Yin Yoga uses relaxed, relatively still postures to gently stress the soft connective tissues surrounding the spine, joints and muscles. In YIN, we approach modifications as the norm, not the exception. Our bodies are structurally unique by design, therefore, we throw aesthetic alignment out the window.
In relatively small doses, toxins can cause disease by becoming trapped in our bodies through immobilization, inflammation, trauma and chronic stress. By gently compressing the extracellular matrix and fascia network, toxins are released and reabsorbed into the circulatory and lymphatic system. This release improves proprioception, energy flow, resilience, sensory response and mental receptivity.
Maintains Spine Integrity
Gently positioning areas of the spine while remaining relatively still for several minutes helps to counteract the negative impact of sedentary lifestyle factors (working at a desk, leaning over a computer, prolonged driving, and frequent texting). This alleviates chronic pain and discomfort and helps maintain posture.
By mildly loading stress to our sponge-like tissue, water is slowly squeezed out and released. As the tissue retracts, it absorbs more water than it previously held. The result is stronger, more hydrated tissue that is better able to absorb shock and is resistant to compressive force.
Immobilization, injury, and inflammation contribute to the stiffening of joints and loss of mobility. Yin Yoga can counteract the painful effects of contracture in our joints, spine and dense connective tissue.
By appropriately stressing the bones, spine and surrounding soft tissue, we can slow down or prevent premature degeneration (oesteopenia and osteoporosis). In particular, Yin Yoga will stress bones in the lower spine in ways that other systems of exercise won’t.
Releases Joint Fixation
Aging, arthritis, and inflammation can cause fixation in the joints and spine. By applying appropriate force to these areas, fixation can be released, allowing for fluidity, mobility, and increases in range of motion.
Improves Emotional Health
Our organs are the home of our emotions. Yin is allowing what is surfacing to be there, without running away from it or trying to change it. If we heal the body, we also heal the heart. Stress fuels some of the biggest health problems of our time, including diabetes, depression, osteoporosis, heart attacks, strokes, and autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Emotional imbalances can be addressed through Yin practice by activating the Parasympathetic Nervous System, enabling us to rebuild and recover our health.