Yoga with May

Yang to Yin Class

Yin and Yang, the balance of duality, two opposites combined to make a whole. A well rounded class to give you the mental and physical benefits of two very different styles of yoga!

What is Yin yoga? 

Yin yoga targets the connective tissues rather than the muscle. The poses are passive and held for 3-5 minutes or longer. 

Props are used in this class to help relax in the poses. This practice 

What is Yang yoga?

Yang is the opposite of yin, in the poses we would actively engage the muscles. The sequence of poses would connect from one to the next using our breath. This practice warms the body up and strengthens the body.

Typically this is at the beginning of a combination yin/yang class, but because of it's relaxation effects, May feels it is more rewarding to do after more active movement. Starting with more active (yang) movements (whether it's running, cycling, weight lifting or power yoga) also helps release that excess energy and racing thoughts we may have that can make it hard to fall asleep at night. 

It is advised to always  be mindful of your own limits and how your body feels! 

In this class our bodies are warm when we get to the yin poses so we will be be able to get into the poses with more ease than normal, similar to hot yoga, it is advisable to be mindful not to over stretch to prevent injury. 

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Yogshakti Integrative Yoga

May completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Yogshakti Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2019. 

There she trained in Hatha Yoga and Yogshakti Integrative Yoga which integrates "the teachings of the Himalayan tradition of Swami Rama; the Intuitive Yoga of spinal freedom inspired by Vanda Scaraveli; Yin Yoga; the Zen Mindfulness teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and the philosophy of non-dualism of Taoism and Advaita Vedanta. It also draws from the timeless eastern practices of, Taichi & Qigong inspired by the system of Calligraphy Health of Master Yang Mian and the fluid spinal practices of the Yoga Synergy method.” Go to https://yogshakti.com/integrative-yoga-detail/ to learn more. 

Practice yoga the way May trained in her Yoga Teacher Training course!

This class will probably not be your typical or mainstream yoga class. We will use hand mudras (gestures) for their physical and postural benefits and various breathing techniques (pranayama and kriyas) in different classes or different parts of the class. It will also not be a typical Yogshakti class as May likes to incorporate what she has learned all over the world!

 

A Yogshakti Integrative class by Shilpa (the founder of Yogshakti) also includes Tai Chi and Qi Gong, however as this may be new to many of us, it is advisable to take this style of yoga as a 4-6 week course or 2 hour workshop. Contact May for more info! 

This will be a flow class and still include sun salutations however, techniques are used to give our bodies more freedom, space and lightness instead of forcing into the postures. This class uses functional movements and focuses on alignment.  We will learn ways to move more naturally which helps prevent injury and helps our bodies to maintain strength and flexibility late into our lives! 

 

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