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What are the benefits of Yin Yoga?

1st May 2015

What are the benefits of Yin Yoga?
Yin Yoga Classes for people looking to maintain flexibility

Yin Yoga has the same goals and objectives as any other styles of yoga, however it targets the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones, and joints rather than muscles. Yin Yoga is unique in that postures, soften the muscle and exercise ligaments and connective tissues closer to the bone.

Yin Yoga classes are more meditative in approach with a much deeper physical focus. This compares with other styles of Yoga Yang which focus on lengthening and contracting muscles.

Who will benefit from attending a Yin Yoga Class?

The answer is everyone can benefit from attending a class. In particular people who suffer from a lack of flexibility in hips and joints, as well as people suffering from emotional issues unable to cope with their feelings and sensations. Many find immediate benefits like more open hips, a more relaxed body and a more focused mind.

What can I expect in a Yin Yoga Class?

Yin Yoga postures access deeper tissues such as the connective tissue and fascia on areas around joints in the hips, sacrum, spine.

Yin Yoga classes use more passive postures, mainly on the floor focusing on a smaller number of postures compared to other more dynamic yoga styles.

By deep relaxation into a posture (some of which can last from 3 to 20 minutes) this acts to softens the muscle and reach ligaments and connective tissue close to the bone.

The time spent in these postures is much like time spent in meditation.

Improved Mobility and Flexibility

Yin yoga classes are a wonderful way to maintain that flexibility, something that many people don't seem to be too concerned about until they notice it is gone.

Older people will experience a reduced level of flexibility in the joints as time goes by. Yin yoga postures improve ligament and connective tissue flexibility, elasticity and lubrication.

The outcome for all is greater mobility and flexibility in the joints and connective tissues.

Connect with your Inner Self

Yin Yoga is a more intimate practice of yoga. It requires yoga students to be ready to get intimate with the oneself, with feelings, sensations, and emotions. The practice has a calming and balancing effect on the mind and body.

Improved Mental Well-being

Many people suffer from addiction, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, and deep pain or trauma. Yin Yoga is increasingly used in programmes that deal with these mental conditions.

The practice helps people cope with anxiety and stress and find a new inner calm, deeper relaxation and lower stress levels.

Does Yin Yoga compliment Yang Yoga?

Yin Yoga complements dynamic and muscular (yang) styles of yoga that emphasise the lengthening and contracting of muscles.

Try Yin Yoga

You need to attend 3-4 Yin Yoga Classes to truly understand why it is different and like all things, it takes time to really appreciate the benefits.

Many new Yin yoga students find immediate benefits like more open hips, a more relaxed body and centred mind.

To learn more about Yin Yoga and find a Yin yoga class near you, follow the link below for more information.
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