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) 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.
Connective tissue responds best to a slow, steady load which is why we hold the poses for longer.
If you gently stretch connective tissue by holding a Yin pose for a long time in this way, the body will respond by making it a little longer and stronger. Remember, the principle of exercise is to stress the tissue so the body will respond by strengthening it.
Yin yoga poses stimulate and remove blockages in the myofascial meridians in the body. This has the effect of balancing the body’s internal organs and systems.
The poses are held for three up to five minutes, sometimes longer for more advanced students, and it is suitable for all levels and age and adaptable to all injuries, pregnancy, and post-surgery.
Yin yoga offers a remedy to the stress and hustle of your busy Yang life.
Benefits of a regular Yin yoga practice:
- Calms and balances the mind and body.
- Reduces stress and anxiety.
- Increases circulation.
- Improves flexibility.
- Releases fascia and improves joint mobility.
- Balances the internal organs and improves the flow of Qi or Chi (Chinese), Ki (Japanese) Virya (Buddhism), Prajna (Kundalini) or Prana (Sanskrit).
- Immediately sensation of well-being and plenitude.