When you think of yoga, your mind immediately goes to continuously moving with the breathe through a sequence of poses, many of them standing positions like warrior or balances like tree pose.
Yin Yoga on the other hand, although based on Hatha Yoga, has its roots in Taoist philosophy and involves holding seated poses for a lengthy period of time to stretch the connective tissues and improve blood circulation in the hips, lower spine and pelvis, where a lot of tension is held.
Yin also represents the feminine energy which is synonymous with relaxation, calmness, openness, slowing down and a sense of ease in the body.
Because of this way of practice, Heartfulness Yin Yoga becomes the ideal yoga practice for busy women and the best self-care practice for her body, because as mentioned, it targets her hips and pelvis which are related to her womb, where she holds many emotions including fear, her hormones and her connection to Mother Earth.
The slow pace of the class also counteracts the effects of stress, as it teaches one how to come out of the fight or flight action of the nervous system and into the rest and relax response of the nervous system.
Together with the practice of heartfulness, which I incorporate, the whole class becomes about connecting with our heart energy which has tremendous emotional and mental healing abilities, but most of all for strengthening the energy around our breasts and maintaining hormonal balance.
Yin yoga provides space for the heart to open, accept difficult emotions and express compassion to ourselves. When we do this we grow as women, we are able to let go of internal conflicts and become more able in our roles of woman, mother, wife and in our careers.
Additional benefits of Yin Yoga include:
It stretches the fascia: Fascia is a band or sheet of connective tissue, primarily collagen, beneath the skin that stabilizes, muscles and other internal organs. Yin Yoga is the only practice of yoga that allows you to target this tissue and protect this connection between muscles and organs because you hold each pose for about 3 minutes, which is enough to nourish and strengthen it. This also means you release tension hidden in the deepest parts of your muscles, increase blood flow and flexibility, and reduce the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite.
It fosters self-love: Because I teach Yin Yoga in combination with Heartfulness, this brings about many positive psychology benefits. For example, it opens our hearts towards ourselves and others which is deeply healing for our emotions, it reduces our tendency to self-judge and be constantly occupied with our mind and washes away our tendency for fear and worry. In simple terms, it is a natural meditation which melts all our stress away.
It allows you to transform yourself: By holding each pose for at least 3 minutes this means we have plenty of time to just breathe. Through this process we also begin to listen to our bodies and slow everything down – perhaps for the first time in ages. In turn, we are able to digest our thoughts, sensations and emotions rather than have them constantly living on the surface of our lives and never finding resolution. Once resolved we can move into the deeper parts of ourselves which results in finding deeper meaning with what we want in life, get unstuck in areas of our life we feel we have been dwelling on for a long time, we begin to find out who we are, but also what we want out of life, one breathe at a time. We also learn how to find comfort in difficult situations as during the class I offer you guidance on how to foster calmness while observing a painful moment, in a way that you can also take this into your daily life off the yoga mat.
It makes your body glow: As they say beauty comes from the inside out. And because your mind body and spirit have been affected on a much deeper level this releases held tension which can be the source of wrinkles and inflamed skin. As a result, your skin will be left feeling smoother, your heart fuller and your mind much clearer.
If you feel it is time to begin connecting with yourself on a deeper more intimate level join one of our classes.
Our Yin Yoga class takes place every Wednesday at 6.15 until 7.30pm and every Saturday morning from 9.30 until 10.45pm.