What is Yin Yoga?
Yin Yoga is a slow and gentle style of yoga with basic, well aligned poses that stretch connective tissue, especially at the joints. The pace of Yin yoga is slow because positions are held for long periods of time in order to cultivate meditation and inner peace.
What are the Benefits of Yin Yoga?
As Yin yoga enthusiast Kourtney Hartmoyer has so eloquently put it;
“the shapes are simple, perhaps even boring. To the outside world it doesn’t look too interesting. However dull from an outside view, what I have found is that the quiet stillness of Yin allows me to better observe the inner self a bit more clearly. It magnifies everything. That is where I find the magic.”
Moving into Deeper States of Relaxation
Wise man told me that her daily Yin practice helps her, “to sit with sensation, moving toward or into deeper states of relaxation.” Moving quickly cannot promote deep trance-like states in the manner that utter stillness can and Yin yoga requires the time to allow your body to slowly drop into the depths of each pose.
Building Patience and Receptivity
Modern life means that people don’t necessarily have either in abundance and people are quick to rush by. While I feel at my core that I am patient and receptive, there are countless examples of times I was neither. What might you be missing when you lack patience and receptivity? When you can’t sit with things as they are, what experiences might you be blocking? Can you imagine how being still for extended periods might build your patience and help you to be open to receive what life is offering you? How might establishing a Yin practice contribute to your continued development of patience and receptivity?
Stretching the Joints
One of the most renowned Yin Yogis in the world is Paul Grilley. Gilley states, “In general, a yin approach works to promote flexibility in areas often perceived as non-malleable, especially the hips, pelvis and lower spine… connective tissue responds best to a slow, steady load. If you gently stretch connective tissue by holding a yin pose for a long time, the body will respond by making them a little longer and stronger—which is exactly what you want.”
Yin Yoga & Acupuncture Treatment
Come and experience the amazing health benefits of Yin yoga for yourself at my friendly yoga and acupuncture clinic.
I offer acupuncture treatment combined with gentle Yin yoga sequences to achieve optimal health and harmony in the body and mind.
Greater Yin & Bright Yang
Focus on the front of the body; the Lungs, Spleen, Stomach, and Large Intestine
Lesser Yin & Greater Yang
Focus on the back of the body; the Kidneys, Heart, Bladder, and Small Intestine
Faint Yin & Lesser Yang
Focus on the sides of the body; the Liver, Gallbladder, Pericardium and San Jiao
45-minute full-body sequence of yin yoga postures
20-minute community-style acupuncture treatment. Groups no larger than 12
insurance receipt will be provided