Yin Yoga Workshop
INTRO TO YIN
We will take you through some of the basic philosophies around the practice of Yin and why it’s beneficial to you as well as taking through an hour long Yin Yoga practice.
What is Yin Yoga?
Yin Yoga is also known as “Yoga for the Joints”, or a meditative approach to stretching. Going much deeper than your usual Yoga practice, focussing on trying to access the deeper tissues such as the connective tissue, ligaments and fascia. Many of the postures are from the waist down, focussing on areas that encompass a joint (hips, sacrum, spine) and the muscles that surround them (hip flexors, hamstrings, lumbar).
Yin can seem slow, passive, soft and even boring to the beginner, but a yin practice can be quite challenging due to the long duration of the poses, holding each for anywhere from 2 to 5 minutes (3 minutes in this session). You will also use many more props (blocks, straps, blankets) to help keep your body in a passive stretch and challenge your mind to sit in stillness.
Yin Yoga also helps the body to stimulate the six meridians that begin or end in the lower body. Meridians are lines of energy that flow through the body and can affect various organs, circulation, and general function of the physical body and the state of your mental/emotional self. The lines affected the most by the yin postures, are the Liver, Gall Bladder, Kidney, Urinary Bladder, Spleen, and Stomach meridians.
Not familiar with Yin? Well you might notice similar postures you’ve done in your regular yoga class except they are called something else, on a basic level this is to help students mind shift form yang to yin, active to passive poses.
Yin yoga is a wonderful way to maintain that flexibility.
Suitable for almost all levels of students.