You and Yin: Yoga for Detox
Have you ever woken up in the morning feeling stiff and needing to stretch?
This feeling can be attributed to our fascia tightening as we sleep. Fascia is a three dimensional layer of tissue that surrounds every bone, muscle and joint. As we age it ‘dries’ out. To keep our body healthy and to increase our range of mobility we must exercise or stress our bones, muscles and connective tissue.
The practice of stressing our connective tissue through yoga is known as ‘Yin Yoga’. Although connective tissue is found in every bone, muscle, and organ, it’s most concentrated at the joints. In fact, if you don’t use your full range of joint flexibility, the connective tissue will slowly shorten to the minimum length needed to accommodate your activities. If you try to flex your knees or arch your back after years of underuse, you’ll discover that your joints have been “shrink-wrapped” by shortened connective tissue.
Originally known as Taoist yoga, Yin Yoga is gaining popularity in the West. It has many benefits for the body and the mind.
Some of the benefits of Yin yoga are:
- Calms relaxes and balances mind and body
- Regulates the energy that flows through our body
- Increases mobility in the body, especially the joints and hips
- Lowers stress levels
- Better lubrication and protection of joints
- More flexibility in joints & connective tissue
- Release of fascia throughout the body
- Help with migraines
- Better ability to sit for meditation
- Compliments your more energetic or yang practice
When we first come to Yin Yoga a common thought is the practice isn’t achieving much. But Yin is a very subtle practice. It works our connective tissue, it redistributes the energy in our body and helps it flow more freely, it frees the thinking mind of having to do or be anything and it is deeply calming.
It also allows the body to become more comfortable for a formal meditation practice by opening up the hips, back, groins.
There are three principles that differentiate yin practice from more yang approaches to yoga:
- Holding poses for at least several minute, staying still and relaxing the muscles around the joints
- Not going to your edge or trying to do the pose 110% , instead letting time and gravity take us deeper into the poses
- The part of the body we target mainly is the lower part; hips, pelvis, inner thighs, lower spine. These areas are especially rich in connective tissues.
Join Gabrielle for a two hour introductory yin workshop to release deep seated tension in the body, free the mind and deeply calm you;
Yin Yoga for Detox ~ Gabrielle Harris
Beginner Yogi – Yoga Studio
Saturday 21st November 2-4pm
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