Most forms of yoga, we know in Denmark, focuses on particular strength and endurance in the center, while there is less focus on the stretching of the soft connective tissue. This is where Yin Yoga is an obvious complement to Bikram Yoga. Yin-exercises are mostly done in all exercises with relaxed muscles in positions that are kept for a long time, typically three to six minutes.
When we hold a stretching position for several minutes, our endurance is challenged and we will be forced to “let go” of the muscles, and the tension. In the exercise, we focus on finding peace in the positions which initially can be challenging to be in. When the muscles relax, and your breathing is quiet, you will be able to gradually get further into the positions, and you will find wellness and renewed energy for the body. Therefore, a regular Yin Yoga practice helps to combat stress, both physically and mentally.
It is specifically the connective tissue, we are working with during Yin Yoga. Connective tissue provides protection for the entire body, enclosing tendons, muscles, bones, and organs. The connective tissue is filled with nerve fibers, and if you are tense, have injuries or are stressed, the connective tissue contract and give you the feeling of pain, stiffness and fatigue. Pain or tenderness in one or more places in the body, can easily be rooted in the fact that your connective tissue is injured or rigid elsewhere in the body. An example of damaged connective tissue can be stressful tension or scar tissue after surgery.
Yin Yoga is for both women and for men and no prior knowledge is required for participation!
Some of the many benefits of Yin Yoga:
- Calms and balances the body and mind
- Regulates energy in the body
- Increases mobility, especially in the joints and hips
- Lowers the levels of stress
- Greater endurance
- Greater flexibility in the joints and connective tissue
- Release of the fascia of the whole body
- Helps against fatigue and migraines
- Deepens relaxation
- Decrease of anxiety
- Increased stillness in meditation