I did my Yin Yoga training in Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka in June 2019. Travelling solo to Sri Lanka was both an adventure and a bit daunting but I had a fantastic time learning all about Yin Yoga on my first ever Yoga training.
Because Yin was my first training, I think it’ll always have a special place in my heart. But Yin is quite different from the form of Yoga you often find in community classes (which tend to be Vinyasa/ Hatha based).
So what is Yin Yoga? Why is it different? Will you enjoy it?
Yin is predominantly a floor based Yoga practise. There are very few standing postures in Yin meaning that we don’t do our flows (like we do in Vinyasa) and you’re likely to work up a sweat in a Yin class.
Because you’re not likely to get sweaty a lot of people think that Yin is ‘Restorative’, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. In Restorative Yoga we use the pose to relax. In Yin, we use poses for deep fascial stretching.
In a Yin class your teacher will guide you through one pose at a time and you tend to hold each pose for around 2-6minutes each. Having a mini ‘savasana’ or ‘rebound’ in between each pose to allow the body to completely relax and reset before moving in to your next one.
Why do we hold the poses for so long?
At around the 2 minute mark, our muscles really begin to relax and release tension. This means that we’re not stretching the muscles when we do Yin Yoga, but our fascia, joints, tendons, ligaments. Yin gives us a really deep stretch in these areas which ultimately gives us greater range of movement and flexibility.
Yin is suitable for all levels and experiences of Yoga. But it can be especially helpful if you’re recovering from injury, if you’re slowing losing mobility in joints/tendons etc, or if you’re really serious about improving flexibility. And that’s just he physical benefits!
Because we pause for reflection in our Yin poses, we can reap a lot of mental health benefits from our Yin classes such as reduction in stress, blood pressure, lower anxiety. It gives us time to rest and meditate.
In a nutshell, Yin…
- Deeply stretches our fascia, joints, tendons, ligaments without working up a sweat
- Is accessible to all experiences of Yoga
- Is great for recovering from injury or if you have poor mobility/ flexibility
- Gives us time to meditate and reflect
- Helps us manage our stress and anxiety
“That’s great Abi, but where can I do a yin class?”
I’mso glad you asked!
You can join me for an hour of Yin Yoga every Sunday from 3.30-4.30pm online from the comfort of your cosy homes.
The class is donation based (suggested donation £5-7) and you can book via my website.
The first Yin class is this Sunday at 3.30pm. I hope to see you there!
If you’re interested in exploring Yin prior to Sunday’s class I’ve linked a short 20min Yin based practise “Slow Your Roll” which you can watch on my YouTube channel. Enjoy!