So what exactly is Yin Yoga?

So what exactly is Yin yoga?

Yin is a more meditative approach with a physical focus much deeper than Yang like practices. Here the teacher is trying to access the deeper tissues such as the connective tissue and fascia. Many of the postures focus on areas that encompass a joint (hips, sacrum, spine). As we age flexibility in the joints decreases and Yin yoga is a wonderful way to maintain that flexibility.

This intimate practice of yoga requires students to be ready to get intimate with the self, with feelings, sensations, and emotions, something that can easily be avoided in a fast paced yoga practice. The concept in the yin practice, allows you to have greater mental stability basically “learning to sit still”.

Some of the benefits of Yin yoga are:

-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

-Greater stamina

-Better lubrication and protection of joints

-More flexibility in joints & connective tissue

-Release of fascia throughout the body

-Help with migraines

-Deeper Relaxation

-A great coping for anxiety and stress

-Better ability to sit for meditation

-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. Yin is such a great compliment to other styles and 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. Something that we can all benefit from daily.

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 pour over into a healthier Yang practice and a healthier life as a whole. And we wish that for everyone.

*Credit to mind body green