Have you ever tried Yin Yoga?
Yin Yoga is the perfect antidote to this fast, busy, over-stimulating world which we live in, and can provide a vital balance to a dynamic, yang style yoga practice and fitness regime.
Yin Yoga is a passive, meditative, slow-paced style of Yoga. The postures are mainly floor-based, targeted around the lower body. They are typically held for between 2-5 minutes, or longer, depending on the practitioner's level, and the particular asana.
Yin Yoga works deep into our connective tissue. It targets the fascia, tendons and ligaments, rather than the muscles, which are the focus in more dynamic styles of yoga.
The difference between Yin Yoga and other styles of yoga is that the postures are passive. We want the muscles to be relaxed rather than engaged, as we are not aiming to stretch the muscles. Connective tissue responds best to a slow, steady load, which is why we hold the poses for longer. The result is that the connective tissue becomes stronger and lengthened, improving the health of the joints.
Energetically, Yin Yoga is said to improve the flow of energy (or chi) in the body. This helps to release blockages or stagnation in the meridian lines (energy centres taught in Chinese Medicine).
Because the postures are held for a long period of time, breath awareness and mindfulness are large parts of Yin Yoga, and practising Yin can become a meditative practice.
Benefits of Yin Yoga include:
Better joint mobility
Calms, relaxes and balances the body and mind
More awareness of the breath and inner body
Come over to the yin side today with this Introduction to Yin Yoga class, suitable for first-timers.
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