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The yin and yang of yoga. Yin is the balancing practice for your yang style of yoga allowing you to access the fascia or connective tissue within the body. It is a static meditative style of practice where you learn to understand your body and its areas of stiffness or tightness.
Each class will be different and over time your body will feel more subtle and open. Yin Yoga has the same goals and objectives as any other school of yoga; however, it directs the stimulation normally created in the asana portion of the practice deeper than the superficial or muscular tissues (which we are calling the yang tissues). Yin Yoga targets the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones, and even the joints of the body that normally are not exercised very much in a more active style of asana practice.
Suitable for all levels of students, Yin Yoga is a perfect complement to the dynamic and muscular (yang) styles of yoga that emphasise internal heat, and the lengthening and contracting of our muscles. Yin Yoga generally targets the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis, lower spine and shoulders.
While initially, this style of yoga can seem quite passive, or soft this soon changes and your yin practice will be challenging due to the extended duration some of the poses are held. Props such as blocks and bolsters are encouraged so you remain comfortable in class and get the most out of each and every posture. Yin and yang tissues respond quite differently to being exercised. You need to experience this to really know what Yin Yoga is all about.
All yin classes are practised without the heat.
FIND THE BALANCE
After you have experienced it, even just once, you will realise that you have been doing only half of the asana practice.
YIN YOGA BENEFITS
The Yin Yoga sequence may help to:
- Calm and balance the mind and body;
- Reduce stress and anxiety;
- Increase circulation;
- Improve flexibility;
- Release fascia and improve joint mobility.
“My clothes are too big, my body shape has changed,
and I’m stronger and fitter than I’ve ever been”
Yoga changes the construction of the body from the inside out, from bones to skin, and fingertips to toes. With hot yoga, we believe that to change your body, you must heat it up to soften it. A warm body is a flexible body, that can be reshaped in the way you want.
The Hot Yoga Bikram method sequence helps to flush away waste products and toxins from all the glands and organs in your body. It provides a natural irrigation of the body through the circulatory system, with the help of the respiratory system. It nourishes every cell of your body so that each cell can perform its function and maintain vital health.
The heat used in Hot Yoga, the Bikram method further enhances your body’s cleansing process: when you sweat, impurities are flushed out of the body through the skin.
Regularly practising yoga increase our supply of oxygen to the cells, but it also does more. Yoga teaches us how to use that oxygen properly – we learn to control the breath through pranayama.
At The Yoga Garage, our teachers talk students through the sequences with precise instructions, guiding them through their postures correctly and within their level of ability.