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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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Where you can come take my class

Today I am instructing my first Yin Yoga class at Sats which has gyms located all over Scandinavia. I signed my contract to have a regular class on Fridays and today I am taking an extra class, I volunteer to take on a lot of extra classes since I am new to the gym, this way I can go around the different gym spots in Gothenburg with the same name and get familiar with the participants and my new work place. I am excited to keep spreading the peace and stillness that a Yin practice rewards us practitioners with, it is a challenge but a very exciting one to learn how to incorporate this typ of style into a more Yang environment.

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First Teaching Experiences

In december 2016 I stopped by Bali to join a Yin Yoga Teacher Training with the loving teachers Sebastian and Murielle. I had practiced different types of yoga before but most of it consisted of Bikram styled yoga, I knew that the stretch in Yin would be a deeper one than in a regular Vinyasa class, but I couldn’t imagine that my two weeks in their training would awake such an awe and interest for the Yin style and the eastern holistic view of health and life that the Yin practice derives from.

Before and during the training I had a little dream of some day teaching, I have had the blessing of practicing with some extraordinary teachers who I felt really communicated in a clear way their learnings on practice, and without force and ego they would sprinkle food for contemplation and reflection in each class. Their ways of teaching has been a huge inspiration for me and the practice itself have helped me shift my awareness and intentions onto a new path, and so if there was a way for me to share my journey and help spread the practice of love and compassion, not only to ourselves but to all around us, I would do it in a heartbeat.
I didn’t once imagine the Id be teaching as soon as a month after my training but an opportunity presented itself and I knew I couldn’t pass on it. I instructed my first class and microphone wasnt working for me very well so I am humbled as well as filled with joy. I have only taught a few public classes now but I am eager to keep doing it and keep learning along they way for this is really only a part of the beginning.
Much love and gratitude
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