What is Yin Yoga
Hatha Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga are the most widely known styles of yoga today, they both offer a dynamic and fast flow style of workout that targets the muscular system. Yin yoga is much calmer and more peaceful workout.
Yin Yoga helps you to strengthen your body and become healthier, more flexible and more peaceful. In order to reach the connective tissue which by nature is less elastic than our muscular system, we have to hold the postures for much longer periods of time – sometimes up to 7 minutes.
Yin Yoga involves relaxing, melting, letting go and has a very meditative quality to it. Sounds great, right? Our Yin Yoga teacher, Patricia tells us her favourite yogi secrets and reveals why we should all try Yin Yoga.
Why should I choose Yin Yoga?
‘You might be familiar with the yin & yang symbol. In Daoism this symbol is showing the balance between yin and yang. And as it is, there will always be a bit of yin in the yang and the other way around, hence the white and black dots. Yin and yang are relative terms: they describe the two facets of existence – yin cannot exist without yang and vice versa. They complement and balance each other. We can say, that everything in life has either yin or yang quality.’
Yin: dark, cold, passive, solid, slow, female, moon, night
Yang: light, hot, active, hollow, fast, male, sun, day
‘Therefore, our lives too have a yin and a yang aspect, it is for us to find the right balance.’ Patricia reveals that by doing a Yin Yoga class you will be able to relax and start to find balance in your life, you will create an even mix of dark and light and start to feel in control, clear headed and more balanced.
Yin Yoga Meridians
So what are Yin Yoga Meridians? ‘Yin yoga also focuses on opening and unblocking your energy meridians that run through your body. These meridians directly affect your body and your organs. Meridians are lines of energy that flow through the body and can affect organs, circulation, and general function of the physical body as well as your mental and emotional state.’
Patricia teaches Yin-yoga every Monday at Yogaia, which will include different meridian lines and will explain why we target and help those meridian lines.
So what should I wear to the class? ‘Wear comfortable and warm clothes and keep an extra blanket ready to cover yourself when in Shavasana. Take some props to help you relaxing even deeper into a posture. If you don’t have all these fancy yoga props you can use a thick book instead of a block, a rather firm cushion instead of a yoga bolster, a blanket and some softer cushions for extra support. You can light some candles and incense and please feel free to dim down the lights – just anything that will help you to completely switch off during the workshop. Remember, Yin Yoga is all about relaxation.’
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