This class will give students the opportunity to access, nourish and massage the deep connective tissues of the body for a wonderful new kind of yoga experience.
Yin yoga is a quiet practice suitable for students of all levels of experience. Through the practice of long held postures targeting mainly the connective tissue of the low back, hips and hamstrings, Yin yoga invites you to slow down and create space for stillness while nourishing your body. When we let the muscles relax, the work is done in the areas beyond the muscles and into the joints, ligaments, tendons and fascia. Many of the poses are seated, supine or prone, with special attention paid to areas that encompass a joint (hips, spine, sacrum). We hold poses with the muscles relaxed for several minutes. Also, by targeting the main meridians (energy channels) of the body, this type of deep tissue practice assists you in removing ama (toxins, blockages) and creating more mental and physical harmony. This is a more meditative practice with a focus on the breath, being present in the moment, relieving tension and letting go. The Yin practice includes powerful mental and emotional benefits as you become quiet, still and mindful of the present moment. Other benefits of Yin yoga include: reduces stress, creates calm in the mind and body, builds stamina, lubricates and protects the joints, increases flexibility in the deep tissue, and improves your meditation experience. Give yourself this opportunity to surrender, slow down and come back to balance. Yin yoga is a perfect complement for vinyasa flow and other physically challenging “yang” practices.
Props are extremely useful for this type of practice so that you can access the deep tissue in the best way for your body. If you have props of your own, please feel free to bring them (blocks, blanket, bolster).
Rena Wren, RYT 200 & Certified Yin Yoga Teacher
Assistant Teacher & Legal Liaison, BYW RYS 200
Owner Shanti Sun Yoga, Little Rock, AR
Co-Owner/Elite Trainer, Balance Barre(R) - www.balancebarreus.com
Rena has been practicing yoga for about 15 years and received her RYT 200 with Courtney Butler at Balance Yoga & Wellness (BYW) in the tradition and lineage of Krishnamacharya. She is currently earning her 300 hour yoga registration with BYW. She and Courtney co-own Balance Barre(R), a yoga/barre fusion class they developed together. Rena has trained teachers in 4 states to teach the barre class. Recently, she has also studied with Seane Corn, Amy Ippoliti, Bernie Clark and Diana Batts. She has experience teaching barre, fitness, core and several types of yoga, including Yin, restorative, hatha, vinyasa, hot yoga, private individual and corporate classes, and yoga therapy. She has led intensives in Chakra-Balancing Yoga, Detox Yoga, and Stress Relief. She is passionate about teaching and sharing the benefits of a yoga lifestyle and enjoys helping people help themselves by opening the door to connections among mind, body, and spirit. She strives to teach others how to incorporate yoga and meditation into their daily lives to cultivate peace, calm and balance. Rena is also a professional singer/songwriter and enjoys vegan living and supporting animal rights. To follow Rena, please find her at @renawren on social media and tumblr, and at www.shantisunyoga.com. #beyoubetrue #findpeaceandshine