YIN YOGA

Yin yoga (as opposed to or as a complement to Yang yoga) is a gentle, intense and meditative practice with long-held poses that have subtle but powerful effects on us at a physical, emotional and mental level.

YIN’S PHYSICAL BENEFITS…
When we practise Yin asanas we don’t engage our muscles, so we can target directly the body’s deepest connective tissues: tendons, ligaments and fascia. One of the physical benefits of this practice is that it brings juiciness to the joints, adding pliancy to these areas by regenerating the fluidity of the synovial liquid that gets depleted as we get older. It also makes our internal organs healthier. According to the Daoist view on which Yin yoga is based, internal organs are connected by a network of meridians or “electromagnetic paths”. The long-held poses stimulate the vital energy flowing through the meridians and nurture their related internal organs, helping these better to perform their crucial functions, while we gain in vitality and greater emotional balance.

THE EMOTIONAL ELEMENT…
In Daoism, each of our main internal organs is associated with a specific group of emotions (e.g. liver and anger; kidney and fear; lung and sadness, etc.). If our organs are weak and we lack vital energy, our emotions will suffer. And vice versa: if our emotions are out of balance, we can become tired and physically ill. By unblocking energy and making it flow through the meridians with Yin asanas, our organs’ function improves, and we become healthier physically as well as emotionally. With a strong liver, for example, the qualities of generosity and kindness are more likely to remain an integral part of our character.

SOMETHING FOR THE MIND,
SOMETHING FOR THE WORLD…

Holding an asana pose for much longer also gives us chance to do an “inner inventory” and develop an honest relationship with our feelings and emotions without having to act upon them. It is a way of generating space for creative responses which can have a far-reaching effect: as we break away from reactive patterns in our relationships with others, we are bringing healing and more peace into our communities. Counterbalancing our modern Yang lifestyles with Yin practices can mean more harmony in different aspects of our lives.

THE SEASONAL APPROACH…
Each season in the year has an element or energetic quality according to Daoism, as well as a predominant pair of internal organs with their associated emotions (e.g. winter – water – kidney/urinary bladder – fear; spring – wood – liver/gall bladder – anger, etc.). Observing energy in nature as the year progresses and the seasons change helps us to live more in tune with our own nature and needs – as does a Yin yoga practice focused on the season’s meridians, organs and emotions!

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