To be present with yourself does not allow space for self-judgment. When you live this way, you are practicing yoga: you are living fully.
Yin yoga has gained a lot of popularity in recent years and with good reason. This beautiful practice is like an antidote to our busy lifestyle, and it creates a balance in the yoga world that it is often more yang oriented.
Not only does yin yoga help create a balance, the practice also offers health benefits on a physical, mental, and energetic level.
Many of us are used to strengthening and stretching our muscles in other styles of yoga or exercise, however, many are unaware of the profound benefits of stretching our deep fascia and how to do so. By working with our deep fascia – which is exactly what we do in yin yoga – we will increase our flexibility and mobility so we will keep moving sore free as we age. As a little side bonus this increased flexibility will also be noticeable when you practice yang styles of yoga as you will most likely find yourself moving through the poses with more ease.
Our fascia is a part of our connective tissue and is found throughout the body – you can imagine it as a spider web. Stretching the fascia will lead to lubrication and hydration of the entire body meaning you will experience a wider range of mobility. Just as we want strong muscles we want our fascia to be mobile and flexible.
But not only will you experience more flexibility. You will most likely also experience that many of your pains and aches subside. This is because our tension often is in the fascia and not in our muscles so once we start stretching the fascia a couple of times per week we will start releasing the tension that causes our pains and aches.
On a mental level yin yoga is wonderful for cultivating grounding and calm, which can help reduce stress and anxiety. When we are in a state of stress we are in our sympathetic nervous system (fight and flight), meaning the body thinks we are in danger. In yin yoga we focus on the Dan Tien breathing (deep belly breathing) and stillness which naturally will help the nervous system calm down and activate the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest) which will lead to more calmness, grounding and feelings of trust.
You do not need to practice yin yoga every day in order to experience these benefits. I do, however, recommend that you practice yin yoga a couple of times per week to experience the full benefits of this practice.
If you are interested in diving deeper into all the health benefits of yin yoga and learn more about this wonderful practice, one of our trainings might just be what you are looking for. In our trainings we go deep into every aspect of yin yoga, including all the health benefits.