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In Yin Yoga, poses are held for several minutes at a time in order to the stretch the connective tissue around the joints. Yin poses are derived from traditional yoga poses, though they have been renamed to distinguish them. Yin Yoga directly addresses the demands that sitting still in one position for a long time places on the body by focusing on stretching connective tissue instead of muscle.

In Chinese philosophy, the yin yang symbolizes the duality and interdependency of the natural world. Things that are yang are moving, changing, and vigorous. In contrast, things that are yin are still, static, and calm. The majority of western yoga practices have evolved into being very yang- lots of movement, with an emphasis on stretching the muscles. Muscles are yang, while connective tissues like tendons and ligaments are yin. Sitting for meditation is more yin, and therefore requires a practice that addresses this use of the body.

“Yin yoga can give us the space to slow down, a chance to stay with our experiences rather than always rushing. In a yin yoga practice, all the postures are sitting - and all the postures are held for sustained periods of time (often five minutes). Within these long holds there is an encouragement of softness and an emphasis on relaxing muscular tissue. Through these attitudes there can be a gaining of harmony and peace: so there is a greater ease, a deeper sense of balance, feelings of calmness and acceptance”. Norman Blair

Yin classes

  • Play Yin Yoga Class  1066

    Yin Yoga Class 1066

    INTERMEDIATE - 45 MINUTES - NORMAN BLAIR
    This 45 minutes practice allows you to stay in the poses for longer and explore stillness at the appropriate edge...

  • Play Yin Yoga Class 1062

    Yin Yoga Class 1062

    INTERMEDIATE - 10 MINUTES - NORMAN BLAIR
    For those who want a short stretch - just ten minutes: beginning in butterfly and then accessing the centre of body...

  • Play Yin Yoga Class 1060

    Yin Yoga Class 1060

    BASIC - 20 MINUTES - NORMAN BLAIR
    A twenty minute sequence of slow stretches that can help us become more embodied and present in our experience...

  • Play Yin Yoga Class 1063

    Yin Yoga Class 1063

    INTERMEDIATE - 20 MINUTES - NORMAN BLAIR
    This practice begins in Virasana (sitting with the legs folded back so there is a rolling inwards at the hips) and there is...

  • Play Yin Yoga Class 1061

    Yin Yoga Class 1061

    BASIC - 30 MINUTES - NORMAN BLAIR
    Yin yoga can be a great way of slowing down and begin to cultivate a quieter and more inner experience. In this thirty minute...

  • Play Yin Yoga Class 1065

    Yin Yoga Class 1065

    INTERMEDIATE - 30 MINUTES - NORMAN BLAIR
    A longer practice that gives participants an opportunity to go deeper in body and experience the qualities of slowing and...

  • Play Yin Yoga Class 1064

    Yin Yoga Class 1064

    INTERMEDIATE - 20 MINUTES - NORMAN BLAIR
    Here we have a session with an emphasis on hips and back of thighs/inner thighs - then ending in a constructive...

  • Play Yin Yoga Class 1059

    Yin Yoga Class 1059

    BASIC - 20 MINUTES - NORMAN BLAIR
    We start in a resting pose and then take our time as we move through a reclining twist and then coming into the classic yin...

  • Play Yin Yoga Class 1058

    Yin Yoga Class 1058

    BASIC - 10 MINUTES - NORMAN BLAIR
    A short stretching of hips and an accessing of shoulders - the two most mobile areas of body being eased towards becoming...

  • Play Yin Yoga Class 1057

    Yin Yoga Class 1057

    BASIC - 10 MINUTES - NORMAN BLAIR
    A lovely way to be starting the day - this ten minutes of gentle stretching with all postures being based being on the back. This is...

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