Based on the taoist concept of yin and yang, Yin yoga focuses on passive poses or asanas that are held for a longer period of time. This lies at the opposite end of yang yoga which is characterized by athletic, powerful movements.
At the heart of this practice is the emphasis on connective tissues. This includes the ligaments, joints, bones, the deep fascia networks of the body and the meridians. These tissues respond best to slower, deliberate movements- stretching them and thus strengthening them in the long run.
In strengthening connective tissues, one improves the flow of qi in the body. Qi refers to the flow of subtle energy throughout the body through meridians. This concept is a foundation of traditional Chinese medicine. Unobstructed qi flow may improve an individual’s organ health, immunity, and emotional well-being.
Four Main Principles
Most Western forms of yoga focus on “yang” – the active, vigorous aspect of the practice. For those new to Yin, the experience may be daunting. Nevertheless, there are principles that one can expect from this practice:
Identifying your Limit
Yin yoga involves finding one’s edge. This involves moving slowly into a pose and accepting an intensity that doesn’t push the body into pain.
Strength in Stillness
Once the limit is reached, it is all about releasing the tension and finding strength in the stillness.
Holding the Position
The beauty of Yin yoga lies in slow, deliberate movements. Each pose is helpful for a longer period of time – around 1 to 3 minutes for beginners, and 5 to 7 minutes for those with advanced practice.
Slowly coming out of the held pose is an important part of Yin yoga.
Finding Steadfast with Qi Yoga Life
In our fast-paced world, most forget that clarity and strength lies in the slow and deliberate. Yin yoga may help you find your centre – the perfect balance to an otherwise hectic lifestyle.
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