Why not have it all?
…Enjoy the benefits of being physically fit AND experience ease in body and mind.
Whether you achieve fitness through Pilates, tennis or a fitness oriented yoga practice, Yin Yoga will complement your exercise regimen. Yin Yoga targets deep dense connective tissue – cartilage, ligaments and tendons.
Active physical exercise directs circulation and energy to the muscles and superficial connective tissues. In contrast, Yin yoga allows energy to reach the deeper connective tissues. Practicing Yin yoga with muscles cool and relaxed promotes lengthening of connective tissues by increasing the supply of fluids to the joints - making them less dense and more able to stretch. This results in decreased stiffness and greater flexibility. In addition, Yin Yoga calms the nervous system and allows for increased focus of the mind and ease in the body.
So, you CAN have it all- strength gained through an active exercise regimen as well as ease in body and mind. Join us for a Yin Yoga practice - Saturdays at 8am at Uptown Body!
WHAT is yin?
A slow, meditative, thoughtful series of poses aimed at lengthening connective tissue (tendons, ligaments and fascia).
WHY practice yin yoga?
Connective tissue is found in bones, muscles and organs and is concentrated in the joints. Inactivity or not using full range of joint flexibility will shorten the tissue over time. This creates a “shrink-wrapped” effect- with tissue just long enough to accommodate your daily activities.
Yin Yoga targets natural motion of the joints. It would not be expected to create movement that is not natural for a particular joint. For example, with the knee the focus would be on bending and straightening rather than movement side to side.
HOW does yin yoga work?
Strengthening the body by safely stressing tissue is a basic principle of exercise. Slow, steady and mindful stressing of joints does not inure them any more than a sensible weight lifting regimen would injure muscles. There are differences , however, in the way muscle and connective tissue respond: muscle tissue responds to rhythmic contraction and release and connective tissue responds to slow, even energy.
Thoughtful positioning of a yin pose coupled with holding the pose at length allows the connective tissue to respond by lengthening.The result is greater flexibility and a sense of ease in the body.
Yin yoga Saturdays 8AM at Uptown Body, 305 Dillingham Ave., Falmouth.
Yin and yang are not opposing forces (dualities), but complementary forces, unseen (hidden, feminine) and seen (manifest, masculine), that interact to form a greater whole, as part of a dynamic system. Everything has both yin and yang aspects as light could not be understood if darkness didn't exist, and shadow cannot exist without light. Either of these aspects may manifest more strongly in a particular object depending on the criterion of the observation. The concept of yin and yang is often symbolized by various forms of the Taijitu symbol, for which it is probably best known in western cultures.
There is a perception (especially in the West) that yin and yang correspond to evil and good. However, in Daoist metaphysics, good/bad distinctions and other dichotomous moral judgments are perceptual and not real, and yin-yang is an indivisible whole. In the ethics of Confucianism on the other hand, most notably in the philosophy of Dong Zhongshu, (c. 2nd century BCE) a moral dimension is attached to the idea of yin and yang.
There's always more to learn about yoga and in turn, learn about yourself.