Yin Is In. Here's Why (Part 2)
By YYoga College Yin Program Teacher Ashley McEachern
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What are your yin tissues?
"Fascia is the biological fabric that holds us together" - Thomas Myers.
Connective Tissues can be best understood as the glue that holds our entire body together into one whole vessel. Yin yoga helps Connective tissues and supporting connective tissues includ-ing fascia, ligaments, tendons, joints, bones, blood and lymph. Fascia (or bandage in Latin) makes up 30% of any skeletal muscle group, binds the muscles together and lubricates surfac-es that need to slide along each other. As we age, our bones weaken, our fascia contracts and our range of motion is limited. Yin Yoga is a means of healing our tissues.
Benefits of Yin Yoga
- Calm and balanced mind and body.
- Increased functional mobility of the yin tissues, which occupies 1/2 of our whole bodies func-tional mobility.
- Increased flexibility, range of motion and moisture and durability of joint.
- Reduced stress and anxiety.
- Deep rest and relaxation through mindful living.
- Preserves moisture of tissues.
- Increased circulation.
- Helps us to keep doing the things we are inevitably going to do for longer.
- Stimulates flow of qi (energy) to our organs, based on Daoist Traditional Chinese Medicine.
- Freedom from deep and long held emotional and physical restrictions.
Read the last part of my 'Yin Is In' series we'll explore the three pillars of yin, and I discuss what yin has taught me. If you're already into yin, and want to dive deeper you can sign up for my upcoming Yin teacher training in Toronto below.Yin Teacher Training