During her Saturday morning yin yoga class, instructor Racquel “Rakz” Rhino wanders gracefully between students, offering a hand here, a prop there, and a nonstop stream of encouragement.
“Sip some more air, my lovelies,” she says, encouraging deep breaths, groaning exhalations and surrender of control.
The yin class is full of deep, long stretches. I learned a new pose – bananasana – a supine side stretch where you stretch your legs out and your arms overhead, then move both arms and legs to the same side. I also learned a little Jamaican, as Rakz instructed us to put our “bunkies” (rear ends) against the wall.