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A little about Yin Yoga
Yin Yoga has become quite popular in recent years, with many studios offering the practice as a staple.
For those of you who haven’t tried Yin Yoga or are curious about it, this practice is simple. All you have to do is arrive in a pose, and stay… for as long as 3-10 minutes, or maybe even longer depending on your teacher.
Unlike dynamic styles of yoga – Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Power – which are more “yang” and build heat in the body, Yin Yoga helps to slow things down and increases the cooler, feminine energies in the body.
Most people use Yin Yoga as a counterbalance to a hectic life or to take a break from strenuous workouts.
Staying in a pose for an extended time offers many other benefits, the most obvious ones being
- You are better able to stretch the deeper connective tissues rather than the more superficial muscles (which most other yoga styles target).
- It creates an environment for you to become more aware of how quiet or noisy your inner world is, and be able to work on tuning in and calming down.
Yin Yoga for beginners
Yin Yoga sounds simple, but is far from being easy. You are looking at “finding your edge” or stretching to the maximum without overstretching. But for beginners, this may be dangerous if you are not aware of your body’s limits.
It may be tempting to go full-on and stretch to your maximum capacity when you first start. However this is not only dangerous, but you also may not enjoy the class as much when you are holding an uncomfortable pose for a few minutes.
This is why this beginner’s Yin Yoga practice encourages the use of props to support you and help you stretch out your innermost connective tissues while allowing you to find a sweet spot in which you can surrender, and let go.
If you’re ready to relief your tight muscles, or wind down for the night, why not unroll your mat and join me in this practice?
See you on the mat!
Love & Light,
The YogaMad is founded by Mila, an avid yogini who is passionate about inspiring others to live their best lives while finding mind-body-soul balance. She has a background in business consulting but has left the corporate world in her quest to live out her dreams as a yoga nomad.