Maddie Webb is a new instructor to St. Charles Adult and Community Education this fall and is teaching two yoga courses.
Trained as an aerialist, Maddie studied Ashtanga yoga to complement her training and began teaching yoga in 2007. She teaches many different styles of yoga, including yin yoga, which is a slower-paced class. Learn more about the yoga classes offered this fall through St. Charles Adult and Community Education here.
What is yin yoga? How is it different from a beginner hatha yoga class?
MW: Yin yoga is very different from a Hatha yoga class which is based on movement. Yin is a more quiet, passive form of yoga, in which seated and reclined hip and spine stretches are held for 1-6 minutes at a time. These stretches are done with “cold” muscles, meaning not warmed up. When the muscles are warmed up, they hog the stretch. When the muscles are not warmed up, they immediately lengthen, transferring the stress of the stretch into the connective ligaments, tendons, and fascia. This is a deeper, more intense practice in physical relaxation aimed at improving flexibility and the suppleness of the spine. Mentally, we learn to apply these teachings of seeking stillness and softening when we feel “stretched”, which we often feel in life.