What is yin and who needs it? The word Yin stems from the ancient Chinese principles of Yin and Yang- two sides, opposing and complementing one another. Yang being associated with activity and effort, while Yin relates to rest and inactivity. Yin Yoga, sometimes referred to as Taoist Yoga, is an excellent counter to a more physically demanding fitness regimen, such as Yang yoga, running, cardio, resistance training, cross fit, or other forms of high energy fitness, as the deep stretching assists in maintaining balance, increasing flexibility and avoiding injury. It is through prolonged stretches that Yin yoga targets the deep connective tissues, bones, joints, fascia and ligaments in the body. As we age, these tissues begin to become dense and tight, but the more we consistently work our fascial system, the less we will suffer from the symptoms. Holding yin yoga postures for an extended length of time can cause intense sensation and discomfort, but the practice teaches us to reroute our mind in order to focus on our breath, this allows the mind and body to remain relaxed and release tension to more effectively stress the muscles and tissues aiding the remodeling process.
The main benefits of a regular yin yoga practice are:
- targets the connective tissues of the body (fascia, bones, and joints)
- reduces anxiety and relieves tension
- increases circulation
- improves flexibility and range of motion
- balances organ function and the endocrine system
- encourages mindfulness
Join me for a yin yoga class and discover the benefits for yourself; you will be glad you did.