What is Yin Yoga?
Yin Yoga is based on the Taoist concept of yin and yang, which are opposite and complementary principles in nature. Like two sides of one coin, one cannot exist without the other. Most forms of yoga are dynamic, active, heat-building practices designed to work the muscular half of the body, the “yang” tissues. Yin Yoga allows us to work the other half, the deeper “yin” connective tissues of our ligaments, joints, deep fascia networks, and even our bones. It can be described as a deep stretch that is softened, rather than muscled, into.
Yin Yoga is the perfect complement to a regular practice of active yoga classes with the art of Thai Yoga Assist; the assists from the Thai yoga therapy practice purvey the concept of gravity, edge, and the importance of breath inherent in yin yoga.
the Benefits of Yin Yoga?
Yin Yoga targets the deep connective tissues primarily in the lower body. The practice is designed to passively lengthen muscles by stressing the fascia that wraps around the muscle fibers. This practice has been shown to improve range of motion and flexibility, increase circulation, and improve joint mobility. The poses also stimulate different meridians or energy channels in the body, bringing balance to the internal organs and improving the flow of chi or prana. In Yin Yoga, you will be asked to hold the poses with awareness and mindfulness. Mindfulness-based practices have been proven to improve blood pressure, lower heart rate, improve digestion, lessen inflammation, improve the immune system, and reduce stress and anxiety. Yin Yoga proven to regenerates living tissue in the ligament, avoid degeneration that occurs from prolong immobilization, works against contraction and joint fixation, stimulates the production of HA (Hyaluronic Acid. HA maintaining elasticity and viscosity of liquid connective tissue such as joints)
The calming practice of Yin Yoga restores balance to the mind and body, and is perfect for anyone who is feeling tired, over-stimulated, whose energy is erratic, or whose mind is overactive. Yin Yoga is suitable for all levels.
In this 1:30 hour class, we will explore a series of mainly floor poses that will be held for 1-5 minutes. During the “hold” you will be guided into softening gently into the pose using your breath and by becoming aware of sensations. The instructor may encourage you to relax your muscles with a touch of a Thai Yoga massage technique.
Private Yin Yoga session for *rehabilitation is available upon request.
Yin Yoga is guided by Ladda Ditsatha-Marshall.
*Consult with your physician or physical therapist for an appropriate time.