Yin Yoga is a powerful practice derived from traditional Hatha Yoga and draws its influences from Indian Yoga, Chinese Taoism and Western science. It is a slow, meditative practice in which the focus is on the joints, ligaments and tissues/fascias.
When is the best time to do Yin Yoga?
When we are low on energy and tired
When we don’t feel like moving
When we want to relax deeply.
Each posture is held for a long time (3 to 7 minutes) and is a meditation in itself. It brings many benefits on a physical, energetic and psychological level. It creates space in the body and is a perfect antidote to stress.
There are three tattvas, or rules, Tattva (devanāgarī:तत्त्व) means ‘truth’, ‘reality’, or ‘essence, essential principle’ in Sanskrit. In Hinduism, it is one of the founding principles of reality. It forms the whole of the visible and non-visible worlds.
These three fundamentals of Yin Yoga are:
• Respecting one’s limits, once the limit has been found,
• Remaining motionless, let the body open up
• Staying in the posture for a long time. The vast majority of the postures are done on the floor.
In this practice, we do not use the body to perform the posture but the posture to enter the body.
During a Yin Yoga sequence one stops at the point where one feels any resistance and then with the help of the breath one commits oneself to remain motionless for a certain period of time.
This yoga aims to give the keys to connect more deeply to oneself, to explore sensations and emotions embedded in the body. The sequence, which is performed to live music, is partially based on meditation, followed by pranayama exercises before practising a flow that calls upon the six main meridians of the lower body.
It is a regenerating and very soothing yoga.
By using the weight of the body and the force of gravity to melt into the ground, all the muscles are relaxed to access, clean and nourish the deep tissues, ligaments and fascias. In Yin, the work focuses on the meridians of traditional Chinese medicine and their connection to the organs for a deep regeneration of all systems.
The body stretches and opens slowly, the nervous system calms down, the mind accepts what happens without trying to control it. It is a delightful opportunity to let go and let physical and emotional tensions evaporate.