Victoria Blevins

Victoria was born in Southwest Virginia and returned to the area in 2014 to be closer to family. Victoria studied Literature and Linguistics at Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, VA. She was first introduced and fell in love with yoga while studying for her Masters degree in Linguistics in Sydney, Australia. After moving to Rhode Island in 2007, Victoria became intricately involved in a yoga community and developed a deep connection with the practice and its benefits. This connection to the loving spirit of the practice led Victoria to complete her RYT-200 in Integrative Yoga Therapy at One Yoga Studio in RI in 2008.
Victoria studied Speech Language Pathology at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA and has studied Integrative Movement Therapy at the Samarya Center in Seattle, Washington. She regularly draws from yoga in her treatment of speech, language and feeding/swallowing disorders. Victoria completed her Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training in May of 2015 at the Asheville Yoga Center in Asheville, NC.
Victoria has two boys, Alistair and Henry, who keep her busy and motivated. She loves spending time with her boys, being outside, cooking and interacting with her new community. Victoria is a founding member of Wolf Hills Heritage School, a cooperative early education school opening in the fall of 2016.


Victoria Blevins instructs the following:
  • Yin Yoga
  • What is “Yin”?

    Yin Yoga is based on the Taoist concept of yin and yang, opposite and complementary principles in nature. Yin is the stable, unmoving, hidden aspect of things; yang is the changing, moving, revealing aspect. In the body, the relatively stiff connective tissues (tendons, ligaments, fascia) are yin, while the more mobile muscles and blood are yang. Yin Yoga class consists of a series of long-held, passive floor poses that work to loosen the connective tissues and curb sympathetic overdrive.

     

    Who should do Yin?

    Yin Yoga is for you if you are:

    -Tired

    -Achy

    -Over-stimulated

    -Craving for energy

    -Attention-deficient

    -“Addicted” to your phone, laptop, TV, or other devices

    -A human with a brain and a body

     

    Why practice Yin?

    We live in a world where our laptops, phones, TVs- even our watches- are constantly buzzing with stimuli. The sympathetic nervous system is responsible for sorting through and responding to all of this stimulation. Unfortunately, the sympathetic nervous system is also responsible for our fight or flight response. Sympathetic overdrive leads to chronic levels of stress hormones which wreak havoc on all of body’s systems.

     

    Despite the fact that it is detrimental to our health, our mind gets used to processing the insane amount of information we throw at it. Like any other addiction, over-stimulation of the mind begets more cravings for stimulation. When we do vinyasa-based Yang yoga, we cater to the part of us that craves to be busy. This is akin to feeding sugar to a child who is already hyper-active. You may sate the child’s cries at first, but you will only increase his/her activity level later.

     

    In contrast, Yin yoga shuts off the sympathetic pathway and activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for the blissful rest and digest response. Activation of the parasympathetic nervous system decreases stress hormone levels which can help in the management of symptoms associated with anxiety, cancer, depression, heart disease, sleep disorders, and more.

     

    To create balance in our lives, we need both Yin and Yang yoga. Chances are you already have a regular Yang practice. After you have experienced Yin, even just once, you will realize that you have been doing only half of the asana practice.


  • Power Vinyasa
  • Join us for a powerful asana practice, mediation and self-inquiry experience that will not only stretch, strengthen and empower you in body and being, but that will be more FUN than you have ever imagined possible on the yoga mat. We don’t pretend that our partnership in your empowerment will be effortless — but it will be extraordinarily rewarding.  Be prepared to sweat and smile!
     
    *This class is not recommended for beginners

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We are located at

122 Wall Street NW

Abingdon, VA

276-492-6901

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