A little info on Yin Yoga, then a sample practice sequence:
- Yin Yoga is a “passive” practice. A gentle, softer approach ~ where we get to slow down and begin the restorative process for our body. (i.e. Seated meditation is a yin activity, versus Vinyasa Flow is a Yang activity.)
- By extension, exercise that focuses on muscle tissue is yang; exercise that focuses on connective tissue is yin.
- If you gently stretch connective tissue by holding a yin pose for a long time, the body will respond by making them a little longer and stronger—which is exactly what you want.
- In general, a yin approach works to promote flexibility in areas often perceived as nonmalleable, especially the hips, pelvis, and lower spine.
Here is a sample Yin practice. You can do this at home ~ it should take you about 20 minutes.
*These poses are only recommendations and should not be practiced while experiencing injury in the body. Listen to what your body tells you and stop any stretching or movement if you feel discomfort or pain.*
Since we like to talk about ‘balance’ here… 🙂 …having some sort of Yin activity in your regimen allows you to round out your physical practice. Yin activities can really enhance your Yang activities; giving your muscles that extra strength, flexibility, etc. To counter your running/biking/hiking/weights; Yin will also give you that time to slow down, stop pushing, destress & let go. If you opt out of Yin Yoga, you can also try: a walk, meditation, Qi Gong, or breathwork.