Yin Yoga

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: Beginner/Intermediate

Katharine “Kat” Wheatley was certified as a RYT-200 in 2013 with YogaWorks and is a registered member of Yoga Alliance. Kat was trained as a classical ballet dancer, studying and performing for nearly 18 years with the Fletchers and with the Land of the Sky Civic Ballet in Asheville, NC. Kat started practicing yoga occasionally at a gym almost 25 years ago, but it wasn’t until 2011 that she committed to a steady and (almost) daily practice of yoga. Kat is currently manager of Key Largo Yoga and in addition to overseeing workshops and special events, she manages the schedule, our team of teachers, and our social media connections. Kat subs classes when the regular teacher is unavailable and as such can teach any level of Vinyasa Flow, Hatha, Aerial, Gentle, SUP Yoga, and Yin. Kat continues her education as often as possible through her own practice, with her mentor Kathy Shirley, and by attending multiple workshops, conferences and events throughout the year. Join Kat for her Yoga Essentials class, Yin Yoga, Hatha Basics or her Friday afternoon Fun Flow, or stop in to the studio office to say hello!