Yin yoga involves a series of long-held, passive poses that mainly work the lower body - hips, pelvis, thighs, lower spine & deep fascia. These areas are rich in connective tissues. Poses are held for between 2 - 5 minutes. Yin is passive. During the asanas, muscles are relaxed to avoid muscle spasm.
Yin poses are also designed to improve the flow of qi (chi) the subtle energy that, according to Chinese medicine, runs through the meridian pathways of the body. It is suggested that these meridians are created by our connective tissue & that the improved flow of qi improves organ health, immunity, & emotional wellbeing.
Main principles when practising Yin yoga:
- Find an appropriate depth: move slowly & gently into the pose hold without discomfort.
-Stillness: consciously try to release into the pose & remain still.
-Hold for 2-5 minutes. If you need to adjust after holding for a while do so, backing off or moving deeper.
-Use slow calm breathing to enter, hold and come out of postures gently and slowly.
Benefits of a regular Yin yoga practice
-Increases circulation and improves flexibility
-Calms, balances the mind & body
-Reduces stress &anxiety
-Encourages deep relaxation
-Improves joint mobility
-Brings balance to the organs through meridian stimulation
Yin is a perfect complement for those with a regular Bikram practice.