Yin Yoga is a calming yoga practice, which stimulates our parasympathetic nervous system (our rest and digest mode) to help restore balance in our bodies.
The practice is slow and passive and focuses on opening the facial layer of the body. Fascia is the connective tissue under the skin layer, which encases all of our muscles, organs, bones, and ligaments. With time, injury or trauma, this layer can become tight causing stiffness and inflexibility and can have a detrimental impact on our health, mobility and range of motion. By freeing this layer energy flows more freely through the body to allow for healing.
Yin Yoga can be a challenging yet meditative practice. As we hold the poses for longer (between 3-5 mins) our attention is brought to a soft, relaxed breath. We develop our awareness and attention by noticing the changes and sensations in our bodies.
There are many benefits of Yin Yoga, some of which include:
• Calms and balances the mind and body.
• Reduces stress and anxiety.
• Increases circulation.
• Improves flexibility and mobility.
• Balances and compliments an active or busy lifestyle.
Remember to always be gentle and kind to yourself. It’s important to practice our yin poses with intention, awareness and patience, allowing our bodies to open up in their own time.
Our next Yin Yoga evening is on Friday 30th November.
If you’d like to read a little more on the subject click here for an interesting article in the guardian.