Yin Yoga is a meditative style of yoga that works on a physical, mental and energetic level. It focuses on the body’s deeper tissues, the ligaments and fascia, which is particularly beneficial for the joints and a great way to maintain or improve flexibility. The poses are gentle and passive, mainly floor based, and performed with the muscles relaxed. They are usually held for 3 to 5 minutes to give the connective tissue time to release tension and the joints new breathing space.
Within the poses you develop a meditative attitude to observe and listen to the body and stay open to the feelings and sensations that arise. It gives you the opportunity to understand the workings of the mind and create more stability within it.
Because of its long held poses YIn Yoga also has a positive effect on the ‘energetic body’, the meridian system, as it enables the body to undo blocked or stangnated chi (or life energy). A free flow of chi allows for the natural healing response of the body to function optimally.
Apart from increased mobility in the hips and the spine, an ample hour of Yin yoga will invite you to find a real moment of stillness and is bound to leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated in body and mind.
Yin Yoga encompasses a wide range of methods for body awareness, vitality and meditation, tapping into the wisdom of Yoga, Buddhism, Taoism, Western psychology and anatomy to bring out our innate capacity to heal and to be at one with our selves.
Elles has done several Yin Yoga silent retreats with Sarah Powers over the years. She completed her yin teacher training in 2015 (www.sarahpowers.com), and level 2, on inner methods in Yin Yoga, in 2017. In 2018 she did a training with Jade Wood called Somatic Yin Yoga, bringing gentle movement into the transitions from one pose to another.
She regularly attends Buddhist and Taoist meditation retreats.
There are five Yin Yoga workshops each year:
Sundays 10 – 12 am at Stroud Yoga Space.
See Yin Yoga Workshops 2018/2019 for exact dates and further details.
There are one or two Yin Yoga and Meditation Retreats each year:
See Yin Yoga Retreats for upcoming dates.
An in-depth article that explains the origins and practice of yin: Complete Guide to Yin Yoga
A Guardian newspaper article on yin yoga: Yin Yoga: be part on the yin crowd.
Paul Grilley publishes regularly on various forums, here’s one: Yin Yoga, a stretch by any other name.
Any article by Sarah Powers, for example: Yin Yoga and the Breath
And Bernie Clark’s www.yinyoga.com is an excellent resource for all things yin.