Yin and Yang doesn’t only exist in polar opposites such as hot and cold and up and down, it also exists in Yoga! Yin is the stable, unmoving, hidden aspect; yang is the changing, moving, revealing aspect. This is true for Yin and Yang Yoga.
Mental health is just as important if not more important than physical health. Many people have a hard time combining the two. Yoga, especially Yin yoga, is great for clearing your mind, meditating and improving your flexibility. This specific type of yoga is ideal for allowing you to sit longer and more comfortably as it stretches your joints. Being that Yin Yoga helps ease your mind and perpetuating your joints, it is a great solution for people of all ages and athletic ability.
Key Focal Points of Yin Yoga
Yin yoga focuses on Stillness. This calms and balances both the mind and body. Often poses are held for 3-5 minutes and sometimes as long as 20 minutes. During these postures, time is spent in meditation. The long stretches involved in this type of yoga reduce stress and anxiety.
Circulation and flexibility
In Yin Yoga, poses are held for several minutes and these poses stretch the connective tissue around a joint. When in a relaxed position, the body is allowed to stretch the connective tissue that would not typically get stretched in Yin Yoga. This leads to an increase in circulation, improved flexibility and greater joint mobility.
Yin Yoga, commonly referred to as Daoist yoga, helps regulate the glow of energy in the body. Fascia, a web like matrix that surrounds and attaches to all structures within the body, is released throughout the body. Our body loses Fascia pliability during emotional and physical trauma. Fascia affects our flexibility, stability, and is a determining factor in our ability to withstand stress and perform daily activities.
Yin Yoga helps the mind and body in a way that Yang yoga cannot always provide. Like the Yin and Yang there should be a small about of the other in the heart of the opposite.
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