What is Yin Yoga?
Suitable for all levels. Yin Yoga invites you to slow down and create space for stillness while nourishing joints, ligaments, tendons and fascia. Yin is yoga at its coolest, deepest, quietest, stillest moments. This class will have you on the floor most of the time, using as many props needed to create as little effort while holding poses. Poses are held for 2-5 minutes allowing joints and fascia to release. This class will complement your Active practice and will open and release areas in need of more stretching.
What is Yin Yoga?
In the body, the relatively stiff connective tissues (tendons, ligaments, and fascia) are yin, while the more mobile and pliable muscles and blood are yang.
A Yin yoga class usually consists of a series of long-held, passive floor poses that mainly work the lower part of the body—the hips, pelvis, inner thighs, lower spine. These areas are especially rich in connective tissues. The poses are held for up to five minutes, sometimes longer.
Benefits of a regular Yin Yoga practice
- Calms and balances the mind and body
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Increases circulation
- Improves flexibility
- Releases fascia
- Improves joint mobility
- Balances the internal organs and improves the flow of chi or prana through meridian stimulation
Who is Yin yoga for?
Yin Yoga is for you if you are tired and craving energy or you’re over-stimulated and have too much energy; if your mind is overactive or your energy levels erratic.
We live in a world where we are bombarded with stimuli, stimuli that is available 24/7. Think about your laptops, phones and other mobile devices… It’s so easy to end up not switching off at all anymore – to end up with a mind that is constantly busy processing all the information that’s thrown at it. Whether the information is good, valuable or rubbish, it doesn’t matter, the mind still needs to deal with it. The mind gets used to that amount of information and starts to crave stimuli if it becomes quiet. So you end up browsing, looking for stuff; it doesn’t matter what as long as you fill the gaps. Gaps we really should allow to stay empty to find some sort of downtime – for the mind to stop and for you to just be.
Any kind of dynamic form of yoga caters to this aspect of keeping yourself busy. Although the mind may calm down as a result of the active exercise, you are still feeding the part of you that wants intensity and wants to be stimulated. You just happen to have found yourself a healthier stimulus! I am not saying cut out the dynamic yoga. However It is a good idea to also balance out all the on-the-go aspects of life and a great way to do that is through Yin Yoga.