Functional Yin Yoga

Functional Yin Yoga is all about acknowledging skeletal differences.

functional yin yoga

Within the spine, there are 33 individual vertebrae.

Cervical spine – connects the skull to thoracic spine = 7 vertebrae, C1-C7.
Thoracic spine = 12 vertebrae T1-T12 & also connect to the ribcage.
Lumbar = 5 vertebrae L1-L5 & connect to the pelvis.
Sacrum bone = 5 bones, connects to the 4 coccyx vertebrae (tailbone).

Most of the bend you see in a backbend is done in the lumbar spine & how much you can bend in the lumbar area depends on the shape of our vertebrae.

functional yin yoga

Functional Yin yoga anatomy means acknowledging how our individual bone structure can play an important part in us being able to access a pose such as the Lotus safely.

Our Femur bones nestle into the hip socket & aid flexion, extension & rotation of the hip joint. When we think about hip internal & external rotation, we consider what is happening at the hip joint & not what is happening at the foot.

For internal rotation, the inner thighs roll inward & towards the back, you are turning your femur (thigh bone) inward towards your pelvis. For external hip rotation…

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Notice any difference between these two femurs, our thigh bones? This image (compliments to Paul Grilley) shows very natural variations that can appear within our physical bone structures & helps to explain WHY no two people can ever do yoga poses the exact same way.

If our bones are different, this also means our joints can have VARYING ranges of movement.

In the Functional Yin yoga approach, we consider skeletal differences, & therefore often ask students, ‘how does it feel?’ rather than focusing on the aesthetical alignment & how a pose may look. We may ask where you feel the stress within a pose to know how better to support you.

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