I don’t know about you, but it always seems like life accelerates during this time of year. This year feels much the same but also somewhat different as we all navigate the twists, turns, and extra sets of challenges brought about by the pandemic layered upon the natural-complexities of every day life. I don’t believe that any of us knew 19 months ago how our journeys would unfold, yet through the many series of highs and los, here we are.
One of the most profound observations during this time has been in
witnessing what happens when large swaths of our lives are whittled away, challenged by space, and then reintegrated. After the preliminary thrash brought about by change, shift occurs where past expectations are challenged by a presence that can be both unsettling as well as a refreshing change from what life in this day and age had previously led us to believe was the norm. But what about the last part, reintegration? Do we anxiously go back to what we know, knowing inwardly that maybe it left us feeling more worn or deflated, or do we lean into the curiosity of paving a new way?
As the holidays approach and as the next few days elapse, we invite you to ask yourselves:
‘where can I do less as a means to be here more fully in this vibrant
In our own preparations for the holidays and the reopening, we are putting these questions into practice. As we shine a light back towards each one of our instructors and the classes that they teach we recognize and appreciate the gifts and clarity of each of their visions. One of our newest instructors, Jane Silva Depp, offers her knowledge and practice of Yin Yoga to our studio. The Yin Yoga practice is truly about seeking the balance of our questions through the encouragement to do fewer postures in order to provide a space to engage more fully into the questions in our minds, bodies and spirits. We hope that you enjoy Jane’s thoughts and offer yourself the time to take one of her wonderful classes!
Today, Jane would like to introduce you to…
Relaxing and Meditative Yin- Thursdays @ 5:30pm
Deep Stretch Yin with Gentle Flow- Fridays @ 11:15am
“I love all styles of yoga, and I especially love Yin! Yin is a practice for yogis of all ages. The overall idea of this slower (“yin”) practice is that it helps to keep things in balance so that we can engage in life, and its more active pursuits (“yang”), with greater ease. Yin poses encourage a deep stretch in our muscles and fascia, and also gently invite good stress to support the health of our joints. With practice, we can experience greater flexibility and mobility, fewer aches, and greater ease to pursue what we enjoy— walking, tennis, cycling, etc. Yin also supports the flow of energy in the body and the health of our organs. And there is lots of space and stillness to engage in mindful presence, a valuable practice shown to calm and settle the mind.
This morning class begins with a centering meditation to encourage relaxation and connection to practice. We then move onto a sequence that interweaves longer held yin poses and complementary movement. Class ends in savasana to allow our practice to integrate before moving onto the day.
What I love most about yoga is the opportunity to connect with others and practice in community. All are welcome in this Yin practice that offers greater balance and ease.
Looking forward to meeting you!”
Ok friends, have a beautiful holiday week nourished with warmth, peace, and a different pace.
Your TYC Tribe