Schedule: 2nd Sunday of every month, time 9.00am - 10.30 am.
Location: Online via Zoom
Cost: £12.50 per month paid one month in advance, I only do small classes so need this commitment. I do offer a 6 month block at £62.50 giving you a discount of £12.50 (for an odd Sunday you can’t make it or a discount thanking you for attending the whole block). This only applied at the beginning of a block though not half way through.
Requirments for lesson:
- You will need a Yoga Mat.
- 1 Yoga Block & 2 Yoga Bricks
- Wear loose comfortable clothing, so that the body is not restricted.
- I also recommend two small towels for those wrist and knee issues.
- Please bring a blanket & eye pillow for relaxation afterwards.
- Light music and maybe anything personal to you to set the tone for 1.5 hours of self-care.
All items can be swapped out as you need too.
What is Yin Yoga
Yin Yoga is a quiet and simple practice, but not necessarily an easy practice. Yin yoga works deeply into our body, it targets our deepest tissues of the body, our connective tissues — ligaments, joints, bones, and the deep fascia networks of the body rather than the muscles.
Energetically, Yin yoga improves the energy flow, enhancing the flow of chi in the organs. To be healthy, we need healthy organs as well as healthy muscles.
Yin yoga is based on the Taoist concept of Yin and Yang, opposite and complementary principles in nature. Yin is the stable, unmoving, hidden aspect of things, Yang is the changing, moving, revealing aspect. In the body, the relatively stiff connective tissues (tendons, ligaments, and fascia) are Yin, while the more mobile and pliable muscles and blood are Yang.
THERE ARE 3 PRINCIPLES OF YIN YOGA:
- Find your edge
- Knowing when to stop during a pose helps create the essential balance between no sensation and too much sensation in the body, respect your bodies limits.
- Only go approximately 2/3 of your maximum depth, not pushing too far and risking injury.
- Commit to complete stillness.
- Try not to fidget or mentally distract yourself.
- Follow your breath, achieving a meditative state that will help you to listen to your body and honour your limits.
- Settle into the pose using whichever props you need to be completely comfortable.
- Learn to surrender and bring softness to the pose.
What to expect in a session
Yin Yoga centres on passive floor poses that are held for 1-10 minutes or more, each to work on stretching deeper connective tissues. The reason for holding these poses longer is that this type of tissue needs a longer hold time to mobilize and strengthen than muscles do. Yin Yoga mainly works on the lower part of the body, the hips, pelvis, inner thighs, lower spine, and the slower pace of the class gives an opportunity to explore the meditative aspects of yoga. While most forms of yoga focus on building muscle strength and increasing flexibility.
Origins and History of Yin Yoga
Holding stretches for long periods of time and other techniques closely related to Yin Yoga has been practised for centuries in China and Taiwan as part of the Daoist Yoga, which is sometimes known as Dao yin. Taoist priests taught this knowledge, along with breathing techniques, to Kung Fu practitioners beginning 2000 years ago. Yin Yoga as we know it today was founded in the 1970s by martial arts expert and Taoist yoga teacher Paulie Zink. Yin style yoga has become popular due in large part to the widespread teaching activities of Yin yoga teachers and developers Paul and Suzee Grilley, Sarah Powers and Bernie Clark.
Philosophy and Principles of Yin Yoga
Yin yoga works on the Yin tissues - also known as the connective tissues. Connective tissue responds best to a slow, steady load. If you gently stretch connective tissue by holding a yin pose for a long time, the body will respond by making them a little longer and stronger—which is exactly what you want. Remember the principle of exercise is to stress the tissue so the body will respond by strengthening it. Note: Yin Yoga requires the muscles to relax around the connective tissue in order to get a stretch.
Yin yoga poses are also designed to improve the flow of qi, the subtle energy said in Chinese medicine to run through the meridian pathways of the body. It is suggested that these meridians are created by our connective tissue. Improved flow of qi is hypothesized to improve organ health, immunity, and emotional well-being.
- Increase circulation and improves flexibility
- Stillness: calms and balances the mind and body
- Stress and anxiety reduction
- Fascial release
- Deeper relaxation
- Greater joint mobility
- Meridian stimulation brings balance to the organs
- Better quality of sleep