There is more to yoga than a physical practice. Far from it! Yoga in all of its different forms has the capability to take you on a journey. A journey of the mind the body and the emotions. A journey back to yourself.
In a world where so much is expected of us I have been working with Yin Yoga (personally and with my students) to find a way to let go. Do you remember what it feels like to completely let go with your body into relaxation? How often do you do that? How often do you stop? And when you do stop, how comfortable do you feel in that moment? Can you find peace in amongst the chaos and challenges of life? Do you even believe that thats possible?
Yin Yoga and other Yin practices helps so many to tap into their ability to let go and return to peace from the inside out and heres how;
Yin and Yang are opposing and complimentary energies. One cannot exist without the other. We use Yang energy a lot when we have a busy active lives. Yang (masculine energy) is an outflowing, creative energy. You are using Yang energy when you are putting energy out into the world, to get things done or change things. It is associated with the practical, logical thinking of the left hemisphere of the brain.
Yin (feminine energy) is a receiving, inward flow of energy. This is the energy you use when exploring your inner landscape. Associated with the right hemisphere of the brain, this energy deals with your feelings and intuition, it is an energy that nurtures. It is not about acting or changing but is about being present with what is and allowing the present moment to be.
“Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t).” – James Baraz”
Both energies are incredibly helpful….. vital infact! But only when there is balance between the two. That point of balance is ever changing. Too much yin energy and we stagnate and lose our ability to create. Too much yang energy and we become stressed, worn out and out of touch with ourselves.
It is this Yin energy that we look to cultivate in a Yin Yoga session. I guide my students through relaxation and into stillness. We tap into and cultivate our Yin energy by stopping and bringing our attention in. Delicious long held postures that work deeply into the body coupled with a chance to be still, be with yourself and just breathe is the perfect antidote to a busy, yang like, out of balance existence. I pull together yoga, relaxation techniques, meditation techniques and mindfulness practice to gradually and very naturally step the body and the mind down. We are in essence remembering how to let go, with our bodies, with our minds. We are remembering how to just be. We are making friends with the now moment and returning to a natural state of peace.
There is a stillness in every moment to be had. Yin Yoga can help us to access that and it is available to everyone.