Why Practice Yin Yoga?
Have you ever heard of an athlete retiring because of muscle problems? As we grow older do we complain about muscle issues? No. These are joint problems... bad backs, hips, knees, and ankles. At some point it was decided that it is good to stress/exercise our muscles but not good to exercise our joints and connective tissue. All body tissues change and adapt to the stresses encountered. We accept that exercising the muscles of our legs and arms, the heart, etc. results in a stronger, healthier body. And the reverse is true if we do not. The same principles apply to connective tissues. If we never bend our knees or stretch our spines, connective tissue will shorten to the minimum length needed to accommodate our movements. The reason our ankles, knees, hips and back will not allow us to squat is because we have not been squatting. It is not that we are not supposed to squat. If we desire to maintain (or improve) our joints flexibility, we must exercise them. But the approach is different. Connective tissues are safely stressed with a yin approach.
- Reduced stress and anxieity
- Increased circulation
- Improved flexibility
- Greater joint mobility
- Improved health of fascial tissues
- Calming of mind and body
- Improved flow and balance of energy
- Improved self awareness
- Heightened sense of awareness and clarity
POE Yin Yoga
I love Yin Yoga! I should design a t-shirt. Yin Yoga changes my outlook on life.
My first experience, I was less than a fan. It was several years ago, Friday afternoon at 4:00 PM. What I needed was a run, not to sit in stillness. The instructor was very kind. Maybe it was a great class but all I remember is I could not take the silence or the stillness. My brain was all over the place.
In 2014, that all changed. I was attempting an at home, 6:00 AM practice. I went to my mat expecting to enjoy sun salutations and warrior poses but I found myself wallowing on my mat. Slowly moving from one shape to the next and simply melting into positions that felt tense or tight. Once the tightness passed, I shifted to the next shape. My entire day was better. I did a little research and discovered … Yin Yoga.
“After taking this class, I sleep the best I have in over 20 years.”
“For the 3 days after attending class, I have noticeably more energy … ALL day.”
“I am on my feet for hours at a time. Everyone in the service industry should take this class.”
“I’ve had a rough week. I have been waiting all day for 3:00 PM. I knew everything would feel better after class.”
“I cannot believe the change in my posture. I walk and sit so tall now. I feel like a super model.”
What to Expect
- Quiet, cool practice
- Long held poses
- Deep stretches
- Stillness (mind, body, breath)
- Connective tissue stimulation
- Muscular relaxation
- Some discomfort
- No pain
- Lots of props
NOTE: Although a benefit of practicing Yin Yoga is strong, flexible joints, expect joints to feel a bit fragile after a long held pose. This sensation is brief and will pass quickly.