Yin Yoga & Meditation is a Practice of Self Care

Yin Yoga Sagel UrlacherYin Yoga & Meditation is a practice of self care.  Our modern day yang-like culture –always-on approach to life –the expectations to always be doing, moving, planning, accomplishing has created a ‘new normal’ that can have devastating effects on us physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

A study out of London has shown that untreated emotional stress is 6x more predictive of cancer and heart disease than smoking cigarettes.  Our central nervous system is equipped with a stress response – but it was built for short-term emergencies, not long-term chronic stress.

Modern day chronic stress constantly triggering the fight-flight response is a misuse of resources and in the long-term can have difficult consequences for our health and well-being.  This is one of the many reasons this practice is so powerful and needed – in Yin Yoga & and Meditation, we practice uncovering our natural ability to stay present as we induce whole body relaxation even while working with sensation.

We’re training our brains to respond in a more balanced way, relating to the stressors of life in ways that support our health and happiness.

LEARN MORE ABOUT YIN YOGA & MEDITATION  Our bodies are capable and equipped to heal themselves- this is your design. But the always-on approach to life and all its associated stress disconnects us from that ability. The gentle, spacious, non-reactive Yin approach helps us build the bridge back to our body’s natural wisdom. The sympathetic system in overdrive releases adrenaline and cortisol, and our muscles respond by tensing in high alert- emergency mode- ready to lift a car or dash away from a saber-toothed tiger.  Muscular relaxation combined with deep slow mindful breathing and compassionate attention helps soothe the sympathetic nervous system associated with our flight-fight stress response and promote the parasympathetic nervous system triggering the relaxation response. This rest-renewal-heal systems calms, relaxes, and soothes us while releasing feel-good hormones such as serotonin and oxytocin. No longer in survival mode, our organs can go about doing their good work to keep us healthy. Muscles give up their grip, and rather than perceiving everything as a danger or threat, we’re more open and receptive and connected to what’s really happening. We approach life with fundamentally more curiosity, balance, and connection.

The Yin approach of compassionate awareness paired with mild sensation and blended with relaxation gives us an opportunity to observe, nurture, soothe, and calm ourselves.  Here we tend our whole selves so we can experience optimal health and well-being we each deserve.  Our bodies are capable and equipped to heal themselves, but the modern-day always-on approach to life – and the stresses it brings – disconnects us from that ability to self-heal.  The gentle, spacious Yin approach helps build that bridge back to our body’s natural wisdom.