Yin Yoga Will Teach Your Dog New Tricks
After a decade of visiting Omega, a retreat center located in Rhinebeck NY, for Yogis and the like, who knew that just South of the dining hall a unassuming wooded path leads one to discover a tranquil Cedar Pavilion. The perfect place to spend the next week deepening my understanding and practice of Yin Yoga. So what is Yin Yoga and why would one practice it? It is commonly referred to as the quiet practice and in many ways it is complimentary to a Hatha yoga practice. Although you may find yourself in a familiar seated pose in a Yin class, due to it’s contrasting approach, these poses have been renamed, for example, what we know as pigeon pose is called the sleeping swan. Where as Hatha Yoga is a yang practice that emphasizes strength and endurance, in Yin we meet on the mat to simply surrender to gravity’s pull, to emphasize a stretching the fascia or connective tissue. As we see in the ancient Yin and Yang symbol, depicted by the white and black dots, both parts contain the seed of the other; meaning one can not exist without the other. Such is the duality of life, but in the recesses of this gentle practice there is an opening, a portal to access one’s connection to the eternal. Yin is synonymous with words like passive, feminine, soft, yielding and surrender, and this is exactly what will be asked of you on the mat. Compared to a traditional seated meditation, Yin Yoga is simply a mind-body meditation, a mindful dance between stillness and movement. Poses are held for longer periods, typically five minutes, and sometimes longer.
Join me this Fall at Yoga Sol
Wednesday Mornings 9:30-10:45 am
💚, Kristy Cohen, CYT