Yin yoga offers a deeper access to the body targeting connective tissue, fascia and ligaments with the aim of lubricating and protecting the joints. In order to target these Yin tissues, we must first relax the surrounding muscles. A small amount of alcohol can help achieve the desired physiological state to facilitate this action. Here is where the gin comes in, thus creating, Gin Yin!
Last Sunday we were fortunate enough to go and experience this event. Now after a very full on week and a half and limited amount of sleep, I was already at the tail end of exhaustion. Coming in and experiencing yin yoga for the first time, I had no idea what to expect. Sipping on a very small amount of delicious gin was a good start. We then went into several stretches which you also held for 3-5 mins, depending on how it felt for you or easing off into the lighter version when needed. The one thing I do enjoy about yoga is that you can opt out and move to a comfortable pose should it not feel right as it is ‘your’ practice.
Holding stretches for that amount of time helps the body to relax. I did find on a few occasions I started to drift off, I soon realised this class was exactly what I needed after a hectic week.
After the class, we headed into Camden to the micro-gin distillery Half Hitch where you will learn about the gin making techniques as well as a little bit of history about Camden’s centuries long love affair with gin. You will then get to enjoy a much-deserved G&T and meet some GinYin yogi’s.
Book your ticket in now for their next event on December 16th 1pm-3.30pm at MoreYoga Camden.
£20.00 ticket includes: 90-minute Gin Yin workshop including one measure of Half Hitch gin
Mini tour and gin taster at Half Hitch gin distillery
One Gin & Tonic at Lockside Camden (additional drinks can be purchased at a 10% discount)
Written by: Bec Brodie