Yin Yoga

What Is Yin Yoga?

yin yoga targets your connective tissues, like ligaments, joints, and bones. It is slower and more meditative, giving you space to turn inward and tune both your mind and body. Because you’re holding poses for a longer period of time as compared to other traditional types of yoga, yin yoga helps you stretch and lengthen those rarely-used tissues and also teaching you how to breathe through discomfort and sit with your thoughts.

The practice of this yoga is based on ancient Chinese philosophies and Taoist principles which believe that there are pathways of Qi (energy) that run through our bodies. By stretching and deepening into poses, we’re opening up any blockages and releasing that energy to flow freely.

“A yin yoga sequence has a very similar effects on our energies as an acupuncture treatment”. By holding the various poses, it also helps restoring the healthy flow of Qi in our bodies.

Here, the goal isn’t to move through postures freely–postures could be held for 3 to 5 minutes, or even 20 minutes at a time. A yin practitioner is trying to access the deeper tissues, and many of the postures focus on areas that encompass a joint (such as the hips, sacrum, and spine, etc). 

Benefits of Yin Yoga

  • Lengthens connective tissue
  •  Increases flexibility
  • Boosts your circulation
  • Reduces stress levels

Yin Yoga Exercises to Try at Home

The Snail

Snail

Benefits:

  • One of the deepest releases of the whole spine
  • Relaxes the heart, brings more blood flow to the head, drains the lungs, and compresses the internal organs, giving them a great massage

The Happy baby

Happy Baby

Benefits:

  • opens the inner thighs, hips, and groin
  • reduces lower back pain
  • realigns and stretches the spine
  • eases stress and anxiety
  • improves tiredness and fatigue
  • lowers heart rate

Butterfly Yoga

Butterfly yoga

Benefits:

  • A good stretch for the inner thighs, groins and knees, improving flexibility in the groin and hip region
  • Helps in intestine and bowel movement
  • Removes fatigue from long hours of standing and walking
  • Offers relief from menstrual discomfort and menopause symptoms

The Child Pose Yoga

Child Pose

Benefits:

  • Child’s pose gently stretches your spine, thighs, hips, and ankles.
  • Along with deep breathing exercises, child’s pose can calm your mind, reducing anxiety and fatigue.
  • Increase blood circulation to your head.
  • Release tension in your lower back muscles, chest, hamstrings, and shoulders.

The Saddle yoga

Saddle pose

Benefits:

  • Stretches hip flexors and quadriceps.
  • Increases hip mobility.
  • Stimulates the Kidney, Spleen and Stomach meridians in the front body.
  • Stimulates the Urinary Bladder through compression in the lower back.

The Sphinx yoga

Sphinx yoga

Benefits:

  • stabilizes the shoulders.
  • increases tissue excursion after abdominal surgery (with guidance after 8 weeks)
  • strengthens back musculature.
  • lengthens of the abdominal wall without over-stretching the anterior hip capsule.
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