Yin Yoga at 889 in Toronto is a yoga practice based on the Taoist concept of yin and yang – the opposite and complementary principles in nature. Yin is the stable, unmoving, hidden aspect of things. Yang is the changing, moving, revealing aspect of things. When looking at the body, the stiff connective tissues (tendons, ligaments, fascia) are considered to be yin, while the mobile and pliable muscles and the blood are considered yang.

In this class you will restore the body in a gentle practice where postures, mainly focused on the lower body, are passively held for several minutes. Yin Yoga is an opportunity to turn your focus inward and slowly open the body.

How does Yin Yoga work?

  • by relaxing all muscular (Yang) effort, we allow the body’s own weight to gently stretch the underlying (Yin) connective tissues.
  • As connective tissues are stretched in a yin yoga class, movement becomes easier and its full range becomes revealed.
  • Yin Yoga at 889 facilitates the development of a strong inner, kinesthetic sense of the body’s movement capacities and limitations.
  • Yin Yoga at 889 supports the body’s healing of injury, making it an effective physiotherapeutic practice.
  • This practice creates space to maintain and expand a healthy range of motion.

How will you feel after an 889 Yin class?

  • connected
  • open
  • stretched
  • energetically softened
  • more present
  • relieved of deep tension

Yin Yoga at 889 is an all-levels class. It is a gentle practice where flexibility is not required. It can be intense in that the postures are held for longer periods of time to generate both physical and emotional tension release.

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