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Why Yin & Tru Yin Should be Included in Your Workout Plan
No one would ever accuse anyone in the TruTribe of being a slacker. Take Amanda Brazell, 22, of Las Vegas for example. Winner of the Find Your Edge Challenge back in February of this year, Amanda took the most classes across eight studios in a single month by taking over 100 – yes, 100.
Amanda didn’t take that many classes just for the sake of a competition. That was just business as usual as far she was concerned. She’ll take 3-4 a day during the week and even more on the weekend. By the way, she’ll do this as she works full time as a preschool teacher and while she pursues her masters at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Did I mention she also trains to run marathons? She ran her first marathon in St. George, Utah in October and qualified for the Boston Marathon with time of 3:06. Qualifying for Boston is the holy grail for avid runners. Amanda did it the first time out.
At first, you would just chalk it up to the possibility she’s not human. She must have been created in a lab or received some sort of cybernetic enhancement. You would think that the human body just couldn’t hold up. But Amanda has the injuries to prove she’s human. While playing tennis for Wheaton College in Massachusetts, she suffered a stress fracture that derailed her collegiate athletics career. Her body can break down, and she knows it. So how does Amanda’s body hold up after so much physical activity? She’ll be the first to tell you it begins with Yin and Tru Yin.
“The Yin is helping me,” Amanda said. “I used to avoid it. I was like ‘you’re just laying there, I can lay at home,’” she joked.
At first, she saw the blankets and eye pillows and scoffed. But another instructor touted its benefits, so she figured she had nothing to lose by trying it out.
“The fist Yin class I took I was like ‘what is this? What are these blankets?’ But I noticed that when I take a yin class after bootcamp, it really helps.”
The yin-based classes are both restorative in nature and are designed to open up deep connective tissues and lubricate joints. The difference between Yin and Tru Yin boils down to heat. Tru Yin is heated while Yin is not, but both allow you to hold poses upwards of three minutes to effectively lengthen and restore muscles, ligaments and tendons. The heat allows you to sink even further into poses.
By experiencing increased circulation, new depths in postures and deeper ranges of motion, you can take a proactive approach to avoiding injury by allowing your body to move in the way it was designed. Many injuries are the result of repetitive motions along a faulty movement plane. Yin-based yoga allows movement along its proper patterns.
Besides the physical benefits, Yin and Tru Yin also clears the mind to the point it reduces stress and even rejuvenates the mind to a level where showing up the following day is a lot easier.
The truth is you don’t have to work out to the extent Amanda does to benefit from Yin yoga. Everyone’s body is different and so is everyone’s fitness level. What is also true is how hard everyone at TruFusion works. It’s just the nature of the TruTribe – you can’t but help get inspired by the work ethic of the person next to you.
That’s why it’s imperative to respect and restore your body – that balance is necessary for a vibrant and healthy lifestyle. Even Amanda has realized you can’t go full throttle one hundred percent of the time.
“There’s a point where you can push through the pain, but there’s also a point where you have to listen,” she said.
Written by: Christopher Lewis