Yin Yoga??? What the heck is that???

What is Yin Yoga ?

Yin Yoga is based on the Taoist concept of yin and yang, opposite and complementary principles in nature. Yin is the stable, unmoving, hidden aspect of things; yang is the changing, moving, revealing aspect.

A Yin Yoga class usually consists of a series of long-held, passive floor poses that mainly work the lower part of the body—the hips, pelvis, inner thighs, lower spine. These areas are especially rich in connective tissues. The poses are held for up to five minutes, sometimes longer.

Yin Yoga is for you if you are tired, over-stimulated, when your energy is too erratic, your mind overactive, whether you are craving for energy or you feel you have too much of it.

Any kind of dynamic form of yoga caters for this aspect of keeping yourself busy. Although the mind may calm down as a result of the active exercise, you are still feeding the part of you that wants intensity and wants to be stimulated. You just happen to have found yourself a healthier stimulus!

I am not saying cut out the dynamic yoga, I love Vinyasa  a lot myself and benefit from it greatly. I just think it’s a good idea to also balance all the on-the-go aspects of life and a great way to do that is through Yin Yoga.

Try this simple sequence at home:

Standing forward bend 2 minutes

Suptabadaconasana 3-5 minutes

Wide leg seated straddle 5 minuted

Spinal tiwst 5 minutes each side

1/2 pigeon 3-5 minutes each side

Supported bridge(use a block, folded balnket or large book) 5 minutes

Legs up the wall 5 minutes