Yin yoga sequences & classes with different themes & focuses.
In Yin yoga we want to hold each yoga asanas for longer periods to maximize a deep stretch into the fascia focused areas. We can use many variations/props within the chosen shapes that allow us to relax within the target area. Within this stillness, we can then become receptive & reflective to what’s happening within & around the body.
We hold each yoga asanas for longer periods to maximize a deep stretch & for the body & to completely surrender to relaxation. The practice encourages a mindful steady conscious breathing, as well as listening to your body & observing the mind. Allowing you to reconnect both body & mind & return to a sense of wholeness.
Variations are offered in all the classes to suit all abilities & skeletal structures.
Sometimes we do a number of shapes before a rebound, sometimes a rebound after every pose, sometimes long holds/rebounds & sometimes, shorter holds/rebounds. Every class is slightly different so you receive a feel for creativity within your practice.
Yin Yoga – Yin yoga shapes & rebounds.
Yin Yoga Flow – A flow of Yin yoga shapes & rebounds, includes one/three short Downward dog Yang poses
Yin yoga sequences for the meridians
In Chinese medicine, Qi/energy, moves through a network of energy pathways called ‘meridians’ that interconnect with corresponding organs, tissues & cells.
There are 12 main meridians which are seen as the main points of energy storage & distribution. Within Traditional Chinese Medicine, an organ’s Qi/energy moves through that organ’s meridian & there is an inter-connectivity of our emotions & physical health where our emotions can impact the health of the body & vice versa.
The 12 major meridians consist of five Yin meridians: Heart, Spleen, Lungs, Kidneys, & Liver & five Yang meridians: the Small intestines, Stomach, Large intestine, Urinary bladder, Gallbladder; the Pericardium meridian, & the Triple Warmer also known as the San Jiao meridian.
Each class sequence offers an specific meridian focus.
The Theory of the Five Elements, within Chinese philosophy conceives the world as energetic phases, of constant change. They reflect a deep understanding of natural law, the Universal order underlying all things in our world & represent how Qi, prana, or energy, moves throughout the body.
Each of the energy of the five elements corresponds with specific meridian pathways & associated internal organs within the human body, & have interconnected relationships between them.
When our Qi is flowing freely the 5 elements are said to be in balance. But imbalances between the phases & their corresponding meridians can cause the Qi to stagnate, become deficient, weak, excessive &/or destructive.
Instinctively go with what class you are drawn to.
Sequences that target the shoulders, chest, arms & spine to encourage blood and energy flow through areas that tend to get constricted by how we physically carry ourselves & hold onto our mental/emotional ‘baggage’. These sequences promote the opening of the upper body to create space at the heart centre & restore a sense of peace where there maybe anxiety.
There are six meridians that begin or end in the fingers of the hands. They all pass through the shoulder or armpit.
The six upper body meridians are the Heart, Small Intestine, Large Intestine, Lung, Pericardium, & Tripke Warmer/San Jiao.
These Yin yoga sequences focus on the lower body. The hips are an area where we can hold a lot of unconscious tension, old emotions & deep vulnerabilities which can lead to a shortening of the tissues, pain, tightness, lack of mobility & tension.
With deep reflective stretches these sequences will release lower back pain, hip, pelvis, groin & leg stiffness, & reduce muscle soreness & discomfort.
The six meridians that begin or end in the lower body are the Liver, Gall Bladder, Kidney, Urinary Bladder, Spleen, & Stomach meridians.
There are many benefits to working with myofascia release techniques. These include – reduce pain, release knots/trigger points, improve movement and flexibility, improve muscle function, enhance circulation by breaking up the tight areas where blood flow may become restricted, & reduce exercise-related soreness