Restorative yoga for injury prevention and healthy joints
Martial arts expert and Taoist yoga teacher Paulie Zink in the late 1970s developed Yin Yoga. Zink’s yoga was initially called “Yin and Yang Yoga” but was later shortened to “Yin Yoga.” It consisted of a mix of Hatha Yoga postures (asanas), Taoist Yoga disciplines, and insights from his own experiences. This yoga was not solely yin (restorative) focused, and Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers further developed Yin Yoga.
Paul Grilley studied yoga under Paulie Zink and was also influenced by his anatomy studies and the Japanese scholar and yogi Hiroshi Motoyama. Motoyama had done extensive research on the physiology of traditional Chinese medicine and was especially interested in the passage of qi (the life force) through the body’s meridians (pathways of qi).
Grilley incorporated the meridian teachings into his type of Yin Yoga, focusing on body relaxing yin postures to open these meridians. Then Sarah Powers, a yoga teacher and Grilley’s student, started incorporating Buddhist psychology in her Yin Yoga classes, which Grilley considered a good idea. We teach Grilley’s and Powers’ Yin Yoga at Yogateket.
Yin Yoga is thus a blend of Taoist, Chinese medicine, and Buddhist psychology.
Yin Yoga aims to surrender to the body postures and “rest into shape” to open and restore the flow of energy in your body. With aging and physical activity, the elasticity of the connective tissue decreases. Keeping it subtle is essential to avoid injuries and improve joint health, making Yin Yoga great for injury prevention. Furthermore, it provides an opportunity to practice mindfulness and to be relaxed and calm. It is energy restoration for both body and mind.
To do this, you need to release tension in your muscles and make supple that which is tight. Therefore, Yin Yoga focuses on postures that lengthen the muscles and the connective tissue, especially around the hips, pelvis, and lower back. All poses are performed sitting up or lying down and are held for 3-5 minutes. The length of time in the postures is necessary to properly lengthen and increase the elasticity of the connective tissue surrounding the joints.
Whole30 Yoga Practice Program
Are you looking to incorporate healthy movement into your lifestyle this 2020?
We have made a special program for you who are following the Whole30 timeline. But of course, anyone can start this 30 days of yoga classes, movement, breathing, and mindfulness.
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Step Out Of Your Yoga Comfort Zone
This one-week long yoga challenge is meant to be a tool to grow and transform and help you to step out of your "yoga" comfort zone.
If you are not a yogi that is trying out new classes and teachers regularly, this might be challenging but at the same time super rewarding.
In seven days you will try six teachers and five different styles of yoga.
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