The roots of Yin yoga are in Taoist tradition even though Hatha yoga has originally also included yin-like postures. The rhythm of Yin yoga is very slow, the postures are held for 3 to 7 minutes. Staying in one posture long time allows the body and mind to surrender to the posture. Natural and deep breathing accompany the being in the posture allowing the stretch to reach beyond the muscles into the fascia and joint level. Many of the postures follow the meridians, the energy channels of the body and therefore influence also our organs. Yin yoga happens either in sitting or lying postures which specially open the area around hips and the lower back. Despite or because of its slowness Yin yoga might be challenging first as there is time to feel everything! By regular practise the body and mind learn to appreciate the gentle yet invigorating effects of Yin yoga.
I practise Yin yoga inspired by Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers and the five phases theory of Chinese medicine. In five phases yin yoga we do postures which resonate with the elements of water, wood, fire, earth and metal.
I give Yin yoga, Hatha yoga and meridian stretching sessions at our home studio. I also give individual yoga sessions or can offer a class for self-organised groups.
Meridian Stretching suomi
Meridian Stretching is a series of postures and movement sequences which activate and balance the meridian channels of our body. It was created by Shizuto Masunaga, the founder of Zen Shiatsu. Meridian Stretching is both relaxing and stimulating the energy flow between all our important organs and physical functions. A calm and deep breathing plays a natural role while doing the postures.
In Meridian Stretching we move Qi the universal life force. The free flow of Qi through all meridian channels is crucial for our physical and mental well being.
The order of the postures in Meridian Stretching follows the flow of the nourishing Qi in the meridians. We usually stay in the postures for the duration of at least five breaths. When we inhale the meridian gets activated. When we exhale the fresh Qi flows along the meridian line. A session of Meridian Stretching can last between 20 to 45 minutes, depending on the amount of postures practised for every meridian pair.
Meridian stretching guide as PDF
The guide is written by us and includes 24 postures explained with pictures and text. The guide is for free and will be e-mailed to you.
The format is DIN A4, 10 pages. Languages: Finnish, English, German.