Yoga at the Redwood Circle is an ongoing event, meeting Fridays RAIN or SHINE!** I travel during school holidays, so check the calendar for upcoming dates. This event is always donation-based. Your donations support the expenses of running the meetup, and allow students with low income to attend a wonderful class that fits anyone's budget.
We begin at 10 a.m. with a silent meditation, and then a yin practice. Yin yoga works with the deeper connective tissues of the body; tendons, ligaments and muscle fascia. Poses are held up to 5 minutes each, and are practiced on the ground.
At 11:00 a.m. we will take a short walking meditation, and then a yang practice which incorporates Surya Namaskara (sun salutation), standing poses, seated poses and partner yoga.
You are welcome to join one or both phases of the class, we're casual--just sneak up and roll out your mat... or curl your toes into the soft grass and enjoy!
If you've never done yin yoga you'll notice many of the asanas are familiar, but the names are different. In his informative Yin Yoga website, Bernie Clark says:
The pose may look the same, but the intention is different. The yin pose of Swan looks identical to the yang pose of Pigeon, but in Pigeon, as in most yang poses, the muscles are the targets. In a yang pose, we engage the muscles and stretch them. In the yin practice, we relax the muscles; we aim our intention into the joints and the deep tissues wrapping them, not the more superficial tissues of the muscles or skin.
Clark, Bernie. "Asanas." yinyoga.com. Ed. Bernie Clark. N.p., 2006. Web. 17 Oct. 2011. <http://www.yinyoga.com/ys2_2.1_asanas.php>.
** In rainy weather, we will take a 50-minute walking meditation around beautiful Balboa Park. Bring good walking shoes, layers and a rain jacket. We will also do standing poses under cover of trees or a pavilion along our walk. It's Yoga & Meditation Adventure, right! The brave need never skip yoga! :) **
From Interstate 8, take 163 South to the University Street Exit, which will put you on 6th Ave. Continue on 6th until the stoplight at Upas, then turn left into Balboa Park. Follow Balboa Drive past the stop sign at Quince and past an open grassy area to the Redwood Circle, which is tucked back in the trees just north of the Lawn Bowling area. If you reach El Prado/Laurel Street you have gone a bit too far.