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February 15, 2021

What is Yin Yoga?

A simple introduction to the practice, and it’s benefits

You’ve heard about Yin Yoga? you’re here reading this, and you’re intrigued? and you are in the right place! So let’s discover the benefits of Yin Yoga for you!

Starting with the simple things. Firstly, the principles of the practice. What is yin yoga?

There are three main principles to the practice of Yin: explained here as…

  • finding your ‘edge’there is a delicate balance of sensations we want to invite in Yin Yoga. So by placing your body into a Yin shape you explore physical sensation – in a target area; while finding a way to relax your muscles
  • stillnesswe enter a yin pose with the purpose of cultivating stillness. This stillness allows the physical body to release and to engage with our more subtle energetic system. Also creating a space for observation and awareness of the mind.
  • holding the shapeposes in yin yoga are generally held from 3-6 minutes, sometimes much longer.  Maintaining a shape for this long allows us to access our parasympathetic nervous system reaction, -in short -our internal relax switch.

How is Yin Yoga different to other kinds of yoga?

The answer to this we find explained in the Taoist concept of yin and yang. The opposite and entirely complementary principles we see reflected in Nature. This following quote sums it up quite nicely:

“Everything has an opposite. we can all agree. we see light and dark, hard and soft, hot and coldthis is the balance of the universe; thus without one, there cannot be another”. So we see

Yin is the stillness, interior, softer or feminine aspect of things.

Yang is the moving, exterior, expression of masculine aspect.

Balancing your life with Yin Yoga

This principle of ‘opposites in balance’, enables us to use our Yin Yoga Practice for our own personal balance.

  • Physical using a yin practice to balance strength with necessary flexibility
  • Energetic balancing of your ‘doing’ energy or stressful daily life with stillness and calm
  • Emotional creating a space to ‘feel’ and connect to, and welcome your emotion

How does Yin Yoga work on our physical body?

let’s look at how this works… By placing our bodies passively into yin shapes, the focus is on releasing the muscular tension. As a result of this release, we are ables to access the soft ‘connective’ tissues. Predominantly our joints are the physical focus in Yin Yoga. Our bones, ligaments, tendons and deep fascia are placed under ‘stress’ in poses. Therefore, without the tension of our muscles ‘supporting’ the area – they are allowed to respond by gently lengthening or ‘stretching’.

The conclusion? -relaxing the body is essential. So this is why we use props in Yin Yoga practice! Because they help us to release the physical body, finding support to relax your muscles. to explore this further –

What are the physical benefits of practicing Yin Yoga?

  • Increases circulation and improves flexibility
  • Releases fascia
  • Improves joint mobility
  • Brings balance to the organs through meridian stimulation
  • Improves postural awareness

With this reality, most of us turn to Yin Yoga because of it’s clear physical benefits. Maybe you’ve been to yin yoga classes and starting to see positive changes in your posture, flexibility and joint motion? already winning!

Then you’ve probably also started to notice more ease or calm in your general life?

What are the ‘other’ benefits of a regular Yin Yoga practice

  • Calms and balances the mind 
  • Reduces stress and anxiety 
  • Encourages deeper relaxation

How is Yin Yoga more than a physical practice?

Spending time in stillness we inevitably tune our attention and awareness inside. This is where we receive more subtle information from our energetic ‘subtle body’.  *our director likes to call this yinformation

This information we receive, can be as simple as:

  • Noticing your thoughts, memories, dreams and desires
  • Becoming more aware of energetic sensations
  • Feeling all kinds of strong emotions
  • Awareness of an internal voice or ‘inner conversation’

Yin Yoga is essentially a beautiful space to reconnect to yourself.

There is a unique space we find in Yin Yoga, a space to connect to all that is ‘you’. This space, is a gentle invitation to explore more of who you are; and to welcome it in all its beauty.

Hayley Wenn

And that, to conclude, is just a little hint to the magic of the practice we LOVE to share through our Classes, Retreats and Trainings here in Bali, Indonesia.

Ready to discover more…?

  1. […] So YES -as with all practices of yoga there are the clear and proven physical benefits. (More about that in “what is yin yoga”) […]

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