Hot Calming Yin Yoga
Yin yoga is a gentle way of yoga, where the challenge is accentuated in a different way than in Yang yoga. Yin yoga works on the deeper connective tissue or Fascia, compared to the Yang Yoga forms that work on the upper muscle layers. In order to extend or stretch the deeper connective tissue, we will have to give our bodies the space, rest and ability to actually reach this layer. We do this by staying in one yoga pose for about 3-5 minutes. This involves the use of ‘props’ (Bolster, pillows and blocks) to make the poses as comfortable as possible.
On the other hand, during Yin Yoga we also work on releasing emotional blockages. Unresolved emotions settle in our bodies and cause muscle tension and physical symptoms. Toxins also stuck in the fascia, to protect the organs. Toxins in our fascia cause stiffness and little flexibility. By ‘toxins’ we mean internal ( emotions, food, negative thoughts) as well as external (chemtrails, exhaust fumes, pollutants etc)
From Chinese medicine, we also work during Yin Yoga to activate and stimulate our meridian system. The meridian lines are energy lines in our body through which the blood and chi (life energy flows) Each meridian is linked to a specific organ. These meridian and organs can also be subdivided into yin and yang. Through poses and specific stretching, Yin Yoga allows you to work on meridians, keep the chi flowing and release toxins that are stuck in our system.
This is the start of self-healing. When you very consciously observe what happens in your body, without allowing yourself to be influenced by your thoughts but reasoning purely from your feelings, you can very consciously energize your body.
In most cases, yin poses are ground poses and are initially seen as ‘easy’ or ‘ not challenging’. However, after a class it is experienced that these yin postures are great challenges for the body and mind, and also bring about a lot of change in the body and mind. The postures can be experienced as ‘uncomfortable’ ( which also indicates that there are blockages) and the ‘art’ of Yin Yoga is to begin to make the posture as comfortable as possible. This is done by becoming aware of (perhaps unconscious) negative thoughts that greatly affect our bodies, conscious breathing and conscious feeling. What am I feeling in my body and what can I do or change about it?
Yin yoga also activates the ‘flow of chi’ or life energy in our bodies. Blockages can occur in our body due to various causes that can subsequently block the flow of chi. Yin Yoga activates the flow of chi, or life energy, so that blockages can be removed and the chi flow allowed to flow again. Also, Yin Yoga provides flexibility on a deeper level that can change and alleviate back pain, among other things, in many cases. Flexibility in the body, but also in the mind. When your mind is flexible, you are also more flexible in life and in situations. Also, during a yin class, props, yoga pillows and blankets are used to make a pose as comfortable and relaxing as possible for your body.
Zoals eerder aangegeven, ieder persoon is unique dus ieder persoon zal ook een andere ervaring hebben van een Yin les en de houdingen. Depending on what’s on your mind at the time in life, your emotional state but also physical state, your life vision, your train of thought etc.
The yin yoga is given in a therapeutisch heated room of about 25/30C. The therapeutic heat gives more room for the muscles and connective tissue to relax. The heat also gives an ultimate relaxing feeling for the body and mind. If you visualize yourself lying in a yoga shala somewhere on a lovely bounty island, it completes the ultimate picture.
Hot Yin Yoga greatly benefits people with the following complaints;
‘‘Meditative, soothing & mindful are the yin yoga classes’