Wicklow Yoga’s yin yoga classes will allow you rest, relax and release as you connect to your centre, breath deeply, surrender and sink into stillness. They require nothing more from you than your own peace and quiet.
Yin yoga is all about being mindful, slowing down, connecting with your breath and stretching for long periods of time, allowing participant to release tension and move deeply into poses. Yin yoga is a passive form of yoga (rather than dynamic or yang), it challenges you to find peace in what may be a slightly uncomfortable position as your encouraged to work with your edge (stress), soften and hold that position for 3 to 5 minutes, or even longer for some poses. Mostly on the floor, the postures require you to relax the muscles and let go. As you begin to shift your perspective away from the muscles and focus deeper into the bones and energy flows, or meridians, you begin to discover a deeper aspect of yourself.
“The quiter you become, the more you can hear”
Why practice yin yoga?
Yin yoga is a complement to any active yoga practice or sport and is recommended to any student wishing to find harmony with working on both the yin and yang (opposite) sides of themselves. All forms of yoga will stimulate the energetic system within the body but yin yoga allows you to rest and tune in to the more subtle aspects of the practice. Holding these poses for longer stimulates the body’s energy system similar to acupressure.
Yin yoga gives you the opportunity to increase or maintain flexibility as it focuses on the areas around the joints. You’ll immediately notice your hips open, muscles relax and a major mind detox. Over time, yin yoga will lubricate joints, release the fascia of the body, increase flexibility and positively affect your yang practice.
Yin yoga also has a meditative aspect, requiring one to stay connected with the breath while observing the subtle energetic shifts within the body without judgement. As you rest in each pose with acceptance you begin to learn to feel how the slightest, most subtle shift in the body can change and deepen the pose completely. On a deeper level you learn how to sit and work through emotions that may be triggered, even releasing long held suppressed emotions on a cellular level.
Yin yoga teaches you how to feel, whether this is physically, mentally, emotionally or energetically. You learn how to sit with what arises. The idea with yin yoga is to make enough effort to be connected with each pose but in a non aggressive manor so not to aggravate your prana (energy) and block your flow. Yin yoga has a truly nourishing effect on your whole body cultivating a powerful inner awareness.
Our yin yoga classes
Our yin yoga classes run each week. If you are searching for peace where you can focus on your inner world and your breath, these classes may appeal to you. They bring balance to a busy, stressful life.
When we are feeling good about ourselves and have a positive energy flowing we tend to be healthier and our body systems work at their optimum. Yin yoga encourages the mind to relax and aids in meditation.
Meditation affects the body in exactly the opposite way that stress does. By practicing meditation on a regular basis we learn to slow the heart rate and breathing which in itself introduces a feeling of calm and relaxation.
When we experience stress, our bodies automatically react. This is best shown in the classic “fight or flight” response. In some cases of extreme danger, this physical response is helpful. However, a prolonged state of such agitation can cause physical damage to every part of the body. Even low levels of stress place a surprisingly high level of damage over time.
Meditation practice aids sleep, a vital function for our wellbeing. It also improves concentration and heals on a spiritual, mental and physical level.
Regular meditation can enable us to become more confident and self aware. In practice this means that people with who regularly meditate tend to be better at recognising stressors and are able to deal with them when they occur.
We can’t avoid stress in our lives, but we can make stress less stressful for ourselves.