Yin Is In. Here's Why (Part 3)
By YYoga College Yin Program Teacher Ashley McEachern
What are the three pillars of yin yoga?
1. Finding Stillness: Your yin tissues are impacted in times of stillness - by relaxing your muscles and sinking into a space of non-rigid stillness. However, if you feel pain or sharpness or 'pins and needles' allow moments of gentle movement and readjustment to uncover a place of safe stillness.
2. Find your edge: Your edge is your sweet spot, where sensation meets intensity meets deep feeling. This is not a place of strain or pain. We wander to our edge in yin yoga in order to encourage energetic flow and healing.
3. Time: Yin poses are held anywhere from 1-20 minutes. Yin tissues are more plastic than elastic and require time to expand. Our first few lessons will include shorter holds before we move into longer held poses in the final sessions. My yoga students are continually praising the quiet space created in yin yoga. From resolving the pains of arthritis to dissolving the darkness of depression, yin yoga is a powerful tool to add to our repertoire of healing modalities.
Yin has taught me how to listen to my body, how to slow down in my everyday life and how to foster powerful and positive relationships with the people around me. Alas, as with all of our yoga practices, to truly understand the full potential of yin yoga, you have to experience it.