Since practicing yoga with Lucy I know that for at least one hour each week I will experience balance in a way that clears my mind and invigorates my body for days to come. When entering a session at Yogaloosi I know exactly what to expect. A tranquil atmosphere, in which I can connect with Lucy’s positive energy as well as those around me, constantly discovering my yoga at the same time. As I murmur the word “Namaste” at the conclusion of these hours spent at Yogaloosi I know that my mind body and soul soul will be smiling.
What is Yin Yoga?
Yin Yoga is a deeply nourishing practice that eliminates physical and mental tension. Its methods accesses deep into the physical body, targeting tight muscles fibres, fascia (network of connected bands throughout the body) and connective tissue whilst simultaneously providing a state of relaxation and active meditation.
A Yin Yoga practice consists of any number of poses that suits your needs. Most poses are performed on the floor. You can use a yoga mat, however, any comfortable surface will do such as soft grass or carpet. The poses are held for longer periods of time; anywhere from 3-7 minutes. Poses are selected based on a range of factors including time available, areas of the body requiring release or their general therapeutic effects.
Yin yoga looks different for everybody, because every body in the world is different. There is no right or wrong way to create a pose exactly. The focus is on obtaining the correct feeling in the body. Once in a pose you are to take your body to the deepest it will allow in the position without experiencing pain…and then back off slightly. A nourishing stretch will develop as gravity takes hold and your body settles. This is where the benefit of Yin Yoga is realised. Numerous amounts of props such as blocks, blankets, pillows, cushions and bolsters are used to assist in finding a supported shape that works for your body and targets the desired area appropriately. A Yin Yoga session concludes with Savasana; lying down on the back to rest, breathe and meditate.
When the body moves into a posture that creates a stretch, the muscles fibres are the first tissue to react to the tension. After two minutes of holding a yin pose the muscle fibres relax and release, transferring the focus of the stretch deeper into the fascia and then the connective tissue. Bands of fascia can be closer to the skin, but Yin yoga mostly targets the deeper layers that connect the cavities of our body. Connective tissue include the ligaments and tendons that exist around our body’s joint and are the least flexible form of tissue. Over time exercise, daily movement and common injuries put great strain on these deeper tissues. They develop knots, scars and become extremely tense. They also lose their ease and range of motion.
Yin yoga allows you to access these vital tissues to fix these issues and nurse them back to a healthier state. Yin yoga;
- Promotes greater blood flow and hydration to fascia and connective tissue.
- Helps release any tension, aches and pains deep in the body that normal stretching routines can not reach.
- Increases the range and ease of movement of tissues and joints.
- Builds greater strength in the connective tissue making your joints stronger, more stable and able to withstand more pressue.
- Reduces your risk of further damage and injury to joints and deeper tissues
The act of Yin Yoga is mindful and calm. As you slowly move through the postures you are building a greater awareness of your body internally. This is also supported by new evidence that fascia contains millions of neurons that when are stretched activate the brain and improve bodily spatial awareness. Active meditation brings a whole host of benefits, even more than just relief from psychical and mental stress.
Meditation and relaxation techniques create clarity of thought that enhances your cognitive abilities to apply greater mental capacity to building goals, generating positive motivation and cultivating a sense of direction and purpose. Meditation through Yin Yoga;
- Prolongs the life of your cells by lengthening your DNA.
- Cures and reduces effects of stress diseases such as heart disease, asthma, obesity, headaches, depression, anxiety, Alzheimer’s disease, immune deficiencies, accelerated aging and premature death.
- Supports the break through of psychological barriers, including attitudes, distractions and doubts that can inhibit performance.
- Allows you to investigate mental qualities that don’t serve you and replace them with healthy confidence and focus.
- Promotes the development of healthy coping skill that can be applied in circumstances of high pressure and anxiety.
- Assists in working towards specific actionable goals by guiding the mind to visualise happiness and success.
What People Say About Yogaloosi
Thanks Lucy- I really enjoyed your session last week…..great to do this with work friends. I didn’t realise there were so many aspects with equal importance in yoga.