Fancy relaxing completely and having complete restful sleep? Restore, purify, rest and digest?
Yin Yoga is known as the quiet yoga. A slow meditative style of yoga. Yin offers a remedy to the stress and hustle of your busy yang life. By concentrating on restorative poses that target your deeper fascia and connective tissues, you’ll experience increased flexibility and improved joint health. Yin also focuses on deep breathing and longer hold times. This allows you the time and space to clear your mind and enhance your mental acuity. These meditative poses will help you attain a renewed sense of mindfulness and physical well-being. This makes them the perfect complement to an active yang lifestyle, helping bring you back into balance.
Yin can give us the space to slow down, heal ourselves and move negative emotions out. A chance to stay with our experiences rather than always rushing, preventing injury and finding a deeper sense of natural being. In a Yin yoga practice all the postures are sitting and all the postures are held for sustained periods of time (often 3 or 5 min) and props are used for support. Within these long holds there is an encouragement of softness and an emphasis on relaxing muscular tissue with a focus of internal awareness. This intense non-movement allows us to experience the poses in a deeper way. This enables the muscles to relax, the nerves to calm, and the surrounding connective tissue to remain healthy and supple. Through these attitudes there can be a gaining of harmony and peace, leading to a greater ease, a deeper sense of balance as well as feelings of calmness and acceptance.
All forms of yoga can provide benefits physically, emotionally and mentally. However, Yin works the deeper levels of the body, heart and mind. Also centres on stretching the deeper connective tissues of the ligaments, tendons, fascia, joints and bones, and the energetic channels of the meridians, nerves and blood system – improving organ health, the immune system and emotional well-being.
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