Yin Yoga is based on the Taoist concept of yin and yang, opposite and complementary principles in nature. Yin is the stable, unmoving, hidden aspect of things; yang is the changing, moving, revealing aspect. In the body, the relatively stiff connective tissues, tendons, ligaments, fascia these are yin, while the more mobile and pliable muscles and blood are yang.
A Yin yoga class usually consists of a series of long-held, passive floor poses that mainly work the lower part of the body - the hips, pelvis, inner thighs, lower spine. These areas are especially rich in connective tissues. The poses are held for up to five minutes, sometimes longer.
The practice of Yin Yoga has transformative effects on body, mind and spirit. The moderate stimulation of the connective tissue encourages health and flexibility of the joints, recharges the energetic system of the body and naturally draws the mind inward to a relaxed, meditative state. It also prepares the body and mind for deeper, transcendent meditation practices.
Benefits of a regular Yin Yoga practice
Calms and balances the mind and body
Reduces stress and anxiety
Releases fascia and improves joint mobility
Balances the internal organs and improves the flow of chi or prana
Who is Yin Yoga for?
Yin yoga is for you if you are tired and craving energy or you are over-stimulated and have too much energy; if your mind is overactive or your energy levels erratic.
We live in a world where we are bombarded with stimulation, this stimuli that is available 24-7. The mind is constantly processing all the sensory information that it is exposed to.
Yin Yoga gives us an opportunity to turn inward and begin to release and quieten the mind.
Four Main Principles of Yin Yoga
Find an appropriate edge
Move with awareness into the posture, explore the pose with an appropriate amount of intensity, without over stretching or forcing into the posture.
Consciously release into the posture, cultivate stillness.
The posture for the duration of the pose.
With attention and awareness.