A quiet contemplative practice.
Yin is a slow, soothing, and meditative style of yoga that targets the deep connective tissues, bones, joints, fascia, and ligaments in the body. Be present, and work within while you breathe and stretch deeply and create more space in mind and body.
In Yin Yoga, we hold mostly passive poses for about two to five minutes to work into our connective tissues. The more we work our fascial system and deep tissues, the less dense and tight our bodies become. Movement and stretching hydrate fascia and help to slow the aging process. Lengthening extremely tight tissues can at times be challenging, but using this time to focus on breathing eases the process and brings many other benefits. Typically when we experience 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 even in intense stretches.
What to expect
Be ready to slow down, relax and get a proper stretch! The class is usually 60 – 90 minutes long and composes of a short meditation, asana practice itself and time to relax at the end. The yin areas of the body generally targeted are between the knees and navel, the lower body. Since the poses are held longer, there are fewer poses that one can even attempt in one session, compared to the yang styles of yoga where one pose may be held for as little as five breaths. This class is suitable for both beginners and advanced practitioners. As this class is slow it is always a good idea to bring a warm blanket, sweater and warm socks!