Experience the many wonderful mental and physical benefits of Yin Yoga…
Yin Yoga has become trendy among some yogis in recent years, although many Yin yoga principles have been practiced for centuries in China and Taiwan. According to EkhartYoga.com, “Yin Yoga is based on the Taoist concept of yin and yang, opposite and complementary principles in nature… In the body, the relatively stiff connective tissues (tendons, ligaments, fascia) are yin, while the more mobile and pliable muscles and blood are yang.”
This is why “Yin Yoga” centers mostly around passive resting poses that are held for long periods of time to help release tightness and stiffness – especially around the connective tissues in the lower body. Many poses in Yin yoga classes are held for 5 minutes or longer.
Yin yoga is also thought to stimulate the myofascial meridians throughout the body, helping to remove blockages and balance your internal organs and systems. Many common yoga poses are called by slightly different names when done in Yin-style classes.
However, Yin yoga isn’t just good for the body – it is also great for those who are feeling overactive or jittery and over-stimulated, or who suffer from fatigue or low energy levels. (Yes, it works both ways!)
Here is a list of 7 awesome benefits of this unique and gentle style of yoga:
- Calms and balances the mind and body
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Increases circulation
- Improves flexibility
- Releases fascia
- Improves joint mobility
- Balances the internal organs and improves the flow of chi or prana through meridian stimulation
Read more about the benefits of Yin yoga at EkhartYoga.com.