The common misconception of yin yoga is that it stretches the muscles when in fact its primary purpose is to stretch the fascia (connective tissue) which may start to form adhesions over time, thereby causing the “tight” feeling.
Yin poses are typically held for 2-3 minutes and my recommendation is to start the pose at about 50-60% of your maximum effort and then gradually move into the full pose throughout the 2-3 minutes. Holding a pose for 2-3 minutes, can feel like 2-3 years so I strongly suggest this approach to yin poses. While everyone can benefit from incorporating a yin practice into their life, I highly recommend it to athletes and those who (for the most part) are in a fixed position for most of their day (i.e. professional sitters!).
Interested in practicing? Check out the two workshops being hosted realted to Yin Yoga...
Most of us are pretty “busy” people; we live in a society that rewards those that are always on the go – moving from one thing to the next – and some of us may even feel that being “busy” is a status symbol. If we are busy – we are important right? That means we are doing something… we are productive… we are achieving within society. If this is how “adults” feel – I wonder how kids feel.
Children today live in a hurry-up world of busy parents, school pressures, video games, media influences, competitive sports etc. We may not feel like these influences could be stressful for kids, but often they are. Research has shown that incorporating yoga into a child’s routine may improve academic performance, self-esteem, classroom behaviours, concentration and emotional balance (Stueck & Gloeckner, 2005). Children need time to themselves (just like adults), and yoga can help them relax enough to feel the freedom to just be a kid! With that – here are 5 main reasons (there are probably many more) on why kids should be doing yoga!
So… would yoga be something your kids would enjoy?
Interested in having Kids Yoga at your condo?
We will be starting to offer this! Make sure to connect with us!
M. Stueck and N. Gloeckner, “Yoga for Children in the Mirror of Science: Working Spectrum and Practice Field of the Training of Relaxation with Elements of Yoga for Children,” Early Child Development and Care 174 no. 4 (2005): 371-377.
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