Wednesday’s at Exchange flags with Paul Wooding
Exciting news at Yin Yan! There’s a brand new class on our growing timetable, one of our favourites.
Let us proudly introduce to you, our lovely yogi’s, to our new YIN YOGA class!!
In our opinion, the feeling that you are left with after a Yin class is amazing. You do yourself, your body and your mind, the world of good. We can guarantee you will feel incredibly relaxed, more flexible and with A LOT less tension in your body.
THE KEY BENEFITS OF YIN YOGA
Improved flexibility, you will hold stretches for longer enabling you to go deeper into your muscles
Stillness: helps you to balance your busy lifestyle leaving you feeling cool, calm and collected.
Greater joint mobility
Fascial release – the web of connective tissue that holds you together
Balance to the internal organs and improved flow of chi or prana through meridian stimulation
Vastly improves sports performances
Great for prevention and rehabilitation of any injuries
WHAT IS YIN YOGA?
Yin is based on the taoist concept of yin and yang. Yin is the stable, unmoving, hidden aspect of things. Yang is the changing, moving, revealing aspect.
To explain this in body terms, the ‘stiff’ connective tissues, such as the tendons, ligaments, fascia, are yin. While the more mobile and pliable muscles and blood, are yang.
A Yin class usually consists of long-held, passive floor poses that mainly work the lower part of the body, such as the hips, pelvis, inner thighs, lower spine. These areas are rich in connective tissues. Tissues that need a good stretch!
IS YIN FOR YOU?
In a word, Yes!
Yin is for you if you want to give your body a REALLY good stretch. If you want to give it a chance to try some incredibly helpful postures and poses that we don’t often carry out in our everyday lives (ESPECIALLY when we are sat in an office, on the sofa or in the car on a regular basis), helping you feel more mobile and flexible.
Yin works on the connective tissues. The poses are held for a much longer period of time when comparing it with ‘normal yoga poses’ and the class is at a steadier pace than other classes you may have taken part in. By stretching our connective tissues for a longer period of time, our body becomes stronger and longer! Who wouldn’t want that?
Yin is also for you if you are tired or over-stimulated. If your mind is overactive, if you are craving for energy or you feel you have too much of it.
THE MEDITATIVE ASPECT OF YIN YOGA
We live in a world where we are bombarded with constant information. Whether it’s valuable information or rubbish information, it doesn’t matter, the mind still needs to deal with it. The mind then gets used to that amount of information (it forms a habit) and starts to crave stimuli if it gets quiet. You know how you can find yourself reaching for your phone when you aren’t entirely sure why? Then scrolling through some social media app? We just end up looking for stuff. It doesn’t even matter what, as long as we fill the gaps. Gaps we really should allow to stay empty. For the mind to stop and for you to just be.
This is where Yin comes in! Becoming still in a pose and staying for a while, creates those gaps. Keeping the gaps empty creates the space, for anything that wants to come up. All those stored away emotions, feelings and sensations now have a chance to come out.
We could go on (and on, and on!) about the benefits of yin… (can you tell we’re huge fans? we’ve already had to remove a lot of content from this post) so the best thing we can suggest is for you to come along and try it for yourself!
Join us on Wednesday lunch times, 12.30pm with the wonderful Paul Wooding at Walker House, Exchange Flags!
Look forward to seeing you there!
Your Yin Yan Team