What is Yin Yoga? What are its Benefits?
Yin Yoga is a unique approach that involves holding yoga poses for extended periods. By doing so, the muscles are allowed to soften and relax in a passive manner. This type of yoga focuses on connective tissue, bones, and joints, as well as the energetic channels, meridians, nadis, and energy centers. Unlike more active forms of yoga that focus on building strength and flexibility, yin yoga targets the deeper connective tissues in the body, such as the ligaments, joints, and fascia. Passive holds are essential for reaching these tissues, and the practice can help to open and flow the connective tissue, joints, bones, and energy channels. This practice is often described as meditative and introspective, as it encourages practitioners to tune into their breath and body sensations. Yin yoga has been shown to have numerous benefits, such as improving flexibility, reducing stress and anxiety, and increasing circulation. It is a great complement to other forms of exercise and can be practiced by people of all levels and abilities. If you’re looking to slow down and connect with your body on a deeper level, yin yoga may be the perfect practice for you.
Benefits of Yin Yoga
This practice has several benefits, including increased flexibility, improved circulation, reduced stress and anxiety, and improved joint health. Holding poses for extended periods can help stretch and lengthen muscles and connective tissues, leading to greater flexibility and range of motion. Yin yoga can also improve circulation by increasing blood flow to the muscles and tissues, which can help reduce inflammation and promote healing. Additionally, the meditative nature of Yin yoga can help reduce stress and anxiety, leading to a greater sense of calm and relaxation. Finally, the long holds in Yin yoga can help improve joint health by increasing synovial fluid production and promoting joint lubrication.
To optimize the practice, it is recommended to do Yin Yoga when the muscles are cool, such as in the morning, or before bedtime to relax the mind and body before sleeping. At Shakti we are offering it on a Tuesday night at 6:45. which will set you up for a peaceful restful sleep. Additionally, practicing Yin Yoga during the Spring and Summer can help balance energies during these yang seasons.
**Class at Shakti will be using essential oil diffuser for a deeper connection and wellbeing. We will be using summer appropriate essential oils.