Yoga with Nikki
This is a very different style of yoga and is a great style to compliment a more Yang practice
Yin Yoga is all about awareness, breathing, stillness and letting go in the pose.
Poses are supported by the use of bolsters, cushions and blankets to give you the ability to hold the pose and release the body. The poses are held for between 3 and 20 minutes this will vary from pose to pose and hopefully as you progress you will be able build up the time you can hold the pose.
While holding the pose this increases the flow of energy and allows time for the fascial tissue to release. The idea while in the pose is to surrender the body and learn to feel the effects, this can be physical or emotional. We can work with the meridian lines in the body trying to unblock the energy pathways which can bring about unbalance and negative states.
The Chakra system is also easy to access while doing Yin as we are still we have time to visualise and use the breath. By releasing the energies we can alter negative mind sets and energise the physical body. By holding the poses in a supported manner we are encouraging the fascial tissue (connective tissue) to release. It also effects the nervous system and can help improve our flexibility . Fascial tissue can hold in emotional and physical trauma, postural holding patterns that create imbalance, by releasing these it enables the body to work more effectively and can bring about an emotional change. The meridians and fascial tissue are things that you work on in many healing treatments, this type of yoga I feel is a way for you to access your own healing power so that you can use it by yourself when needed or as a support to another style of yoga.
Like all forms of yoga Yin is there to help bring about a balance within the systems of the body. If these energies are unbalance they create excessive emotions which can lead to illness and disease. Each organ needs a steady flow of energy if they become depleted they can bring about disturbing emotions and each organ has certain emotions connected to it.
By holding the poses we are putting stress on the ligaments and because you are doing this is a supported and relaxed way it helps strengthen them and makes them more supple. This increases your joint mobility so you will feel these benefits in your other yoga.
While in the poses you will learn some breathing techniques to help calm the body and allow it to settle in the pose. You may feel quite strong emotions and physical discomfort to start with as the body learns to let go and energies are brought into balance.
As you progress this will get easier and you will learn to use certain poses to help you keep in balance in your everyday life.
Yin Yoga will teach you how the energies flow throughout the body and the effects of imbalance. You will learn to focus and listen to your body and allow it to go through a process of release.
It will give you time to practice with intent and being in the moment which benefits the body as a physical, emotional and energetic being. I love Yin and for many it gives them that time to become aware and use meditation techniques while feeling like they are getting their yoga fix.