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In yin yoga we focus on tuning in to the body and mind by practising breath awareness and holding poses for up to five minutes.
As we age it is the tightening of the fascia around our muscles and bones which causes the inevitable aches and pains. In holding the poses for minutes rather than seconds we are working deeper and taking the stretch into the connective tissue and thus strengthening it.
In eastern medicine it is also believed that the fascia contains the body’s energy channels.
“In India, yogis called this energy prana and its pathways nadis; in China, the Taoists called it qi (pronounced chee) and founded the science of acupuncture, which describes the flow of qi through pathways called meridians. We can affect the qi in our bodies by the food we eat, where we live, our emotional patterns and movement.
By practicing yin we are stimulating the flow of qi within the channels through sustained pressure being applied to certain parts of the body.
"Yin yoga is joint rehabilitation," says Paul Grilley, the founder of yin yoga. "The poses work your joints in a way similar to how other types of exercise work your heart."
Props such as bolsters, sandbags, blocks and blankets are positively encouraged so that your body is in the perfect position to relax deep into the pose and open slowly and deeply when it is ready.