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How to Balance Yin and Yang in Your Yoga Practice

Yin and Yang are the Taoist concepts that bring together passive poses with dynamic sequences when brought together in one yoga practice. Yin yoga incorporates slow, long-held, passive stretches that work on the deeper connective tissues (or fascia) and joints in the body. Yang yoga, on the other hand integrates more active movements that employ your muscles and blood flow, building...

5 Reasons You Need Yin Yoga in Your Life

Yin yoga, based on the Taoist theory of complementary and opposing principles in nature, involves a series of passive, long-held poses that primarily focus on the lower part of your body. The practice loosens stiff connective tissue or fascia, which are richly found in the inner thighs, lower spine, hips and pelvis. With each pose lasting up to 5 minutes, the...

4 Yin Yoga Poses for Healthier QI

It’s winter and if you’re like most people, you’re probably not feeling your best. However, you may have come across someone who always has incredible energy no matter how cold or gloomy it is outside. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, this means that the person has an abundant supply of health energy that is circulating adequately. Healthy qi can make a...

How Yin Yoga Can Relieve Back Pain

Low back pain is more common than most people think. It is estimated that about 6 percent of the North American population is suffering from low back pain at any given time, and about ½ of the people will suffer from back pain at some point within the next one year. There are several lifestyle factors that can cause back pain....

An introduction to Meridians and Yin Yoga

In today’s world, everything is fast-paced – whether it is work, education or physical exertion. This is where Yin Yoga can act as a remedy to our lifestyles, overflowing with stress and overwork. Unlike vigorous, Yang-dominated yoga forms that are so popular today, Yin Yoga is a more comfortable contrast to modern-day practices, with its intensely restful, yet long-held postures. Yin...

The Role of Yin Yoga in Opening Your Fascia

A lot of us suffer from decreased range of movement and physical limitations in our bodies. However, we don’t realize this until we experience a chronic injury. Yin yoga can help prevent restrictions that occur as a result of the binding of tissues, such as muscles and fascia. But What Really is Fascia? Fascia is a fibrous tissue that connects every cell...

The Yoga Way to a Stress-Free Life

Stress-Free Life? Discover the Yoga Way

There are two common misconceptions surrounding yoga.  The first is that you can only do yoga if you chant, practice meditation and walk barefoot on the grass each morning. T second is that it is an excellent form of exercise for getting your body to bend in ways you never thought possible.  You might be relieved to hear that the...

Pranayama 101: techniques and benefits of breathing

Pranayama 101: techniques and benefits of breathing

[et_pb_section bb_built="1" admin_label="section"][et_pb_row admin_label="row" background_position="top_left" background_repeat="repeat" background_size="initial"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text background_layout="light" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid" background_position="top_left" background_repeat="repeat" background_size="initial" _builder_version="3.0.89"]  Pranayama 101: techniques and benefits of breathing Just like running, swimming or even singing, using specific breathing techniques during your yoga session can massively improve your practice. The benefits of conscious yogic breathing extend far beyond your mat, however. Pranayama breathing, when practiced correctly and regularly,...

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