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Yin Yoga

  • Date05/09/2015

Does your body feel stiff? If you bow forwards, does it seem impossible to touch your toes? Would you like to experience a feeling of space in your body? We live in a society where we sit and stand still for hours. These static postures give us physical complaints like lower back pain. There is a solution to this: move. This can be done in two ways: quietly with Yin yoga or in a more active and dynamic way with Vijnana and Vinyasa yoga for example. Only Yin yoga is the best option for gaining flexibility and maintaining it.


All level class and all ages

In Yin Yoga we do most of the poses seated or whilst lying down and we generally target the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine. It is suitable for almost all levels of students and we mainly focus on regaining flexibility. Did you know that your skeleton is almost done when your 20 and that your body grows old as of the age of 30? Well yes, this is the case. Thus it is time to keep on moving in order to keep your body healthy and vital. Don’t wait until it is too late. Start now.


Why yin or yang?

We have yin and yang tissues in our body and they respond quite differently to exercise. Yang tissue is exercised by rhythmically contracting and lengthening a muscle and creating internal heat through movement. The muscles need to be trained this way in order to serve as shock breakers. Yin tissue is exercised in a slow and almost static way since it can’t take sudden movements. If we were to target yin tissue in a yang way, it will get damaged. Therefore we move slowly into and out of the pose to increase its flexibility.


What to expect from a Yin Yoga class?

You come into a pose and then you stay in the pose for several minutes. You only gently move from time to time to adjust to what is happening in the body to either increase or diminish the sensations. This way you target the connective tissues, such as joints, ligaments, tendons, bones and cartilage. You mainly target the yin tissue by bringing the bones away from each other to create a stretch or by purposely bringing the bones together to create compression to strengthen the bone.

Although we move slowly, Yin yoga is not completely static. It is only much more passive and meditative than most yang styles of yoga and it does complement the more active yoga classes perfectly well. The Yin yoga practice can however be quite challenging due to the long duration of the poses and this is something that becomes easier the more often you practice. It is also important to keep on practicing to maintain the regained flexibility and to find a good balance in between the yin and yang styles of yoga to keep your body healthy and strong.


Come and join us
Yin yoga, Every Sunday, 17.30-18.45*
* May 10th and May 31st 2015, 18.30-19.45


Would you like to know more?
Try the class or send the instructor Marianne de Kuyper an e-mail via


Use the 2 classes for the price of one, with the card that we currently give away at the studio. Valid until June 15th, 2015.