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Yin yoga is about holding poses for longer to deepen the effect, to get beyond the muscles and into the deeper tissues.
This offers a wonderful potential to release tensions. The value of this practice is evident with the emotional feelings that come up during or after the practice, if they are observed and understood. Any work at this depth offers a clearing of emotional memory, like clearing a filing cabinet, one file at a time.
When you work this deeply the emotions flood up to the surface to be expressed and released. Better out than in, when you can relate to what these locked in emotional memories can do to your physicality. We push through to try and move on from emotional experiences in life, but often demonstrate more of a carry on and put it behind you attitude, rather than a true healing through release and forgiveness of self. Symbolically a ‘scar’ can be formed, tight and immovable that you try and work around rather than soften.
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A more flexible body translates into greater comfort, less pain and stiffness.
All sports and activities become easier to master and refined movement becomes attainable.
Holding these poses for prolonged periods of time (anything up to 5 minutes) builds strength, stamina, balance and flexibility. The release is on a very deep level, not just from the muscles but from deeper and tighter tissues – the tendons, ligaments and fascia. The real ‘hurts’ in life are hidden and locked in here. We believe these tensions are the platforms for disease, a limitation to the physical flow of energy that allows toxicity to deposit more easily.
The breath is the key to release in these poses (physical and emotional). The breath also cleanses acid out of the system. Acid in your system can lower energy, create ‘acidic’ thoughts/feelings and cause physical and mental discomfort.
Be gentle – don’t do it all at once! There is little truth to the no pain, no gain philosophy. Pain means you are likely to create an injury, not experience a clearing and release. This is not a practice of instant gratification, which is why it is meaningful and real. We live with a lot of emotional and physical tension, and pushing too hard against it will just make you ache, hobble and feel grumpy! Your results will be greater in the long term if you go to an ‘edge’ established with care, listen to your yoga teacher and don’t compete with yourself or others.
Be mindful of your emotion response. This is a clearing of ‘stuff’ from within. Try not to attach these feelings to anything or anyone around you. Take some space after practice, just to let things settle. (Note: this is often what is happening when people have a negative experience with yoga: if you’ve ever left a session irritable, queasy, annoyed – this is precisely the sedimentary issues being dug up out of your system and not your reaction to yoga itself).
Expect some ‘uncomfortable’ emotions to come up from time to time. They will pass. If you understand emotions have to surface to be eliminated, why not relish in the fact that you have cleared out some ‘heaviness’ still being carried from the past. It doesn’t always happen, but the purpose of clearing is to eliminate some of these heavier stagnant energies from your being. You won’t clear positive energies away, they are light and don’t sediment for want of a better way to explain it. The important thing to note is how do you feel when these feelings have passed (been cleared through). Do you feel more relaxed, clearer in the mind, lighter? This may inspire you to continue….
Please note we all have a unique set of imbalances. If you are unsure if this practice would be beneficial for you, always check with a teacher first. Most important of all, listen to yourself first. If you are hyper mobile, check out practices that strengthen the ‘corset’ around the overly mobile joints, rather than ones that act to open them up further. If this does apply to you, get a physical instructor that understands this condition fully.
We recommend many tools and practices to support our work. We tailor all guidance and additional recommendations specifically for you. A complete understanding to bring about more effective progress.
This week’s recipe: A more creative way of getting your long-chain Omega 3s!
Great with some crudités or wholegrain gluten free crackers and breads as a boosting between-meal snack to recover winter dips in energy.
Jamie Oliver’s Salmon hummus with red onion, cucumber and radish salad recipe
Important: Debbie is selecting recipes with combinations of ingredients to inspire your cooking regimes, but while they are healthier choices in general, they will not address individual issues. You MUST make sure that all ingredients you use are compatible with your own individual medical conditions, medications, allergies and goals.
- 418g (14.7 oz) can red or pink salmon (or 2x 213g cans)
- 410g (14.5 oz) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 2 tbsp tahini (sesame seed paste)
For the salad
- 1 small red onion, finely sliced
- 1 bunch radish, finely sliced
- 0.2 cucumber, sliced
- 1 bag mixed salad leaves
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Drain the salmon, reserving 2 tbsp of the liquid and remove the skin and bones, if desired.
- Put the salmon into a blender or food processor with the reserved liquid, chickpeas, garlic and tahini.
- Blend until smooth. Tip into a bowl and season to taste. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
- To make the salad, mix all the ingredients together and season with a little salt and pepper. Serve with the salmon houmous, accompanied by warm pitta bread.