Yin Yang Yoga is an innovative synthesis of traditional Yoga, meditation & eastern approaches to healing.
Yin, the feminine principle: dark, passive, receptive, reflective, withdrawn, cool, introspective. Yin yoga was developed to penetrate deep into connective tissue expanding flexibility and aiding healing while stimulating the nadis or meridians to loosen energetic blockages and increase energy flow.
Yang, the masculine principle: light, active, outward and upward moving, hot, extrospective. Yang yoga is the more traditional hatha or ashtanga based asana practice that develops muscular strength, stamina, and flexibility.
Yin/Yang Yoga is a class that balances the newly developed Yin yoga practice for the first half of the class with traditional Yang yoga practices for the second half of the class. This class can provide you with a practice that starts with deep, introspective, and quiet yoga that evolves into an energizing and uplifting yoga that sets you on your way for the rest of your day.
Students can expect hands-on instruction through their asana practice. Classes demonstrate postures in the form of Vinyasa flow encompassing the limbs of Yoga.
Yin Yoga activity is slow, steady with a sense of core softness and surrender. Yang activity is mobile, builds to an apex before calming down and maintains a core strength that requires appropriate effort. The main difference between these styles of engagement is a matter of degree and more about how we practice determines whether we target the yin or yang tissues more directly or indirectly.
The focus of length, depth and direction of the breathing activates the flow of prana (the body’s life force) throughout the body. The practice of Yin Yoga allows one to understand the physical, energetic, emotional and mental qualities of the poses on the yin/yang pairs or organs.
Three main principles of yin postures are:
- Slowly and mindfully entering the pose using the breath to stimulate the flow of chi (energy) and remain highly focused on the sensations promoted by the pose.
- Helps nourish the joints by remaining still and allow gravity to guide us.
- The lengthy posture steadiness allows one to develop yin qualities of surrender, similar to a long acupuncture session. This allows the full nourishment of the meridians.
Yang Yoga is the active dynamic practice that retains the body’s functionality and mobilizes the energy of the body to refresh the body’s vibrancy and maintain health. The combination of Yin/Yang yoga allows for setting up inner alignment, creating the foundation for outer or postural alignment.
The two inspiring motivations to practice yoga regularly are:
To draw your attention inward to learn how to live in our bodies in a wholesome way, while developing an attitude of consciousness and kindness within us on a daily basis. Patterns of neglect and self-abuse manifest in habitual ways.
To practice inward-drawn attention accelerates our ability to help, heal and naturally love others, freeing us from our tensions and reactive habits that deplete out vitality.
There are countless benefits to doing yoga, some are physical, some mental and some emotional. It has a positive and uplifting philosophy that can be practiced as a way of life. It is calming and stabilising and creates a rational mind while strengthening the will.
- Stillness: calms and balances the mind and body
- Stress and anxiety reduction
- Increased circulation
- Improved flexibility
- Greater joint mobility
- Balance to the internal organs and improved flow of chi or prana through meridian stimulation
- Feeling calm and balanced
- Regulated energy levels (chi)
- Greater strength
- Improved health
- Decreased stress levels
- Greater stamina
- Flexibility of the body’s connective tissues and joints
- Slowed signs of aging
- Improved meditation
- Deeper relaxation