< Go Back Yin Yoga
One of the most common questions I get asked by many students, and a question I love to answer, so grab a cuppa tea, sit back and put your feet up and give yourself some time to relax, rest and read whilst I introduce to the world of yin yoga.
Ok You're back? Now let's get settled and comfy and I mean really comfy, grab all your pillows, a blanket, check your warm enough. The more comfortable you are the more you will relax. Now you can let go and just sink, allow your body to go where it wants to go and commit to staying there with stillness for at least 3 minutes.
This is yin - well you are now beginning to practice the 3 main tattras, principles to yin yoga.
Come to a comfortable edge Find a stillness in the body Commit to staying for the full time.
The main objectives for your yin class is to feel comfortable and supported in a safe environment. So props blankets, pillows, bolsters are a must. This is so you can begin to let go of distractions and bring your awareness inwards. This is also why Yin is referred to as the 'yoga of surrender'
Sounds pretty easy right? But believe me it's not. While initially this style of yoga can seem quite passive, soft, or even boring our yin practice can be quite challenging as it's preparing the body for meditation. So, don't be fooled by its cool approach as it's just as intense as your yang styles due to the long duration of the poses.
I could go on and on listing all the amazing rewards such as increased flexibility, better circulation, greater joint mobility but my blog would keep you to the couch for the rest of your day and we don't want to over stimulate those yin energies now.
So, the best way to experience this beautiful practice that offers the right amount of balance and is a perfect for both your mind and body is to jump on your magic mat and head for a yin yoga class and prepare to let go.