Yin is a form of yoga based on the meridian theory used by acupuncturists. The meridian theory states that we have channels of energy (qi) which enable us to live, breath, move – they enable all bodily functions. Symptoms arise when this qi becomes stuck. By focusing on certain channels, both acupuncture and Yin Yoga gently move qi and dissolve areas of obstruction.
On a physical level Yin targets the connective tissue (sometimes called fascia) of the body. With age, inactivity or injury, connective tissue contracts causing tightness, stiffness and limited flexibility. Yin poses are on the floor and held for 3-5 minutes, giving the connective tissue time to soften and lengthen. Yin students report a decrease in stiffness and pain in the low back, hips, and groin (areas of dense connective tissue), and an increase in flexibility and sense of openness.
On a mental/emotional level we reach a place of stillness in each pose. Using the breath we find that our bodies relax and our minds slow down. Yin students leave class feeling relaxed and calm.
Currently at Wildwood Medicine we offer one hour Yin-based individual instruction with Dr. Sasha Rose. Yin yoga is suitable for all ages and abilities, no yoga experience is required.