Yin Yoga is the practice of long held passive postures designed to target the joints, bones and connective tissue. By keeping your muscles soft, you are able to release deep layers of connective tissue, greatly increasing your range of motion, and creating more ease in any style of yoga, and seated meditation.
On an energetic level, Yin enhances the flow of prana (life force) in the tissues surrounding the joints, where energy often stagnates.
Similar to Hatha or Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, so named because of its connection to Chinese medicine, uses long-held physical postures to create certain desired benefits: Physical and physiological, Energetic, Emotional and Mental, as well as Spiritual and meditative. It has been likened to needle-less acupuncture!
The focus of Yin Yoga postures is to maintain or restore elasticity of the connective tissue in the large joints in the body, namely the hips, lower back and pelvis. Yin Yoga posits that the body's joint (or connective) tissue--the so-called "yin" or passive, receptive tissue --hardens over time, making movement more difficult with age. Yin Yoga targets the connective tissue by holding postures that slowly stretch the deeper tissues in the body in order to keep the body supple.
Yin is particularly beneficial as a compliment to a strong “Yang” practice (Hatha, etc.) Yin can help students attain a deeper degree of flexibility in the joints and as such aids the student in advancing their regular practice.
This workshop moves you through deep nurturing and fully supported poses, releasing stress from the body and mind, by doing this you will restore your natural energy. With our busy lives our sympathetic nervous system is in overdrive, for the body to restore itself we need to move into our parasympathetic nervous system – restorative yoga will help you do that.