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Yin Yoga 101

Yin Yoga 101

Yin Yoga 101: learn the basics about this beautiful practice from Yogacara Yoga Teacher Training   Yin Yoga has the same goals and objectives as any other school of yoga. Most practices of yoga are utilized to work the muscular portion of our body (Yang), where as Yin yoga lets us dive deeper into the yin tissues of our bodies, ligaments, bones and joints. Yin yoga can have the same objectives as another school of yoga and some students can find this style of class boring and passive but quickly discover that this can be the most challenging style of practice due to the long duration of poses. With less postures in Yin Yoga and postures that are more passive, on the floor, it is different in that you are “relaxed” into the posture, allowing your muscles to soften, allowing you to delve deeper into your body. Postures are held significantly longer than in a Yang style class and can range from 3-10 minutes or even longer, and becomes more of a meditation. As we age flexibility in our joints decreases and Yin yoga allows us to maintain our flexibility, but requires that the student get to know their whole body, the physical, emotional and all the sensations that come with it. Benefits of Yin Yoga: Regulates energy in the body Increases mobility & flexibility in the body, especially the joints and hips Stress & Anxiety Management Deeper Relaxation Better ability to sit for meditation To read more, visit the original article...
Apres Ski Yoga

Apres Ski Yoga

Apres ski yoga can be the best way to make the most of those few hours after the lifts close. Relaxing and releasing tense muscles will prevent muscle soreness and improve recovery time.  Wondering what ways are best to stretch to make the most of your apres ski yoga practice? We give you a few ways to stretch out after a good day on the slopes. 1.) Hero Pose Are your thighs burning after one too many turns on the hill? Hero pose is an excellent way to release overused quadriceps. It can also feel very grounding and relaxing after a day of thrill seeking. How-To For Hero Pose – Apres ski yoga tips: sit on a block underneath your sitbones or lie a bolster along your spine for support and comfort (especially if you have sensitive knees) 2.) Forward Fold If you’re looking for a pose to relax tension along the back of your legs, and spine then forward fold is for you.  Forward fold can release your hamstrings while lengthening the erector spinae and lumbosacral fascia which can shorten and tense from twisting during skiing. How-To Forward Fold – Apres ski yoga tips: You don’t have to touch the floor or keep your legs straight to enjoy this one! Relax your head completely to help relax tense neck muscles. 3.) Pigeon This can feel like an intense pose, but it’s amazing for your glutes during an apres ski yoga session. It also feels great for your hips! How-To Piqeon Pose – Apres ski yoga tips: sit on a block if your hips feel unbalanced or if you experience any...
Yoga Yin and Yang | Yogacara Studios

Yoga Yin and Yang | Yogacara Studios

Most of us are familiar with the Yin and Yang symbol that originated in Chinese philosophy, but did you know that this philsophy, literally meaning “shadow and light”, can be used to describe the varying styles of yoga? Yoga Yin and Yang is used to describe how polar opposites or contrary forces are interconnected and interdependent in the natural world, and how they give rise to each other in relation to each other. In this philosophy, Yin is characterized as slow, soft, yielding, cold, and passive;  associated with water, earth, the moon, femininity and nighttime. In contrast, Yang, is fast, hard, solid, focused, hot, dry, and aggressive; associated with fire, sky, the sun, masculinity and daytime. Yin and yang are not opposing forces, but rather complementary forces, that interact to form a greater whole. Everything has both yin and yang aspects as light could not be understood if darkness didn’t exist, and shadow cannot exist without light. This concept shows up in yoga as well, we wouldn’t have Yin yoga without Vinyasa yoga and vice versa. Many of us live our lives in “Yang”, rushing, constantly moving, focused and aggressive and struggle with the moments in our lives that are more “Yin” like, slow and passive. We understand that in our lives we need balance, work and play, company and solitude. We know that we need to have an equal balance in order to be truly happy. Some of us need less play and enjoy more work, but doesn’t mean that it is not enjoyed when we have it. Planning vacations and taking time away from technology and “work” are things we find we need to...
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