Friday, December 21st
6:00 - 8:00 pm
$30 in advance; $35 if paid day of.
Workshop Refund Policy: Full payment is required to reserve a space in workshops. All workshops are non-refundable. Cancelations made more than 48 hours prior will be issued store credit. No store credit will be given for cancelations made less than 48 hours out.
Water: A Solstice Yin Practice
Join instructor Hilary Richard in an evening yin yoga workshop.
In 5 Element Chinese Medicine, the winter solstice is considered the most "yin" day of the year. The day is the shortest it will be all year, and the night will be the longest. Energy is at its lowest, and the season encourages rest above all else.
This practice will be based off of the element of water, which corresponds with the season of winter and governs the kidneys and bladder. Still, passive poses, are held anywhere from three to seven minutes to promote the physical health of the tissues of the joints and fascia. Stressing these tissues along meridian lines, corresponding with the bladder and kidneys, will encourage a flow of qi (energy, life force, essence) that will promote balance in the season of winter.
Surrender into the stillness of yin during the stillest day of the year. This is a power kind of practice that can show equal effects physically, mentally and energetically.
What is Yin Yoga?
Yin yoga is a simple, yet not easy style of yoga, with postures that are held for longer periods of time: for beginners, it may range from 45 seconds to two minutes; more advanced practitioners may stay in one asana for five minutes or more.
Yin yoga poses apply moderate stress to the connective tissues of the body—the tendons, fascia, and ligaments—with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility. A more meditative approach to yoga, yin aims at cultivating awareness of inner silence, and bringing to light a universal, interconnecting quality.
Yin Yoga is based on the Taoist concept of yin and yang, opposite and complementary principles in nature. Yin is the stable, unmoving, hidden aspect of things; yang is the changing, moving, revealing aspect. Other yin-yang polarities include cold-hot, down-up, calm-excited.
In the body, the relatively stiff connective tissues (tendons, ligaments, fascia) are yin, while the more mobile and pliable muscles and blood are yang.
Benefits of a regular Yin Yoga practice
Calms and balances the mind and body
Reduces stress and anxiety
Improves joint mobility
Balances the internal organs and improves the flow of chi or prana through meridian stimulation
Yin Yoga is suitable for just about all levels of students -- extreme athletes to dog walkers, computer geeks to baristas, teens to grandpas, type A-Z's. It's a fantastic compliment to everything else you do in your life. It helps undo all that you and your life do TO your body, bringing new found mental peace and physical ease going forward.
About Your Instructor - Hilary Richard
Hilary Richard E-RYT 200 is a north shore native who considers herself very lucky to live in an area with such a thriving yoga community.
Hilary first came into yoga as a teenager and completed her 200 hour training in 2012 with Claire Este-MacDonald and Gregor Singleton at Empower Yoga.
Through exploration of different teachers, she fell in love with the creativity, diversity, attention to seasonal changes, human emotion, rawness and humor that some of her favorite teachers brought to their classes. It was a refreshment like no other, and drawing inspiration from this, she seeks to bring students into a rawer connection with themselves.
Through building deeper emotional connections through physical practice, Hilary discovered the magical and healing powers of "softening". Making space. Letting go.
Hilary completed Restorative 1 & 2 training in restorative yoga through Jillian Pransky at yogaworks NYC, in addition to continuing education workshops. Most recently, Hilary completed a training in yin yoga through Josh Summers at North End Yoga.