Yin Yoga is a deep and meditative practice that enhances your awareness, allows you to feel more subtle energies and sensations and teaches you to relax profoundly. It prepares the mind and body for long meditation sessions and stimulates the vital energy (Chi) that flows through the fascia in meridian pathways. Nurturing, balancing and healing your physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.
Yin Yoga focuses on regaining and expanding the original range of motion of the connective tissues such as: fascia, ligaments, tendons and joints. Furthermore it recovers the natural curvature of the spine and extends the overall flexibility of the body.
“Unlike the more dynamic styles of yoga, the goal of Yin Yoga is not to strengthen or engage the muscles, but to relax them.”
Unlike the more dynamic styles of yoga (Yang Yoga) the goal of Yin Yoga is not to strengthen or engage the muscles but to relax them. In doing so, the deeper tissues of our body – connective tissue – can be targeted. As connective tissue is more rigid, it needs a different approach than the more elastic tissues (muscles) of our bodies. Connective tissue is safely stimulated, hydrated and strengthened, when continuous pressure for a longer period of time is applied. That is why in Yin Yoga you maintain a sitting or lying posture (asana) for at least 5 minutes or more, in which you seek to relax your muscles. As a result you will feel lighter, more flexible and experience an overall sense of wellbeing.
The practice consists of: breathing exercises (pranayama), various poses, relaxation and meditation.
Yin and Yang Yoga are different styles but complement each other in reaching their common goal: to purify, balance and harmonise our bodies and mind. But most of all to enable us to tune into our true nature so that the energy within and around us can flow freely.
It is essential to remember that no two bodies are alike, and that our needs vary from day to day. A key part of yoga practice is to develop awareness which helps you to observe your daily needs (mental, emotional and physical) so that you can choose and adapt your yoga practice – more pranayama, more meditation, more yin or more yang yoga asanas – to these needs.
Yin Yoga has deep revitalising, calming and liberating effects. It is suitable to those seeking relaxation, introspection and a nice deep body stretch from head to toe. Yin Yoga is a breath of fresh air in today’s fast life with its numerous stimuli. Also very suitable for pregnant women.
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