Yin yoga uses supported, long, passive holds to work on the deep, dense connective tissues of the body – the fascia, tendons, ligaments and cartilage – which are difficult to energize and open. Using this combination of support, low stress and long holds allows the connective tissue time to transform at a cellular level. The connective tissue begins to flow very slowly along the line of stress and plastically deform. This gives us the opportunity to remould our long-held postural patterning and bring health to these yin tissues.
The Three Principals of Yin Yoga
The three principals often observed in yin yoga classes are:
- Find your edge – Students are encouraged to find their own edge, whether physical, emotional or energetic, feeling into the sensations that are arising slowly and mindfully.
- Relax your muscles – The body is supported using bolsters, blocks and blankets to allow for full muscular disengagement, whilst remaining focussed on the sensation in the connective tissues.
- Hold the pose – Yin poses are typically held for between three and five minutes.
Almost all yoga practised today is dynamic and muscularly active, it is considered to be ‘yang’. Yin yoga balances this activity with stillness aiming to restore harmony in our practice. Patanjali’s sutra “sthira sukham asanam” instructs us to find a comfortable seat, which implies that when it was written a great emphasis was placed upon enabling stillness to be comfortable, in order to meditate & go inward.
Today yin yoga is often blended with different meditation and mindfulness practices, giving us space to be in the present moment and notice what is arising there.
Yin Yoga at Same Star Yoga
Samantha invites you to step onto the mat and into your body in a mindful and fully present way. Her Yin Yoga classes are designed to balance your physical body promoting joint health, fascia mobility and postural re-patterning, restore your energetic health using five element & chakra theory and calm your mind using meditation techniques from different traditions.
Whether you are a seasoned yin yogi or are yet to experience the bliss that follows this subtle yet deeply profound asana & energy practice, come and try one of our Yoga Classes and give yourself permission to turn inward with an expert guide to lead the way.