Yin Yoga with Ciara Steynberg
Sundays 11 am -12:15 pm – starting September 10.
Yin Yoga, also known as Taoist Yoga, targets connective tissue, specifically ligaments and tendons in the joints and spine. To lengthen the connective tissue, we extend the duration of the postures, engaging in static stretching. When the muscle is fully stretched, the stress reaches the connective tissue. In yin yoga, asanas are usually held for three to five minutes. Because of the long duration of asanas, one of the key values cultivated in the practice of yin yoga is patience. It is quite a meditative practice.
If the muscles are cold, they will be less elastic, and more therapeutic stress will be transferred to the connective tissue. For this reason, it is recommended that yin yoga be practiced earlier in the day, before physical activity that warms the muscles and increases their elasticity. However, some note that practicing yin yoga after a strenuous day is psychologically soothing.
Over time, practice of yin yoga can lengthen these tissues, increasing range of motion. As connective tissue accounts for about fifty percent of the body’s resistance to range of motion, focusing on connective can dramatically increase flexibility. The intensity and physical benefits of the practice depend on duration of the asana (pose) and the temperature of the muscle.
Ciara explains each move in an unruffled, easy-to-understand manner, emanating a sense of patience and ease. She helps people to calm themselves. Students find her to be friendly and approachable. With Ciara’s lead you’ll come back to a place of inner retreat and relaxation. Her focus on awareness and alignment ensures that you maintain safety during this class.
Ciara is a school teacher and is also certified in children’s yoga. A little known aspect of her life is that she spins fire!