Jul, 18, 2013
Yin Yoga A Practice of Stillness for Joint mobility
“To a mind that is still the whole universe surrenders” ~ Lao Tzu
Ask yourself these questions?
• What is your comfort level in your joints when you get up in the morning or when you start moving after sitting, do you feel stiff?
• Do you feel discomfort, achy in your joints on a regular basis?
• Have you experienced injuries in your knees, shoulders, low back or hips?
• Do you sometimes feel depleted in energy from your current exercise or yoga practice?
If you answered yes to any of these questions then you would greatly benefit from a regular Yin Yoga practice.
Yin Yoga is the relaxed practice of floor postures held for two to five minutes to allow for the nourishment of the joints and connective tissues including the hips, pelvis, low back, shoulders and neck.
In Yin Yoga the energy pathways are opened so the natural life force (chi or prana) within flows freely nourishing organs, glands and the cells of the body restoring balance.
Yin yoga is a practice of stillness practiced in a normal temperature room. When the muscles are warmed they become more fluid and do most of the stretching. In a yin practice the focus is to create space within the joints and connective tissue without the muscles doing the stretching. Yin Yoga is the perfect compliment to running, cycling, weight lifting, vigorous sports and more muscular (Yang) forms of yoga such as Bikram Yoga, Ashtanga, Traditional Hot Yoga, Power Flow and Vinyasa yoga.
This is a good class for healing injuries. One of the primary areas of focus in this practice is to allow the mind and body to soften and relax. Not something we get to practice in the hectic pace and stresses of daily living. When we take time to specifically relax and soften we begin to unravel the stress held deep in the body that leads to stress related imbalances that affect our quality of life.
This is an ideal practice for individuals with Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Cancer(before/after surgery and during treatments) and other imbalances that affect the immune system. The postures are practiced on the floor exerting very little energy. Through the postures the energy path ways (meridians) are stimulated which nourish the organs and glands building energy in the body. Letting go and finding stillness is the Yin experience.
This class is suitable for all levels. You can do your regular workouts and activities prior to attending this class so when you come to the Yin class you allow your body time to open and relax.