A goal to become whole – yin yoga is in!

What is yin yoga? Exercising the joints, isn’t that dangerous? When is yin yoga better for me?

Yin yoga targets the deep connective tissues and fascia that covers the body. This helps us to regulate the flow of energy and will allow us to nurse our being. Yin Yoga is a very simple practice. We settle into an asana/ pose for 3-7 minutes and slowly relax our muscles to allow the deeper drier tissues-the connective tissues that wrap our muscles and make up our joint capsules- to be safely and therapeutically stretched, stimulated and strengthened. The alignment rules of the postures are also simple, but more importantly they are functional and organic: We listen to our bodies and lead ourselves into the shape that follows the natural contours of our spine, pelvis and hips. However, bringing ourselves into this simplicity can be challenging. The practice of being still and quiet for minutes at a time can be trying enough, let alone while dropping into a powerful stretch that moves across wide sheets of fascia and drops deep into the ligaments of the joints.  Listening to our bodies to find the natural alignment of the pose requires a power of discrimination, and an understanding and familiarity with the ever-changing sensations in the body.

Yin and Yang

In Chinese philosophy, the yin yang symbolizes the duality and interdependency of the natural world. Things that are yang are moving, changing and vigorous. In contrast, things that are yin are still, static and calm.

Yin is not a term from India – it is a Chinese word and refers to the dark opposing feminine principle in Chinese dualistic cosmology.

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