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How Yin Yoga Can Change Your Life

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With so many different wonderful types of yoga to choose from, you may not have come across Yin Yoga before. Although this is arguably one of the lesser-known varieties of yoga, it is definitely worth getting into.

Yin Yoga is a great choice for those who want to slow down and to reconnect with their bodies. It teaches patience, perspective, and can truly show us a lot about what our bodies are capable of.

What is Yin Yoga?

The origins and inspirations behind Yin Yoga date as far back as 2000 years ago in China and Taiwan. However, the modern day version of this type of yoga wasn’t really developed until the late 1980’s by a yoga teacher called Paul Grilley. Yin Yoga was popularised by Grilley and his students over the following decades, and started to become more mainstream in North America and Europe around 2009.

The practice of Yin Yoga takes place in seated or lying positions, and focuses on holding the asanas for long periods of time. The poses will usually be held for between five and ten minutes, but this can sometimes extend to up to 20 minutes depending on the flow.

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One of the main reasons that the poses are held for longer periods of time is to encourage the deeper tissues of the body to engage and strengthen. However, there are several advantages to practicing yoga in this way – read more on this below!

The Benefits of Yin Yoga

Due to the typical long length that each pose is held for, this type of yoga is perhaps best suited to those who already have an active lifestyle. By encouraging you to truly stretch your entire body, Yin Yoga can be the perfect restorative solution for tense and tired muscles.

As you hold your body in the poses for several minutes, you will work towards a very deep stretch. This is not only great for your muscles, but also the fascia (aka connective tissue) that surrounds them.

When it comes to soothing the mind, many different types of yoga can be of use here. One of the most sought after benefits of a regular yoga practice is how relaxing and stress-relieving it can be. This is perhaps less the case with the more fast-paced types of yoga, but even with these classes you will likely find that your mind feels refreshed and focused after a session. Yin is a truly meditative type of yoga, and you may be surprised at how quickly this practice encourages feelings of calm and presence.

This is a deeply healing and nourishing practice, and one that can impact how you live your life away from the mat.

Yin and Yang

The idea of yin and yang may be something you have heard of before, but may not know that much about.

The word yin can be translated to “shady side”, and the word yang can be translated to “sunny side”. Together, yin and yang are the two halves that create wholeness. It is a concept of dualism and describes how opposite forces can be complimentary to one another, interweaved, intertwined and interdependent.

We can see examples of yin and yang all around us in the world every day, such as night and day, femininity and masculinity, heat and cold, movement and rest. When combined, yin and yang can be referred to as yin yang. The symbol for yin yang is known as the Taijitu, and this symbol can be observed in different cultures throughout history.

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Getting Started With Yin Yoga

Just a few short years ago, it might have been difficult to find a Yin Yoga class near you. However, this is a type of yoga that has certainly become more popular in the last few years. You will now surely be able to find a class that is close to your home, and to get along to give it a go.

If you can’t find a local class, or you prefer to practice yoga online, then it will be even easier to find an online Yin Yoga teacher.

For those who want to expand their Yin Yoga practice, and to learn more about this type of yoga, you can sign up to join my upcoming course – Yin & You: A Discovery of the Whole Self.

Head to Instagram now to read more about this course and how you can sign up!

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