Yin Yoga is a practice which combines the influences of Indian Yoga and Chinese Doaist Practices for improved wellbeing. While most modern yoga practices and many forms of western exercise emphasize the muscles or “yang” tissues of the body, this is a practice focused on longer held postures that allow us to more directly affect the connective “yin” tissues of our joints, ligaments, and fascial networks. Intentionally practiced without a warm up, this cooler approach to yoga focuses on poses which are held for 5 minutes average more or less, at a manageable depth with an emphasis on stillness.
This is a yielding, allowing, and nourishing practice that helps to increase circulation, improve joint mobility, increase flexibility, and release fascia, while reducing stress by working to calm and balance the physical and energetic bodies. A more meditative focused practice, Yin Yoga is a great way to re-energize and cultivate an internal awareness to carry out into daily life.
To target the connective tissues, Yin is ideally practiced before or well after a more rigorous workout. For this practice, plan on wearing comfortable clothes, and layers suitable to keep you from being chilled with little movement. Sign up here.
Lauren Kile’s instruction focuses on combining movement and breath with an emphasis on internal awareness, she focuses on assisting clients in the cultivation of stability, awareness, and suppleness in both body and mind. Because the intentions one brings to their yoga practice can vary greatly, Lauren works to build classes that support clients in exploring their individual needs and goals. She offers teaching style which weaves together curiosity and a nurturing quality in hopes of supporting students in exploring their own process around movement and stillness with the same.
Lauren comes from a background in dance and has been studying various aspects of yoga for the last 12 years. She holds a 200-YTT certificate received under the tutelage of Kathleen Hunt at (the former) Samadhi Yoga in 2013. Her teaching and personal practice have been largely influenced by Kathleen, Steve Davis, Eric Orvid, and Troy Lucero. She is a SPRe® Apprentice and will be a SPRe® Practitioner in the summer of 2018.