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Sitting, Breathing and Being: An Intro to Yin Yoga with Geena Williams

Sat, May 15

2:00–3:30 PM Eastern Time

Suggested Tuition: $15

Treat yourself to a deeply nourishing Yin Yoga practice and various breathing techniques! Yin Yoga helps release tightness and assists in relaxation, slowing down the mind and the body. This style of yoga is the opposite of people’s active, yang lifestyles. Yin Yoga balances the body and mind as one finds stillness in floor postures held for 3-5 minutes each. These long holds gently apply "stress" and lengthen the connective tissue around the hips, pelvis and lower spine, with an added benefit of refreshing the energy channels within the body. Yin Yoga emphasizes stillness, awareness and compassion. A quiet practice great for all levels.

The workshop will explore these 3 principles of Yin Yoga:

Find an appropriate edge: Move slowly and gently into the pose, not going directly to the maximum point.

Stillness: Consciously try to release into the pose and to remain still, without fidgeting or too much shifting of position.

Just Breathe: Start with holding a pose for 1-3 minutes with deep conscious breathing, and slowly progress to a longer time of holding.

Geena Williams began practicing yoga as a physical therapy in 1992. She then studied Viniyoga, an asana-based therapeutic practice. Combining yoga training with bodywork has been a passion of hers for many years. While living in Southern California, she also studied with Self Realization Fellowship, founded by Paramahansa Yogananda. She began teaching yoga at the Ventura YMCA in 2006 and stayed for eleven years. In 2017, Geena came to Ananda Ashram for a three-week visit, where she joined the work staff and became immersed in the Ashram community. She further trained in Yin Yoga and continues to teach at the Ashram and the local Monroe YMCA.