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Intro to Yin Yoga

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Saturday 06/03/2023 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Saturday 06/10/2023 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Saturday 06/17/2023 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Saturday 06/24/2023 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Saturday 07/01/2023 11:45 am - 1:00 pm

$96.00 Intro to Yin Yoga

 We go walking, running or cycling for our heart and cardio vascular system, and do hatha or kundalini yoga, pilates and/or weight training for both strength and suppleness in our muscles, and restorative yoga/yoga nidra for our nervous system - how do we work our joint and fascial tissues? Just like all movement systems of the body, the joints need "exercise" as well! 

 Yin Yoga uses muscularly relaxed Yoga poses, primarily done on the floor and held for 3-5 minutes, to stimulate the chemical healing responses of joint and fascial tissues.   Gentle tractioning and compressing the fascia and ligamental tissue within and around a joint capsule can help the body recognize and send chemical healing responses to those areas of the body, helping to heal tissue degeneration, adhesions and pain in those areas, as well as, with a regular practice, potentially increase range of motion in those joints.  As a bonus, many people find this practice peaceful and restful as well.

 However, given that the goal of a yin pose is not the shape of the pose, or the movement into or out of the shape, but instead sensation in the target tissue area, not all poses are right for all bodies due to skeletal differences.  Sometimes, if you are unfamiliar with the practice, you may take the entire duration of the pose just trying to find a comfortable shape. In this 6 week introductory class Rebecca will guide you through the primary poses and their target areas of sensation, helping you find the right shape for your body, and letting you join any drop-in Yin class in the future with confidence that this is the right pose for this part of YOUR body!

Rebecca Henry

Owner/Director of Hatha Programming


Rebecca’s journey with yoga and meditation began more than twenty years ago when she took precepts with the Zen Buddhist Society of Compassionate Wisdom, finding that a vigorous yoga practice was the only way to keep her chattering mind quiet on her meditation mat. As those practices expanded into helping her with the stresses of school, and, later, work and family life, she has been exploring the benefits of her practice on and off the mat ever since.

Forever a student, Rebecca brings a beginners mind and an awakened heart to her practice and teaching. Compassion, empathy, humor and joy are at the core of all of her classes. Her focus is on uniting mindful movement with breath while helping people understand of how their own unique body affects their individual practice, in both a traditional hatha as well as a more vinyasa style.

 As a mother of two teenagers, she is impassioned to support other people in their journey into parenthood through the mindfulness and body-centered practices of yoga and meditation. As birth and postpartum doula, she emphasizes childbirth education and body awareness in her pre- and postnatal classes, bringing these practical aspects together with a warm, nurturing teaching style.

Rebecca completed her 200 hour training with Tara Lemerise at Willow Street Yoga in Takoma Park, MD, pre and post natal yoga teacher training with Debra Flashenburg of the Prenatal Yoga Center of New York City and is certified with Leslie Howard in Pelvic Floor Yoga™. She has also completed training with Tara Lemerise, of Tara Lemerise Yoga, in Restorative Yoga, and has completed a 50 hr Yin Yoga certification with Machelle Lee of Roots and River Yoga

Photo Credit Machelle Lee

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