Yin Yoga Deep stretching of the body’s connective tissues focusing on joints, hip and lower back
What is Yin Yoga? Yin yoga is a less-popular form of yoga which is performed to stretch the connective tissues of the body. Primary connective tissues include the hips, thighs and lower spinal area. These types of tissues do not stretch the muscles (as in the yang form of yoga) but they stretch and exercise the bone and joints areas of the body. This type of asana practice is beneficial to a wide variety of people. Yin yoga is a perfect match for yang yoga, and provides a deeper stretch. Although yin yoga is not as intense as other yang forms of yoga, its long duration can be difficult to maintain. The duration of some posture positions may last up to 20 minutes at a time. Yin yoga is sometimes offered at eating disorder treatment clinics, inpatient drug treatment centers, or even for those seeking pain treatment and trauma recovery.
Yin and Yang Yoga Most people familiar with yoga, are familiar with yang yoga, as this tends to be more common in Western culture. Yang yoga stimulates the muscles in the body, encouraging strength and great physical health. Over time however, if yin yoga is not practiced, the body will weaken and the joints of the body will become susceptible to injury. As one ages, a lack of flexible joints in the body increases the risk of pain. Yin yoga also increases one’s ability to perform yang yoga. By having lubricated, flexible joints, yang practices will seem easier. Perhaps the main difference in yin and yang yoga is each practices affect on the mind. Yin yoga creates a balance and peace in the mind. In its earlier years of existence, yin yoga was used in order to improve meditation practices. Yin and yang yoga may both be helpful in treating those in need of alcohol rehab and drug treatment as each provides physical health as well as mental stability.
Benefits of Yin Yoga Yin yoga improves the body in a variety of ways. These may include: · Feeling calm and balanced · Regulated energy levels (chi) · Greater strength · Improved health · Stress levels lowered · Greater stamina · Flexibility of the body’s connective tissues and joints · Slowed signs of aging · Improved meditation · Deeper relaxation · Improved practice of yang yoga
Physically, Yin Yoga helps maintain the agility and mobility of the joints below the navel and above the knee, giving rise to more comfort in the body in stillness and more grace in movement; Energetically, Yin Yoga is essentially needle-less acupuncture, enabling your energy system to move towards its own natural equilibrium, balance and harmony; Emotionally, Yin creates a space to breathe, to remain still and simply observe in a non-attached way the array of emotions that ebb and flow, cultivating acceptance of what is, breeding an emotional resiliency and maturity; Psychologically, this practice can help develop the capacity to concentrate, to focus our attention, to cultivate awareness of what is arising within.
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