Yin Yoga

Your guide to Yin Yoga at yogahaven Brighton

Yin yoga has the same goals and objectives as any other school of yoga. However, it directs the stimulation that is normally created in the asana (posture) portion of the practice, deeper than the superficial or muscular tissues (which we are calling the yang tissues). Yin yoga targets the connective tissues: the ligaments, the bones, and even the joints of the body that can often be overlooked in more active styles of yoga practices. It is how we practice that determines whether we target the yin or yang tissues directly or indirectly.

It is the balancing practice for your yang style of yoga; it is yoga for the joints not the muscles. It is a slow, steady and often stationary practice. The principle of yin yoga is to come to a place where you can comfortably tolerate sensation, find your stillness and stay a while – up to 5 minutes (sometimes longer for the experienced student).

Stillness in the body means the muscles are inactive. Every time we move, we engage our muscles (yang). Yin and yang tissues respond differently to being exercised. Yin tissues are naturally less elastic they have much less fluid content (especially in the synovial joints) than yang tissues. Being more plastic these yin tissues require gentle but long-held stresses to lubricate the joints. They need to be pulled and compressed in a non -aggressive way in order to maintain their pliancy within their natural ranges of motion. With consistent practice, we can maintain elasticity in the joints throughout our lives.

Yin yoga is a mindfulness practice it offers us the opportunity to delve deeper within to reconnect with ourselves.

We don’t use our body to get into the pose we use the pose to get into our body.

- Open to all levels

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