Yin Yoga targets the deep connective tissues, bones, joints, fascia and ligaments in the body. The more we work our fascial system and deep tissues, the less dense and tight our bodies become as we age.
Lengthening extremely tight tissues can be a very uncomfortable practice, but using this time to focus on breathing is a large part of Yin Yoga.
When we experience pain or discomfort, our bodies naturally become tense and we use our fight or flight response. Yin Yoga teaches us to reroute the mind and slow the heart rate when we experience discomfort.
Eventually, your mind will remain relaxed throughout your entire practice and you will be able to release the tension and more easily stretch the muscles and tissues.
Why practice Yin Yoga?
As we age, our bones begin to degenerate, we lose mobility in our joints and our fascia tightens. But a consistent Yin Yoga practice helps to regain mobility and ease pain in the body. This deep stretching is the perfect follow-up to intense yoga or other physical activity so you can stay balanced, flexible, and avoid injury.
Key benefits of a regular Yin Yoga practice:
Targets connective tissues including fascia, bones and joints
Balances internal organs and improves flow of prana/ energy in the body
Balances yang or more active yoga practice
Encourages mindfulness and meditation