Yin yoga is a style of yoga focused on developing physical flexibility, mindfulness, and attention to the breath. The practice of yin emphasizes stillnessyoga poses are held for longer periods of time than in other forms of yoga, sometimes up to five minutes. By maintaining a more steady, still presence, you develop more muscle strength and flexibility, which help to facilitate your physical and mental wellbeing.
This style of yoga is a good choice for anyoneeven people with serious injuries who have decided that their pain is a manifestation of something more. It’s especially useful for women who are experiencing menstrual problems, as the focus on slower movements allows for smoother transitions between poses and reduced risk of interruptions.
Yin includes a short series of warm-up poses intended to develop coordination and range of motion, and prepare you for the longer poses that are held for five minutes or longer. Its focus on reducing the disturbance to the breath in your spinal cord and brain helps to relax the body and ease out tension in your body and mind.
The slow movement, attention to the breath, and inner calm are just some of the benefits you’ll get from practicing yin yoga. But for your overall physical well-being, you’ll also find enhanced strength and flexibility, improved circulation, and enhanced physical and mental energy.
The slow, calm, and flowing movements develop strength and flexibility, help you manage stress, and build muscle strength and endurance. The focus on the breath improves the speed of your metabolic processes and helps to clear your mind, helping you focus on the present and ease away your stress. For a more restful, inner experience, you’ll find a short sequence of poses made up of Downward Facing Dog, Warrior II, and Reclining Bound Angle Pose. All of these poses combine to create a pose that gently stretches your back, strengthens your legs, and enhances your arms and core muscles. If you have a fear of pain, you’ll find yin is a great choice for you. However, if you have a fear of stretching, you’ll find it very challenging. You can easily become discouraged if you believe the pain and difficulty is somehow your fault. It’s simply the result of the movement. The slow movement and inner calm allows your body and mind to work at its own pace, to ease away your fear, and to reach a deeper level of comfort. You don’t need to force yourself to do the poses, you simply need to be willing to get more comfortable with the poses and the discomfort.
Aesthetics is another reason people come to yin yoga. It may seem a little odd that someone would want to practice a style that appears to be so calm and relaxing. But if you find a style of yoga that helps you to build stronger and more comfortable muscles, this is one aesthetic you’ll want to try. Again, you’ll find the poses are slow and you’ll need to listen to your body, using your breath to help you develop and find the proper position. The focus on the breath gives you focus and energy to continue the pose and reach your limits. Finally, you may find yin yoga’s slow motion moving like nature’s motion. This is beautiful and relaxing, almost taking you out of the moment, relaxing and rejuvenating your whole body. Once you begin to be comfortable with the slow movement of this style of yoga, your mind will start to relax as well and you’ll start to feel a sense of inner peace and serenity.
Many people who come to yin yoga will start by doing simple poses, focusing on their internal energy, their feet, and the way their body feels. As they are more comfortable with this, they will begin to take the next stage of this style of yoga and develop an all-in-one practice. They may come to this when they are working on the lower extremities, the upper extremities, the core, or the shoulder. Eventually they will move onto the arms and legs. Some people will move from pose to pose, working on different muscles and areas of the body, some will go straight into the more advanced poses and end up doing the full arm and leg practice. Some people stay with the lower extremities and move into the upper extremities. Others move into the core and upper extremities. Some people may move into all four parts of the body. As you progress with this practice, you will develop a body that is full and strong, that is both beautiful and energizing.
* The “asana” practice, that is, the “practices” of yoga can be done to strengthen the body and the muscles or to develop the spirit. They can be done to build muscle tone, build the muscles, to develop courage, to develop self control, or to build the mind. They can be done to release tension, build strength, increase flexibility, enhance endurance, build the physical energy, or to enhance concentration. All of the practices of yin yoga are developed to serve the body’s needs and are not designed to build the self-esteem of the person doing them, but they do help build his or her physical and spiritual health.
* A yin practice also can be a physical practice. They might be held five times a week, or once a month. A yang practice could be once per week or once per month. A full yang practice might take place twice a week or once per month.
Some people like doing physical practice, and find it very rewarding. I have met a lot of people who do this type of practice. People who like the “activity” of doing this practice tend to feel very relaxed and energized after their practice. Some people who have been doing yoga for many years do these practices once a month or once per month, and they feel very refreshed after their practice. People who feel physically stimulated do these types of practices once per week. A person who practices full yang might hold these kinds of practices twice a week, and feel very rejuvenated after his or her practice. A person who practices full yin might hold these kinds of practices twice per week or once per month.
* People who just want a good workout may do these kinds of practices very infrequently and not feel as if they are improving their own physical well being. A person who just wants to improve his or her skills in yin or yang yoga may do these practices very infrequently and not feel that they are improving their own ability to do these practices.
As you can see, there is a lot that you can learn about these types of yoga practices by reading about them and studying about them. These types of practices have a lot of components to them. This is why they are sometimes called “fitness” forms of yoga. That is the word that comes to mind when people think about these types of practices. A good workout is not the goal of these types of practices, but they can be excellent workouts for people who want to improve their health.
I hope that these points help you in your choice of these types of practices. If you are interested in these types of practices, there is no doubt that they can be effective for your own health. Enjoy!