We have an upcoming Yin Yoga Class for this Saturday the 16th @9AM
What Is Yin Yoga anyways?!
Yin is a slow, soothing, and meditative style of yoga that targets the deep connective tissues, bones, joints, fascia, and ligaments in the body. The more we work our fascial system and deep tissues, the less dense and tight our bodies become as we age. Movement and stretching hydrate fascia and literally help slow the aging process.
Lengthening extremely tight tissues can be an uncomfortable practice, but using this time to focus on breathing is a large part of Yin Yoga and also one of the many Yin Yoga benefits.
Typically, when we experience discomfort, our bodies naturally become tense and we use our fight-or-flight response. Yin Yoga teaches us to reroute the mind and slow the heart rate when we experience discomfort.
Eventually, your mind will remain relaxed throughout your entire practice, you will be able to release the tension, and more easily stretch your connective tissues.
What Will I Experience During a Yin Yoga Practice?
During a Yin Yoga class, it is common to experience different emotions such as anxiety, fear, happiness, sadness, or boredom from our experiences stored within the body. These stored-up emotions can manifest as pain or blockages like knots in our shoulders, tight hips, sore necks, or internal pains. Yoga encourages you to become aware of these stored emotions so you can begin to recognize them and release them.
What Are Yin Yoga Benefits?
As we age, our bones begin to degenerate, we lose mobility in our joints, and our fascia tightens. However, a consistent Yin Yoga practice helps to regain mobility and ease pain in the body. This is because it applies gentle, healthy stress to our joints and gentle stretch to our connective tissues.
Yin Yoga is an excellent counter to the more physically demanding – or yang – yoga disciplines. This deep stretching is the perfect follow-up to intense yoga or other physical activity so you can stay balanced and flexible to help avoid injury.
Always drink plenty of water before and after your Yin Yoga class. Avoid rigorous activity for 24hs after.