I have recently discovered Yin Yoga and I love it, to the extent I have qualified as a Yin Yoga Teacher in order to share the benefits of this practise with my clients.
As someone who has tried most forms of yoga, and as much as I have respected the practise I have not really fully connected with it and at times for risk of sounding ignorant have found it dull, its ironic that the passive, soft practice of Yin Yoga has benefited me greatly.
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“Initially called “Daoist” yoga this style of yoga targets the deep connective tissues of the body (vs. the superficial tissues) and the fascia that covers the body; this Daoist yoga is to help regulate the flow of energy in the body. Paul Grilley, who brought this concept to the forefront.
The time spent in poses/asanas is much like time spent in meditation. I have no doubt on the benefits of meditation but as someone who has struggled with this it seemed elusive. I have tried meditation apps to meditation classes and although each has been very good I haven’t found a method that completely resonated with me, UNTIL Yin Yoga.
It may be the fact that adopting a physical movement i.e. a pose/asana whilst bringing awareness to your body in that way allows for a meditative state to be adopted works, but I have found that not only am I experiencing great physical benefits to my body I am certainly experiencing the benefits to my mind as well.
The constant chatter we experience in our heads or the barking dog can be exhausting, Yin Yoga helps to still the mind and stop the chatter. This intimate practice of yoga requires students to be ready to get intimate with the self, with feelings, sensations, and emotions. Don’t be surprised if you experience emotional reactions during or after a Yin Yoga practise. Certain poses/asanas stimulate meridian lines within the body provoking emotions such as calmness, joy and compassion but suppressed emotions such as anger, fear, worry, anxiety can also be brought to the surface allowing your to process, being your awareness to your body and mind and “feel what you feel.” We all know that suppressed emotions are not positive if they are not released but Yin Yoga allows for this release in a calm, controlled manner.
If you have struggled with meditation but want to experience benefits to your body and mind of the practice of Yin Yoga then get in touch for a chat.