The practice of yin yoga is the perfect complement to more active forms of exercise found in our slow flow, yoga flow, and group fitness classes. Through deep stretches held for long periods, you will move beyond stretching muscle fibers and get into the joints and connective tissues of the body. The more active you are in life and fitness, the more you will come to appreciate a juicy yin practice.
Increased Range of Motion
Perhaps the greatest benefit of yin yoga is in the increased range of motion it delivers. Through long, deep stretching of the muscles, connective tissues, and joints, you can regain movement that has been lost over years or decades of the Western lifestyle dominated by chairs and screens.
Thanks to deep stretches and long hold times for each pose, yin demands mindfulness. As you work your way deeper into each pose, how your body is feeling will come into sharp focus. During this time, you’ll identify tightness in your body, gently lean into it, and find peacefulness in the pose. After a great yin practice, you’ll feel lightness in your mind and body.
Another great benefit of yin yoga is in its ability to reduce injury risk. By expanding your range of motion, you’ll be less likely to experience injury thanks to a more flexible, pliable body. Being limber is one of the keys to avoiding muscle strains - the most common injury in fitness and life.
Frequently Asked Questions
I HAVE AN INJURY AND YOGA WAS RECOMMENDED AS PART OF MY RECOVERY. SHOULD I START WITH Yin YOGA?
No. Restorative yoga is the best place to start if you’re coming back from an injury, but yin can also be helpful in your recovery. We suggest starting with a few restorative classes before moving into yin, as the depth of poses in yin classes can be too much depending on your injury. Once you’ve had some time in restorative, you’ll be better equipped to identify which poses you’ll need to skip or modify in yin class.
How is Yin Yoga different from Restorative Yoga and vice versa?
While there is some crossover between the two, yin yoga is a more intense practice because it is designed to deeply stretch both muscle and connective tissues in the body. Through yin yoga, additional space can be created in the body, leading to improved range of motion and resilience in more active exercise forms.
Restorative yoga, on the other hand, is aimed at activating the relaxation response to bring awareness to tension stores in the body so you can release them more effectively. While some poses are similar between yin and restorative, the depth of these poses is different. Yin demands strain in the body whereas restorative is more relaxed.
IS Yin YOGA RIGHT FOR BEGINNERS?
Yes. Yin yoga is a great place to begin your yoga practice, as it will begin opening your body and mind to the yogic experience. You’ll learn to use a number of props that may include a blanket, blocks, bolster, or straps. Through regular yin practice, you can prepare your body for more active classes like slow flow and yoga flow.
WILL I LOSE WEIGHT WITH Yin YOGA?
No. Yin is a practice of deep stretching and stillness. If you want to burn calories, checkout a slow flow, yoga flow, or group fitness class.