Yin yoga – active presence in stillness
Yin yoga is a calmer form av yoga. Inspired from the taoistic philosphy, where yin and yang are seen as two opposite qualities that both are needed to achieve complete balance.
Today most forms of yoga are of more yang quality, where muscles, movement and dynamics are building both energy and strength for the practioner. Yin yoga is a more passive form of yoga where the positions most often are seated or horizontal. We take a pose (mostly sitting or lying down) and search for the appropriate edge where it feels interesting to stay and investigate, we allow the body to become completely still and give time (3-8 min). The muscles in the body gets starts to relax and we get the opportunity to go deeper in and soften up the ligaments and soft tissue around our joints, bones and organs. We increase our mobility and our flow of energy in the body. So in stillness we explore what is moving inside. We use our breath to guide our attention where it needs to go at this moment. We rest in a neutral mind, without judging or changing anything. Allowing everything to be as it is. A healing practice where we with acceptance and patience can receive unconditional love from deep inside ourselves.
We balance our physical body and make our selves more aware of our subtle body.
Yin yoga is an important complement to other more dynamic forms of yoga and to the fast life outside our yoga mats.
Yin Yang yoga– we explore the flow between movement and stillness.
In YinYang yoga we explore the constant play between the energy of Yin and Yang. They can never be separated. If Yin is described as the shady side of the mountain, darker, colder, slower, downward moving, the energy of the moon, Yang can be described as the sunny side, faster, lighter, warmer, upward moving, the energy of the sun.
In this practice we balance the body using more dynamic postures to move the energy upward together with yin poses where we stay longer to move closer to the earth and guide the energy downward. Helping us to feel balanced and energized. We move from “doing” towards a state of being. In what is here and now. Exactly as it is.
Through the support of props, restorative yoga includes postures which promote deep relaxation. When we take time to rest, we nourish our body’s organs and immune system, improving functions that are disturbed by stress. It helps to alleviate issues with digestion, fertility, anxiety, blood pressure, insomnia and general tension, amongst others. Unlike during some stages of sleep, the practice of restorative yoga facilitates a quiet mind and fully relaxed body, creating space for healing and generating a deep sense of calm.
Each class includes only a few poses and most are held for around 15 minutes, allowing the body the time it needs to fully relax. With inspiration from the teachings of Judith Hanson Lasater, each session aims to provide the student with the conditions to experience postures with support, fostering ease, stillness and openness.
This practice is beneficial for everyone. Taking time to do restorative yoga is a nurturing gift to oneself.