Enhance Your Range of Motion with Yin Yoga

Tea-Tree-YogaWant to know more about Yin, or Restorative, Yoga?

Yin yoga is based on the Taoist concept of yin and yang, opposite and complementary principles in nature.  Yin is stable and unmoving; yang is changing and mobile.  In the body, the stiffer connective tissues (the tendons, ligaments, and fascia) are considered yin, while the more fluid and moving tissues (blood and muscles) are considered yang.

A Yin yoga class usually includes a series of passive floor poses held longer.  We mainly work the lower body, the hips, spine, pelvis, inner thighs, the areas rich in connective tissue.  Poses are held one to two minutes for beginners and up to five minutes or longer as you progress.

When practicing Yin yoga, we follow these principles:

  1. Come into a pose to your appropriate edge.
  2. Become still. Try to release into the pose and remain still without shifting.
  3. Hold the pose, aiming for three to five minutes.
  4. Release with care.

The physical aspects of Yin yoga include enhancing the natural range of motion of the joints.  On an energetic level, Yin enhances the flow of prana (life force) in the tissues around the joints.

The mental benefits are many: reduction in stress and anxiety, calming and balancing the mind and body, and allowing for deeper relaxation.

Yin, or Restorative, Yoga is offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at FitYoga.  Come try out a class and go home relaxed, refreshed, and ready to rest well.