Do you ever feel a need to balance your yoga practice? As Yoga matures in the U.S., Yin Yoga offers a new approach to balance physical and mental health, for serious students and beginners. All yoga forms emphasize either muscle (Yang) or connective (Yin) tissue. Today, all popular Yoga forms are Yang--muscular. Yin Yoga is little known, but vital, as a balanced Yoga practice has many benefits, including better preparation for meditation. Yin Yoga focuses upon connective tissue, which does not stretch or respond to brief stresses as muscle will, so Yin postures are held for a longer time, with the muscles relaxed. Acupuncture meridians are also found in connective tissues and Yin Yoga is specifically designed to stimulate them.
Yin Yoga Benefits
1. Joint Health - including increased blood flow to the joint tissues, providing more room in the joint, increasing flexibility of the tissues
2. Meditative - the longer, quiet holds of the postures allow time to cultivate a clam, peaceful meditative state
3. Perseverance - long periods of time in an uncomfortable posture allow the practitioner to become used to accepting "what is" in any given moment