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Yin Yoga Explained

Yoga means to join or to yoke (yoke implies to control – mind and body). With Patanjali defining it as chitta vritti nirodha. It means that yoga is the removing of the fluctuations of the mind. Yoga is not about becoming perfect, but becoming whole.

Most forms of yoga today are far removed from its original intention. Modern forms practiced today are dynamic, fast, flowing movements. That is they are Yang (hot, masculine, Pingala, sun).

Yoga is about becoming whole and finding balance. Yin yoga (Ida, moon, cooling, feminine, calming), is the other half of the Yang.


Yin Yoga was the product of Paul Grilley in the 1970’s. Yin yoga borrows heavily from Taoist philosophy. That is it makes mention of meridians and Chi etc. But frankly one doesn’t have to venture away from the more traditional Indian Yoga philosophy, that’s is Prana (energy, life force), nadis (the causeway or channels of Prana), Chakras (wheels of energy).

For me Yin yoga has attempted to re-claim what yoga was about. Not about showing off numerous contortions – as Paul Grilley said in relation to Yin Yoga poses “twenty is plenty”.

The original ancient yoga texts only mentions a handful of yoga poses (asanas) almost exclusively they were relatively uncomplicated seated poses – in which one attempted to sit for long periods of time as still as possible; drawing in the senses so one could focus, concentrate and meditate.


Lord Vishnu Resting on Sheshanaga


In Hinduism, it’s believed that the earth is resting on one of the heads of a giant snake. This snake is  known as Sheshanaga. It is said to have a thousand heads and is supporting the whole universe on his many heads. Lord Vishnu as a baby would rest and sleep in its coils, moving, fidgeting and playing in the coils of the snake.

Much like your asana practice Sheshanaga had to maintain a steady and stable posture to maintain balance in the universe, and remain steady for long periods of time, whilst Lord Vishnu played.

Like the serpent we find a posture and endeavor to remain still and stable for long periods of time. The difference between Yin and more modern hatha yoga is that we hold the pose for longer – but with little stress on the muscles and tendons.


Yin Yoga and Fascia


Yin yoga asana are designed to work more passively – on the bodies fascia. It is as if we are internally wrapped like a mummy. The bandages are this fascia, which can get stuck in certain places, which may cause pain, discomfort and or restriction of movement (usually) somewhere else in the body!

Yin yoga class Hatha Yoga in Newton Abbot

This fascia needs time to adjust (stretch). In Yin Yoga we are working with the body, not struggling with the body. For this reason we do not push the body too far, we find our boundary in a pose and just ever so slightly go out of our comfort zone –then hold the pose. For this reason we tend to use various props – blocks, blankets, bolster, straps etc. this is to aid us – remember we are in our Yin state our Ida (moon) state. Calm, passive, cool, feminine Ida – state.

Yin Yoga For beginners | Butterfly Pose

𝗕𝘂𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗳𝗹𝘆 𝗽𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗮𝗰𝗰𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝗳𝗼𝗹𝗱𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘆𝗶𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝗴𝗮 𝗽𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗲.

𝗜𝘁’𝘀 𝗮 𝗴𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁 𝗽𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗼𝗽𝗲𝗻 𝘂𝗽 𝘀𝗽𝗮𝗰𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸, 𝗵𝗶𝗽𝘀, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗮𝗱𝗱𝘂𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘀 (𝗶𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗿 𝗹𝗲𝗴). 𝗔𝗻𝗱 𝗶𝘁 𝘁𝗮𝗿𝗴𝗲𝘁𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗚𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗕𝗹𝗮𝗱𝗱𝗲𝗿, 𝗞𝗶𝗱𝗻𝗲𝘆, 𝗟𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗨𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝗕𝗹𝗮𝗱𝗱𝗲𝗿

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Yin works with calming your mind and leaving you feeling nicely stretched, flexible and relaxed

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Tanja xxx

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