Your guide to our Yin Yang Yoga class
It is not so much the poses we choose but how we practice determines whether we target yin (connective tissue ligaments and bones) or yang tissues (muscles) more directly or indirectly. This class targets both, The Yin part of the class is the balancing practice for your yang style of yoga; it is yoga for the joints not the muscles. Yin and yang tissues respond differently to being exercised. Traction is the Yin principle of static, elongating stress applied for long periods of time. The rhythmic Yang aspect is the strengthening and moving the muscle against resistance.
When we move and bend our joints doing Yoga postures, both muscle and connective tissue are being stretched. The muscles are Yang because they are soft and elastic; the connective tissue (ligaments and bones) is Yin because it is stiff and inelastic.
Yin postures are seated postures which are held for up to 5 minutes applying constant gently pressure to the ligaments while softening and releasing tension in the muscles. As we age our natural range of motions lessens due to the decrease in all the forms of moisture in the body, particularly the synovial fluid in the joint capsules. Yin yoga helps to prevent joint rigidity and immobility while also helping to enliven degenerative tissues. This practice facilitates a deeper connection to the self with breath awareness.
The Yang part of the class, explores the more active style of practice as we know it. Targeting the muscles that we engage to hold the bones closer together protecting the joints. Postures will be held for a slightly longer time (not as long as Yin postures) as we learn to connect to the breath and align the body. The use of props can be effective in the exploration of your practice.
For all levels of ability.