Thanyapura’s Yin Yoga class is open to all levels and focuses on the tendons, ligaments, fascia and joints, helping to calm the mind and strengthen the body. The style of practice is slow paced. It consists of a series of passive postures, mainly on the floor. As it targets connective tissues, practitioners will remain in postures in a meditative state for longer periods – between five and twenty minutes. Yin yoga helps regulate the flow of energy in the body, softening the muscles and moving them closer to the bone. This form of yoga requires its students to sit longer in comfortable positions.
Meditation is achieved through stretching the joint’s connective tissues. Students will hold a supine and seated position for 3-5 minutes. Then the instructor will walk through the four principles of Yin Yoga, helping students to find their edge, embrace stillness, hold each pose, and then carefully release. These poses challenge the body’s deep tissues. Yin Yoga feels uncomfortable at first, but the unpleasant sensations will fade away as they are practiced more frequently. Yoga is a wonderful practice that benefits the individual in many ways.
Regular students can expect to see an increase in their strength from building up tone without bulking out the muscles, an increase in flexibility, improved respiration, energy and overall vitality, weight loss and a stable metabolic rate, improved cardiovascular health and overall athletic performance. Yoga benefits athletes and individuals from all disciplines as it builds on the foundations any athlete needs to improve their own sporting focus. It is also builds awareness, as each movement demands focus and attention. Although yoga has been practiced for thousands of years, originating around the 5th or 6th Century BCE in ancient India, it has only relativeley recently gained prominance in the West – in the 20th Century.
Today, millions of people regularly practice forms of yoga, and aspects of its influence can be found in gyms, schools, places of worship, before or after competitive sports games, and in homes around the world.
Yin Yoga Methodology
- Yin yoga helps regulate the flow of energy in the body, softens the muscles and moves them closer to the bone.
- This form of yoga requires you to sit longer in comfortable positions. You meditate by stretching the joint’s connective tissues.
- Hold a supine and seated position for 3-5 minutes. The instructor will take you through the four principles of Yin Yoga.
- Find your edge, embrace stillness, hold the pose, and carefully release. These poses challenge the body’s deep tissues.
- Yin Yoga feels uncomfortable at first. These unpleasant sensations will fade away as you practice. Yin yoga is open to all levels of practitioners.
- Calms and balances the mind and body
- Normalizes the body’s energy
- Aids in movement and mobility in joints and hips
- Lowers stress levels
- Better endurance
- A method to deal with anxiety and stress
What Should I Bring?
- Comfortable flowing pants and loose tops
- Water bottle
- Change of clothes
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