Kim Dwyer instructs the following:
Yin yoga is a complementary yoga practice to the more yang experiences such as power and vinyasa flow yoga, pilates, barre and other more aerobic activities. It is the approach in yin yoga that is different - poses are largely the same, but poses are held for longer periods, in relative stillness, at a point between edge and ease - with the ultimate goal of reaching deep connective tissues and ligaments of the body. Energy (chi) is also released and circulated throughout the body through this practice and a more inward looking approach is taken - ultimately preparing the mind and body for meditation.
This 60 minute session begins with centering and warm ups, then moves to a soft vinyasa (flowing sequence – movement with breath). Sun Salutations are included, and asanas are held slightly longer in this class. Slow Flow Yoga also involves abdominal strengthening and a standing sequence. Floor work includes hip openers, gentle backbends, and gentle inversions are explored. The Slow Flow Yoga session ends with a period of cooling and deep relaxation (shavasana). Modifications and props are always available to assist with flexibility.
Yin and Flow
This class is a fusion of Yin and Yang Yoga. Yin yoga addresses the tightness and toxin buildup in the joints and connective tissue. Poses are held in stillness for several minutes at a time, using props to make the practice accessible to all students. Students will transition into a flow that will introduce alignment of posture, attention to breathing and fluidity. Students will learn basic yoga postures and breathing techniques as they learn to move from one pose to another while aiming for a deep body awareness. Through flowing practice, heat is naturally and safely created within the body to warm, soothe, heal and strengthen the student from the inside out.
Mindful Yin Yoga
Long held floor postures that stretch connective tissue will be combined with some stronger postures to strengthen and invigorate. Our intention in this class is first to open our awareness to the body, mind and spirit for the benefit of ourselves and others and second to bring balance to all the systems of the body. As we develop a yoga practice that involves postures, breath work and meditation, we deepen our relationship with ourselves. The possibility of this all important relationship can open us up to our own sense of feeling vibrantly alive and deeply at peace.
Heated Vinyasa Flow
These classes link postures to balance the body and clear the energy channels in order to fully experience the energetic effects of the practice. Inhalations are linked to moves expanding the front of the body, creating lightness. Exhalations are linked to movements that engage the abdomen and create stability. The breath used in Flow/Vinyasa, ujjayi pranayama or whisper breath, creates a vibration across the soft palate of the mouth, warming the breath as it enters the body.