The world is constantly moving around us. Sometimes, it can even become overwhelming. Have you ever just stopped, looked around (or closed your eyes) and taken time to breathe in and out? It can be quite a soothing experience.
Two years ago, I was introduced to Yin Yoga. You might be thinking, “oh no, another yoga”. However, this style is one of kind. It’s very unique and different from the more dynamic practices that you may be used to.
Yin Yoga is the balance I needed to add to my practice. I don’t have a daily practice yet (I’m working on it), but yin yoga was a new style and challenge that has allowed me to explore my own practice, get out of my comfort zone and truly let go.
So, what is yin yoga?
“Yin Yoga has the same goals and objectives as any other school of yoga; however, it directs the stimulation normally created in the asana portion of the practice deeper than the superficial or muscular tissues (which we are calling the yang tissues). Yin Yoga targets the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones, and even the joints of the body that normally are not exercised very much in a more active style of asana practice.” (www.yinyoga.com)
In yin yoga, you will hold each position for 3-5 minutes. You really allow yourself to go deep into the posture and breathe into it. You try to remain still the entire time and instead of practicing dynamic movements, as in everything that is yang, you will be still and focus on breathing into those postures.
Don’t get me wrong, this is a very difficult and challenging practice. When you begin, you may want to scrap it. You may ask yourself what is the point? I advise you not to. I encourage you to breathe deep, to listen to your body and to focus on the present. You will thank yourself later.