Yin Yoga with Rachel Williamson

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Yin Yoga student leaning forward

A Yin Yoga Student Finding Peace

Rachels philosophy is that Yin yoga is about allowing your body to settle in a way that the fascia and connective muscular tissue is allowed to reform itself into a natural and normal position. The body and mind connection works in two ways thus allowing our mind to settle and reform itself through body normalisation, peace and natural stretching.

Yin Yoga has the objectives as most other yoga. It directs the practice deeper than the superficial or muscular tissues. Yin Yoga targets the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones, and even the joints of the body that normally are not exercised very much in a more active style of asana practice.

While initially this style of yoga can seem passive and soft, yin practice can be quite challenging due to the long duration of the poses. Yin and yang tissues are not the same. A 'normal' yoga class will mainly concentrate on yang tissue. This is the perfect way to redress the balance in your body.

Rachel was brought up in a household where yoga was practised. She began her own practice as a teenager, inspired by the then-famous TV yogi, Richard Hittleman. Between 2000 and 2010 Rachel was a student of Sarah Harris, who studied to become a yoga teacher in India with Swami Hari Harji from Jodpur. In 2002 Rachel completed a yoga foundation course with the British Wheel of Yoga, taught by Sarah. Rachel completed her teaching diploma with the Kevala Centre in 2008, gaining a Complementary Health Education Diploma in Yoga Teaching (with Distinction) and has now enjoyed over 2000 hours of teaching. She has also completed a Yin Yoga Intensive with Norman Blair, one of only a handful of UK teachers to be endorsed by Sarah Powers (2014), and an Advanced Yin Teacher Training, also with Norman (2017).