What is Yin Yoga?

What is Yin Yoga?

Yin yoga is a quiet, mindful and contemplative practice which allows us to open our body, heart and mind into present experiences. In contrast to the rhythmic, dynamic movement and muscular engagement of an active yang practice, yin yoga embodies our conscious attention and awareness in long held poses, breath by breath, moment by moment. We use the poses to explore the physical body, gaining insight into our physical capacities and learning to gauge our emotional tolerances on and off the mat.

Yin yoga is considered by ancient yogis to be a longevity practice, helping us to stave off the effects of aging in our joints, increasing their pliancy, strength and synovial fluid content. By placing temporary ‘stress’ on connective tissues through the poses we elicit the body’s natural repair response to build stronger, more pliant joint spaces and tap our inner energetic vitality. At first glance this may look like a simple stretching class, but the effects are more far-reaching than you might expect.  Like needle-less acupuncture, the poses have a nourishing effect on our internal organ system through the stimulation of chi flow along invisible meridian pathways. Physiological aging, psychological stress and ordinary living can lead to stagnation and blockages in our vital energy. A yin practice can help to balance and harmonize our inner and outer worlds, improving our overall health and well-being.

Yin teaches us how to live more consciously, helping to reverse well established habits of tension, and helps to nourish our entire being.

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