Yin Yoga outside in the most serene setting – how perfect
As part of our 2021 schedule we will be offering yin yoga on a Thursday morning. I am so excited to be able to offer this wonderful weekly experience to our members.
What exactly is yin yoga?
Yin Yoga is a slow-paced, therapeutic style of yoga. You will not be doing a plank or a warrior pose or saluting the sun. Most of the time you will be sitting or lying down. Taking up a position, you will relax into the position for quite a long time (maybe 3 to 5 minutes). As the minutes tick by you will go through different feelings in the position and your body will naturally relax to make the stretches deeper. You will find a “stillness” in each position. This is the “yin” of the yin yoga.
What is happening in your body when you do yin yoga?
The muscles of the human body are encased in fascia. This is like a web of tissue that forms a framework. Ideally, we want our fascia to be nice and springy and fluid not dehydrated or stiff. Yin yoga helps to maintain and restore the fluidity in our fascia. This results in much better flexibility and lovely long muscles. It also improves circulation in the joints.
How does yin yoga help our mind and emotions?
When you practice yin yoga and for the time following a class you allow your parasympathetic nervous system to come into play. Many of us with stressful lives spend too much time in “fight or flight” mode and we need to find a way to get more in touch with the slow calm side to our nature. Yin yoga is calming and reinvigorating and it can have a deep impact on our energy levels and emotions.
You are so busy breathing and focussing on your position you find yourself “letting go”, being at peace with yourself. There is sometimes some mild discomfort as you go deeper into a stretch but you feel like you are “in the moment”.
What are the benefits of yin yoga?
Better sleep – once you have become better aquainted with the “yin” energy you will be able to relax into a rejuvinating sleep.
Better circulation – stiff fascia limits blood flow. Releasing stiff fascia through yin yoga can improve circulation.
Reduce stress – yin yoga will help you to slow your mind down and lessen your nervous energy.
Increased flexiblity and range of motion – this will assist you in all walks of life. Through our hard training and life in general our muscles can tighten. Yin yoga helps to gently lengthen the muscles,
Feel amazing! After a session of yin yoga you will feel great.