Butterfly

Cat Pulling its Tail

Half Butterfly variation

WHAT IS YIN YOGA?

 

It is a slow-paced style of yoga with postures, or asanas, that are held for longer periods of time—for beginners, it may range from 45 seconds to two minutes; more advanced practitioners may stay in one asana for five minutes or more.

 

In the body, the relatively stiff connective (tendons, ligaments, fascia) are yin, while the more mobile and pliable muscles and blood are yang.

 

A yin yoga class usually consists of a series of long-held, passive floor poses that mainly work the lower part of the body—the hips, pelvis, inner thighs, lower spine. These areas are especially rich in connective tissues. 

 

SO WHO IS IT FOR? 

 

  • Yin Yoga is for you if you are tired, over-stimulated, when your energy is too erratic, your mind overactive, whether you are craving for energy or you feel you have too much of it.

 

  • Yin Yoga is for you if you have another  yoga practise that is flowing and works the muscles (yang) 

 

  • Yin Yoga is for you if you are over the age of 50 

 

  • Yin Yoga is for you if you want to bring stillness to your life .

 

THREE PRINCIPLES TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN PRACTISING YIN YOGA

  • Find your appropriate edge: Move slowly and gently into the pose. Don’t go straight to your “maximum” in the pose and never stretch so far as to cause pain.
  • Stillness: consciously try to release into the pose, and to remain still, without fidgeting or shifting position too much.
  • Hold the position: start with holding a pose for 1-3 minutes and progress to 5 minutes or more.

KEY BENEFITS FROM A REGULAR YIN PRACTISE

  • Stillness: calms and balances the mind and body
  • Stress and anxiety reduction
  • Increased circulation
  • Improved flexibility
  • Fascial release
  • Greater joint mobility
  • Balance to the internal organs and improved flow of chi or prana through meridian stimulation