What? In the body, the relatively stiff connective tissues (tendons, ligaments, fascia) are yin (restorative), while the more mobile and pliable muscles and blood are yang (active). A Yin yoga class 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.
WHY? Yin yoga is perfect for a tired body, an over-stimulated mind, and erratic unfocused energy. Yin yoga is a Mindfulness exercise, as you train the body and mind to become still in a pose, while staying in it for minutes at a time. It therefore creates much needed gaps in the overactive “monkey mind”. Keeping the gaps empty creates the space, for anything that wants to, to come up, and doing Yin yoga trains the brain to be ‘fine’ with it. Thoughts and emotions that you suppress with all the on-the-go business in your life, organically flows out. Yin yoga as a truly therapeutic form of yoga has been shown to help us with ‘emotionally regulation’, thereby significantly lessening feelings of anxiety, sadness, boredom, agitation etc.