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What is Yin Yoga?

Yin yoga is a gentle yet profound practice that focuses on stretching and releasing the deeper connective tissues of the body.


Unlike more dynamic styles of yoga, yin yoga poses are held for an extended period of time, typically ranging from 3 to 7 minutes or even longer. This extended duration allows for a deep opening of the body and a profound sense of relaxation and surrender.


Influenced by Taoist philosophy and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Yin yoga is deeply rooted in the concept of yin and yang, as symbolised by the Taijitu, or yin-yang symbol.


Yin and yang are opposing forces that are interconnected and interdependent, representing the dualistic nature of existence. Yin is associated with qualities such as stillness, darkness, and receptivity, while yang is associated with movement, light, and activity.


The Taijitu symbolises the dynamic interplay and harmony between yin and yang, illustrating how each contains the seed of the other within it. Similarly, in Yin Yoga, poses are often paired with their yang counterparts to create a balanced practice that addresses both the passive and active aspects of the body.

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The Complementary Nature of the Yin of Yoga and the Yang of Strength Training

These two modalities complement each other beautifully, each enhancing the benefits of the other.


While strength training emphasises yang qualities, characterised by high activity and energy, yin yoga provides a serene counterbalance, inviting practitioners to slow down, turn inward, and foster mindfulness.


Together, they create a well-rounded approach to health and wellness, addressing not only the physical but also the mental and emotional facets of our well-being.



One of the key benefits of yin yoga is its ability to promote mindfulness and mental well-being. By holding poses for an extended period of time and focusing on the breath, practitioners are encouraged to cultivate a deep sense of presence and awareness. This mindfulness practice can help reduce stress, calm the mind, and improve overall mental clarity and emotional resilience.


In addition to its mental benefits, yin yoga also offers a range of physical benefits, including increased flexibility, improved joint mobility, and enhanced circulation. By targeting the deeper connective tissues of the body, yin yoga helps release tension and tightness, promoting a sense of ease and freedom in both body and mind.

Whether you're looking to enhance your physical fitness, reduce stress, or simply deepen your yoga practice, yin yoga offers a gentle yet powerful path to health and well-being.

Join me on the mat and discover the transformative power of yin yoga for yourself.

"Before doing yoga with Jordan I never really saw what people got out of it; but it has completely changed my mindset and how I look at pretty much everything in my life." - Ellie M

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