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Delta



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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2009 7:12 pm    Post subject: Building yin energy Reply with quote

I`m I right if yin yoga is more a yin energy building activity compared to more yang yoga?? And can relate your level of stiffness to your yin energy level?
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Bernie



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2009 7:22 am    Post subject: Please restate your question. Reply with quote

Hi Delta

I am sorry: I don't understand what you are asking. Could you please try again, asking your question in a different way?

cheers
Bernie
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Delta



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok Smile
Is stretching a way to build yin energy?
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Bernie



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 12:44 am    Post subject: Building Yin Energy Reply with quote

I am still not sure what you are asking, but I will try to help. But first let me clarify some terms.

Technically, in Yin Yoga we apply a stress to our tissues. We don't "stretch" them. Stretching may happen as a result of the stress, but that is not quite the intent. The more accurate term is "strain" rather than "stretch". A strain is the amount of elongation in a tissue as a result of stress. When we stress our connective tissues, we create a physiological reaction at the cellular level that results in the body making the tissues we just stressed stronger, and perhaps longer. In this way, by stressing the tissues appropriately, we can increase the strength of those tissues and increase the range of motion over time. It is this "over time" that is critical. We don't really want to stretch or strain the ligaments or joint capsules during one particular yin yoga session but over a number of sessions these tissues will elongate.

Contrast this with what happens when we "stretch" our muscles. In this case the stress we apply does result in a strain right away. That is good and it is what the muscles like and need.

So, when you ask "is stretching a way to build yin energy?" I have to say that we don't actually try to stretch our connective tissues in a Yin Yoga practice, at least not in any one class, but rather gradually over a number of classes. Again, technically, we stress these tissues rather than stretch them.

Your second term that is not clear is "yin energy". Yin and yang are relative terms and need a context to properly understand them. In terms of energy, yin would be less energetic, cooler, dimmer, etc while yang would be more energetic, hotter, brighter, etc. The type of energy is not yin or yang but each energy form can be more yin or more yang. For example, if the energy you are referring to is temperature, yin would be cool and yang would be hot. Yin yoga will cool your temperature, so in that way Yin Yoga will create yin temperature. If the energy you are referring to is light, yin will be dark and yang will be bright. Again, Yin Yoga can reduce the brightness.

I suspect, however, this is not really what you are asking. Can you please try to rephrase your question one more time?

If what your asking is about the Yin Yoga practice of stressing the tissues and you are simply asking, will the practice of Yin Yoga increase yin, you will have to tell me which aspect of the body you are referring to. Yin Yoga will calm your mind; thus this more yin in the mind compared to an active yang mind. However Yin Yoga will reduce contraction of the joints; this means we are reducing the yin of the joints rather than increasing them, because we are creating more opening in the joints. Yin Yoga will increase the density of the bones: that is more yin compared to hollower bones. Yin Yoga will increase hydration of the tissues: more water is yin so we are increasing yin in this way. Hopefully you can see my difficulty in understanding what you are asking. Whether the result of our practice is more yin or more yang depends upon what tissues or areas you are considering. I can say, it is all good!

cheers
Bernie


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mathews



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2009 11:41 pm    Post subject: Building Yin Energy Reply with quote

Bernie,

I think what Delta may have meant is that in Chinese medicine, they talk about Yin/Yang excess and deficiency. Sometimes, people can have Yang excess, however that is not the same as Yin deficiency although one might think it would be. I only know this because of a recent visit to the acupuncturist where he told me that I have a Yin deficiency causing my feet to be hot at night. I do think that the Yin practice helps build up the Yin energy in the body as I have noticed I have a tendency to sleep better if I do this practice in the evenings. Also, diet can make a difference. Hope this helps...
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Jessica Powers



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2009 5:37 am    Post subject: Yin vs Yang Common Ideas Reply with quote

It might be of use to consider that in the larger Western world Yin denotes Feminine while Yang refers to Masculine - and if this is the aspect of which Delta is asking about, I think the answer is yes. Stretching or straining or simply being near the floor for long periods tends to nurture our feminine nature and relation with Earth energies.

Just my 5 cents.

Namaste all!
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