In contrast to the dynamic forms of yoga, Yin yoga does not focus on strengthening your muscles, but on relaxing them.
By relaxing your muscles you reach the connective tissue, located in the deeper layers of your body. Connective tissue strengthens and extends slower than muscle tissue, hence Yin Yoga poses are held for three to five minutes. Yin yoga provides deep relaxation, stimulates your meridians and organs and teaches you to experience space in your body.
Pay attention with Yin yoga if you are pregnant or have just given birth. Always let the teacher know. Since your body is soft, it can be harmful to go deep into the postures.
Morning meditation: Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 8.45 p.m.
Evening meditation: Monday to Thusday from 10 pm to 10.30 pm.
Stadsverlichting (free access for everyone)
Every Sunday from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Silently state your intention for the new week at the Stadsverlichting silence meditation.
Stadsverlichting is an initiative to promote a culture of enlightment. To make this possible, we ask people in Amsterdam to open up their living rooms for meditation or to visit a living room of someone else. De Nieuwe Yogaschool opens Studio 1 and its living room to anyone who needs it. Research shows that when people are silent together, they have a harmonizing effect on their environment.
Stadsverlichting is an initiative of Tijn Touber. Visit the Stadsverlichting website to read more.
Silent Sitting & Satsang
Every Tuesday from 6.30 pm to 8.15 pm.
If the thoughts, emotions and sensations of the physical body have danced their energetic dance in the light of your consciousness and you are no longer able to feed them by disconnecting your attention, something magical will arise.
Space is created to become aware of a completely different state of Being that apparently has always been there. A state that is characterized by a deep peace, space, silence and satisfaction. In spirituality this is called Presence, the Now.
> Admission is 15 euros per person for non-members.
Yin yoga is a mild and meditative practice. The invitation is to shift the attention away from thinking and into our feelings. In this class, yin yoga is combined with meditative self-examination. Self inquiry invites you to investigate what you really are as opposed to what you think you are. When we proceed to this contemplative investigation, limiting beliefs and assumptions about yourself and the world will fall away or lose their meaning. When this happens a space of peace reveals itself. This timeless space of peace is what we, in our true essence, are.
Staying in yin postures for a few minutes gives us the opportunity to focus our attention inside and investigate what is the truth. When we observe what is happening in the now, we learn to distinguish between the true unfiltered experience and the interpretation; the story of the mind. Every sensation, emotion or thought, both pleasant and unpleasant, is changeable, never stable. But what is it that perceives? What or who is the 'I' who is aware of the changeable? Is that also changeable?
Seated meditation is also part of this lesson.