In Chinese philosophy, the yin yang symbolizes the duality and interdependency of the natural world. Things that are yang are moving, changing, and vigorous. In contrast, things that are yin are still, static, and calm.
The majority of western yoga practices have evolved into being very yang- lots of movement, with an emphasis on stretching the muscles. Muscles are yang, while connective tissues like tendons and ligaments are yin. Yin Yoga compliments the muscular (Yang) Hatha Yoga as many poses are held from 1 to 8 minutes so that muscles and deep connective tissue are simultaneously stretched and strengthened giving them a rubber band memory not achieved in traditional exercise.
This is of extreme importance to the athlete as the connective tissue attaches muscle to bone and stabilizes all of the joints thus, preventing or minimizing injury when the athlete is spontaneous in action, opposed to having controlled safe form in a gym workout.
Yin Yoga Classes
Wednesday & Fridays at @flowlabyoga on Erskine & Kent Street near Wynyard.
1pm- 45min session
Cost: $25 Casual /$20 Concession
Or Normal class passes accepted
Check the timetable for these open classes, or to request a class at your sports club or community please contact us