Yin Yoga is relatively new to the Yoga scene. It cannot boast of a thousand year tradition. But this deeper practice involving postures that are held anywhere from 3 to 20 minutes has been building a following for close to 50 years now. Naturally it is grounded in the principles of Patanjali and the postures are identical to what we know today, as Yoga. Yet Yin Yoga is a more inner, meditative form.
When most of us go to Yoga class, we want to work on balance and stretching but we also expect to move and maybe even get our heart rate going. This is what we are programmed to do. We go, go, go all day long and it’s difficult to come to class and just be in one position for an extended period of time. But slowing down, gently allowing your body to settle into one pose could have even greater rewards both mentally and physically.
I am new to this practice myself. I’ve spent most of my summer studying meditation so being able to blend my love of Yoga with the practice of Mindfulness was just what this girl needed.
Whether sitting erect in a Lotus or curling your spine into Child Pose, the act of settling into one position for more than 30 seconds has considerable benefits.The connective tissue and fascia begin to soften, eventually releasing toxins. Energy centers are stimulated more effectively than in a Yoga Flow where you are rapidly moving from one posture to the next. Being with one pose for an extended period of time will bring improved circulation to organs and joints.
This practice teaches patience and resilience, tools that are helpful in our every day lives. So what’s the rush? Slow down. Be curious and still. Then observe the changes.
For more information on Yin Yoga go to http://www.yinyoga.com