Yoga is not about touching your toes. It is about what you learn on the way down.
Yoga has been around for thousands of years. It was never a competitive sport, but rather designed as an inward practice to cultivate awareness, contentment, and equanimity. Connecting to a feeling of inner peace.
Yoga is so much more than stretching. Today, most forms of yoga focus on working the muscular “Yang” tissues of the body through dynamic, active flows. I love to see these yang forms of yoga as a type of dance. A moving meditation. An elegant flow from one pose to another in which you consciously connect to each and every movement. Yang yoga styles, such as Vinyasa or Ashtanga, focus on building strength, fitness, and flow with rhythm and repetition. Their sequences are more dynamic and mainly attend to stimulating the muscles through proper alignment.
Yin yoga on the other hand is a unique, nourishing form of yoga which allows us to work on the deeper layers of the body (“Yin tissues”). Yin targets our connective tissues such as joints and ligaments, organs, our fascia, energy meridians, and even our bones are stimulated. The shape and alignment of a pose do not matter in Yin, making this form of yoga accessible to any body. Literally. We do not use the body to get into the pose, we use the pose to get into our body. Yin invites us to listen to the signals of our body and truly feel what is going on.
While we hold the poses for a longer amount of time than in other forms of yoga, we relax into the sensation and also learn to observe the thoughts and emotions from a neutral place within us, expanding our presence in our own body. Discover where you tend to hold stress in your body and learn how to release it.
- Gain flexibility
- Boost your immune system
- Improve your sleep
- Enhance your focus and concentration
- Increase your energy
- De-stress and relieve tension
- Calm down the mind
- Get to know your self on a deeper level
…. all through the impact of Yin Yoga.