In this Two-hour/Two Audio CD set, Sarah Powers leads us through the basic components of a Yin Yoga practice. Yin yoga encourages long-held floor poses to enhance the Chi or energy distribution through the Yin parts of the body, namely the bones and connective tissues that bind them. These mainly static postures coax Chi into the respective Meridians (the unseen riverbeds of energy the Chi travels through), thereby encouraging a kind of needle-less acupuncture treatment. This style of practice, done slowly and safely, nourishes the natural range of motion of the joints, which allows for more ease in sitting meditation postures. It also flushes the meridians housed in these connective tissues, which directly effect/enhance particular organs in the process. Restoring the flow of Chi within us has a direct impact on our psychological states, encouraging increased ease of being, a foundation for authentic meditation to occur.
Yin practice takes you deeper into where you are, not out to where you think you should be. This approach challenges us to rethink what asana is about. It marries meditation and asana into a very deep practice. Some people, especially beginners, are not interested in or willing to do this—to sit inside their discomfort and just watch their reactions instead of trying to fix or change the pose. Yin yoga challenges you to sit in the pure presence of awareness. It’s hard in a different way than active asana practice, but in a way that’s more profound and satisfying as well as more beneficial to the deeper tissues.
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