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Basics of Yin Yoga Pt. 1 Tension

In Yin Yoga on the contrary to a “regular” Vinyasa, Bikram, Iyengar, fitness styled yoga class, we intend to relax the muscles instead of engaging and contracting them. We do this to get into the deeper layer of the whole body, what holds everything together, the Fascia (connective tissue). Spinal discs are just more densely composed fascia than for example ligaments. If we examine a body without any fascia, we see that the muscle can actually stretch longer without any problems, without any restrictions or tensions. So it is the Facia that makes the muscle rigid an tight, not the muscles themselves. We find Facia all over our bodies, it hold our blood vessels, nerves of the nervous system, it hold all of our organs in place, and like mentions before, our muscles.

Fascia is mostly made up of water, the Hyaluronic Acid in the fascia hold around 6 times its own size in water, HA it compresses water. The water along with minerals etc. allows the connective tissue to be a flowing, conducting organ on its own. The fascia is in intrinsic gel type of substans that is always moving, the force of fascia helps the heart, lungs and vessels transport oxygenated and nutrion rich blood to all the cells, it is vital for our brain function to have a healthy fascia by its support of the nerve bundles, this exciting tissue even helps increase the lymphatic systems work by its nonstop movement all around our bodies.

When we stay still for longer period of times like during sleep, a long day of working sitting in front of a computer or lying in the couch watching TV and often times when we get up and start moving again, we feel more stiff and rigid after l the long period of inactivity. And it is not the muscles themselves tightening up, it is the fascia, so immobility, staying still, not stimulating our bodies and fascia will lead to deterioration, degeneration and drying out of the Fascia.

We now know that Fascia plays and important role for our well being and flexibility, and therefore it is easy to understand the benefit of a regular stimulation of it, by example practicing Yin Yoga. The mild and mindful tensile pressure we create during a Yin practice will help keep the facia flowing, moist and healthy. It is like anything else, if you leave it be and never train or engage with it, you wont get nothing in return. Be carful not to over stretch your tissue, which might happen when you are feeling open after a Yin class, practice with safety and patience so you wont tear or rip something, and always allow for time in-between postures to let the tissue work its way back together, now stronger, more flexible and more adaptable than before the posture.

Fascia is mostly made up of water, the Hyaluronic Acid in the fascia hold around 6 times its own size in water, HA it compresses water. The water along with minerals etc. allows the connective tissue to be a flowing, conducting organ on its own. The fascia is an intrinsic gel type of substans that is always moving, the force of fascia helps the heart, lungs and vessels transport oxygenated and nutrion rich blood to all the cells, it is vital for our brain function to have a healthy fascia by its support of the nerve bundles, this exciting tissue even helps increase the lymphatic systems work by its nonstop movement all around our bodies.

When we stay still for longer period of times like during sleep, a long day of working sitting in front of a computer or lying in the couch watching TV and often times when we get up and start moving again, we feel more stiff and rigid after l the long period of inactivity. And it is not the muscles themselves tightening up, it is the fascia, so immobility, staying still, not stimulating our bodies and fascia will lead to deterioration, degeneration and drying out of the Fascia.

We now know that Fascia plays and important role for our well being and flexibility, and therefore it is easy to understand the benefit of a regular stimulation of it, by example practicing Yin Yoga. The mild and mindful tensile pressure we create during a Yin practice will help keep the facia flowing, moist and healthy. It is like anything else, if you leave it be and never train or engage with it, you wont get nothing in return.

Be carful not to over stretch your tissue, which might happen when you are feeling open after a Yin class, practice with safety and patience so you wont tear or rip something, and always allow for time in-between postures to let the tissue work its way back together, now stronger, more flexible and more adaptable than before the posture.

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