Still the Mind - Improve Flexibility with Yin Yoga
Still your mind and improve your flexibility with yin yoga. Founded in ancient Taoist health philosophies, the concept of yin yoga training has been around for thousands of years. It takes a more meditative approach than other types of yoga, with a much deeper physical focus than Yang-style practices like power yoga.
Yin yoga benefits are both mental and physical. This style of yoga is alike to deep stretching, with passive poses held for long periods of time. It helps release tension in your body’s connective tissue, allowing for improved flexibility and mobility. In addition to easing physical tension, the slower pace of yin yoga classes and the time between poses allows time for introspectiveness and mindfulness.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT IN A YIN YOGA CLASS?
You can expect to reach a deep state of physical and mental relaxation. At the start of each class you’ll need to grab a bolster and make yourself comfortable in a restorative position – this step is essential to preparing your mind for stillness. As each pose is held for 3 to 5 minutes, you’ll have plenty of time to disconnect and just focus on your body, the stretch, and the feeling it gives you.
The key to getting the most out of this style of yoga is to focus on adhering to the three universal truths of yin yoga practice (also known as Tattvas):
- Come into the pose to an appropriate depth
- Resolve to remain still
- Hold the pose for some time.
Attaining the right depth, time and stillness with each pose allows you to reach a meditative state while experiencing a deep stretch.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF YIN YOGA?
Yin yoga is great for beginners as it requires virtually no skill or experience. It’s also the best type of yoga class for improving flexibility, as deep stretching can result in long-lasting changes to the elasticity of the fascia (the connective tissue around the muscles).
Regularly participation in yin yoga classes can also result in dramatic physical and mental changes. The introspective nature of yin yoga allows you to reconnect with your body mind, teaching you self-care and self-love. Yin yoga is often used in programs that deal with addictions, eating disorders, anxiety and deep pain or trauma.
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