Yin yoga is based on the Taoist concept of yin and yang, opposite and complementary principles in nature. Yin is the stable, unmoving, hidden aspect of things; yang is the changing, moving, revealing aspect.
In the body, the relatively stiff connective tissues (tendons, ligaments, fascia) are yin, while the more mobile and pliable muscles and blood are yang. Yin yoga works on the yin tissues - also known as the connective tissues. Connective tissue responds best to a slow, steady load which is why we hold the asanas for longer.
A Yin yoga class usually consists of a series of long-held, passive floor asanas that mainly work the lower part of the body - the hips, pelvis, inner thighs, lower spine. These areas are especially rich in connective tissues. The asanas are held for up to five minutes.
Yin yoga is the opposite to any other form of dynamic yang yoga and is a great way to counter balance through Yin Yoga.
Yin yoga is for you if you’re tired and craving energy or you’re over-stimulated and have too much energy; if your mind is overactive or your energy levels erratic.
Yin is; slow, downward, dark, moon, earth and water, cold, passive, inward. Finding stillness and discovering depth in each asana requires one to surrender. This is the challenge for you, emotionally, mentally and physically.
Always listen to your body's feedback and remember that if something doesn't feel good, it usually means it isn't good for your body. You can always adapt. Remember, we are all different and you are the expert on your own body.
Are you pregnant? or less than 10 weeks post-natal, then we ask that you do not attend our Yoga classes. Our yoga instructors are not trained in pregnancy yoga, so to keep safe we would ask that you find a specialist pregnancy class should you be seeking yoga.