Various substances are formed in the fibroblast of our fascial tissue, including hyaluronic acid (molecule chains), which are responsible for the liquid balance in our body.
A single gram of hyaluronic acid can bind up to six litres of water.
The older we become, the less liquid our body contains. While 80–90% of a baby’s body is still comprised of water, in older people the proportion of water in the tissues drops to just 50%, which means that the tissues of the elderly are dry, brittle and susceptible to stiffness and injury.
Through yin yoga’s long-held stretches and compression – our aim is to stimulate the cell reproduction of these hyaluronic acid chains for as long as possible so that our body remains hydrated and thus flexible. Even though we cannot prevent our cells from deteriorating, at least we can do our utmost to ensure that we enjoy better and pain-free mobility until a ripe old age.
Dr Schleip’s research results have shown that fluid is squeezed out of the tissue through stretches or compression. This fluid is important for detoxifying the tissue. They also show that during a period of relaxation after stretching or compression, the tissue binds more fluid or takes in more nourishing fluid than previously. Another positive aspect of the detoxification process is that it cleanses out free radicals which are said to be responsible for the ageing process – as well as for causing various illnesses and damaging cells.
So, maybe we should consider labelling Yin Yoga as anti-ageing yoga and register it as a trademark?
Or should we let it be bought up by a pharmaceutical company?
We’ll leave that choice to you ;-)
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