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Yin Yoga

What is Yin Yoga?

The phenomenon of Yin Yoga is very current, it emerged in the United States as a static and rest practice as opposed to the very Yang, dynamic or active practices of other more intense styles of yoga. It combines the tradition of physical yoga (postures in static and conscious breathing) with the knowledge of the theory of the elements and meridians of traditional Chinese medicine, providing an energetic vision of each posture.

Unlike the traditional Hatha Yoga practice, where the muscles are worked, in Yin Yoga we will work mainly the fascias (the so-called connective tissue: wraps of the muscles, tendons and ligaments) and the joints in the postures, through stretching. It is a more internal work, not muscular. With age, the range of movement of our body’s joints is lost. The fascia loses water, dries out and that causes us to lose flexibility and possibility of movement. Thanks to the Yin approach we will create a new space in our body where the fascia meets its stiffness, undoes it and continues to stretch.

We will work on consciousness and sensations, both external and internal. For this we like to remember during the classes:

Feel, Release and Smile

To feel the posture with all its pleasant and unpleasant sensations, to release any possible discomfort by loosening the whole muscle and allowing the posture to act, to smile at our body, posture, breath and state at this moment.

Yin Yoga is a practice for releasing physical, mental and especially emotional resistance. Our body acts by somatizing emotions, attitudes and thoughts towards illnesses or diseases, both in the joints, organs and in the most internal tissues, accumulating tensions of all kinds. In Chinese medicine, emotions are considered one of the main influences on health and disease.

Wind and anger particularly damage the liver, heat and joy the heart, dampness and worry the spleen, dryness and sadness the lung, and cold and fear the kidney.

It is important to recover the physical, mental and emotional balance. The practice of yin brings lightness in all three aspects. Through the capacity of observation and acceptance it will allow us to release deep tension.

Aimed at people with some regular practice of yoga (or physics in general) who want to complement their classes (more yang) with a more leisurely practice, focusing on deep stretching of the fascia through muscle inaction.

Benefits of Yin Yoga

  • Deep physical stretching.
  • Activates blood and lymphatic circulation by compressing and stretching the tissues.
  • Rehydrates the tissues and brings more lightness to the joints.
  • The slow practice invites us to lower the levels of anxiety and stress.
  • It awakens the parasympathetic nervous system, activating our deep relaxation response.
  • It releases emotional blockages locked in our body.
  • It allows us to become aware of our state without masks.
  • It brings serenity.
  • Decreases physical and mental fatigue.
  • Promotes a restful sleep.

Teachers

Silvia Gallego
Irina
Irina Albanell