30-35 degree heat.
The practice of Yin Yoga addresses the more Yin parts of our bodies. Yin is a balance and a complement to the more yang styles of exercise such as Bikram Yoga, why not practice this after a Bikram 90 minute to maximise your membership? The Yin parts of our bodies are the parts of ourselves that lay close to our core, specifically the bones and connective tissue above the knees and below the navel, sometimes the shoulders. Our endless web of connective tissue needs to be addressed in a more yin way with an attitude of quiet acceptance.
By putting ourselves in safe and controlled positions for periods of 3, 5 or even 7 minutes, we can relax the muscles around the areas we’re working allowing the connective tissue to be safely maintained and the Vagus nerve to be stimulated and toned.
Yin is quite different to other styles of Yoga such as Hatha or Vinyasa or restorative yoga. Yin encourages a sense of drawing within, of learning to accept the fluctuations of sensations in the body.
“Between the stimulus and the response there is a space and in that space lies our power and our freedom.”
Victor Frank, Holocaust Survivor, Writer and Psychiatrist
The intention of this class is not one of just deep stretching but more for becoming aware of long-held muscular tension and ingrained habits of mind which we would normally over look.
Yin Yoga is a challenge as there are few distractions to occupy the mind. Stillness, surrender and meditative awareness are embraced while we learn about ourselves, our ingrained habits of mind and our thought processes.
Its one thing to give ego its head in a pose held for few breaths but quite another when faced with a few minutes or longer. Yin is a continuous flowing mix of the subtle and the obvious. The peeling back of those fragile layers of emotional reaction and thought process; learning that it is possible to recognise and change the ‘yearning’, ‘grabbing’, ‘clinging’, ‘resisting’ that so often guide our decisions, fears and actions. to occasionally see glimmers of stillness and even experience something resembling deep contentment…… the space on our mat is indeed a space to explore. We peel back the armour and peek beneath. It is through skilful practice and tutelage that what we uncover there is assimilated into our lives (and psyche) beyond and off the mat. Yin practice can show you how your thoughts and processes of this mind and body can and do unfold.
This compassionate unfolding is something incredible to observe and to experience in daily life.