Yoga in Sanskrit is the source of what is referred to as “Yin Yoga”, which is the ancient science of healing and energy work. Yin Yoga is often used in conjunction with other forms of alternative medicine like Reiki and Chi Kung. In addition to working on the mind and body, Yin Yoga also works on the physical well-being by using massage, acupressure, meditation and stretching techniques. What are Yin Yoga and how can it benefit you?
Yin Yoga is in fact a very slow-pace form of yoga as its focus is on slow, deep breathing, utilizing asanas (poses) which are holding for longer periods of time rather than for rapid repetitions. One of the most popular and restorative yoga poses is the chair pose, which is also called Adho Mukha Svanasana or Restorative yoga posture. It is sometimes called Ujjayi yoga pose and Sun Salutation poses.
The chair pose is often practiced for three to five minutes. It involves a straight back, supported by a chair, and the lower part of the body is lifted and stretched to the side. One may stretch the lower abdominal muscles by bending the knees and then arching them while keeping the lower body straight. For this pose, one or two assistants may assist. Some teachers prefer to use props for students who are not strong enough to stand on their own. For beginners and those without experience, practicing yoga with an instructor can be helpful to obtain balance, coordination and strength in the body.
Yin Yoga is about letting go of the past experiences and concentrating on the present moment. Its primary goal is to let go of any tension or stress in the physical body that keeps us from connecting with our inner self and allowing true freedom and happiness to come into our life. One way to do this is through physical exercises and breathing techniques, meditation, imagery and through controlled breathing exercises and movements.
In Yoga Nidra, Hatha Yoga Nidra, and Jnana Yoga asanas are used to draw the energy away from the mind to generate positive energy. When we use Asana for at least thirty minutes, the Kundalini energy starts to rise from our base and creates a great energy field. This energy field is what we call the “Ayuvedra” or “pires” within the physical body. We have to continuously do this practice for many years or until it becomes a routine part of our lives. It is very important that we learn and understand this art before we engage in any type of spiritual practice.
There are other types of yoga postures such as power yoga, dynamic yoga, tantra yoga, prenatal yoga. It is possible to learn these postures in a class setting or at home by using DVD or online training programs. One important thing to keep in mind about these postures is that they are all designed to go deeper and strengthen the muscles, glands and connective tissues. It is important to do the poses slowly and in the correct order, so that the whole body can benefit from them.