What Is Yin & Tonic?
SO What is IT ALL ABOUT?
During the class, postures are held for the duration of 3 - 5 minutes, to allow participants to gain the maximum benefits during this time it is key the person is extremely comfortable as this allows the participant to focus on the breathe and relax into the chosen posture. There are various inclusions related to Yin & Tonic, these are as follows:
This class encourages the use of props such as pillows, blankets, bolsters, blocks and straps of which, aid the individuals comfort during poses and/or helping to go deeper into a pose.
Floor Based Postures
Most of the postures are lying down or propped up with bolsters. This is great for anyone who prefers a more passive, relaxing class rather than a more vibrant, dynamic style. The movement from pose to pose is gentle and passive. No rush is required, it’s all about taking time.
Throughout the class it is highly recommended to focus on the breath. Deepening the breath and allowing full inhales and exhales not only helps focus on what’s going on right now in your body, but also helps reduce stress and anxiety by soothing the nervous system.
In some poses you might find a stretch in the hips, upper body, lower back etc. It’s a good idea to focus on this or see what sensations arise within the body. You will find that other poses are performed, not to find a 'stretch' in the body, but to utilise the time for relaxation and rest. Letting go and trusting the pose's impact on your nervous system, organs and promote the well-being inside the body.
What's with the name?
Yin & Tonic was formed with the intention to merge some styles of yoga together, along with additional aspects that can bring numerous benefits to one's wellness. In relation to ‘yin’, it refers to a more passive, gentle and sensitive nature, whilst ‘yang’ relates to more active, assertive and energising traits. When bringing ‘yin’ into the class, we create a more gentle atmosphere and styled class- allowing students to rest, relax and recover. ‘Tonic’ relates to the wellness of the class, and the benefits (see below) that could be brought to any person embracing the practice. Finally, 'Yin & Tonic' is
Why Do It?
In contrast to ‘yang’ yoga practices, traditional ‘yin’ practices offer a more relaxed session for students of which, typically teaches poses that aim to calm both the nervous system and the mind. In addition to ‘yin’, the class will teach some restorative yoga which helps an unhealthy body, or an injured body, restore itself back to normal (back to healthy and uninjured).
With passive (rather than active or yang) postures, this class challenges you to find peace in what may be a slightly uncomfortable position and hold that position for 3 to 5 minutes, or even longer for some poses.
The article 'Why Try Yin?' YogaJournal.com gives a descriptive insight into the benefits surrounding yin yoga. In terms of flexibility, the connective tissue in the body is found in every bone, muscle, and organ, being most concentrated at the joints. If a person doesn’t use the full range of joint flexibility, the connective tissue will slowly shorten to the minimum length needed to accommodate a person's daily activities. Then, when trying to flex the knees or arch the back after years of underuse, one will discover that the joints have been "shrink-wrapped" by shortened connective tissue. This is why regular movement and range through related classes should be seen as a long term investment for a person's body and life.
Pranayama (breath awareness) or yogic breathing allows one to deepen the breath which expands your diaphragm and abdomen. As you deepen the breath by inhaling and exhaling through the nose, slowing your breathing pace. Breathing is noticeable in the stomach, expanding outwards and drawing inwards towards the spine. Practising yogic breathing, increases oxygen flow, calming and soothing the nervous system and reducing the level of stress.
Further expanding on 'Why Try Yin?' YogaJournal.com, it mentions the positive impact yin yoga has had on the authors ability to meditate. In particular, feeling comfortable for longer periods of time in the meditative position.