Yin yoga 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 to 20 minutes or more.
Yin yoga poses apply moderate stress to the deep connective tissues of the body—the tendons, fascia, and ligaments—with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility. Many of the postures focus on areas that encompass a joint (hips, sacrum, spine). As one ages flexibility in the joints decreases and Yin yoga is a wonderful way to maintain that flexibility, something that for many don’t seem to be too concerned about until they notice it is gone.A more meditative approach to yoga, yin aims at cultivating awareness of inner silence.The time spent in these postures is much like time spent in meditation.
Yin Yoga postures are more passive postures, mainly on the floor and the majority of postures equal only about three dozen or so, much less than the more popular yang like practices. Yin Yoga is unique in that you are asked to relax in the posture, soften the muscle and move closer to the bone. While yang-like yoga practices are more superficial, Yin offers a much deeper access to the body. While in a Yin class you might notice similar postures to a yang class except they are called something else, on a basic level this is to help the students mind shift from yang to yin, active to passive. Yin Yoga is a perfect complement to the dynamic and muscular (yang) styles of yoga that emphasize internal heat, and the lengthening and contracting of our muscles.
Some of the benefits of Yin yoga are:
● Calming and balancing to the mind and body and less stress and anxiety
● Increases mobility in the body, especially the joints and hips
● Greater stamina
● Better lubrication and protection of joints
● More flexibility in joints & connective tissue
● Release of fascia throughout the body
● Better ability to sit for meditation
● Ultimately you will have a better Yang practice
You need to experience this to really know what Yin Yoga is all about. After you have experienced it, even just once, you will realize that you have been doing only half of the asana practice.
Cost - $15 per class