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“Your bones determine flexibility. Connective tissue determines how you feel in your body when you’re at rest. Muscles determine strength.”
~ Paul Grilley
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Yin yoga is based on the Taoist concepts of 'yin and yang' - opposing yet complementary principles of nature. Yin is described as static, feminine, cold, and moving downward. Yang qualities are dynamic, masculine, hot, and moving upward. Yang is sun to the moon's yin.

Yin yoga practice is based on anatomy, on understanding how the human skeleton moves. Each person has a unique skeletal structure, and being aware of this enables movement, injury prevention and injury management in yin yoga practice. In the body, relatively stiff connective tissues (tendons, ligaments, fascia) are considered yin, while the more mobile and pliable muscles and blood are yang. A Yin Yoga class consists of a series of long-held, passive floor poses that mainly work the lower part of the body — hips, pelvis, inner thighs, lower spine.

These areas are especially rich in connective tissues. Yin postures focus on relaxing muscles, and may be held for 3 to 5 minutes, even 10 minutes in advanced classes. Since poses are held longer, fewer poses are attempted in one session, compared to the dynamic or yang styles where one pose may be held for just a few seconds.

At Shoonya Shala, our yin practice enables you to receive what is best for your body and fitness level, whether you’re a beginner or an advanced practitioner. You won’t be restricted to practicing a group class in which certain poses may damage or be unsuited to your body type. We teach Paul Grilley's Yin Yoga system, which gives you the freedom to practice and teach without the mandatory alignment cues prevalent in other forms of yoga.

 
 
why yin yoga
 
dot-1 A meditative approach to asana practice, yin yoga cultivates inner silence. Great if you're tired, over-stimulated, or if your mind is overactive. Whether you're craving for energy or feeling you have too much of it, Yin will balance you.
dot-2 Yin yoga mobilizes ‘fascia’, deep connective tissues of the body which hold the body together. Your body contains a matrix of electromagnetic energies, and the fascia conducts electromagnetic signals through the body. Ancient Taoism explains that the body is composed of vast networks of these energy pathways, which are called meridians. Yin maintains a healthy body, by keeping these meridians free of restrictions to the flow of our life force energy.
dot-3 Yin softens muscles and fascia, drastically improving flexibility, improving joint mobility and strength for those with restricted joint movement - the elderly and young alike. Athletes benefit from flexibility / strength gains in muscles and joints, and can repair or rest wear and tear from repetitive actions.
dot-4 Those with severe restrictions in certain postures / movements are given alternatives that would benefit their particular body type. Yin yoga allows freedom to practice without mandatory alignment cues found in other classes.
dot-5 The body and mind benefit from stress and anxiety reduction, fascial release, and improved flow of prana / chi through meridian stimulation.
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