Yin Yoga

Most people are familiar with the concept of Yin and Yang, they are the two interdependent yet opposing forces that make up the universe; dark and light, cold and hot, passive and active, etc, etc.

You might think that all yoga is inherently yin, however when compared to other forms of yoga such as sweaty vinyasa or physically demanding ashtanga, Yin Yoga is much slower and passive.

Yin and Yang

Yin Yoga targets connective tissue, stretching around the joints as opposed to stretching the muscle. Anyone familiar with exercise or sports will know that generally adding pressure or strain to the joints is a no-no, mostly because when done incorrectly the chances of injury are quite high. In Yin Yoga the idea is to gently stretch the connective tissue by holding a pose for a generous amount of time (at least 2-3 minutes), resulting in lovely luscious connective tissue which is stronger and longer.

The long holds and slow movements foster a deep sense of relaxation, which is absolutely divine after a long day at work. Most of the poses are either seated or reclining and holding the pose for a  long time is great for flexibility and calming the mind. However, for this exact reason it can also be one of the more mentally challenging yoga practices. If you find it hard to shut off or let go of thoughts, Yin Yoga will definitely be hard at first, but if you stick with it the benefits will be amazing; quieter mind, healthy and happy joints, stillness, mental stability and lower stress levels.

L xx

  1. Lisa said:

    Sounds great – where can I learn more/sign up for a class? The hormone rush during pregnancy and breastfeeding can really make your ligaments loose and, with the extra weight you’re carrying, it’s really easy to hurt yourself (and I did). Wish I’d known about yin yoga beforehand so I could’ve strengthened everything up in preparation!

    • I think we can probably add that to list of things they don’t warn you about childbirth :) BodyMindLife in Surry Hills has a great Yin Yoga class, as does House of Yoga in Redfern, however they are both on the other side of the bridge, which can be a bit difficult for those of us North of the bridge. I would recommend trying Yoganic in Willoughby, I haven’t been there myself yet but I have heard good things, they also offer childminding and mum & bub yoga classes. If you get there, let me know what you think.

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