Hello Cadre Crew, I'm Amanda Bryner, your new yoga instructor every Sunday morning!
I am going to Kent State for Physical Education with a Concentration in Sports Performance. I've decided to do this because I wholeheartedly believe movement is medicine. I've been doing yoga since 2013 and CrossFit since May 2018. I completed my 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training in May 2019 at One Love in Kent. I quickly realized my passion for yoga is based in the practice of Yin Yoga, and more relaxing styles such as Yoga Nidra and Restorative Yoga.
So, why Yin Yoga? It offers a deep stretch for our bodies, a quiet place for our minds, and healing for the soul. Placing a safe stress on our connective tissue helps keep joints mobile, prevent degeneration within the bones, and reduces fixation. You may even tap into stresses held deep in the muscles to find an emotional release and a sense of inner peace.
The driven, go-go-go mentality of CrossFitters especially can easily spill into every day life. Which is a wonderful thing and a great trait to have. However, that can make it hard to tap into the "Yin" side of life. What I mean by that is the slow down or the calm. Self care and taking that time to sit with one's self to really acknowledge what is happening in the body and the mind is an important part of living a balanced life.
In my Yin Yoga class, we get into a posture and hold it for 1-5 minutes while focusing on the breath and being in the present moment. This allows for the deep stretch of our muscles that we don't typically take the time to do. Every class will be structured differently and focused on different parts of the body. Some classes may be hips focused, while another may be focused on arms and shoulders. We always end class with a few minutes in Savasana, letting the body rest and soak up all the goodness from the class so we may carry it on throughout the day.
The combination of CrossFit and Yin for me has been incredible. It has so many benefits even for someone less active. I've got a lot of love for the practice and hope to share it with you and your loved ones. Thanks for making me a part of your community!
I look forward to having you in my class on Sundays @ 9:00am! :-)