Sundays 11 am – 12 noon (HST)
Started May 31, 2020
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Move through the energy – prana – of inhaling and exhaling, smoothly flowing between postures. Yin Yoga then becomes the soothing tonic that can help us find balance and inner calm. In this practice poses are held longer, with deeply relaxing “stretching” poses that open and energize the “meridians,” or energy pathways of the body, restoring youthful joint mobility as you quietly activate your life force.
Optional: You can come to class with a yoga mat and any cushions, towels or blankets that you may want to use as props during your practice.
David is a well-loved yogi of tremendous insight and inspiration, which he artfully and humorously weaves into every class, making it a beautiful body mind spirit experience for his students. He is also skilled at creating classes that uniquely meet the needs of every student in attendance. David began teaching at Still & Moving Center on its first anniversary in 2011 and has been a vibrant member of our community ever since.
David began his personal yoga practice in college in 1973 while attending San Diego State University and continued studying at a variety of locations in Los Angeles, primarily Yoga Works, Santa Monica. David deepened his practice at Kalani Honua on the Big Island of Hawaii, graduating from their Yoga Teacher Training in April of 2002. David taught at Kalani from 2003 to 2009, both regular classes and at yoga retreats held there. While at Kalani, he had the opportunity to study with visiting teachers, including Shiva Rea, Lynne Minton, Saul David Raye and Duncan Wong. As a life-long student, David never ceases to acquire knowledge and greater understanding into application.
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Sundays 11 am -12:15 pm – starting September 10.
Yin Yoga, also known as Taoist Yoga, targets connective tissue, specifically ligaments and tendons in the joints and spine. To lengthen the connective tissue, we extend the duration of the postures, engaging in static stretching. When the muscle is fully stretched, the stress reaches the connective tissue. In yin yoga, asanas are usually held for three to five minutes. Because of the long duration of asanas, one of the key values cultivated in the practice of yin yoga is patience. It is quite a meditative practice.
If the muscles are cold, they will be less elastic, and more therapeutic stress will be transferred to the connective tissue. For this reason, it is recommended that yin yoga be practiced earlier in the day, before physical activity that warms the muscles and increases their elasticity. However, some note that practicing yin yoga after a strenuous day is psychologically soothing.
Over time, practice of yin yoga can lengthen these tissues, increasing range of motion. As connective tissue accounts for about fifty percent of the body’s resistance to range of motion, focusing on connective can dramatically increase flexibility. The intensity and physical benefits of the practice depend on duration of the asana (pose) and the temperature of the muscle.
Ciara explains each move in an unruffled, easy-to-understand manner, emanating a sense of patience and ease. She helps people to calm themselves. Students find her to be friendly and approachable. With Ciara’s lead you’ll come back to a place of inner retreat and relaxation. Her focus on awareness and alignment ensures that you maintain safety during this class.
Ciara is a school teacher and is also certified in children’s yoga. A little known aspect of her life is that she spins fire!