Have you tried Yin Yoga? If you’re tired, perhaps struggling to manage stress or anxiety, craving energy, or perhaps overstimulated with a busy mind, it might just be the answer. Yin Yoga is the gentle side of a yoga practice, passive with supported postures and targeting the deeper connective tissues: ligaments, joints and fascia. Resting between postures to feel the Rebound allows us to return to our centre, our balance and find the inner stillness that is available to us all.
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Like many forms of yoga, Yin works physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Physically, Yin works on the deeper tissues. Over time it can allow for a greater degree of flexibility and mobility because different Yin Yoga postures stimulate and remove blockages in the myofascial tissues. This has the effect of balancing the body’s internal organs and systems when we relax the muscles around the connective tissue. Emotionally and mentally: becoming still in a posture and staying for a while, creates a gap where we can witness the physical responses in the body which not only includes any physical tensions but also emotions and mental states too as these also manifest in the physical. At the end of each posture, lying in stillness we have the opportunity to let go of any and all tensions that maybe arising. This is the Rebound, letting go, recalibration, to allow a new manifestation!
Yin Yoga is usually practised sitting or lying on the floor. Each student brings their current mind and body to the class and works to their own level. To accommodate different levels of flexibility, limbs are supported in the poses with cushions and blocks. Poses are held for three to five minutes and are followed by a Rebound pose. The class is peaceful.
Yin Yoga is suitable for those brand new to yoga and offers a great way to start a yoga practice that can branch out in many directions. Yin Yoga is also suitable for experienced yoga practitioners looking for a . Athletes also find Yin Yoga is a helpful counterpoint to more vigorous exercise (yang) and can help remedy imbalances created by repetitive movements.
Bring a yoga mat / towel / blanket to lie on, a cushion, a light rug or warm layer for the relaxation segment. If you have blocks and a strap, bring these. The tutor will also have some props on hand and will give advice on props to use at home. Wear comfortable clothing that allows movement. It is important to drink plenty of water to flush your system afterward, so bring a water bottle to class.
Lekshe Chodron has been practising yoga and mindfulness meditation since 2000 and Reiki since 2005. She is a qualified yoga teacher, a mindfulness teacher and Reiki Master Practitioner. Lekshe skilfully weaves together her knowledge and passion for these different traditions in an easy to understand style to offer wellness workshops and retreats, yin yoga courses, mindfulness courses, Reiki sessions, and yoga classes to both children and adults of all abilities and requirements.
This style of yoga is quite different to other forms of yoga as you will be holding poses for minutes at a time. Do not expect to work up a sweat or build muscle, but you more than likely will leave the class feeling more relaxed than when you arrived.
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