What is Yin Yoga?
Yin yoga is a challenging yet relaxing set of poses designed to target the hips, pelvis and lower spine. Yin Yoga works on slowly lengthening the connective tissues, like the ligaments and joints. It is the perfect compliment to a Yang style of yoga or even a strong fitness regime – Yang style is a strong active practice working on the superficial or muscular tissues. The Yin practice can be used to find balance in the body and to calm the mind. This can be quite a challenging style as you need to learn to let go and relax into the pose for long periods of time.
Yin Yoga is a slow practice that involves deep stretches help for 3-8 mins.
Come into the pose to an appropriate depth. Find your edge
Resolve to remain still
Hold the pose for time
Benefits of Yin
Calming and balancing to the mind and body
Regulates energy in the body
Increases mobility in the body, especially the joints and hips
Lowering of stress levels (everyone needs to do this)
Better lubrication and protection of joints
More flexibility in joints & connective tissue
Release of fascia throughout the body
Help with TMJ and migraines
A great coping mechanism for anxiety and stress
Better ability to sit for meditation
Ultimately you will have a better Yang practice
Why Practice Yin?
If you take a peek at a Yin-Yang symbol, it is suggesting that no matter what, we should take a “tiny bit” and put it in the heart of its opposite. Too much of something is simply too much. Yin yoga has taught me to truly be still, to really come face to face with myself in that given moment, from this I can bring what Yin has taught me into my more Yang like practices and ultimately my life as a whole.
Yin yoga teaches you how to really listen, you don’t get the opportunity to go in and out, jump around and find a distracted version of stillness within your practice. It gives you time to rest, to let go and to be, something that in current lifestyles can be very difficult to do.
Yin is such a great complement to other styles of yoga or physical exercise and to your own personal life, because it brings long periods of time in an uncomfortable position, which then asks you to learn to “be” to “accept what is” in that given moment. We cultivate acceptance in each pose. Every practice will bring up different feelings, emotions and thoughts through your Yin practice you take the time to just accept how things are now with out analysing them or trying to change.
There is something so deep about Yin that will tap into a part of you in a way only unique to Yin. A healthy Yin practice can spill over into a healthier Yang practice and a healthier life as a whole. And I wish that for everyone!