What is Yin Yoga & Why Should I Try It?
Yin Yoga is a quiet practice. Though the poses are similar to other styles of yoga, the approach is different: all the poses done seated or lying down, designed to relax our muscles and use gravity to come to our edge, where we feel an intense stretch, but are not in pain. Postures are held for an extended amount time allowing time to work our deeper tissues, joints, fascia and bones.
The three main attributes of a yin practice are; physical, energetic, and mental/emotional. Physically, as we delicately and mindfully stress our tissues to take them out of contracture, release fixation of the bones and create the necessary fluids to keep our joints healthy. Energetically; the tugging and pulling of the connective tissue may stimulate the flow of chi through the meridians housed in the deep tissues. Mentally and emotionally; we practice stillness and observing sensation without being involved in them.
By observing sensation, we can train ourselves to act as opposed to react when life throws us a curve ball. Practicing Yin Yoga simply feels good. It’s quickly becoming one of the most sought-after styles of yoga. Perhaps it is because we crave the qualities that a yin practice provides: stillness, simplicity, self -inquiry and awareness in the present moment. Yin yoga is not meant to replace other forms of yoga, but rather to balance the heat building, blood pumping yang forms of exercise.
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Marla Cantor-New has been teaching many styles of yoga at acac for nearly 10 years. She’s a teacher trainer for both Yin and Restorative Yoga. She is filled with gratitude that the practice of Yin works such magic.
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