Each organ of the body has a physical, energetic, and emotional function that directly contributes to our psychosomatic health. A regular yin practice can stimulate the flow of chi in the meridians of the body, therefore enhancing each organs function and essentially relieving emotional and energetic blockages.
Yin yoga postures are held for long periods of time (around 3-5 minutes). This long hold creates gentle traction on the connective tissues and a regular yin yoga practice can help to nourish the joints and maintain joint mobility/flexibility.
A regular yin yoga practice encourages stillness of the mind and helps us to sit with things that may initially feel uncomfortable. This notion of moving through discomfort and allowing it to ‘be’ is definitely something that can then be practiced ‘off the mat’.
Although many forms of yoga provide benefits physically, emotionally and mentally, yin yoga works on a much deeper level, working the mind, body, heart, ligaments, joints, fascia, bones, meridians and nerves. When we practice yin yoga, we are placing certain parts of the body under temporary stress, in order to encourage healing.
One of the leading teachers of yin yoga, Bernie Clark, says;
‘Yin Yoga is not meant to be comfortable; it will take you well outside your comfort zone. Much of the benefit of the practice will come from staying in this zone, despite the mind’s urgent pleas to leave’.