As the leaves start to change color and the crisp autumn air sets in, it’s the perfect time to turn inward and prepare for the season ahead. At Wheel House we believe that Autumn is the perfect time for reflection, stillness, and renewal. Which is why we’re introducing our limited time Yin Yoga Series, “Yin: Autumnal Renewal.” Take a moment to explore what yin yoga is, its benefits, and how it differs from the traditional Vinyasa Flow.
What is Yin Yoga?
This practice is a gentle and meditative yoga practice that focuses on deep stretching and holding poses for extended periods of time. On average you’ll hold a pose for 3 to 5 minutes, a much longer time that you would in Vinyasa yoga classes. This allows you to safely stretch connective tissue which can slow down the loss of flexibility that happens as we get older.
The Benefits of Yin Yoga
- Improved flexibility: It’s a great way to increase flexibility, especially in areas like hips, pelvis, and lower spine.
- Reduced Stress: The slow and meditative nature of yin promotes relaxation and stress relief.
- Enhanced Mindfulness: Holding poses for extended periods of time encourages mindfulness, deepening the mind-body connection.
- Injury Prevention: Yin yoga can reduce the risk of injury by promoting joint health.
Yin Yoga vs Vinyasa Yoga
Yin and Vinyasa may both be under the umbrella of yoga, but they offer two distinctly different experiences:
Yin Yoga is a slow paced and meditative practice that places a strong emphasis on passive stretching. You’ll often find yourself holding poses for extended periods of time. This approach is designed to target the deep connective tissue in your body to relax muscles and enhance flexibility. It’s an ideal practice for people who are looking for a serene and introspective experience while working on both the body and mind.
On the other hand, Vinyasa Yoga offers a dynamic and fast-paced experience with an emphasis on continuous flow and movement. Pose transitions happen quickly and seamlessly, creating a sense of fluidity. Vinyasa yoga primarily focuses on building physical strength, enhancing balance, and improving cardiovascular fitness. It’s the ideal choice for those looking for a more energetic yoga practice, boosting strength, endurance, and overall physical fitness.
Why We’ve Added the Yin: Autumnal Renewal to our Schedule
Fall is the Season of Change: Yin yoga is the perfect practice to embrace the transition of not only the season but our minds and bodies. It will help you find stillness and peace in the midst of change, helping you prepare for winter and the new year with a refreshed mind and body.
It Offers Time for Reflection: It encourages introspection and self care with its meditative and contemplative nature. This unique practice and opportunity that allows us to pause, reflect, and set your intentions for the coming season.
Embrace the fall season and find stillness and renewal with yin classes. Our Yin: Autumnal Renewal classes are only going to be on our schedule until the end of November so be sure to book in while you can.
Our Yin Yoga Schedule:
Thursdays at 5:15pm from October 19th 2023 to November 2nd 2023.
Thursdays at 12:00pm from November 9th to November 30th 2023 (No Yin Yoga on Thanksgiving).
See our Yoga Class Schedule.