I discovered yin yoga and mindfulness meditation through Magdalena Mecweld and Mats Nielsen and connected immediately with the practice as they are teaching it.
Yin yoga is closely aligned with mindfulness and Chinese medicine. It works with the main meridians of the body. The focus is more on the lower body (hips), but we also work to create more mobility in the joints of the upper body (shoulders, neck). The practice is done sitting or lying down. We use props such as bolsters and straps to create more comfort and to get deeper into the posture.
While this may sound relaxing, it can become quite intense as postures are held for a prolonged amount of time (3-5 minutes). For many students, the yin yoga practice is challenging because most of us are not used to being so still. And though the body may become still, the mind usually continues to be very active. This is where a mindfulness practice becomes so important.
Magdalena has written the amazing book Serenity Yin Yoga and also created the accompanying Serenity Yin Yoga app.
You can buy both here:
“The Ordainer controls the fate of souls in accordance with their prarabdha* karma
Whatever is destined not to happen will not happen, try as you may.
Whatever is destined to happen will happen, do what you may to prevent it.
This is certain. The best course, therefore, is to remain silent”
Bhagvan Ramana Maharshi
*Prarabdha is that portion of the past karma which is responsible for the present body.