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Yin Yoga

The term “yin yoga” comes from the Taoist tradition. Yang relates to movement, often repetitive movement, creating heat in the body. Yin is about finding stillness, slowing down and creating space to just ‘be’. Yin yoga can complement an already active life or help those who feel distracted by “mind chatter”. We need both Yang and Yin activities to bring ourselves into balance, both of the mind and the body.

Yin yoga is practised sitting or lying on the floor and poses are held for up to 20 minutes. The longer static holds enable us to access the connective tissues around the joints, gently strengthening and lengthening. There are no planks, no warriors, no core work, no dynamic sun salutations and no standing poses. The pace is slow, so you need to wear comfortable, warm clothes. The classes are suitable for beginners and more experienced practitioners alike.

The practice allows the body to drop down into the parasympathetic nervous system, which can be deeply healing and nourishing. The hope is that we develop mindfulness skills that can be transferred from the mat to everyday life; by focussing on the present moment, the “mind chatter” is lessened and the “volume” turned down on persistent and negative thought patterns.

No experience necessary, complete beginners welcome. Mats and props are provided.

Class fees:

£9 drop in

£60 for 10 class pass, available to use at all classes held by Pippa Moss Yoga

See Pippa Moss Yoga website for more information

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