Tina’s Candle Light Resorative and YIN Flow Insights
Many of you know Tina Makris, E-RYT 500 for her amazing Wednesday night 7:30pm YIN Flow – and if you don’t know it – you really owe it to yourself to check it out! This month, she adds Sunday 4pm Candle Light Restorative to her schedule.
Rozanne: Tina, we are so thrilled about you adding Sun 4pm Candle Light Restorative to your Yoga Sol schedule! Can you tell us a little about your vision for the class?
Tina: My vision is to have all participants emerge from their practice with a deep sense of peace and calm. Ultimately, I would love to teach them how to retain these feelings and be able to come back to them whenever needed. We live in such busy times. We take in so much information and too often we are unable to process and let go. I would love to have people first experience a deep sense of peace and calm and then be able to retain it as they move through their daily lives.
Rozanne: We are also thrilled to announce that you will be continuing our 3rd Sunday of the month Community Meditation 5:30-6pm following Candle Light Restorative. Students can take also or in combination. Can you tell us about your vision for this practice?
Tina: My vision for the meditation is to help people become more single point focused so they are able to become the master of their mind rather than a slave to it. Each month we will have a theme and a meditation that the participants will be able to continue until the next month; thus allowing them to find what works best for them at any given time. I am very excited to be able to share this gift.
Rozanne: I just love your Wednesday 7:30pm YIN Flow! Can you share some info for those who have not yet experienced the class.
Tina: This class is designed for everyone to leave refreshed, balanced and, above all, HAPPY. YIN Flow helps people work out the kinks and the day’s stress. The body moves through a tranquil breath centered flow so the body will be able to then sit comfortably through the remainder of our Yin inspired deep stretching. This combination opens up the body so it can let go of stored toxins and emotions, and gain more range of motion in joints, tendons, ligaments and fascia. This also increases the flow of life force energy (called Prana in yoga, Chi in Chinese practices). All of this allows the body and mind to deeply relax at the end so the body may regenerate and restore itself to balance and happiness.
Rozanne: Can you explain a little more about the benefits of “YIN” yoga?
Tina: Yin represents several qualities, one being more of a passive nature. The YIN Flow class is a complete practice – flow at the beginning to warm up the body and then slowing down a bit to really connect with the breath and move mindfully with awareness. Postures are supported with props to relax a bit deeper and hold a bit longer. The muscles are relaxed and passive and we work on the connective tissues, joints, tendons, and ligaments. When we work from a more passive state, we are able to induce that feeling of calm, relaxed energy.
Rozanne: Your rich background is impressive: 15 year teaching experience, E-RYT 500 credentials, Certified Yoga Therapist Loyola Marymount, Director Anahata Yoga & Wellness’ 200 & 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training, Ayurvedic Practitioner and Certified Reiki Practitioner. In your experience, have you seen students’ needs changing? What do you see most needed in our OC modern lives?
Tina: Definitely, the needs of students are changing. Slowing things down has now become something people actually have to practice. Yoga is a beautiful way to help us become present in our lives. I see now even more than ever, a much younger crowd (late teens to mid-twenties) beginning to realize this. Many of my students of this age group previously wanted a very physically challenging practice and now many of them really want to slow down a bit and learn how to relax. On the other hand, I see many more middle-agers taking up yoga for more health benefits rather than just a “workout”. It is nice to see people recognizing Yoga for ALL it has to offer.
Rozanne: Can you share some of your favorite things about teaching?
Tina: My most favorite thing about teaching is seeing the transformation people make from the time they step on their mat to the time they leave. In an hour to an hour and a half, smiles have returned, stress has been dissolved and Happiness prevails. This is truly a gift for me to be a part of a person’s transformation. I also direct a Teacher Training Program. Being able to teach people to share this gift is beyond words. As the old saying goes…“do what you love and you will never work another day in your life”. I always look forward to teaching. For this I am blessed!