Ready to hear about another kind of yoga? Of course you are. Yin yoga is based around the concept of yin and yang (the cute symbol on your choker necklace, you know the one) in the sense that this practice involves being stable and unmoving, yet ever-changing and revealing at the same time. Yin yogis see stiff connective tissue as yin, and pliable muscles and blood as yang, and classes usually involve long-held floor work. So why is it so good for you, find out more in our Top 5 Benefits of Yin Yoga!
1. Gets your connective tissue moving
As floor poses mainly involve the hips, pelvis, inner-thighs and spine (areas rich in connective tissue) the tissue surrounding these areas is forced to stretch and become more flexible, meaning all of these areas will feel less stiff.
2. Balances your body and organs
Different Yin poses, such as the cobra pose of lying on your stomach and pushing your upper body upwards, stimulates the blood-flow to internal organs, making it easier for them to work. This means that your heart-rate will be increased, and your body will be working harder, but smarter.
3. Calms your mind
Being still in a pose, as Yin poses are held for up to 5 minutes, has proven to be a great way to clear your head and focus your breathing, so you can totally relax and be in the moment. Yin classes usually involve incense and calming music too, which create an ideal atmosphere in which to switch yourself off.
4. Improves your stillness & stamina
This probably sounds like a weird one, but hear me out: while attempting to hold a pose for a long time, do your legs begin to shake as you get tired? Mine too. Yin yoga focuses on the stamina of your core, meaning that those shaky legs will soon be a thing of the past.
5. Greater joint mobility
Everyone can get creaky joints, as many of our sedentary jobs usually involve being hunched over a screen all day. This practice will help to get your joints used to movement again, as they will be bending and working hard to keep your body in a certain position.
So there you have it, I hope you will be convinced to try this out. It never ceases to amaze me that every different form of yoga has a new set of benefits, unique to the last. As a student, available time to get physical is pretty limited due to deadlines requiring me to sit at my desk most days, so discovering Yin yoga was a little miracle. It helped me to loosen up between essays and left me able to get a good nights’ sleep and start the next day refreshed and ready for more work. Let us know if you’ve tried Yin yoga and what it’s done for you below or @KeepFitKingdom !