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A New Principle for Yin Yoga Practice

 
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Lancewr



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2019 9:28 am    Post subject: A New Principle for Yin Yoga Practice Reply with quote

Yin Yoga has three principles: Move to your Edge, Remain Still, Hold for a Long Time. I would like to suggest a fourth principle. "Let Nothing Float". The idea behind this is that props should be used so that there is no space between major body parts and the floor. When I teach Yin I see many students with unsupported knees, torsos, heads, etc. If they are at their Appropriate Edge, gravity will keep moving them to a deeper stretch. This prevents full relaxation. An example of this idea is using blocks and blankets under the hips or thighs (facing the floor) in the Dragon poses. Try it and so what you think. It does take some time to settle into a supported pose and find your edge, but once there, support would allow for a very deep relaxation of the surrounding muscles.
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Bernie



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:42 am    Post subject: The 4th principle of yin yoga Reply with quote

Well, actually...Sarah Powers sometimes says that the 4th principle of the practice is "Come out slowly." So, maybe yours is the 5th principle? Wink

However, I am not sure I fully agree with your premise. I agree in general that when the bones feel support, the muscles can relax. So most of the time, propping up whatever is floating could be a good idea. But, for some students, this can go to far. For example: in Saddle pose, many students have floating knees. As they stay in the pose however, their quadriceps relax and lengthen allowing the knees to go lower. If the knees were supported too early, this release might not happen.

Maybe we are saying the same thing: let nothing float AFTER you have reached your final edge. The final edge is where no more relaxation is going to happen, thus no more movement will occur. (I am using relaxation here in the technical sense relating to creep of the connective tissues, not to a psychological relaxation.) But, you can also avoid floating if a stress is too intense and the student will not be able to linger long enough to get benefit. In these cases, no matter how much time has passed, propping may be a good idea right from the start.

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Bernie
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