About Yin Yoga

Meridians

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.

Connective tissue

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.

Mind

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’.

How Yin Yoga Works

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.

  • The mind: helps to stabilise and focus the mind.
  • Body: encourages body awareness, investigation and acceptance
  • Heart: encourages a compassionate approach to practice. A yin yoga practice will cultivate a deeper capacity to sit with difficultly with acceptance and compassion.

Benefits to expect from Yin Yoga:

  • Stillness: calms and balances the mind and body
  • Stress and anxiety reduction
  • Increased circulation
  • Improved flexibility
  • Fascial release
  • Greater joint mobility
  • Balance to the internal organs and improved flow of chi or prana through meridian stimulation

 

 

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’.