In contrast to the dynamic forms of yoga, Yin yoga does not focus on strengthening your muscles, but on relaxing them.
By relaxing your muscles you reach the connective tissue, located in the deeper layers of your body. Connective tissue strengthens and extends slower than muscle tissue, hence Yin Yoga poses are held for three to five minutes. Yin yoga provides deep relaxation, stimulates your meridians and organs and teaches you to experience space in your body.
Pay attention with Yin yoga if you are pregnant or have just given birth. Always let the teacher know. Since your body is soft, it can be harmful to go deep into the postures.
If the thoughts, emotions and sensations of the physical body have danced their energetic dance in the light of your consciousness and you are no longer able to feed them by disconnecting your attention, something magical will arise. Space is created to become aware of a completely different state of Being that apparently has always been there. A state that is characterized by a deep peace, space, silence and satisfaction. In spirituality this is called Presence, the Now.
It is the presence that gives access to the Jnana; enlightened (self) knowledge. During this gathering we will create a context in which the presence and everything that unfolds from this presence can be directly experienced by you. The teacher will first briefly discuss the principle of Silent Sitting and then we will be silent together for at least 45 minutes. The class will be given in Studio 2 and there are meditation chairs and cushions. You can sit on a meditation cushion, but it is certainly not necessary. After the 45 minutes of silence, the silent sitting becomes a Satsang and there is sufficient time available for questions or whatever arises in the moment.
Realize that the above is much easier said than done. Experiencing the silence is, considering our 'monkeymind', challenging enough and requires discipline and determination. You also experience things or thoughts in silence that you would rather ignore, so this can be confronting. However, the light can only spread through the darkness so the 'shit' will come up sooner or later. A teacher once said: “There is no easy way to do this. That is why you can see this as the most challenging "form" of meditation until at some point it is very natural to Be this state. Be welcome in love and truth.”