Yin Yoga is a passive, slower, longer holding practice intended to target the joints and the deeper connective tissues in your body!
The many benefits of Yin Yoga include -
Reduces stress and anxiety
Increase clarity and focus
Improves circulation and tissue strength
Increases mobility to your joints
Helps to balance emotions
Promotes deep relaxation
Calming for both the mind and body
In Yin Yoga you’ll clear your mind of any chaos, deepening the connection between your mind and body all while building your resilience to stress. If you are living a busy life, always on the go and never taking any time out for yourself Yin Yoga is the perfect practice for you to slow down and embrace the softer more meditative side of yoga. Taking time out for yourself to relax and recharge will not only benefit you but everyone around you too! Have you ever heard the saying -
'You can't pour from an empty cup'? Your Yin practice is the perfect place to take advantage of some well deserved me time!
In my classes we hold poses for anywhere between 2-5 minutes, this teaches you to sit and observe any uncomfortable thoughts, feelings or sensations that might come up for you in your practice, learning to get comfortable feeling uncomfortable! Taking short rebound poses in between to really tune in and feel the way the pose has landed in your body, bringing balance and allowing stress to melt away as you to let go, releasing any tightness and tension while focusing on your breath.
The three guiding principles for Yin Yoga are-
1. Come into the pose at an appropriate depth – Find your edge in the pose but never push to a place of pain.
2. Resolve to remain still – set yourself up in the pose in a way that allows you to remain still without fidgeting or adjusting, the stiller you can stay in the pose the more benefits you’ll receive!
3. Hold for time – As you hold the pose for time, you’ll notice your body opening and releasing allowing you to get a little deeper in your pose.
Props are always welcome and encouraged, you could bring a couple of yoga blocks along with you, maybe even a blanket. Some people love a yoga bolster, but my favourite prop has to be a pillow from my bed! I am all about bringing ultimate comfort to my practice!
My highest intention for my classes is always for you to leave feeling your best, Yin Yoga will bring balance into your life both on and off your mat and is an excellent way to compliment any other physical activity you are doing as well as improving your overall health and