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Yin Yoga – Let's Be Still

“I hardly move though really I’m traveling
a terrific distance.”

You may have noticed on Sunday’s we’ve introduced a Yin Class. So what’s it all about? 

Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga with poses that are held for longer periods of time—five minutes or longer per pose is typical. It was first taught in the United States in the late 1970s by martial arts expert and Taoist yoga teacher, Paulie Zink.

Yin-style yoga is now being taught across the globe – and at Flow Athletic – I think due largely to the massive demand by students to find stillness. With an increasingly hectic work load and thousands of choices a day, our minds and bodies are craving that we step back and let our bodies release from all the built up tension we accumulate with life.

I have a very strong feeling that we’re going to start seeing a lot more ‘Yin’ classes in this country – our minds and bodies are ripe for the picking. 

Some of the benefits of Yin:

  • Yin applies moderate stress to the connective tissues (the tendons, fascia, and ligaments)—with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility.
  • They are also designed to improve the flow of energy and prana or Chi (the subtle energy said in Chinese medicine to run through the meridian pathways of the body).
  • Recent studies have indicated that yin improves organ health, immunity, and emotional well-being

Although challenging mentally to stay in the postures for extended periods of time. It’s totally worth it. The work you put in on the mat, will pay off so sweetly. I can’t wait for you to try.

I recently read this quote out in one of my classes and think it’s so appropriate to the practice of Yin.

Today I’m flying low and I’m
not saying a word.
I’m letting all the voodoos of ambition sleep.

The world goes on as it must,
the bees in the garden rumbling a little,
the fish leaping, the gnats getting eaten.
And so forth.

But I’m taking the day off.
Quiet as a feather.
I hardly move though really I’m traveling
a terrific distance.

Stillness. One of the doors
into the temple.

Check out Jordan’s 4pm Yin class Sundays. More to come!

KK xx


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