Yin (North)

Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga with postures that primarily concentrate on the connective tissues of the body (fascia, tendons, ligaments) as well as deep within the joints. Most postures are performed on the floor in a seated or reclined position that allow for deep stretching, often working towards opening the hips, shoulders and spine. Students are instructed to soften the muscles of the body in each pose so there’s no “work” but rather opportunity to move deeply and gently into the stretch.

Each pose is held for 3 to 5 minutes and occasionally longer. Bolsters, blocks, straps and other yoga props will be used to aid the student into each pose. Our yin yoga class focuses on meridians of the body while opening the hips and shoulders and quieting the mind. This form of yoga is suitable for all ages and levels, and although it appears to be very passive in nature it can be quite challenging as one finds the quiet stillness and appropriate depth of each pose. Yin yoga is highly recommended to help balance the more rigorous “yang” vinyasa or ashtanga practices.  Yin tissues (fascia, bones tendons, ligaments, joints) and yang tissues (muscle, blood, skin) respond differently while being exercised. Yang forms of yoga stimulate the muscles in the body, increases strength, and promote good physical health. Yin Yoga is necessary to balance one’s overall practice to keep the body from weakening and to prevent the susceptibility of injury to the joints. Yin lubricates and adds flexibility to joints.

After you experience the power of Yin Yoga, you will realize you need Yin to balance and complete your yoga practice.

Temperature: Comfortable

Level: Intermediate

Class Timetable

  Open Time Close Time Trainer Address
Wednesday 5:30 am 7:00 am Kathy Shirley 99198 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, Florida 33037
Wednesday
5:30 am - 7:00 am - with Kathy Shirley - at 99198 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, Florida 33037

I began practicing yoga at home 17 years ago and loved it, but never really committed to a full on practice. When I attended my first real yoga class with Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois 9 years ago, I fell in love with this ancient practice. A year later, I traveled to Costa Rica to complete my 200 hour Vinyasa Teacher Training and am currently registered with the Yoga Alliance. In the spring of 2014, I traveled to Rishikesh, India for a 6 week intensive training in Hatha Yoga to complete my 500 YTT. The last 8 years, I have been teaching yoga and sharing my passion for this transformative practice. Like many yogis, I had longed for me connection to my spiritual side and yoga has helped me find that missing link. After teaching for 5 years, I decided it was time to take a leap of faith and open the North Studio in May. I just had to share this journey with as many people as possible! Later in November of 2014 we opened the South location to continue to grow the yoga community and spread the love of yoga. I hope this journey finds each and every one of you! My philosophy on yoga or what it means to me to act from a state of yoga is very simple. I have two famous texts that I read from daily, The Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. These two ancient texts have transformed my way of thinking and being. Two quotes from the Gita play a vital role in my daily living. The Gita states, yoga is "skillfulness in action" and "Yoga is equanimity and equilibrium". These quotes show me my capacity as a yogi to be able to act skillfully to produce positive results in all aspects of my life, on and off the mat. When I am faced with life's challenge that bring up fears, my ego and limitations of my mind, I am better able to remain in a calm state and approach the situation with evenness. I am not always successful, but I work on this daily and remind myself of these quotes when I am feeling out of balance or am faced with challenges that are difficult to face. Then Patanjali says that "Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind". Ahhh, he clearly states that the practice of "yoga" is the ability to still the mind and release the ego. If only it were that easy to allow the monkey mind to quiet and live in the moment every single day. This is why I practice. My daily sadhana on and off my yoga mat is how I experience my world. I realize that my practice fluctuates and changes but my commitment to my practice never wanes and it brings me closer to freedom one baby step at a time!