Yin Yoga Droitwich
What is Yin Yoga?
Yin Yoga has the same goals as any other yoga – healthy body, healthy mind – however the stimulation in the body is directed at the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones and joints (yin tissues) – rather than the muscles (yang tissues).
The Yin tissues are targeted much less in a regular yoga class, however in order to have a completely balanced practice we should take time to focus on the connective tissues too.
Yin Yoga is suitable for almost everyone and is a perfect complement to Vinyasa Yoga
A Yin Yoga class can appear very gentle as the postures are held passively. However, it can be challenging – physically and mentally. Yin Yoga is often used as part of treatment for those with ailments such as addiction, eating disorders, anxiety and deep pain as it really enables us to connect with the body and come ‘out’ of the mind. It is not unusual to feel an emotional release after a Yin class.
Yin Yoga is excellent at realigning the body. If you do anything that has a repetitive action such as running, or sitting at a computer all day Yin Yoga will begin to release any resulting muscle shortages.
What happens in a Yin Yoga Class?
There are a fewer number of postures in Yin Yoga. The postures won’t ‘flow’ as in Vinyasa. Yin tissues respond differently to the repetitive contracting and lengthening that Yang tissues like, therefore we ‘relax’ into posture for anywhere from 1 minute upward.
During time in a posture, I may talk you through the posture, or we’ll listen to music or such like. The time in each posture is very meditative and we will focus on the breathe and calming the mind.
What is is good for?
Yin Yoga accesses the deeper tissues such as the connective tissue and fascia. Many of the postures focus on areas that encompass a joint (hips, sacrum, spine).
With age, and repetitive sports and jobs, flexibility in the joints decrease. Yin yoga is a wonderful way to maintain that flexibility. This is extremely important if you want to be able to drive, lift and move comfortably in old age. It is never too late to start Yin yoga as each student practices at a level that is comfortable to them.
Yin Yoga is a beautiful way just ‘be’, so I really hope to see you at my vinyasa and yin yoga Droitwich classes soon!
You might also like to read my blog about vinyasa yoga.