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What is Yin Yoga?

Updated: Sep 16, 2021

Why do we practise Yin?

Yin complements our Yang practises such as Vinyasa. Our muscles need heat & movement to stretch BUT our connective tissue needs long, slow holds. The connective tissue refers to our tendons (connect muscle to bone / aids muscle contraction), ligaments (connect bone to bone / give joints support) and fascia (made of collagen / encases & binds our body parts).

By holding poses for an extended period of time, we allow these areas to gentle, little by little lengthen. In turn, this increases flexibility & mobility in our body. As we tend to focus on our lower body in Yin, our spine & hips greatly benefit.

Overtime synovial fluid increases between the vertebra in your spine etc, this fluid provides cushioning for your joints and stops any friction. Mentally, Yin is proven to reduce stress & anxiety, as well as calming the nervous system . It also helps us to practise being in the present, something that can be very hard for us! Holding poses for up to 5 mins, gives you space to connect with your breath and allow those attachments/thoughts to float by.

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