25 Nov Why You Need To Embrace Yin Yoga Into Your Life Now
What is Yin Yoga? A common thought that comes to mind for many when they hear they have to hold a pose for 5 minutes in complete stillness, “There’s no way I can do that.” However, this mindset is changing as yin yoga is fast emerging as a key yoga player in Australia.
We list the vast benefits of the practice below. Plus, a chance to dive deeper into the practice with three Yin Yoga Training Immersions coming up this autumn at your Power Living studios in Melbourne, Adelaide and Bondi Beach.
What is Yin yoga?
So, what is it about yin that has made it so relevant to the modern person? There are two main things to consider when understanding the yin practice:
- Yin targets the deep connective tissues of the body and the fascia (be prepared to hear this word A LOT in class) that covers the body; ultimately helping to regulate the flow of energy.
- The poses and postures in yin are held for around 3-5 minutes, helping promote meditation and stillness within.
An intimate practice which can take you inside yourself; it is no wonder Yin is becoming more and more popular. Stillness, patience, and non-reactivity are just a couple of the benefits you will receive during a yin class.
We are lucky enough to have one of the pioneers of yin yoga regularly teaching at Power Living, Truth Robinson. Truth’s classes leave you feeling energised and inspired to make significant changes mentally and physically in your life.
We sat down with Truth to ask him a few questions on what makes yin yoga so unique.
Q: What about Yin has made it so relevant to the modern person?
In these modern times, we cram more and more into our days as we strive to live up to the expectations of ourselves and society. Yin yoga offers people something that we all crave: an opportunity to slow down and be. To ‘be’ without needing to be anything more than just finding breath at this moment. Dropping into this state teaches us an appreciation for the simplest of experiences, without needing more and more to satisfy us. This appreciation, in turn, will bring more gratitude into our lives: gratitude for our friendships, family, job and the even strangers we meet on the street.
Q: Some of the benefits of Yin yoga are…?
- Harmonises & calms the mind
- Less stress & anxiety
- Improved circulation & so reduced inflammation
- Increased flexibility
- Releases connective tissue adhesions & scar tissue
- Improves joint mobility
- Harmonises the organs
- Increases flow of Qi
Q: Why do you think yin is emerging so fast in the Australian yoga industry?
Hot yoga, ashtanga and power vinyasa are all exciting and physically stimulating practices and so fits the usual fitness paradigm we all know and regularly make time. These practices serve as the initial passion that drives us into yoga. But, as everyone who tries yoga realises, the mental and spiritual aspects of it offer so much more.
Individuals path into yin may have begun by accidentally turning up to vinyasa or hot yoga only to realise that it was a yin class. Afterwards, without being able to explain it, one felt a deep state of relaxation and rejuvenation. In this way, the Australian yoga industry merely is maturing and realising that there is a deep desire to participate in these contemplative aspects of yoga, which honour slowing down and connecting back to the self.
Are you interested in deep diving into the practice of yin?
Join Power Living’s Truth Robinson, Dr of Traditional Chinese Medicine, in one of his three upcoming Yin Yoga Trainings this autumn in our studios in Melbourne, Adelaide and Bondi Beach. And learn from the best. You will practice yin twice daily that’s already enough to book in straight away if you ask us.
These trainings are your gateway to exploring Traditional Chinese Medicine and yin yoga. Yin is continuing to grow in popularity and these trainings will establish the fundamentals of the practice and enable you to directly impact your personal practice and the lives of the students you teach. These immersions are all about slowing down, escaping your normal routine and creating space within.
An introduction to applied anatomy and physiology, with a focus on understanding fascia. And how this type of tissue works in the body. Start to understand Traditional Chinese Medicine and the basic meridian pathways. Plus get an introduction to pranayama techniques designed to provide greater insight into The Self. We will explore the 5 elements in Traditional Chinese Medicine and how to sequence Yin yoga classes to offer the corresponding philosophy. You will not be the same teacher/student afterwards.
Slow your week down and treat yourself to some juicy yin, yogis!
Written by Power Living Team