S E T T L E W I T H Y I N | A Yin Yoga Practice
Gianna has practiced Yin Yoga for many years. Because of her love for this particular practice, she has completed two Yin Yoga Continuing Education Teacher Trainings, to further her study and teaching of this practice.
But, What, Exactly, is Yin Yoga?
Below a most eloquent, concise, yet thorough description of this contemplative practice is given by Gianna's teacher, which describes the practice beautifully. They state as follows:
G E N T L E Y O G A
This class is a uniquely blended balance between movement and stillness. Mindfulness of alignment in our physical postures (asana) is supportive to joint stability, as well as to our individual range of motion and mobility. Students move through each asana at a more gentle pace, perhaps holding each asana for a time, before transitioning to the next. Since "gentle" is not synonymous with "easy", students will benefit from increased strength, mobility, flexibility, and balance. While Gentle Yoga is the perfect place for one to begin their Yoga journey, Gianna is careful to not define it as "beginner's yoga". Gentle Yoga is a good, strong practice, and it is one of great benefit to students both new to yoga and seasoned, alike, and can be a wonderful life-long practice.
Pranayama is key to and mindfully guided in all of Gianna's classes and, as appropriate only, in trauma-conscious practices. We explore with a gentle curiosity how an easeful breath begins to guide one's physical movement. The breath can be explored as though it were bookends to a posture, gently supporting the beginning and end of each asana and our individual range of motion. A supportive breathing practice also assists in nurturing the body, mind, and spirit, as well as providing support to the nervous system, as it enables it to move toward regulation and relaxation. Restorative Yoga is also offered in Gentle Yoga classes.
G E N T L E Y O G A F O R B A C K W E L L N E S S
Gentle Yoga for Back Wellness incorporates all of the elements of Gentle Yoga, with a specific emphasis placed upon the care of the back and spine. This class will help students to strengthen muscles, increase flexibility and range of motion, ease back pain, and serves as an adjunct to their Chiropractic care.
R E S T O R A T I V E Y O G A
The intention of Restorative Yoga is to offer support to the nervous system and its regulation.
To fully support the body while in Restorative Yoga postures, we use two blocks, a blanket or two, and a bolster, in this class. When the body is and feels fully supported and comfortable, the nervous system begins to let its guard down...and begins to regulate. We recognize this regulation as feeling calm.
Each class has been thoughtfully prepared in advance with a series of 5 to 7 restorative postures that students will settle into for a time, transition from, and mindfully prepare to settle into for the next posture. The transition in between postures is slow, mindful, and just as important as the time spent once settled back in to the restorative spaces.
To mindfully prepare for class and implement the four causes and conditions of relaxation into their practice, Gianna creates a space that is quiet, dimly lit, warm, and safe.
She recommends students bring a sweater or hoodie to their space, along with a pair of socks, to stay warm during their Restorative Yoga practice.
E A S E F U L S U N D A Y: GENTLE & RESTORATIVE YOGA
Easeful Sunday is the perfect opportunity to thoughtfully turn inward for a time, as we reset and align ourselves for the week ahead, through a beautifully-arranged Gentle and Restorative Yoga practice.
"In order to observe ourselves, we need an attention that is different from our ordinary attention...We seek to have a watchman in us who is stable. The one who watches is present…The rest of me is passive." -- Jeanne De Salzmann, The Reality of Being