Yin Yoga is a style that uses a slower pace and meditative focus to relax the body.
While Yang style, such as Ashtanga, Rocket or Slow Flow, focuses in moving and strengthening the muscles of the body – Yin Yoga targets the passive, less mobile connective tissues and our joints.
Originally Yin Yoga comes from the blending of Chinese Traditional Medicine and the classical postures of the Hatha tradition.
In a Yin Yoga class, we can target
Different part of the body (lower back, hips or upper back)
A specific meridian
By holding the position from 3 to 5 minutes, depending on what we are doing, we apply a controlled and conscious stress to connective tissues and joints. As a result, in long term the tissues may become longer, our heart peaceful and present and our mind in deep stillness.
If you feel ready to explore stillness and a deeper practice click the link below to access an evening Yin Yoga Class.
The development of this Yoga style iscredited to B.K.S. Iyengar. He experimentedfacilitating yoga poses with “props” (blocks, pillows, bolsters etc..), modifyingposturesuntil the studentcouldpractive without strain.
It’softenreferas an “activerelaxation”. By supporting the body with props, wealternatevelystimulate and relax the body to movetowards balance. Itcreates a specificphysiologicalresponsewhich are beneficial to health and can reduce the effects of stress.
In general restorativeposes are for times whenyoufeelweak, fatigued and stress out from daily activities. And it’s an increbible tool to learnhow to learnhow to stay and feelwholewithout being productive.
Restorative Yoga can easily be practiced also at home, transforming what you have (books, pillows etc..) in yoga props. Are you ready? Practice 30′ Restorative Yoga at home with me.