Technically Vinyasa refers to a system of placing things in a correct order, this was never a term used in Yoga, it is considered more of a math or cooking term (where there are certain steps you need to take). In the West it has come to define a fast flow yoga, and sometimes at IHY that is what you’ll find. However, we consider it more of a term meaning setting up the next pose, for example focusing on stretching hamstrings before a headstand, or setting the postures in a specific order. Every class is going to be different and every teacher is going to have a different approach. It is best to visit all teachers to find a style that resonates best with you and your needs.
Intro to Yoga
A basics class, designed for students who have never done yoga, or have attended just a few classes. Typically this is taught in a 6-week series, where each class builds on the one previous.
In Yin Yoga we release our selves from our world of “trying”, and explore surrender, with all of its elusive veils. We allow gravity to do the work and completely let go, allowing layer after layer to shed from the body, the energetic body and the mind. Each pose is held for about 3 minutes, with little or no muscle engagement, which allows the connective tissue (fascia) to stretch and release our tight muscles and open our joints. Our connective tissue is a slow moving and dry fiber, designed to hold us tightly together, which is why it needs so long to release. It wraps around every structure in the body (bones, muscles, organs...) and transitions into the tendons and ligaments. The energy lines (meridians, nadis, zen lines) are believed to travel through this tissue as well, so by freeing it of its “stuck-ness”, there is flow returned to the energy body. Come explore, open, and dive deep with a healing Yin practice. Check out this website for more info: http://www.yinyoga.com/
Intro to AcroYoga
We will use a partner to play an advanced variation of the children’s favorite ‘airplane.’ No experience is required, just a curiosity and willingness to try. This class is offered at a special two for one price to encourage you to bring a partner, though you will probably fly with a few different people during class.
This is a free class for people with experience with AcroYoga. We will play and help each other learn some more advanced AcroYoga practices. Acropedia.org is a wonderful resource we use to aid in learning.