The yin yoga practice consists of long-held floor poses – mainly sitting and lying on the mat. While in these poses the muscles are relaxed, so the yin tissues – the fascia, the tendons and ligaments and even the bones – are targeted.
Mainly it is the joints that benefit from this exercise – by becoming more hydrated, therefore healthier, and stronger, more resilient and of course more mobile. Through stimulating the meridians (energy channels) the main organs get rebalanced energetically as well, which in turn has a positive effect on our emotions. The long-held poses – typically 3-4 minutes – give space for meditation and the practicing of acceptance.
I have been practicing yoga for more than 10 years and did my first training, a 200-hour “yin-yang yoga teacher training” in Bali in 2016. I was so inspired by yin yoga that I followed this up with more training: namely a 100-hour ‘yin yoga’ course in Geneva; an 80- hour ‘yin yoga and buddhism’ UK training with Sarah Powers (both 2016); and a 27-hour ‘children’s yoga’ UK training in 2017. I’ve taught yoga to groups, individuals, and in school in France, Switzerland and the UK.
I am passionate about yin yoga as it re-establishes the balance of yin and yang, and I have seen with my own eyes the benefits it brings to people. There is too much yang in our lives, in our society, too much striving and not enough accepting, or yielding. Yin yogateaches us to see life as it is, without the mind’s commentary.