In this Yin Yang Yoga Fusion class, we will be blending together both the mental principles and physical practices of yin and yang styles of yoga.
Difference in Yoga Styles
Yang styles of yoga are more fast paced, rhythmic, and flowy. Any sort of flow based, vinyasa style yoga class would be considered dominate in yang energy.
Yin Yoga is the polar opposite. Yin yoga is a slow style of yoga, where poses are held for long durations (anywhere from 5 to twenty minutes, give or take). In yin yoga, props are sometimes used to assist maintaining these poses for longer durations.
One major difference between the yin and yang properties of different yoga styles — other than the obvious of styles with yang energy being fiery and fast paced as opposed to yin, which is about slowing down, calming the nervous system, getting still and going within– is that in yin yoga we are able to access, stretch, and move toxins out of deeper layers of connective tissue than other styles of yoga are able to access.
Fusing The Yin and Yang of Yoga: What to Expect in A Yin Yang Fusion Class
- In this yin yang fusion class for stress relief, we are able to balance the mind and body by marrying the yin and yang of yoga so that neither is out of balance and more dominant than the other.
- This video starts with a more fast paced, rhythmic flow style of yoga on the yang side.
- Gradually, the practice starts to slow down, as we finally move into the yin side of practice for total stress relief towards the end of this yin yang fusion class.
- By sequencing in this order, we make sure to release all or any left over tension or stress before getting off our mats, thus ending practice on a peaceful, well balanced and grounded note.
Other Benefits of Yin Yang Yoga
By sequencing in this way –fusing the yin and yang of yoga together– we are strengthening muscles and increasing circulation, stamina and flexibility (primarily yang benefits). Then, as we journey into the deeper, dense connective tissues and joints of the body (yin practice), we increase joint mobility and flexibility, stimulate energy meridians throughout the body and bring them back into a harmonious state, release myofascial tension, to increase joint mobility and flexibility, rebalance the mind-body connection which leaves us in a calm yet energized state with mental clarity and a sense of rootedness in our intuition.
Simultaneously, our fascia, tendons and ligaments located throughout the deep connective tissues of the body reap immensely healing and therapeutic benefits.
So, grab any props you usually use in yin practices, and set them aside. So, perhaps a blanket, bolster, and some yoga blocks. If you do not own props, grab some pillows, a throw blanket or even rolled towels, and two books in place of blocks.
May you find peace. May you be free of stress and agony. May you journey to the place of loving kindness that resides in the one true place –your core, the place of unwavering stillness at the center of your being.
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