Yin yoga is a slow-paced, therapeutic yoga focused on stretching the deeper ligaments, fascia and connective tissues of the body. The postures are mostly passive, which are mainly done by sitting or lying down on the floor.
Yin yoga is inspired by ancient Chinese Taoist practices. It is more feminine, like the moon which is why it is called yin, because it represents the passive feminine principle as opposed to the active masculine principle, yang which can be found in vinyasa yoga.
WHY IS YIN YOGA GOOD FOR WOMEN?
The main purpose of yin yoga is to find stillness in each position. This invites the practitioner to listen and receive, which is why it is an incredible practice for women, especially those who live a busy, active yang lifestyle. It is also helpful for balancing emotions, as this practice activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which can make you feel calmer and more grounded. It also lowers stress levels, balances hormones, and promotes self-care.
As you relax and let go into each posture, your heart will open and connect you more to the feeling of self-love. Even when you feel a pose is difficult, you can go deeper into it by using the power of your breath and release any emotions that have been stored in your joints and ligaments. Yin yoga is highly meditative, and will allow you to cultivate inner silence which can help you connect to your natural intuitive abilities and expand your consciousness.
It is such a magical practice for women (and men) because postures are usually held for three to five minutes or more which allows you to deeply relax into the connective tissue and fascia of the body.
IS YIN YOGA GOOD FOR BEGINNERS?
Yin yoga is a beautiful practice for beginners to start with. It teaches you how to stay present and how to use your breath as the moving force, while you stay still. It’s a bit like meditation in a way. Yin yoga teaches you to listen to your body, and not go past your limits. In a Yin Yoga class there can be simple postures, with many modifications that allow you to use a bolster, pillow, or strap, which is why this yoga is perfect for beginners and all levels.
HOW CAN I LEARN YIN YOGA?
If you want to know more about yin yoga we highly suggest you take a class at your nearest yoga studio, or sign up for a yin yoga teacher training!
Join our 50-hour yin yoga teacher training where you will learn all the yin yoga poses and their variations, understand the anatomical and energetic benefits of each asana, as well learn how to sequence flows for your own yin yoga class.
Getting your yin yoga certification will be a great addition, even if you are already a certified yoga teacher…
…because everyone needs some yin to balance their yang.
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Sampoorna Yoga’s Teacher Training Courses are registered with Yoga Alliance USA. When you graduate from our school you will be eligible to register with them as a RYT, Registered Yoga Teacher, in your respective categories.