A brief introduction on an ancient energy system, based on balancing and strengheing our sistem.
According to Indian yogic tradition, inside our body, there is an “invisible ” energy system ( to know more click on the previous article).
This dynamic, unseen energy system (prana and nadis), was also analysed from the ancient Chinese’ medicine perspective, where the vital energy (prana) is called Chi, and flows through the body in invisible pathways called meridians. The meridians flows through all tissues and bones, moistening the joints and connecting the interior of the body with the exterior. When the energy is weak and lacks of vibrancy is called deficient Chi; while energy that flows in distorted patterns of the movement is called stagnant Chi. Healthy Chi, has the complementary qualities of stable strength and smooth mobility, and is essential for the harmonious balance of the body and mind.
According to Dr Motoyama and Grilley, there is an interconnection between the Taoist principle of yin and yang energy, the Chinese medicine acupuncture and the Indian yoga tradition. The study of all these three theories together has generated a new way of stimulating the regeneration of Qui energy in body and mental system, this new method is known as Yin Yoga. It is important to underline that Yin is the stable, unmoving, hidden aspect of things; Yang is the changing, moving, revealing aspect. Other yin-yang polarities include cold/hot, down up, calm-excited. Yin Yoga is a simple and slow paced practice, which teaches how to deeply relax the body. At the same time, it helps to improve the ability to move the joints, to stimulate the energy flow of the meridians and organs, stressing deep tissue in the body, and learn how to rest and calm the emotions, to prepare the body and mind for meditation.
During the Yin Yoga practice we stay in each asana for a few minutes (up to 20 mins although more than that is not considered beneficial), following a deep and conscious breathing, slowly we begin to relax the muscles, allowing connective tissues that surround muscles and shape the joints (range, ligaments, tendons and bones) to nourishes, strengthen themselves and lengthening in a therapeutic way, increasing the flexibility of the whole body.
The practice of Yin Yoga is deep and quiet, relaxes the mind, and helps to balance the Chi generated during the yang practice.
Yin yoga also enable a non-competitive approach towards yoga and the body. It creates more space between the joints by making them movable, firmer and stronger. Yin yoga support and balance the practice of other, more dynamic yoga styles, such as vinyasa flow, ashtanga vinyasa and by helping the mind to stay more focus and aware during the meditation sessions.
Yin and Yang are two aspects that complement and integrate each other, because what is Yin is contained within everything that is yang and vice versa. As I mentioned at beginning, yoga is integration. Personally, I find fundamental the combinations of both aspects of Yin and Yang energy in my daily yoga practice. Learn how to balance and observe the Chi flow is essential to understanding the interaction between all aspect of the universe in one authentic nature, where dualism is possible without duality (separation) this is the ultimate goal and the reason for practicing and the studying yoga, also called the path of yoga.0