Challenging in a different way, Yin Yoga consists of long-held, floor based poses that passively stretch the tendons and ligaments in order to unblock and distribute the flow of energy in the body. This energy is called “chi” and when it flows freely the body is strong and the person is healthy.
Yin Yoga goes beyond the muscle to truly create space and energy within you, helping to restore balance in your body and mind. Yin Yoga is the perfect complement to the dynamic and muscular yang styles of yoga that emphasise internal heat, and the lengthening and contracting of our muscles. Yin yoga increases one’s ability to perform yang yoga. By having lubricated, flexible joints, yang practices will seem easier. Over time, if yin yoga is not practiced, the body will weaken and the joints of the body will become susceptible to injury. As one ages, a lack of flexible joints in the body increases the risk of pain.
Throughout the practice of Yin Yoga, we explore mindfulness meditation which is the simplest, most natural method to see things as they are. Through mindfulness, we learn to abide in the present, grounded in reality rather than the clouded kingdom of our memories, desires and fears. Mindfulness meditation is the art of paying attention and listening to your heart.
Yin yoga enables you to heal yourself, move negative emotions out, increase flexibility, prevent injury and find a deep sense of peace in your body and mind. Yin Yoga is the soothing balm, the elixir that is so badly needed to help us find balance in our stress filled, over scheduled lives.