Unlike power yoga, Yin yoga is a slow paced style of yoga with asanas or postures, for longer periods of time. The time period may vary depends upon your expert level. Beginners can hold 50 seconds to 120 seconds. But advanced level students may stay more than five minutes in one asana (Pose). In the beginning of the late 1970s, Yin yoga introduced to the Western world. The founder of Yin yoga is martial arts expert and Taoist yoga teacher Paulie Zink. Yin yoga is famous across North America and in Europe, almost all the yoga schools there, teaches this Yin Yoga.
Yin yoga aims to increase the circulation in the joint and gives the more flexibility. So, it applies the moderate stress to the connective tissues of the body parts (like the ligaments, tendons and fascia). Note: Yin Yoga aims to cultivate the awareness of inner silence. Yin yoga is not a complete practice in itself, but as a complement to more active forms of exercise and yoga.
Yin and yang
Yin yoga style is fully based on the Taoist concepts of the yin and yang. (Note: yin and yang are complementary and opposite principles in nature.)
If Yin could be described as
- downward moving
And the Yang is understood to be
- upward moving
If the sun is considered as yang, then the moon is yin. Passive asanas(most) are considered yin, whereas the more dynamic and active asanas are yang.
How Yin yoga differ from Hatha yoga:
Yin yoga asanas or poses closely resemble the asanas in the hatha yoga, but they are different. Note: Please do not practise the same way in Yin yoga which is the similar pose in hatha yoga. Note: In Yin yoga style all the poses are performed with little muscular exertion.
BENEFITS OF YIN YOGA
- Relaxes the body and mind.
- Focuses on renewal.
- Increases the balance.
- Restorative pose soothes the nervous system.
- Calms the mind.
- helps to release the tension
- Reduces the depression.
- It encourages the mindfulness.
- Helps to increase the attention.
- Increases the immune system.
- Helps to enhance the mood states.
- Helps to create the deliberateness of action
- Connects you to the spiritual world.
- Gives the deep relaxation.
DO’S, DONT’S & TIPS FOR YIN YOGA
Practise this yoga daily, will yield the better results.
It’s good to do this pose in the morning with empty stomach.
Always listen to your body, and know your limits. While practise, if you find any pain or discomfort, please exit the pose and ask for the expert’s guidance and doctor’s advice.