Yin yoga is a beautiful delicious practice that helps us heal our heart mind and the whole body. It allows us time to sit within ourselves, to just be still, and to notice what the body and mind are telling us.
It differs enormously from Vinyasa yet can be the perfect and often necessary complement!
Yin and Yang tissues respond differently whilst being exercised. Muscles require heat and movement to release in a Yang practice like Vinyasa, while connective tissue responds best to the long steady holds within a Yin practice. Cultivating a Yin practice creates a beautiful balance within your energy systems and a unique sense of calmness that can be felt throughout the body, both physically and mentally.
Through the Yin practice of long-held postures targeting the deeper fascia (connective tissue) of the body, Yin Yoga invites you to slow down and create space for stillness while nourishing tendons, ligaments, joints, and bones – where many of us experience pain or injury as a result of sometimes too much Yang (Yang includes all fast-moving activities such as Hatha yoga, gym sessions, running, etc and all other fast movements of life).
Yin Yoga is suitable for all levels of students, as every person is guided to their own individual edge – meaning everyone can benefit their most from the practice.
The time spent in Yin postures can be lightly compared to the time spent in meditation, as you are guided to the target area and cued to calm the mind and use your breath for continued support.
In the practice of Yin you are offered the opportunity to slow down – to breathe, observe, yield, and step into a place of complete trust. It is the invitation to honour the incredible human form call the body and allow it to do what it needs to transform. Yin practice helps our tight, tense,. and sometimes stressed bodies ease into more flow, becoming more hydrated and calm.
No matter how fit or flexible you are, how old or young, whether you are an athlete or lean a little more towards the inactive – Yin is the perfect balance to anyones daily Yang!
– Emma Stembickyj
Join us for Yin practice every Monday and Wednesday evenings at 7:45pm, Thursdays at 9:30am and twice on Sundays at 9:45am and 5pm. See the timetable here.