Yin/Yang Yoga & Self Myofascial Release

Class capacity: 6-15 students

Each session presents a unique blend of Self Myofascial Release (15-20mins) and Yin Yoga

This class will be run online using the Zoom platform.

Yin Yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga, incorporating principles of traditional Chinese medicine, with asanas(postures) that are held for 1-3 mins of time. Sequences of postures may help to stimulate the channels of the subtle body known as meridians in Chinese medicine and as nadis in Hatha yoga.

Yin Yoga poses apply moderate stress to the connective tissues of the body—the tendons, fasciae, and ligaments—with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility. A more meditative approach to yoga, its goals are awareness of inner silence, and bringing to light a universal, interconnecting quality.

Self Myofascial Release (SMFR) focuses on releasing muscular shortness and tightness. If you are losing flexibility or function following an injury or if experiencing ongoing back, shoulder, hip, or virtually pain in any area containing soft tissue. This may be what you are looking for. 

The goal of self myofascial release is to stretch and loosen the fascia so that it and other contiguous structures can move more freely, and a more normal motion is restored.

The specific releases to different parts of the body vary, but generally include gentle application of pressure or sustained low load stretch to the affected area. Progress is gauged by the level of increased motion or function experienced, and/or decrease in pain felt.

Self myofascial release can also improve skeletal and muscular alignment. Provide pain relief from restricted flexibility and movement, Help to allow you to have a more normal movement pattern and greater function.

Materials List

Equipment: If you do not want to use the equipment at the centre you will need: Soft Mat (10mm), Yoga strap, 2 tennis balls, spikey ball, 2 or more blocks )

Tutor: Heather Crowe

Heather Crowe has been working as a Pilates Instructor for 11 years and teaches Pilates Mat Work inspired by the late creator, Joseph H Pilates. Heather discovered Pilates in 1997 to assist in the recovery from a back injury after being hit by a car on her bicycle. Realising and experiencing the benefits of Pilates she became a certified Pilates Instructor in 2003. Heather teaches Pilates with a unique method to improve deep stabilising abdominal muscle strength, toned core and buttock, flexibility, joint mobility and encourages long lean muscles for a more graceful posture. Heather is a passionate health and fitness professional and highly qualified with a:Bachelor of Physical Education Degree, NZ; Diploma in Secondary Teaching, NZ with 8 years teaching experience; Diploma in Exercise Science and Fitness Management, AUS; Cert IV Master Personal Trainer; Registered Personal Trainer with Fitness Australia NSW; Diploma in Yoga; Certified Pilates Instructor; Director of Health Conscious Personal Training since 2003 specialising in teaching Yoga, Pilates and personal training to individuals and small groups in the Lower North Shore and Eastern Suburbs.