Have you tried an Yin Yoga practice?

Yin Yoga is a passive type of yoga where the poses are held for a certain amount of time, depending of the level of the yoga practitioners. It can be seen as a more meditative practice but it is a great way to improve flexibility and to reduce stress. Beginners can hold poses for up to 45-seconds, but more advanced practitioners can hold poses for 2-5 minutes, or even longer.

Yin Yoga  works on the connective tissues and increases the circulation, lubricating and increasing mobility of joints. It applies light to moderate stress to muscles that are gently forced to stretch deeper.

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For me the feeling after an Yin Yoga class, in the hot studio, is something like getting out from an active deep tissue massage, without the soreness. A feeling of deep relaxation that lasts for the whole week and always makes me craving for more.

There is a bit of pain or discomfort involved, actually as much as you want. You hold the pose according to what feels right and comfortable for you. Because you’re basically in the same position for a few minutes, there is plenty of time to assess the discomfort and to make adjustments. It is a very productive way to pay attention to how your muscles and tissues feel and to be aware of what your body is needing.

My favourite quote from one of my teachers’ is: “Listen to the story your body is telling you today”. It translates what Yin Yoga means!

The hot studio environment helps loosen the joints, allowing more space between them. The deep breathing, that always helps you to go deeper into the pose, makes your body respond in an amazing way. You can feel it happening! Because you’re creating more space in the joints, your posture improves almost immediately. You feel your body going deeper into the poses! And then there is the slow pace, the teacher’s explanations about what to do, making it a unique encounter with your own body. It is a calming and relaxing time when you really can listen to what is being said to you, focusing only and exclusively on yourself.

listen to the story you body is telling you today

 

Yes, I am an Yin Yoga enthusiast! It fits my life style right now so perfectly since I had a 3 month interruption in my yoga practice. It is a great way to re connect and get my body used to the heat in the hot studio again.

Yin yoga is also a nice way to start yoga if you are a beginner and as an additional practice to your routine if you’re not.

Find more information about Hot Yoga here.

I found this very well done video, if you want to try an Yin beginner Yoga practice.

 

And here is a longer practice, easy to follow as well, give it a try. I loved it!

A little more information about Yin Yoga

There are two basic types of yoga, Yin and Yang.

According to the Journeys of yoga blog, “Yang Yoga works our muscles and Yin Yoga works our ligaments, joints, and bones. In today’s yoga culture we mainly focus on the yang. In Vinyasa, Hatha, Power, Ashtanga, etc. the main focus is our muscles. But, in order to have a balanced practice and to avoid injury, we should also be practicing Yin Yoga.

Yin Yoga is thought by some to be the oldest form of Hatha Yoga. The roots of Yin Yoga are in India and China. Ancient yoga practitioners sat in poses similar to Yin poses during their meditation. In addition to this, thousands of years ago Kung Fu practitioners were taught to hold poses for an extended amount of time while practicing varying breathing techniques.”

“Yin Yoga was brought to the Western world in the 1970s by Paul Grilley. His original form of Yin Yoga was called Daoist Yoga. After changing the practice to help the body energetically, it became what we know of as Yin Yoga today.

Paul Grilley is very well known in the Yoga community as an expert on anatomy. His Dvd collection Anatomy for Yoga by Paul Grilley is an important  reference for teachers and students. Sarah Powers was a student of Paul Grilley and helped him refine the practice. She is the one who ultimately came up with the name “Yin Yoga.”

The amazing benefits of yin yoga

I would love to hear your experience with Yin Yoga, drop me a line.

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Are you interested in doing some Yin Yoga at home?

You might need a few props to help you with that:

 


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