Yin Yoga is a slow paced and simple practice that targets the connective tissue, such as the ligaments, bones and joints. The series of postures mainly focus on the lower part of the body rich in connective tissue– the hips, pelvis, inner thighs and lower spine. Although the practice is simple, the challenge is holding the postures in seated positions for a long period of time. This allows the muscles to soften and relax to move closer to the bone. In this way, Yin yoga offers a much deeper access into the body.
Yin Yoga is based on the Taoist concept of yin and yang, opposite in complimentary in nature. Yang is active, strong and fast. Yin is passive, allowing and nurturing. The original forms of yoga equally emphasized strong muscular activities (yang practice) and the softer activities that worked into deeper tissues (yin practice). With the modernization of yoga, the yang-side became more popularized and much of the yin-side is found now only hidden in softer practices such as meditation and restorative yoga. It is important to incorporate both of these styles to bring balance and have a more, well rounded practice.
The Benefits of Yin Yoga:
- Increased flexibility
- Improved circulation
- Calms and balances the mind and body
- Lowering of stress levels
- More present in daily life
- Greater joint mobility
- Deepens meditation practice
- Improved Qi/Prana flow to the internal organs through meridian stimulation
“If you have been doing yoga for a while now, you might be experiencing only half of the practice and just some of the benefits that are available to you. Yin Yoga is the other half.” – Bernie Clark