Yin yoga to me is better than having a massage- it releases the tension, worries and stress from being a mother, it helps reduce the stiffness from running and cycling and it eases the everyday imbalance from work and life. Yin has always been a part of my practice, but since becoming a mother, its been even more important to take this time for myself each week. It’s a practice I do sometimes in the morning, to ease the tension from a long night. Sometimes in the evening, to quiet my mind after a busy day. Often, I yin on holiday as it really helps with jetlag or travel tightness. It’s also a practice to balance the hormones and so very often beneficial during your cycle.
Yin poses are floor based, they are held for 3-10 minutes and the idea is to gently open the connective tissue, or fascia in the body. In my practice, I emphasize that we should find comfort in the postures to help the body to release. Yin is very beneficial for tight muscles but can also help bring balance to internal organs as well and is therefore lovely if we are feeling any imbalance in our digestion, or hormones. It allows the energy or prana to flow more freely in the body. And therefore, we often feel rejuvenated and revitalized after the practice.
I offer a two-hour yin yoga workshop once a month at Nuffield Health in Cottingley. These workshops are like an urban retreat as you can use their pool and sauna area before or after the practice. Or relax in the café. You will feel as though you have had a mini-escape and I do hope you can join for the next one. Please book here.