Yoga has been around for ages, I mean ages, yet Yin Yoga is a kind of new version of this very old discipline and art. Yin yoga combines Mindfulness, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Hatha Yoga shapes & principles together into a blend of exquisite healing deliciousness. What’s not to love! But the real reason we love it so much is the way it makes us feel.
Yin yoga taught well will leave you feeling like you have just had a really good massage, but why?
Fascia is the connective tissue that covers all of us, yes all of us, muscles, tendons, ligaments, organs, cells; it is similar to a watery container cover that can get tangled up and tight during our day to day habitual life. When we practice Yin Yoga, we unravel and lengthen the fascia through long holds and relaxation, and it’s this unraveling of the fascia that makes us feel amazing.
Fascia responds to long holds, and in yin yoga, we can hold poses from 1 minute to 8 minutes! During this time our nervous system relaxes, our fascia releases its creases and catches and the result is us feeling incredible, we feel renewed and restored. Throughout a Yin Class, we can also get out of our endless monkey thinking heads and really settle into our bodies. It doesn’t happen all the time, but with practice, we can feel grateful for the moments that it does.
Take some time to slow down and rest whether it be in a yin yoga class or just taking an earlier night from time to time.
I wish you unraveled Fascia 🙂