Yoga is an integral part of the mothering Mother holistic approach to the health of the individual and in turn, the Earth. Yin Yoga is the yoga of Mother Earth.
Yin Yoga is a practice that targets the connective tissue, ligaments, joints and bones deep within the body. Opposite to an active ‘Yang’ Yoga practice, a Yin practice moves through select passive poses, usually focusing on the hips, pelvis and lower spine. Each pose is held for 3-5 minutes.
Over time, the body naturally contracts and dries. Long-held, passive postures apply steps to these deeper tissues, prompting the production of hyaluronic acid which keeps the lubrication of the body in balance. This stress also moves energy (prana or Qi) through various meridians in the body, relieving blockages and creating a feeling of ease and space. This revitalizes the body at a deep level.
This quieter practice can also be mediative. Without the constant movement of the body, one is free from external distractions to focus on the sensations in the body and hear the internal workings of the mind. The stillness of Yin Yoga also stretches the practitioner’s mental capacities, encouraging patience with, and a surrender, to the Self.