Ok so that is quite a bold claim and I am very, very bias. Yin yoga is my favourite kind of yoga. Along with CrossFit and strength training it is one of the reasons my recovery from back surgery was so speedy.
You may or may not have noticed my absence last week but I was very lucky to attend a 50-hour Yin Yoga teacher training course. There aren’t many that happen in Australia, especially in Queensland so it was super, super exciting and I am even more excited to share it with the CF4000 community.
For those of you doing ROMwod at home, you will know exactly what I am talking about when I say ‘Yin Yoga’ (even if you didn't realise it ROMwod is Yin Yoga in disguise). For everyone else who are thinking- ‘yoga is just yoga’. It’s kind of like saying F45 is CrossFit, sure there are vague similarities but at the end of it completely different.
Instead of constantly moving in yang styles of yoga you spend the whole session sprawled out over the floor, using props like wall balls to wedge you in the right position, that's comfortable… but kind of not, at the same time.
Most Yang styles of yoga work on ‘flowing’ type movements where you use your muscle engagement to protect your joints and flow through in different planes of motion which in turn help lengthen and stretch through the muscles. Yin is slightly different. Yin focuses on stretching deeply into the connective tissue called fascia (those who eat chicken it is that cling wrap type stuff that surrounds a chicken breast).
Fascia runs in planes that surround every muscle and every muscle fibre and muscle cell, it holds our organs and out joints in place (and sometimes out of place) and it is kind of like the elastic that binds us all together. Yin holds poses from 2mins+ the longer the hold the greater change in the fascia length which will directly effect your joint mobility and your muscle length.
With the different styles of movement, we do in CrossFit, or even habitually sitting at a desk that elastic wrapping gets a little warped and out of wack, so if you are struggling with your mobility or aren’t finding the time for adequate recovery Yin Yoga is what you have been waiting for. It takes around 3 months of consistent practice to see a permanent change in facial length, however you will feel the benefits immediately and after a few sessions your will notice a difference in your mobility in overhead movements, squats etc.
One great thing I learnt while on the course was how wrong I had been doing Yin yoga, feeling the stretch in the wrong places or forcing myself into positions that weren’t necessarily of benefit or going deeper than was necessary into poses with the classic CrossFit mentality of ‘IF I CAN’T FEEL THAT DEEP STRETCH & MY MUSCLES DON’T START SHAKING UNCONTROLLABLY, I AM DOING IT WRONNNGGG!!’.
So those of you doing ROMWOD at the moment I ask that come to the classes with an open mind, I might get you to back off from going to deep or change your positions around to make sure you are getting the stretch in the right place. Think of it as an extension of CrossFit coaching, I want to see you get the greatest benefit from the class that you can. Sometimes that means scaling back a little so we can move forward.
Those without any yoga or yin yoga experience. Let me reassure you that it won’t be ‘hard’, but the stretches will be longer than you may be used to. Yin Yoga is the perfect accompaniment with CrossFit, and I suggest giving it a couple of sessions before you make your final judgement.
So when do classes start?
Starting this Saturday we will be trailing 3-4 Yin Yoga Sessions a week.
Saturday: 8:30-9:30am, Margaret st (every 2nd weekend starting this week)
Tuesday: 6:30-7:15pm, Adelaide st (along side barbell club)
Wednesday: 6:00-6:45pm, Margaret st
Friday: 1:00-1:30pm, Margaret St
All bookings can be made via Mindbody like regular classes.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions at all. Brooke@crossfit4000.com
Have a great week.
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