cooling effect on the body. A yang practice, by contrast, typically engages muscles, builds muscle strength and warms the body.
Most yoga classes out there incorporate both yin and yang aspects, with active poses outweighing strengthening poses. If that's what you're looking for you're in luck, although many of us need a more balanced approach of yin AND yang.
So, next time you're checking out classes in your area, look for a yin class and try it out! If you're in the Falmouth MA area, drop-in and join us...Saturdays 8am at Uptown Body, 305 Dillingham Ave, Falmouth MA.
Yin Yoga with Linda Dias... a meditative stretching practice 8am at Uptown Body, Falmouth MA Everything around us in nature is bursting with change. Color, temperature and texture transition with the season. Even the ability to breathe can shift with the pollens of grass and trees. Stretching promotes effective breathing patterns which helps to fend off stress and encourages relaxation. The result? The ability to thrive in the midst of change!
Patanjali promotes acceptance of change in his Yoga Sutras. Aparigraha or "non-grasping" applied to circumstances or relationships means not being possessive and resisting forced change.
Meditate on the color red-related to the fire element - it builds courage, confidence and an open heart to lead you toward acceptance of the people in your life and change. Red supports the heart and promotes a release of "grasping."
"The way that we see things today does not have to be the way we saw them yesterday. That is becuse the situations, our relationships to them and we ourselves have changed in the interim. This notion of constant change suggests that we do not have to be discouraged."
Summer is just around the corner and it's time to get ready to enjoy the beautiful Cape Cod outdoors! As the winter clothes are shed, losing a few pounds and toning up may make it on the "to do" list.
A Yin Yoga practice will complement your preferred activity to keep fit. It will allow you to stretch, relax and achieve greater focus in your daily activities. Yin Yoga is a meditative stretching practice designed to allow the muscles to relax and the connective tissue to lengthen. This allows for greater flexibility and ease in the body.
So if you're working hard on toning your body, add a Yin Yoga practice and reap the benefits looking AND feeling great!
Join me Saturday mornings 8am at Uptown Body, Falmouth for a Yin Yoga practice...breathe, stretch and relax into summer.
Are you a host in search of something different for your get together, bridal, office or birthday party? Gather your friends, loved ones or co-workers together for a YOGA PARTY. You can choose the style and level of class to suit your guests needs/interests.- Follow the yoga practice with delicious, healthy food and forget the typical post-party guilt! Your guests will leave feeling refreshed, renewed and relaxed! Contact Linda Dias, Certified Yoga Teacher, to answer your questions and book your YOGA PARTY! www.yogacreations.com
Chair Pose — Utkatasana (OOT-kuh-TAHS-uh-nuh) — is a standing yoga pose that strengthens the thighs, butt, and hips. This variation, with a twist, provides a greater balance challenge while it stretches the spine, shoulders, and chest. Sanskrit name, is Parivrtta Utkatasana (PAHR-ee-VREE-tah OOT-kuh-TAHS-uh-nuh).
Warrior II ( Virabhadrasana II) strengthens your legs, back, shoulders, and arms, building stamina. It opens your hips and chest, and improves balance. It is called the Warrior in reference to the fierce warrior, an incarnation of Shiva.
Butterfly Pose-a nice way to stretch the back if you have tight hamstrings. If you have sciatica, elevate the hips by sitting on a blanket or cushion or avoid this pose. How to: Bring the soles of the feet together and then move them away from the groin. Allowing the back to round, fold forward and rest the hands on feet or floor. The head should hang down toward the heels. If the neck is sensitive, support it with the hands, resting elbows on thighs or blocks. A bolster could also be used to support the chest.
Body Awareness and Yoga
Find comfort in your seated posture:
Begin by sitting on the floor/mat with legs crossed. Notice the tendency for the pelvis to tip backwards creating a rounded back. Place a meditation cushion or blanket under the sitting bones to provide height and allow the knees to be lower than the pelvis. This will promote an upright or slightly forward tipped pelvis.
Now bring your attention to the stacking of the body - shoulders over hips, head square on the shoulders. Breathe and lengthen through the roof of the mouth and crown of the head. Bring your attention again to the sitting bones and up through the body, lengthening the spine as you breathe. Drop the shoulders and relax the jaw and eyes...breathe...fill the lungs from bottom, to middle to top of the lungs and release the air completely. If you are struggling with anxiety, fear or restlessness focus on completing the exhalation by drawing the navel toward the spine. This will release that last bit of breath that tends to stay in the lungs. As a result, the lungs can fill more completely with fresh air - cleansing and revitalizing the body.
Continue breathing and when throughts enter the mind, notice them and return your awareness to the breath. Spend a few minutes each day practicing seated posture and breathing. Know that you are calming the mind and treating the body to released tension and anxiety and replacing it with a sense of peace.
There's always more to learn about yoga and in turn, learn about yourself.