If you haven't practiced Yin Yoga yet, you are in for one of the most amazing, life-changing experiences of your life. I started practicing Yin Yoga about 6 years ago and while it took me some time to get used to the slower paced, longer holds practice, I find myself drawn to it now in ways I NEVER would have imagined all those years ago.
What is Yin Yoga?
Yin Yoga is the practice of holding mostly floor bound poses for longer periods of time (1-8 minutes usually), emphasizing and focusing on the connective tissue, bones, ligaments and joints of the body (referred to in yoga as "cold tissue"). The idea is that by releasing the muscles, practicing these poses "cold" (with no warmup), and holding them for extended periods without much movement, we are mobilizing the tissue as well as placing a controlled amount of stress on the "cold tissue" to strengthen it. To put this in perspective - think of traction. A controlled and steady pressure is placed on bone to help it grow stronger and heal. Yin Yoga seeks to have a similar effect.
3 Basic Principles of Yin Yoga:
1. Come into the pose at an appropriate depth (differs for each and every person each time they practice)
2. Resolve to remain still
3. Hold the pose
A 4th principle I always add is to have patience and breath! Let's break these down....
I have been "playing" and experimenting with yoga, aromatherapy and healthy living since my late teens - researching, testing, reading, investigating, and learning anything that would make my life - and the lives around me - better naturally.
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