As most of you know, I practice and teach Power Vinyasa Yoga based on Baron Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga.  I love, love, love this practice!  It is dynamic, sweaty (around 92 degrees), empowering and transformative.  It works on your strength, balance and flexibility.  One of the best parts is that it is accessible to all!  It truly meets you where you are, no matter size, shape, age, experience or flexibility.  You can practice this yoga every day and find something new each time within it.  It takes you to your edge and shows you that there is more!

Yoga has truly sparked the learner back up in me.  I am constantly looking for more to read, learn and experience.  Recently, I took a little “yoga field trip” to take a Yin Yoga class in Boston.  The romantic weekend away with my husband was really a ploy to practice Baptiste and Yin Yoga at studios in Cambridge.  Yes, the guy who bought me Bruins tickets for our first Christmas together, is going on some yoga field trips…no questions asked!

Finding Balance

Finding Balance

I was excited to try Yin as a contrast to my regular Power Vinyasa Practice.  Of course, once I tried it, I knew I wanted to train in and teach it.  Wow!  I was not disappointed!  Yin Yoga is the perfect balance to a more dynamic, muscular yoga practice.  While dynamic forms of yoga use muscle, yin primarily targets the connective tissues.  It is a deep stretch!   When our range of motion is limited by soft tissue resistance, 41% of that comes from muscle tissue and 47% comes from denser connective tissues.  If we are working muscle and not targeting the connective tissue, we are only getting the job half done.  I definitely feel that Power Yoga works both but it primarily works muscle.

Yin Yoga focuses on stressing the connective tissues.  Connective tissue is the environment your cells live in.  It is everywhere.  Healthy connective tissue means increased flexibility, prevents joint degeneration and increases hydration, which will detox your joints.  The benefits of Yin Yoga go on and on.  Take a class and see how you feel, mind and body.  You will instinctively know that you did something wonderful for yourself.

What can you expect in a Yin Class?  Class can range from 60-90 minutes.  Most of the class is held in seated or reclined positions.  You will be holding poses anywhere from 2-5 minutes.  The teacher will guide you to a pose; encourage you to stay at the edge of first resistance and let time and gravity work on the tissues.  I hope I sparked a little interest in you as well.  Come try a class at http://seacoastpoweryoga.com or book a private, semi-private or small group class with me.  I can be reached at carlenebenelli@gmail.com .

Wishing you Health, Happiness and some Yin Yoga!

 

Suggested websites for more info:

http://yinyoga.com

http://joshsummers.net

http://baronbaptiste.com

 

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