At first I had no idea what Yin-yoga was. I simply did not get that the primary objective was to relax and instead – literally – bent over backwards to match the teacher. Pulled my hamstrings. Still, there was something fascinating about the first experience, so after my hamstrings had healed, I went back. Little by little, I started slowing down, got into taking the asanas whilst carefully listening to my body and as a result, began feeling the wonderful effect of Yin. My body felt light, my mind was calm and the headaches were gone. I have not had a single migraine episode after getting into regular yin-yoga practice! Today I’m sold and tend to warn own class about the high risk of getting addicted!
Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga. Unlike other styles, Yin-yoga does not activate muscles but applies moderate stress to the connective tissues. Since it is good to maintain balance between the Yin & Yang in our body, regular Yin-yoga becomes particularly important, if you’re also into dynamic yoga or other sports requiring intensive muscle work. In Yin-yoga, poses are held for longer periods of time – several minutes – with relaxed muscles. This will stretch the connective tissues and improve the health of joints and the skeletal system.
SHOULD I PRACTICE WITH FLU?
You can still practice Yin-yoga with mild flue (not with temperature). Yin-yoga can get the energies moving and by doing so make you feel better. No warm-ups are required before Yin-yoga, as the connective tissues stretch best with cold muscles. The only recommendation is to avoid hearty meals before exercising.
THE WONDERFUL HERE AND NOW
Connective tissue is tough and shrinks with age. With Yin-yoga, you extend and flex your connective tissues, thereby maintaining your mobility that can reduce with age. Yin-yoga opens up blockages in energy meridians and is therefore suitable also for older people. The slow pace of Yin-yoga and its long asanas create a relaxing sensation of being present. Holding asanas for longer periods brings patience and calms the mind.
Hope you all have a great day and feel free to email me for questions regarding yin yoga and other asanas you might struggle with!