What is Yin Yoga?
Yin is a meditative style of yoga that creates flexibility in the connective tissues, tendons, and ligaments, through deep stretching and mindful breathing. The practice focusses on gentle compression, using time and gravity to create traction, ease, and stillness in the joints and spine. Through longer-held postures, the body slowly begins to unwind and open. Props are often used to support your body, to help you fully relax into the posture. Yin is excellent for those with overworked muscles, as well as athletes.
What’s the difference between Yin and Restorative yoga?
Yin and Restorative yoga both work to relax the body and create ease. Yin is an active stretch that works into the connective tissue, focusing on the spine, joints, and muscles. Restorative yoga is all about creating a sense of total, conscious relaxation. We encourage you to try a Yin class and a Restorative class, and see for yourself the distinct benefits of each!
What is a Yin class like?
Your class will start with a tune in, some deep breathing exercises, and light head and neck exercises to warm up the spine. Your teacher will then guide you through a sequence of postures and breath patterns. The postures and stretches will deepen throughout the class to open the connective tissues and joints. Poses are held from approximately 2 – 5 minutes each. The class ends with a deep relaxation, or savasana, to help the mind-body connection.
What if I’m not very flexible?
Start from wherever you are, and in each posture, work to slowly and carefully deepen until you are at a comfortable stretch. You can practice Yin whether you are unable to touch your toes, or if you can fold yourself into a pretzel! Props like straps, bolsters, and foam chip blocks will help you settle into the postures at your own level. Your teacher will likely suggest modifications of most of the poses. Take the class at your own pace.