Yin yoga is based on the ancient taoist principles of yin and yang. Yin is stable and unchanging, while yang is constantly moving and developing.
What is It?
Yin yoga is based on the ancient taoist principles of yin and yang. Yin is stable and unchanging, while yang is constantly moving and developing. The yin tissues in your body are represented by your connective tissues, and they respond best to a slow and steady workload, so this style of yoga deeply targets your connective tissues, rather than your muscles. The goal of Yin yoga is to allow you to be able to sit longer and more comfortably while meditating, but there are many other benefits too! This grounded yoga style allows you to take your time in each pose, often seated or lying down on your mat, and you will hold poses for long periods of time (typically 3 to 5 minutes).
A regular practice can have many physical and mental benefits!
Reduces stress and anxiety
Increases sense of calm and balance
Enhances mental focus
Improves physical comfort for meditation
Enhances joint mobility
What to Expect in Your First Class?
Yin is a very slow moving yoga - not to be confused with simple. Holding the poses may feel like eternity during your first class, but it will get easier with time! This class is for yogis of all levels and generally lasts about an hour or longer. During this time you will cover around 5 or 6 poses. Take your time moving into each pose and be sure to release your muscles so you can work deep into the connective tissue. Another important point is to try to remain still while holding your poses: in your body but also still in your mind.
What You Need to Practice - Comfort is Key
Choose a mat that is comfortable and at least 5 mm thick.
Yin yoga can use lots of props, such as bolster and zafu cushions, as well as bricks and straps to help you get further into poses. It’s also good to have a blanket with you, for added comfort and protection during poses and also warmth during the long holds.