yoga (passive) practices focus on compressing and stretching
the yin tissues. Yin tissues are the ligaments, tendons,
joints site, bones and fascia, also known as the connective
tissue. Yin tissues are closer to the core of the body,
hidden, deep, dense, cool, tough and hard, they can
not be exercise in the same way as the yang practice
(active), they need time, the slow sustain pressures,
with static stretch allows one to gain space, lengthen,
lubricate and to rehydrate for more mobility and flexibility.
longer held in yin yoga practice asks and invites one
to connect with the physical body, to be mindful, to
feel deeply, paying close attention to the change and
release from within, physically, mentally and emotionally.
The physical discomfort that may arise or the mental
distractions are the very challenging aspect of yin
practice, and it is very much using this opportunity
to cultivate a non-defensive attitude to the feelings
and sensations, instead, instilling calm and receptivity,
employing ease and mindfulness in the practice to ride
through the challenges, responding instead of reacting,
allowing instead of resisting the change.
can be the vehicle to calm and stillness, the rise and
fall of the breath brings one into a state of consciousness,
one can also use the breath to bring energy to the place
of discomfort, with time given, mindfulness and breath
awareness deep in the body, one begins to learn and
understand on where and how the body and mind hold tensions,
an opportunity for self-study. Where the mind goes,
we work with our body, we are also working with our
energy. Energy is Chi or Prana. As we understand, yin
yoga practice target the deeper tissues of the body,
this has a direct effect on the flow of prana or chi.
Prana or chi circulates through out the body in channels
or energy line. In yoga, they are referred to as the
Nadis and Meridian in traditional Chinese medicine.
These lines of energy, the meridians, flow through the
organs and tissues of the body, stimulating, invigorating,
cleansing, coaxing chi to flow in the subtle body, rejuvenating
our well being.