Yin Yoga

A contemporary cross-discipline system of exercise developed by Paul Grilley as a result of his studies with Paulie Zink, and application of Taoist analysis to the practice of Hatha Yoga.

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In Pauls’ own words: “A Taoist analysis of Yoga practice emphasizes the critical difference between Yin and Yang tissues of the body. Muscles and blood are Yang, connective tissues and joints are Yin. Yin and Yang tissues do not respond to training in the same way and a student’s practice becomes more effective when the difference is understood.”
The practice consists of postures selected to gently stretch and release the connective tissues around major joints, and put slight pressure on the joints themselves. According to Paul, and contrary to the current prevailing medical view, slight pressure on the joints is highly beneficial to mobility and overall health.
Postures are performed with muscles held as relaxed as possible (body weight is used for leverage as needed), and are held anywhere from 2 min (beginners) to 10 min (more advanced practitioners).
Modern research, especially by Dr Hiroshi Motoyama of Japan, indicates that the connective tissues are in fact the Meridian pathways of the body. Consistent practice of the Yin postures will maintain and improve the free flow of qi in these pathways.

 

Yoga: Yog Therapeutic – sense of union in body mind spirit

  yoga   yoga   yoga yoga

Yoga is an ancient practice that helps create a sense of union in body, mind, and spirit. It brings us balance. Yoga is a complete science of life that originated in India many thousands of years ago.

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Yoga means “union” in Sanskrit, the classical language of India. The Word Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit root Yuj (To Join, to concentrate one’s attention on) meaning to bind, join, attach and Yoke to direct and concentrate one’s attention on, to use and apply. Yoga is one of the six orthodox systems of Indian Philosophy. It was compiled and systematically co-coordinated by mahashi Patanjali in his classical work, the Yoga Sutras, which consists of 185 terse aphorisms. So Mahashi Patanjali is regarded as the pro-founder of Yoga Philosophy. The System of Yoga is so called because it teaches the means by which the individual soul can be united to or be in communion with the God, and so secures liberation. According to yoga, true happiness, liberation and enlightenment comes from union with the divine consciousness. One who follows the path of Yoga is a Yogi.

Branches of Yoga

Hatha Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Raja Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Karma Yoga, Tantra Yoga are considered the main yogas, but there are many other types. The various yoga practices are a methodology for reaching the same destination.

Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga is the path of Physical Yoga is the most popular branch of Yoga. Hatha Yoga considered the body as the vehicle for the soul. Hatha represents opposing energies: hot and cold, male and female, positive and negative, similar but not completely analogous to yin and yang.

Bhakti Yoga

Bhakti Yoga is the Yoga of devotion. Bhaki Yoga teaches a person to have a devotion to God and all things through devotion to life and love.

Raja Yoga

Raja Yoga is the path of Yoga that focuses on meditation and contemplation. It is based on the Eight Limbs of Yoga which was discussed in the Yoga Sutra. The Yoga Sutras are built on a foundation of Samkhya philosophy and the Bhagavad Gita.

Jnana Yoga

Jnana in Sanskrit means “knowledge”,  Jnana Yoga deals with wisdom and knowledge  “knowledge of the true self”. Jnana Yogis use an open, rational and curious mind in studying the spirit. Jnana Yoga is the Quest for the Self. In Jnana Yoga the intellect is used as a tool to know about our true Self. To realize about our true self , Jnana Yoga probes the nature of the Self through the question “Who am I?” 

Karma Yoga

“karma yoga” means “Path to Mergence with God through performing selfless service”. Karma Yoga is the science of action.

Tantra Yoga

Tantra Yoga is the path of ritual and perhaps the most misunderstood path. Tantra is the knowledge concerning Tattva (Truth) and Mantra (mystic syllables). It utilizes rituals to respectfully experience the sacred in everything we do, not just sex though sex is a part of it.

Asana is such a dynamic position which helps the practitioner to balance the mind and body. It brings a superior balance and awakens the subtle energies of the body. It is not just a physical practice but a spiritual practice based on the fundamental vibrating energy of every human being.

The exercises (action) of Yoga are designed to put pressure on the Glandular Systems of the body, thereby increasing its efficiency and total health. It strengthens the spinal cord, energizes the inner cells and activates the whole nervous system. It allows us to use the body as an instrument of higher awareness, so that we can receive wisdom and knowledge.

Benefits of Yoga  

At physical level

Improves muscle tone, flexibility, strength and stamina.   Lowers fat, Improves circulation, Stimulates the immune system

Meditation keeps one young. Younger biological age i.e. one is younger than one’s   chronological age.

Deep rest-as measured by decreased metabolic rate, lower heart rate, and reduced work load of the heart.

Lowers levels of chemicals associated with stress eg.  cortisol and lactate.

It reduces the chances of tissue damage though, the free radicals are controlled.

Decreased high blood pressure.

Drop in cholesterol levels.

