Yin Yoga is a slow practice which targets the body's connective tissues. The postures are usually held for three-to-five minutes, and sometimes for up to 20. These longer stretches at a moderate intensity allow us to access the deeper tissues: the fascia, joints, ligaments, tedons and bones. Yin yoga is a great compliment to more dynamic yoga practices, or to other forms of exercise where the muscles are heavily targetted but the connective tissues do not receive much attention. During Yin Yoga, we stretch passively and allow gravity, the earth, and our bodies, to do the work whilst we relax into the posture and observe the sensations that arise. Classes are slow and meditative, and we are given the opportunity to quietly explore and understand our bodies as we rest in each pose. This can often have a very relaxing effect on the body and the mind and can be beneficial for reducing stress and cultivating calmness Yin Yoga is available to everyone with a body, and the focus is on feeling sensation and working into the tissues, not on the level of flexibility or the visual appearance of the pose. Props and modifications are always available to assist those recovering from injury, or whose bodies require some extra support.
Yin and Yang
Yin Yoga is inspired by the Taoist concept of 'yin' and 'yang': the two Universal opposing energies which are constantly dancing and interacting with each other. In Yin Yoga, we work with the 'yin' tissues of the body and approach the practice in a 'yin' manner. Yin is cold, deep, slow and passive, as opposed to the hot, light, dynamic and active qualities of yang. There is no goal in yin yoga apart from being with the sensations that are arising from the posture in that moment, and allowing the pose to do its work for us. These slow, passive stretches teach us to surrender and observe instead of always taking dynamic action. This can, therefore, be a very balancing, challenging, and especially useful practice for people who tend to me more 'yang', active and dynamic in nature.
Assistance with healing and recovery.
Encourages movement out of 'fight or flight' (sympathetic nervous system) into 'rest and repair' (parasympathetic nervous system), which benefits digestion, metabolism, and repair of body tissues and cells.
Increased body awareness.
Hyalauraunic Acid is produced during practice, which benefits the joints, eyes and skin, and which can help to decrease signs of aging.
Suppressed emotions that have been stored in the body may be released.
Improves relationship with the body.
Quietens the mind and promotes calm and stillness.
Improved flow of subtle eneregy/prana.
Increased awareness of subtle energy.
Teaches us to accept our bodies exactly as they are.
Encourages awareness and acceptance of the present moment.
Increases our capacity to surrender to the flow of life.
Can lead to increased self-awareness and self understanding.
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