Yin season

Have you tried Yin?

Maybe you have heard of it and thought about giving it a go? Maybe you are a “yang” energetic person and think it is too easy? just lying around?

Let me tell you a bit more about this magical style of yoga that has blown my energetic yang person mind!

Yin incorporates principles of traditional Chinese medicine, Taoism, with yoga poses that are held for longer periods of time than in other styles

It is the perfect antidote to our busy lives and minds Yin helps us to stop, be still and discover our softer side where we need to slow and just “be” to appreciate the more fluid busy ‘yang’ in our life. Right now more than ever we need to be able to do both.

The practice of Yin is a very deep one and requires your instructor to have full training and a deep understanding in order to safely deliver this style.

This style of yoga will involve deep yin holding poses for 3-5 minutes at a time so it is essential that you are guided and understand from the instructor the target areas and contraindications. The practice is not easy and often feels physically demanding. It is about finding comfort in the discomfort. Each class will finish with a long relaxing svasana rest. 

For Yin at home with me I would ask you to ensure you always:

  1. Find a comfortable, safe edge. Do not push yourself into pain or strain as you are practicing Yin yoga. …Pain is a message from our body to stop or pull back
  2. Stay still. Once you’ve found your edge, commit to being still in the posture. …
  3. Hold the pose. …breathe
  4. Exit the pose slowly. …
  5. Use props when necessary

The magic of  Yin yoga is in the holding of the stretches. This targets both the deep connective tissues between the muscles, and the fascia throughout the body. The aim is to increase circulation in the joints and improve flexibility as the poses stretch and exercise the bone and joint areas.

Yin is wonderful for athletes looking for that deep stretch and greater flexibility, and for all who want a practice to both rejuvenate and relax you.

Most sessions with me are a sequence with a target are of the body and aim to give you that deep release. After sessions you may feel tired “yinned” and sometimes emotional too as the meridian (energy channels) clear and toxins release. Plenty of water or herbal tea and more rest if a good option.

In home and studio sessions you will need a mat, and may need a bolster (or couple of cushions or pillows), a yoga block (or hard back book or two) and yoga strap (or belt), and finally a blanket. There are lots of these around you homes however if you would like to treat yourself to some yin props do let me know and I can give you good links and discounts for places who will deliver these to your door.

Convinced yet? Come and try a yin class with me on Thursdays at 8pm and be converted to the quieter side of yoga. xx


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