Improved flow of air to the lungs resulting in easier breathing. This has been very helpful to asthma patients.  

And that’s just the surface stuff. In fact, most of the benefits mentioned above are secondary to yoga’s original purpose.

 

At mental level

Helps you relax and handle stressful situations more easily.

Encourages positive thoughts and self-acceptance.

Reduces stress and tension, anxiety, depression, irritability and moodiness.

Boosts self esteem,

Improves concentration and creativity

Heals old traumas

Increases brain wave coherence. Harmony of brain wave activity in different parts of the brain is associated with greater creativity, improved moral reasoning, and higher IQ. Improves comprehensive ability and memory.

Enhances emotional stability.

Brings happiness and leads to vitality and rejuvenation.

 

At spiritual level

Builds comprehensive awareness.

Promotes an interdependence between mind, body, and spirit.

Helps you live the concept of “oneness.”   

Creates sense of well being and calm.

Makes one to discover one’s true nature i.e. realizing one’s self, in finding what  one seeks – consciously or unconsciously.

Controls the mind.

Sets one free from one’s illusions and preconceptions that prevents from fulfilling oneself.

Attains the union between a person’s own consciousness and the cosmic consciousness.

 

The Ancient Yoga seers perceived the physical body as a vehicle, with the mind as driver, the soul as one’s trueself, with action, emotion and intelligence as the three forces which pull the body-vehicle. The ancient yoga seers assemble an exclusive technique to bring the body, mind and soul together into one harmonious experience by balancing action, emotion and intelligence.

Yoga Exercise Ball  When Exercise balls are used in yoga it is called as yoga ball exercise.

 

Research

References and abstract of research papers published in international Journals on Therapeutic yoga. more…

Effect of yoga training on handgrip, respiratory pressures and pulmonary function

The Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology.

2003 Oct;47(4):387-92

Mandanmohan, Jatiya L, Udupa K, Bhavanani AB.

Department of Physiology, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER), Pondicherry 605 006.

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Although there are a number of reports on the effect of yoga training on pulmonary functions, very few studies have been undertaken on the effect of yoga training on respiratory pressures and handgrip endurance. Hence the present work was planned to study the effect of yoga training on hand grip strength (HGS), hand grip endurance (HGE), maximum expiratory pressure (MEP), maximum inspiratory pressure (MIP), forced expiratory volume (FEV), forced expiratory volume in first second (FEV1) and peak expiratory flow rate (PEFR). 20 school children in the age group of 12 to 15 years were given yoga training (asans and pranayams) for 6 months. 20 age and gender-matched students formed the control group. Yoga training produced statistically significant (P < 0.05) increase in HGS and HGE. MEP, MIP, FEV, FEV1 and PEFR also increased significantly (P < 0.001) after the yoga training. In contrast, the increase in these parameters in the control group was statistically insignificant. Our study shows that yoga training for 6 months improves lung function, strength of inspiratory and expiratory muscles as well as skeletal muscle strength and endurance. It is suggested that yoga be introduced at school level in order to improve physiological functions, overall health and performance of students.

 

 

Effect of yoga training on reaction time, respiratory endurance and muscle strength

The Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology.

 1992 Oct;36(4):229-33

Madanmohan, Thombre DP, Balakumar B, Nambinarayanan TK, Thakur S, Krishnamurthy N, Chandrabose

Department of Physiology, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry.

 

There is evidence that the practice of yoga improves physical and mental performance. The present investigation was undertaken to study the effect of yoga training on visual and auditory reaction times (RTs), maximum expiratory pressure (MEP), maximum inspiratory pressure (MIP), 40 mmHg test, breath holding time after expiration (BHTexp), breath holding time after inspiration (BHTinsp), and hand grip strength (HGS). Twenty seven student volunteers were given yoga training for 12 weeks. There was a significant (P < 0.001) decrease in visual RT (from 270.0 +/- 6.20 (SE) to 224.81 +/- 5.76 ms) as well as auditory RT (from 194.18 +/- 6.00 to 157.33 +/- 4.85 ms). MEP increased from 92.61 +/- 9.04 to 126.46 +/- 10.75 mmHg, while MIP increased from 72.23 +/- 6.45 to 90.92 +/- 6.03 mmHg, both these changes being statistically significant (P < 0.05). 40 mmHg test and HGS increased significantly (P < 0.001) from 36.57 +/- 2.04 to 53.36 +/- 3.95 s and 13.78 +/- 0.58 to 16.67 +/- 0.49 kg respectively. BHTexp increased from 32.15 +/- 1.41 to 44.53 +/- 3.78s (P < 0.01) and BHTinsp increased from 63.69 +/- 5.38 to 89.07 +/- 9.61 s (P < 0.05). Our results show that yoga practice for 12 weeks results in significant reduction in visual and auditory RTs and significant increase in respiratory pressures, breath holding times and HGS.

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