If you are anything like me you love a good, sweaty, vinyasa-power style yoga class that challenges you physically and gets your heart rate up. A practice that leaves you begging for that oh-so-sweet savasana at the end, ringing any bells?
Occasionally, I’ll crave a slower paced hatha class with fewer sun salutations, but still not enough time for my body and mind to explore the inner knowing and spaciousness that we hold deep within.
If this sounds anyway familiar to you I would like to introduce you to a practice that has flipped my yoga world upside down.
Enters: Yin Yoga.
Let's dive into the world of Yin and the important lesson it is inevitable to teach us.
Sound good, y'all?
What is Yin Yoga?
Yin practitioners believe that a yang practice stimulates stagnant Qi energy, helping to cleanse and strengthen our bodies and minds.
Yin on the other hand, prepares the body and mind for a meditation practice.
Since, yin stretches and releases the connective tissue- our joints, tendons, ligaments and fascia-along our spine, hips and heart, we become more open and supple to sit in meditation allowing for our energy to flow freely along our central axis.
The goal of Yin is to promote flexibility in areas that are perceived as tight and rigid.
i.e. the spine, hips, and upper back.
Factors of Yin:
That's a Yin Yoga 101 for you and there's so much more information to be learned about this practice, but for time being, we'll move on to why Yin has been a life saver and why it could change your perspective on your yoga practice, as well.
Hopefully…. I’m praying I’m not the only one who has a love-hate relationship with this practice.
I need my yoga practice like I need oxygen, but lately it had become a work out and not my way of listening to my inner voice. I relied on my practice to let me know where I was “now”, to open me up, break down barriers, and cue in to my breath, but I lost that.
Have you ever experienced your practice going from a work-in to a work-out?
This transformation of my yoga practice came about at the same time I attended a FOUR HOUR yin workshop.
Holy shit, the emotions were intense, y’all.
Females hold a lot of emotional baggage in their hips and since yin is hip happy, I felt it. I was holding on to so much fear, doubt, insecurity, that the four hours were brutal, but not nearly enough.
Oh by the way, Yin will also bring out emotions. Lots of them. Be prepared.
Yin was my saving grace. I could have the best of both worlds now- cleanse with my vinyasa practice and purifying with the yin practice.
Yin is a lot more than stretching, it’s a way of connection, balance, and surrender.
It is my hope that from reading this post I’ve sparked a little fire that wants to grow. If not because you’ve become disconnected to your fast-paced practice, maybe it’s because you want to explore all that world of yoga offers.
But, if it’s because you are like me and needed a wake-up call and a way of connection- research this yin phenomenon some more.
Yoga teaches us so much about ourselves. The lineages of yoga can heal and unleash profound knowledge within our souls, we only need to seek and explore them.
If you’re curious to learn more about this style of practice Yoga Journal has tons of great content and my favorite book at the moment- “The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga” by Bernie Clark has so much amazing info.
What do you think about yin yoga? Have you tried it? Are you curious too?
Let me know! I'm more than happy to talk about this and anything else, I love learning from others and sparking ideas for the future.
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