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Yin Yoga and Meditation

Yin Yoga and Meditation

What is Yin Yoga?

To put it in simple terms, the practice of Yin Yoga guide our body in long-held passive poses that put pressure on muscles and the connective tissues.
In a Yin practice, we hold the yoga pose for an extended period of time, 2 to 5 minutes — or more. We are not just breezing in and out of poses.  Instead, we allow our body to marinade into the pose so that denser connective tissues get to release in a way that it can’t when it transition quickly.  This technique allows the qi or or energy to move through our bodies and nourish us.
Through the stillness of the body, the practice of Yin Yoga allows us to calm down and leaves us feeling grounded and centered — and it’s a wonderful way to stay ‘present’ or ‘connected’ to the body and mind.
(Joel and Kathy are students of Paul and Suzee Grilley. To know more about Paul and Suzee, their works and their current schedule — check out www.paulgrilley.com.)

What is Meditation?

The quieting of the mind is actually one of the by-products of meditation. When we make a determined effort to take a step back and discouraged feeding our minds with stimulation, it starts to quiet in its own accord. Feeling of relaxation is another by-product of meditation.  When we become accustomed to being aware of the current state of the body, our body naturally respond to calm itself.  This is the reason why we need to take a time out and close our eyes, find a space with few distractions and sit. By practicing ‘concentration’ and ‘mindfulness’, we get closer to ‘seeing’ the world and ourselves as we really are, as what it is, and not what we would like them to be — to see the essence of things and not just their outward appearance.  And in practice, we develop compassion to all sentient beings.