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Yin yoga uses long, passively held yoga poses to affect the body’s deep connective tissues, including the fascia and the joints. Yin yoga also stimulates the body’s energy meridians and organs. Yin’s benefits may include safely stressing the joints for optimum joint stability and health, reducing pain from a variety of conditions, and cultivating inner awareness and stillness for increased calm and focus, both on your yoga mat and throughout your day. Each one-hour class begins with a short centering meditation, then proceeds through a series of poses targeting specific joints or energy meridians, and culminates in yoga nidra, or “yogic sleep”. When you leave this class, you may feel so blissfully calm that you accidentally drive someone else’s car home and not evennotice till morning!
What to wear: Yoga pants are not required. Pants or shorts of some kind, however, are required! Just wear
comfy clothing that allows you to move freely and easily on the floor.
What to bring: Yoga mat, yoga blocks (two preferred), yoga blanket(s), and yoga bolster, water bottle, enthusiasm, curiosity and openness! None of these things needs to be fancy, or even specific to yoga, except for your mat. Inexpensive mats can be purchased at Walmart or TJ Maxx for around $8.00. Both stores also carry yoga blocks for around $5.00. You may, of course, purchase high-end stuff, but only if you want to. In lieu of a yoga blanket, you could use a small throw or any blanket, really; it will mostly be folded up and underneath you for support. Similarly, instead of a yoga bolster, bring several pillows! Throw pillows, bed pillows, decorative pillows, any pillows! Personally, I use the throw pillows from my bed. **Do not let lack of “proper” equipment keep you from this amazing practice! It’s fun to get creative and improvise! If you come to yin yoga class looking like a teenager headed to a sleepover, then you’re doing it right.
Where to go: The Bradford Town Hall gym When to go: Tuesday evenings from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $5 per class
What to do if you have questions: Contact Tamarra at email@example.com or through Facebook messenger (“Tamarra Lynn”).