Yoga also calms the nervous system, as well as sharpens the mind and fortifies the body. Perhaps the simplest definition of Yoga is the uniting of our body with our breath. Or we could say the the uniting of our earthly and sacred selves. 

The Kripalu Center notes these 4 key components, taken from 3 ancient Yogic texts:
1. Skillfulness in action -acting dynamically in ways that produce positive life results. (Bhagavad Gita)
2. Equanimity and equilibrium - sustaining evenness of mind while confronting inner limitations and outer challenges. (Bhagavad Gita)
3. Cessations of the fluctuations of the mind - seeing life and reality as it is, without the filters of fears, fantasies, or other distortions. (Yoga Sutra)
4. Freedom - the bliss experienced when one steps into one’s natural rhythm of being. (Yoga Bhashya)

Regular Classes:

Tom Taylor Family YMCA
10550 Harbor Hill Dr, Gig Harbor:
Monday Mornings @ 7:30am
Friday Mornings @ 7:30am
($10 Drop-In, Non-Members)

Civic Center Green
First & Third Saturdays @ 8:30am

Sehmel Homestead Park
Wednesdays @ 9:30am

A less-intense exploration of classic yoga asanas (postures). Begins very gently, gradually building to more challenging variations, for those who opt to. Includes breath, spinal warm-ups, strengthening, balance, and stretches.

What is YIN YOGA?
A slow and gentle practice, almost entirely on the floor. Deep stretches, keeping the muscles cool, and focusing on joints and connective tissues. Stretches are held for 1 to 3 minutes, with practitioners tuning into their own bodies, and deciding when (and if!) to deepen the stretches. Ends with a nice, long restorative pose or sivasana!

Moving through asanas with a focus on stretching. Here our intent is on stretching the muscles, rather than connective tissue, and with shorter holds than in a Yin practice.