Yin Yoga has become known as the ‘quiet profound practice’. We hold poses passively for a longer period of time. This style of practice stimulates the energy-rich connective tissue of the body while developing mindful awareness. Yin practice is a valuable and necessary complement to stronger forms of yoga, fitness and sports as well as a being a powerful antidote to stressful, busy lifestyles.
Ashley Bowes (Yoga Alliance Dip):
I have been practising yoga for around ten years and experienced a range of different styles from Iyengar, to Vinyasa Flow, to Integral yoga, to Scaravelli inspired styles. I have always returned to hatha, this being the style that reminds me again and again of who I am, who I want to be and how I want to feel and flourish, both on the mat and off. It is by grounding, centering, moving in a bi-mechanically sound way and being accepting of my limitations and appreciative of my abilities, by calming my mind and remembering my breath that I can move through the world happily and peacefully with a sound body and mind.
Over the past few years my yoga practice and studies have evolved away from the ancient Hindu texts which I have found to be somewhat inaccessible and irrelevant to my modern, Western experience and moved towards a preference of examining modern neuroscience, psychology and humanist philosophy, bringing a broader context with which to explore the human condition and all the inherent ups and downs therein. I seek to understand yoga from the perspective of the modern world in which I live, to be forward looking and develop a useful criteria on which to found a useful yoga practice I believe that it is important to frame modern day yoga in a meaningful context to avoid it becoming simply another exercise regime and recognizing the true importance of human health and flourishing encouraged by and through the practice of yoga.
I forever remain a student of yoga and am currently a participant of Pete Blackaby’s 18 month Grounded Yoga course as well as being an attendant of many Gary Carter workshops as well as Monica Voss, Zoe Knott, John Stirk and a host of other marvellous teachers. I have a 200hr Yoga Alliance qualification.