Yin Yoga – The Nature of Stillness

Yin Yoga – The Nature of Stillness

The word ‘Yin’ is generally connected with a sense of calm, gentleness and feelings of nurture. At the other end of the scale, we have ‘Yang’  which is associated with dynamic, powerful, energetic behaviour.

Yin yoga is a calming practice that gently targets the connective tissues of our body. Connective tissue is made up of anything that attaches muscles to bone, muscle to muscle and includes all of the layers of tissue that surround our muscles. This is called fascia.

                     “It’s not stressful to the muscles or joints.”

In a typical Yin class, you will hold postures for a few minutes at a time, at the point where your body feels the resistance but it’s not stressful to your muscles or to your joints.  There is a big focus on reconnecting with your breath.

Holding the postures for a while also targets the deeper layers of connective tissue. The benefits of this are that your body will surrender and become relaxed around the areas that are usually stiff or tight  Areas like the hips and shoulders start to ease and release tension, which makes you feel like you have more space within your body.  That feeling gives you the sense of freedom to enable you to move with grace and with ease.

Here is a short video of  Yin Yoga sequence for you to try out.  Hold each pose for 3 – 5 minutes and breathe into your belly.

About the author: Eimear Beardmore

Eimear Beardmore

Eimear had her first introduction to yoga was at the age of 8, having maintained her practice throughout her teenage years she completed her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training with the YTTC in 2012. She furthered her studies in 2013 by completing a Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Josh Summers and a Chakra Mantra Vinyasa Flow Teacher Training with Shiva Rea in LA in 2014. She is looking forward this year to working on her Level 2 Yin Teacher Training and studying with Lisa Petersen of Living Yoga on her Advanced Teacher Training Course. Eimear Beardmore is currently studying for her Masters in Dance at the University of Limerick. She has had the opportunity to study with yoga and somatic practitioners such as Donna Farhi, BJ Galvan, David Swenson and Liz Koch. As a trained primary school teacher and part-time lecturer Eimear is passionate about teaching and sharing the benefits physically, emotionally and psychologically that yoga has to offer. Eimear believes that connecting body and mind is at the heart of a yoga practice, practicing in this way the opportunities for insight and self-reflection are endless providing fuel for a lifelong yoga practice that is adaptable and practical. She believes yoga should be a creative and fun process. Whether teaching Yin or Vinyasa Flow Eimear is a conscientious teacher who aims to empower students to deepen their practice each time they arrive on their mat.

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