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Yin Yoga at The Wellness Centre (Castle Quay)

yin-yogaWhilst most forms of yoga offered in classes are generally dynamic, active practices concentrating on muscular (“yang”) tissues, Yin Yoga offers a complementary approach, allowing practitioners to focus on the fascial (“yin”) tissues of the body (that is, the band of connective tissue fibres which envelope, separate or bind muscles), including tendons, ligaments, bones and joints.

Yin Yoga is suitable for almost all levels of students, and is a perfect complement to the dynamic and muscular (yang) styles of yoga that emphasize internal heat, and the lengthening and contracting of our muscles. Yin Yoga generally targets the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine.

While initially this style of yoga can seem quite passive, or soft, yin practice can be challenging due to the longer duration the poses are held for. Poses are held as deep as is comfortable, and for a long time (typically for several minutes’ duration). With the muscles relaxed the body is allowed to sink deeper into each pose. Yin and yang tissues respond quite differently to being exercised. You need to experience this to really know what Yin Yoga is all about. After you have experienced it, even just once, you will realize that you have been doing only half of the asana practice.

Two Hour Taster / Refresher Workshop

What are the benefits of a regular Yin Yoga practice?


  • Increased mobility in the body, most notably in the joints and hip area.
  • Improved lubrication and, therefore, protection in the joints.
  • Improved flexibility in the body’s fascia.
  • Improved yang (dynamic) style yoga practice.
  • Heightened awareness of the body and changes within it during/after practice.
  • Increased ability to relax.
  • Balancing of mind and body, typified by a calmer persona.

Who should come along?

Our teaching style allows those attending to do what they can comfortably achieve without any “pressure to perform”. This facilitates a wide range of participation, from the keen novice to the experienced student or even fellow teacher.

Please note: Yin Yoga is not restorative yoga. Like all yoga practices, if the tissues you are targeting for exercise are damaged in some way, please give yourself a chance to heal before resuming your regular practice.