What is Yinstinct Yoga?
Yinstinct Yoga balances traditional Yoga with up-to-date research in anatomy, biomechanics, functional movement, and somatics, and with the reasonable and compassionate expectations of what a body which has lived YOUR life can, and wants to do. This is an evolutionary way to approach Yoga, which has often resisted changing in response to developing research.
With a light approach, Yinstinct uses many practices and philosophies of Yoga to give you a strong structure upon which to base your own explorations. Then, through techniques which guide you to potent interoception, encouraging awareness of your internal and external environments, you will be helped to honour your instinct and your own body’s wisdom. Yinstinct can lead you to a Yoga that is as kind (Yin), sensual, playful, strong, expressive, or traditional as best serves your journey on this planet.
Currently, we are in an exciting phase, as an evolutionary surge in the way Yoga is perceived, taught, and practiced is stirring. With its popularity and varied benefits, come gifts and challenges. As Yoga is often used now “just” for physical healing, or “just” for relief from stresses, teachers must take care of those millions who come to Yoga for myriad reasons. In sharing Yinstinct Yoga, Niamh will hold you safe, offering Yoga that suits you. She will nurture you; simply, into greater ease in body and mind; or onward, into a deep intimate inquiry, instinctual understanding, and compassionate response to your magnificent self.
What happens in Yinstinct classes?
In our weekly classes, we focus on a Yoga that, evolving with our modern learning about the body, aims to keep you as healthy and mobile as possible for the life you love. Whether you want to run 10k every week for the rest of your life, or continue to be able to walk your dog til you are 99, whether you want to enhance a meditation practice or find ways to cope with stress or depression, there is value in these classes. Here is a continued offering of the basic Yoga practices of pranayama (breath work), and asana (physical practice), and a smattering of philosophy.
In these classes you can expect to be guided moment by moment, but with small portions where Yinstinct Yoga helps you to find that you already know how to move to keep mobile and strong. In teaching the traditional postures, Niamh will offer you options to suit what you need given your tensions, injuries, illnesses, or energy levels on any given day. You will find that Yinstinct Yoga brings a level of exploration to each posture from the subtle and internal, to a very clear, physically individual version. As in all her teaching, Niamh’s emphasis on approaching your self with compassion and gratitude, is greatly calming to the nervous system.