Yin Is In.

The rise of Yin Yoga has been fascinating. To observe a mass shift in society’s priorities has been incredibly exciting.
As a community we are moving away from ‘doing more’ and searching for space and time to ‘do less’. And in doing less we realise a ubiquitous calm that translates into our life, touches our family and supports our friendships.

A Yin yoga practice is actually based around releasing connective tissue (or fascia) instead of muscle. Fascia is a large ‘wrapping’ connective tissue that almost behaves as cling wrap. It wraps around all layers of the muscles, over bones and joints and literally contains our internal organs. It also offers a lubricant like effect so that or inner environment can be contained but mobile, allowing organs and muscles to slide over one another without obstruction. Much like muscles fascia has origins and insertions and traces along defined trajectories of the body. Like muscles it can become ‘tight and tense’ or ‘rigid and sticky’. This means the fascia is no longer able to create adequate lubrication and muscles, nerves and vessels that are surrounded by the substance are often restricted by it’s position. This often results in physical pain.
Unlike muscles, Fascia does not respond to active ‘stretching’ because it is not engorged with blood. Instead it responds to long, static ‘stress’ to slowly relax the connective tissue fibres and allow them to lengthen and disentangle. The result is a ‘melting’ of rigid area of the cling wrap.

In a dynamic yoga practice, such as Vinyasa, we perform active stretching to target muscles. In Yin yoga we participate in a more passive practice, holding poses for 3 to 5 minutes to target the release of fascia.

A by-product of our Yin Yoga practice is that we often feel a gentle, more subtle release but a new found freedom in the body. During the practice we often feel very little ‘work’ but the inner workings of the practice mean we activate our parasympathetic nervous system and shift ourselves into a restful state.

The benefits of this practice are two fold, not only do we release the deeper layers of connective tissue tension in the body, but we release deeper layers of emotional tension in the body. The practice takes a very meditative form and is a wonderful compliment to the busy nature of every day life.The result is a peacefulness, contentment and acceptance that lasts beyond the confines of your yoga mat.
Join the movement. Yin is in.

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