• Andrea

WHY YOU SHOULD BE PRACTICING YIN YOGA

Updated: Apr 23


Are you stressed? (As in, are you a human being living in the 21st century?) Ok yes. Well, yin is for everyone. As someone that mostly focuses on vinyasa style yoga, I’ve always ignored Yin on the schedule, considering it a waste of time. What do I need yin for, I’m already flexible! And 5 poses in one hour? How boring!

It wasn’t until I went on the Rising Collective retreat in Bali that I began to realize why this practice is so essential for everyone, especially for stressed out city dwellers.

We live in a culture that requires us to multitask, often on-the-go and we are bombarded with stimulus all day, every day. So it’s not uncommon to find Yin yoga more challenging than some of the more active yoga asana practices.

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Traditionally, Yin is designed to stretch joints, fascia, ligaments and muscles in the body, the utimate goal being the preparation of the body for long periods of seated meditation. Lengthening these (often tight!) muscles can be quite uncomfortable, even thought the asanas are primarily seated or supine. Held for 3 to 5 minutes, these poses teach you to sit with discomfort, and the more we work with these, the more we learn how to train the body and the mind to relax through tension.

Our emotions are physically stored in the body, and it’s common for feelings of sadness, grief, anxiety and fear to come up. Let them! Once you are aware of these emotions, you can acknowledge them, and let them go. Slow down and embrace this practice and you will notice how your body calms itself. There is something so empowering about letting your neck and shoulders release through a simple forward bend over a bolster—the tension in your mind tends to evaporate too. I love evening classes as Yin is also a powerful tool to demarcate day and night, and to get yourself ready for sleep.

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Rachel Fearnley, Yin Yoga teacher at the Canggu Club, CHOSEN and co-founder of Rising Collective taught me that Yin can help you tap into the parasympathetic nervous system. Our busy lives mean we are often in prolonged states of ‘fight or flight mode’ - aka the sympathetic nervous system. Through mindful practices like deep abdominal breathing and yin yoga poses, we bring ourselves back into a state where the body and its organs can go into ‘rest and digest’ mode and do all the important things on its to-do list like elimating toxins and properly digesting your food.

Photo Credit: Nelly le Comte

Start incorporating it into your routine and witness how your body feels afterwards. I promise, it's one of the best things you can do for you body, as well as your mind.

Most yoga studios will have yin yoga classes, otherwise practice from the comfort of your own home with a youtube video like Adriene's Intro to Yin.

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