Yin Yoga is a Hatha based Yoga style where the asanas get hold between 2 and 7 minutes. The stillness of the pose enables a deepening of quality. Yin Yoga is a static practice which nourishes the meridians (traditional Chinese medicine) and loosens blockades.
A lot of people are drawn to yoga to reduce stress in their lives. Others would like to be more mindful and become more present. Yoga in general and Yin Yoga in particular provides physical, emotional, mental and energetic benefits. Yin is yielding, nourishing and allowing. Some students initially find this practice boring or soft but they quickly discover that it can be quite challenging due to the long duration of the poses, in both ways physically and mentally.
Yin Yoga is a great practice to learn how to open towards the difficulties in life with surrender.
3 Tattvas of Yin Yoga
- Finding a reasonable limit
- Finding stillness
- Dwell in the pose
Emotions in Yin Yoga
Yin Yoga can bring up emotions depending on the physical focus of the practice. For instance:
- Anxiety & fear by working on the kidney meridian
- Anger & frustration by working on the liver meridian
This is a natural process and it loosens the emotional blockades in our body to enable the Qi (prana/life) to flow. Its important to surrender to these emotions in order to heal our body and soul.
Yin & Yang Yoga
Yang styles of yoga are dynamic, target the muscles and employ repetitive movements to stress the cells of the muscles and the fibers. Muscles love to get warm, they are elastic and moist, so they appreciate this form of exercise and respond well to it. Vinyasa Yoga, Bikram Yoga and Power Yoga are Yang styles practices.
Yin tissues are dryer and much less elastic, they appreciate and require gentler pressures, applied for longer periods of time in order to grow stronger.
In Yin & Yang Yoga classes we combine a dynamic Yoga practice (Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga) targeting Yang tissues such as muscles, blood and skin with a static Yin Yoga practice targeting Yin tissues such as ligaments, bones and joints.
Personally a mix & the benefits of both Yoga styles is my favorite, wherefore I mainly teach a Yin & Yang style in my Yoga space in Mallorca. If you have any further questions, I will be happy to answer them. Just get in touch with my or find me in my studio in Palma de Mallorca. At the moment I am offering pure Yin Yoga as well as Yin Yang Yoga classes on our beautiful Mallorca island.