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Press the reset button on your mind & your body, and join us every Saturday from 6:30 to 7:30pm for a weekly Saturday Night Yin class at Shiva Lila Yoga Space Beirut in Clemenceau.

Yin yoga is based on an ancient practice that is energetically nourishing, mentally healing and physically relaxing. Yin yoga is practised sitting or lying on the floor. You can expect forward bends with legs together or apart, lunges and gentle backbends – poses that are commonly practised in dynamic yoga classes. But here’s the key difference: in yin yoga, they are held for a longer period of time to increase flexibility in that part of the body. The pace is slow, so you need to wear comfortable, warm clothes and maybe keep your socks on.

Why 60 minutes? Because with yin-style yoga that's all you need to feel spacious and fluid. Get off your mat and carry on with your evening -- grounded and revitalised without the feeling of dry sweat on your skin.

- this class is open to all levels
- yin yoga is not restorative yoga : if are recovering from an injury, please allow yourself to heal before resuming your practice, or come with an intention to not push or criticise yourself and let the instructor know of your injury.


More about why yin yoga is a fantastic complementary practice:

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/jan/05/yin-yoga-calm-mind-stretch-body-slow

"Yin yoga can complement an already active life or help those who feel distracted by “mind chatter”. Constantly emailing, texting and posting social media updates has led, for some, to mental overload and a feeling that we are not good enough or achieving enough. Yin yoga can provide an antidote to this.

The term “yin yoga” comes from the Taoist tradition. Yang relates to movement, often repetitive movement, creating heat in the body. Yin is about finding stillness and cooling the body. And, the theory goes, we need both to come into balance to stay in optimum condition.

Yin yoga is a simple, quiet practice, but – make no mistake – it is not always an easy or comfortable one. One of the leading teachers of yin yoga, Bernie Clark, says: “Yin yoga is not meant to be comfortable; it will take you well outside your comfort zone. Much of the benefit of the practice will come from staying in this zone of discomfort, despite the mind’s urgent pleas to leave.”

But if you can stick with it, people who regularly attend yin yoga classes say it stimulates perception and awareness of the quality and joy of the breath, and therefore of life itself."