Yin yoga targets the deep connective tissues of the body (vs. the superficial tissues) and the fascia that surrounds the muscles and give the body its shape. Our Western (“yang”) exercise culture focuses on what is sometimes referred to as “the beach muscles” and often overlooks the fascia and connective tissues – the body’s unsung heroes needed to obtain optimum wellness.
In a Yin class, postures are more passive, and are typically held for approximately five minutes. The entire class is takes place on the floor using a normal pattern of breathing. Yin Yoga is unique in that you are asked to relax in the posture, soften the muscle and bring your attention to moving bones, not muscles. Typically, one does not sweat in a Yin Yoga class. It is extremely meditative and help you relax the mind and body.
The benefits of a Yin Yoga practice are overwhelming. More athletes are incorporating Yin Yoga into their fitness regimes to reduce the risk of injury, increase recovery time and improve overall performance.
The yin-yang symbol, a unified symbol of balance, encapsulates the importance of this practice. You need a “yang” exercise regime (cardio, resistance training, etc.,) and the restorative qualities of a “yin” practice to balance the body and achieve optimum health.
Here is a partial list of the many benefits of a consistent Yin Yoga practice:
• Focuses on the health of fascia and body’s connective tissues
• Calming and balancing to the mind and body
• Regulates energy in the body
• Promotes anti-aging
• Increases mobility in the body, especially the joints and hips
• Lowers stress levels
• Improve vitality
• Lubricates and protects joints
• Improves flexibility
• Reduce the risk of injury
• Help with TMJ and migraines
• Deeper relaxation
• Relieves anxiety
• Reduce “pain” associated with disease and chronic conditions
• Complements Western “yang” exercise regimes