I think that De-cluttering my thoughts is just as important as De-cluttering my space. If my brain is full of thoughts about things I do not want or do not like...how do I create the things I really love and the things I really love?
I confess, I am a reactive person. Yin Yoga is a non-reactive practice. That is why I find it truly heavenly to practice. To just let go and allow the energy of my body to just flow. I am releasing stored stagnant energy and allowing in fresh and new energy. I am releasing control to my higher self and the the universe. Does that sound too Woo Woo for you?
Some of the benefits of Yin yoga are:
- Calming and balancing to the mind and body
- Regulates energy in the body
- Increases mobility in the body, especially the joints and hips
- Lowering of stress levels
- Greater stamina
- Better lubrication and protection of joints
- More flexibility in joints & connective tissue
- Release of fascia throughout the body
- Help with TMJ and migraines
- Deeper Relaxation
- A great coping for anxiety and stress
- Better ability to sit for meditation
I am increasing my mobility which is so important the older you get. I want to have easy mobility and full range of motion in all my joints. I am able to practice Yin Yoga everyday without the need for a rest day as the practice is restoring my body not breaking it down.
Yin yoga revitalizes the tissues of the body.
As you hold a yin pose, the subtle release that takes you deeper into the pose is the tissues lengthening, hydrating, and becoming more pliable. If you pay close attention, you can sense the tissues being stretched, squeezed, twisted, and compressed. A yin practice can leave you feeling as though you’ve had a massage.
So who is it for?
Yin Yoga is for you if you are tired, over-stimulated, when your energy is too erratic, your mind overactive, whether you are craving for energy or you feel you have too much of it.
Taoist Yoga Roots
Through deep meditation, the ancient spiritual adepts won insight into the energy system of the body. In India, yogis called this energy prana and its pathways nadis; in China, the Taoists called it qi (pronounced chee) and founded the science of acupuncture, which describes the flow of qi through pathways called meridians. The exercises of tai chi chuan and qi gong were developed to harmonize this qi flow; the Indian yogis developed their system of bodily postures to do the same.
We here in the West think of Yoga as a way to get fit, become stronger. The truth is Yoga was developed to allow people to become closer to the creator, become one with the universal flow of energy.
If you gently stretch connective tissue by holding a yin pose for a long time, the body will respond by making them a little longer and stronger—which is exactly what you want.
Chinese medical practitioners and yogis have insisted that blocks to the flow of vital energy throughout our body eventually manifest in physical problems that would seem, on the surface, to have nothing to do with weak knees or a stiff back. Much research is still needed to explore the possibility that science can confirm the insights of yoga and Traditional Chinese Medicine. But if yoga postures really do help us reach down into the body and gently stimulate the flow of qi and prana through the connective tissue, Yin Yoga serves as a unique tool for helping you get the greatest possible benefit from yoga practice.
I am not a scientist but my body feels wonderful after doing Yin Yoga so I will continue to practice it as part of my goal to always feel good. Regular Yang Yoga hurts my hands right now so I am focusing on Yin, Yin and only Yin.
Would you like to try a beginner Yin Yoga Class?
The more I practice Yoga, the more interested I become in the history of it. I found this wonderful YouTube video that explains very briefly the history. If you can get thru all the Yogananda's and difficult names it is interesting.