Yin Yoga: Outline of a Quiet Practice (2nd Edition)
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Yoga as practiced in the U.S. is almost exclusively yang or muscular in nature. The yin aspect of yoga (using postures that stretch connective tissue) is virtually unknown but vital for a balanced approach to physical and mental health. Paul Grilley's Yin Yoga - Outline of a Quiet Practice shares how to practice postures in a yin way. Grilley includes an explanation of Modern Meridian Theory, which states that the meridians of acupuncture theory are currents flowing through the connective tissues of the body. Yin Yoga is specifically designed to address these tissues. The two major differences between a yin and a yang yoga practice are that yin postures should be done with the muscles relaxed and should be held a long time. This is because connective tissue does not stretch like muscle and will not respond well to brief stresses. In addition, Yin Yoga better prepares people for meditation. For yoga practitioners looking for something beyond physical postures. Yin Yoga addresses the deeper spiritual dimensions of yoga, with helpful sections on chakras, breathing exercises, and meditation.
Illustrated with thirty-five black and white photos of Yin Yoga postures and six color illustrations of the body's connective tissue and meridian lines.
increased. When bending backwards, you should experiment with keeping your pelvis down and with letting it twist up as you bend back. These variations will reach into different parts of the spine. Hold Swan a minute or two each side. Square Square has much the same effect on the hips and thighs as Sleeping Swan but also stretches the lower spine. Sit with your legs folded in front of you. Pick up the left leg and try to lay the outer bone of the ankle on top of the right thigh, near the knee
knees so that they very nearly overlie each other (A) and then lean forward (B). Due to indidvidual differences in anatomy you may prefer Shoelace or Square. Let experience be your guide. Caterpillar Caterpillar is one of the most basic and important postures. It stretches the legs and the entire spinal column and balances the chi flow. It is a great aid in relaxing the mind and drawing the senses inward, therefore it is a good preparation for meditation. Caterpillar is done by sitting with
comfortable, upright posture. Straining or slouching in a pose creates uncomfortable pressure points and this interferes with the flow of chi up and down the spine. The most fundamental factor in achieving a comfortable sitting posture is the tilt of the pelvis. The upper body takes care of itself if the pelvis is properly adjusted. When a person tires while sitting, the top of the pelvis is unconsciously tilted backward. As a result the whole body slouches, the flow of chi is reduced, and in a
early work of his entitled “Theories of the Chakras.” My wife and I have been students of Dr. Motoyama since 1990. We have visited with him many times both in Japan and at his graduate school in Encinitas, California. Our own yoga and meditation practices have been profoundly influenced by his work. Dr. Motoyama has demonstrated that the meridians of acupuncture are water-rich channels in the connective tissues that interpenetrate all the structures of the body. Of this theory we will have more
medicine, with its countless extensions into every part of the body. As these signals flow through the tissues, their biomagnetic counterparts extend the stories they tell into the space around the body. The mechanical, bioelectric, and biomagnetic signals traveling through the connective tissue network, and through the space around the body, tell the various cells how to form and reform the tissue architecture in response to the tensions, compressions, and movements we make (quoted in Hara