Yin Yoga therapy uses the tools of yin-yoga, working with the energy of the body and colour therapy to achieve specific outcomes according to the particular needs of the individual.
Where do we store our emotions?
Our mind (also subconscious mind) expresses itself in the form of thoughts, these thoughts go deeper in the body into feelings and emotions. So long we are alive we all experience different states: joy, fear, love, anger, frustration, disappointment etc. Every emotion manifests itself as a sensation in the body, and influences physical, energy and mental body. Many of those conditions, when not fully recognised and expressed, are stored as tension deep in the body, especially in the connective tissue or fascia. Our thoughts also directly influence the flow of energy in meridians and the state of your physical body and health: organs, nerve system, blood circulation, hormonal balance, muscles and bones, breathing, digestion or even structure and function of our cells. What’s very important, we can see this correlation also in the other direction: physical injuries, tension, surgical interventions, scares, inflammation – all that influence our mental and emotional states.
As we practice yin yoga we move and work directly with our body and energy channels in it, described in indian tradition as nadis and in chinese tradition as meridians. All of those channels can store specific emotional states and core believes. Yoga, movement and meditation, helps to dissolve blocked energy in our system and allows an unrestricted current of life force (prana or chi) in those channels. In long hold yin yoga shapes we create space to soften the deep-seated tension and trauma, held in the connective tissue or fascia. When we allow all our emotions to exist and make space for them in the body, also the energy in physical body can flow freely.
We all want to be healthy, centred, balanced and whole. And in my opinion all forms of yoga can help us to achieve it. There is no form of yoga which suits everybody all the time. Everyone is different and wherever we are, our body, mind and soul are connected to another. Sometimes our body needs more dynamic movements, sometimes stillness and calmness. For me personally yoga is a deep practice of self-discovery, self-acceptance and meditation. It is time to connect to my physical body, recognise my true feelings and emotions deep in my heart and the body. Getting out of my head and into the body helps me to centre the energy, connect to myself and stay in my magic
Working with Fascia
In the whole body of every living being there is a tissue that links everything. The fascia, or the connective tissue, is like an inner fabric, a piece of cloth that internally holds our body together. From the toe to the top of the head everything is connected. It ties everything in the body: bone to bone (ligaments), bone to muscle (tendon), wrap around each muscle and muscle fibers. It also attaches organs to the muscles, blood vessels to the muscles and organs, creates internal cavities, etc. This tissue needs a very gentle pressure for a longer period of time to change the structure and to relax.
The fascia contains water, collagen and minerals. There is no elastin in it and we cannot really stretch this tissue. We can rather talk about changing its structure or transformation. Collagen and minerals dissolved in water form crystals. The Japanese alternative medicine doctor, Dr. Masaru Emoto, conducted a very interesting study. He watched the impact of our thoughts and emotions on our reality. He took the water samples, divided them into two groups and froze. The samples from the first group were subjected to mild words and meditation. These samples created beautiful, shiny, complex, colored crystals similar in texture to snowflakes. Samples from the second group, containing impure water exposed to negative thoughts and words, created asymmetrical, gray crystals. These experiments count as proof that our thoughts and emotions directly affect our physical body.
There is also a similar crystallization process in the connective tissue. This process depends on several factors: body hydration, inflammation, thoughts, emotions, environmental factors. When there are dense, asymmetric, irregular patterns in the crystallization of the fascia, we can feel it as tension or pain. This happens when we are sick, injured, shocked, misunderstood, disappointed, stressed, etc. Information about our entire life experience is stored in this tissue, including situations from early childhood or even previous incarnations. In the fascia we store emotion, mental and physical pain, shock and tension. When we recognise our emotions, allow it to be and to transform, the structure of fascia can change what brings healing not only to emotional, but also into physical body. A long hold yin yoga shape helps to create such a space, which brings healing not only to our emotions, but also to the physical body.
In Yin Yoga we want to gently stress the fascia (not stretch), which helps to make it stronger and, over time, longer. Allowing the softening of the tissues can help heal old wounds, blocked emotions, relieve stress and tension. In the end it does not matter how flexible we are, the more important is that our practice will make us healthier, stronger and happier.