A Transformative Practice for Body, Heart, & Mind
Our goal is not to become perfect, our goal is to become whole.Bernie Clark
Possibilities of the Practice: The Layers of Yin Yoga
Equal parts science and spirit, Yin Yoga & Meditation can be experienced as a practice of optimal health and well-being for the whole self. Combining the practices of Yin Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation creates powerful possibilities for transformation and holistic healing on all layers of being- body, mind, and heart. This practice unwinds tension in the body to bring long-lasting relief and health to the body’s critical “invisible half,” refreshes the mind to bring clarity and deeper understanding, and creates spaciousness in the heart to let us live and love with greater ease and more joy.
With a slow and steady approach, Yin Yoga uses floor poses held in stillness allowing these passive, long holds to strengthen and hydrate critical joint tissues in a way that most other practices cannot. The Yin exercise targets the body’s connective tissues – including the ligaments, bones, cartilage, & tendons – as well as myofascia & 3-D web fascia, all major but often ignored components of flexibility, mobility, strength, and structure.
“RELAXATION CREATES FLOW”
Join Sagel for this 60 min. Yin Yoga & Meditation class on the beautiful Maine coastline blending relaxation and mild sensation to turn tension and stress into energy and flow. This class will help relieve tightness in the hips, legs, spine, upper back and chest, leaving you feeling spacious and connected to the natural flow at your core.
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Physically, the Yin Yoga practice can bring a noticeable increase to our body’s range of motion. Yin also helps to hydrate and lubricate our joints as well as reduce degeneration of those tissues, which means our bodies stay more mobile and durable. Our hips and the sacral area of our spine are major culprits in loss of mobility, and this practice works directly and effectively with those areas. Most exercise in the US, including Vinyasa yoga, running, cycling, and weight training, focuses predominantly on the muscles rather than these important connective tissues, so anyone participating in those “yang” types of exercise can reap deep benefits from this complementary Yin practice. It’s the perfect counterbalance to them as well as our yang-oriented modern way of living. Yin truly is the “Other Half.”
The “mental floss” of Meditation steadies the mind, reduces stress/anxiety, and promotes clarity, relaxation, and the ability to be more present for our life and loves. Studies show meditation improves the health of the brain and immune system, reduces blood pressure, improves quality of sleep, and gives us more energy to enjoy life. Meditation helps to cultivate mindful awareness opening us up to invaluable space- space for options, space for conscious choice, space to create paths which bring us and those around us the greatest benefit and the most peace, space of unlimited possibilities for growth, insight, and joy.
Energetically, the long passive stresses of the Yin practice help to enhance the body’s subtle energy system- refreshing, stimulating, and re-balancing the flow of our vital life force known as Prana or Qi/Chi. Qi energy nourishes the body’s major organs and their related functions. Harmonious balance of Qi cultivates harmonious states of equanimity, peaceful, and diminishes emotional reflexive reactivity to open up more space for compassionate response.
We can carry our emotional wounds deep in the cells of the body and overtime they can accumulate. The holding of “issues in the tissues” so to speak, can affect us physically, emotionally, energetically, and spiritually. This holding onto unresolved, painful emotions such as anger, resentment, long-term grief, feelings of not being good enough, guilt, and so many others, can lead to general feelings of unease, unhappiness, anxiety, stress, physical pain, fatigue, and ultimately disease. The deeper physical work of the Yin Yoga practice combined with compassionate contemplation can help to release these unsettling and disruptive patterns of emotions holdings and promote significant freedom and wellbeing of body, heart, and mind.
We hope you’re YINspired to discover and experience for yourself the many transformative possibilities of these practices. Join Sagel for public Yin & Meditation classes and learn more about upcoming Yin Yoga & Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Trainings.
“It’s not yin or yang that is right, that being is better than doing … it’s a question of finding the right balance, the natural harmony between yin and yang that the Chinese call the Tao-between doing and being, controlling and allowing, resisting and opening, fighting and surrendering, willing and accepting.” Ken Wilber