Yin yoga is gaining more and more popularity in the West and rightly so. It is a slow-paced style of modern yoga with postures, or asanas, that are held for longer periods of time—for beginners, it may range from 45 seconds to two minutes; more advanced practitioners may stay in one asana for five minutes or more.
This style of yoga targets deep connective tissue and fascia . Yin Yoga is unique in that you are asked to relax in the posture, soften the muscles and use the breath to move deeper into the pose. Throughout the class you will hear me talking about “finding your appropriate edge”. That means you go 3/4 of the way into the pose, find the stretch and stay with it; all the while breathing deeply. From there the body will start to open up and you can safely move deeper. As you can imagine, Yin offers a much deeper access to the body.
Yin postures are mainly practiced on the floor and are passive poses, which allows you to retreat into the pose and explore it like a meditation. We’ve all heard the amazing benefits of meditation, but for some- if not most- its really difficult to sit still and calm our busy minds. However, Yin can be a great solution. I’ve personally found that it becomes a lot easier to stay present, when I’m observing sensations from the pose. So, if you want to receive the benefits of meditation and yoga at the same time. Yin could be the perfect blend for you.
So on to the benefits.
Increases mobility in the body, especially the joints and hips
Lowering of stress levels
Better lubrication and protection of joints
More flexibility in joints & connective tissue
Help with headaches and migraines
A great coping for anxiety and stress
Ultimately you will have a better Yang practice - the faster paced styles.
Better, deeper sleep.
So If you said ‘yes please’ to any of the above points, then give Yin a try.
I teach at The Dartmouth Yoga Centre every Tuesday @ 7.15 - 8.30pm.
Drop-in $15 or 10 class pass for $100 (valid for one year).