A meditative and passive style of Yoga that consists of a series of long-held, passive floor poses that mainly work the lower part of the body— hips, pelvis, inner thighs, and lower spine. These areas are especially rich in connective tissue.
So, yin poses are performed on the floor, never standing, allowing you to hold poses for longer periods of time…usually 2-5 minutes. The duration is determined by the sequence, the body area we are working and the mobility of each participant. The objective is to release constrictive, deep connective tissue adhesions and re-educate poor posture. As our physical body holds our emotions, those with emotional tension need the longer hold times to release past trauma and chronic injurious, repetitive movement patterns.
Yin is the stable, unmoving, hidden aspect; yang is the changing, moving, revealing aspect. In the body, the relatively stiff connective tissues (tendons, ligaments, and fascia) are yin, while the more mobile and pliable muscles and blood are yang.
Beth Steinberg recognized the beauty of yoga at Rising Sun in May of 2010, when the studio was housed in a tiny storefront in Snyder, NY. She knew as she walked out of her very first class that her life had just changed dramatically. While she had earned a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do at age 45, and run/walked a half-marathon in celebration of her 50th birthday, Beth was at a point where she wanted something more than what she’d previously pursued, and was very intrigued by yoga’s approach to bettering one’s health and well-being.
Beth quickly discovered that yoga classes offered not only the physical exercise she wanted and needed, but also provided a much deeper, more holistic experience she was seeking. The arc of a class, from the opening centering meditation to the restful Savasana at the end, provided the physical work of stretching and strengthening, but enveloped it with a sense of peace, balance, meaning, and love. Yoga quickly became her passion and source of support, providing an avenue for reducing stress, helping her find perspective and balance, and acknowledging her most authentic self.
As her practice has grown and deepened, she has learned much about her body and its capabilities. She makes liberal use of props and modifications, and has learned not to regret her limitations. As a yoga instructor, Beth is dedicated to offering that same assistance and encouragement to all of her students — especially those who don’t feel flexible, thin, young, athletic, or beautiful enough to practice yoga. She knows that everybody and every body is capable of enjoying the vast array of benefits to mind, body, and soul that yoga offers. Beth considers her yoga practice a blessing, and is grateful to have earned her 200-Hour Teacher Certification at Rising Sun Yoga Studio.
Beth lives in Williamsville with her husband, her two Shelties, and whichever of her three children, all in their 20’s, happen to show up for a free meal, a hockey game on tv, or to do their laundry. She is an elementary schoolteacher at a private school in Amherst, NY, and delights in sharing yoga techniques for de-stressing with her young students.