Yin yoga. It's supposed to be different

Yin yoga is designed to be different. It’s quite scientific and very anatomical. In some ways it’s easier but in many ways it’s harder. Our sedentary lifestyles make yin yoga difficult but so very necessary.

Yoga is typically grouped into two approaches, yin or yang. The popularity of yang classes continues to rise in the western world.  Yang works with muscular tissues which tends to include repetitive, rhythmic muscular contractions. Yang classes are dynamic and fast-flowing. At Yoga Emporium, we call yang Hot Flow.

In comparison yin movements are very slow and deliberate. You stay in the postures for longer, marinating in the sensations. This is HARD. Mindfulness is challenged with a yin approach.

We often use distraction as a way to circumnavigate discomfort. We distract ourselves with heat, sweat, with fast movements, with the people around us. With the pictures on the wall. With our toenails. Yin yoga sets down the challenge to stay PRESENT with the sensations. If the posture focusses on the hamstrings, then follow the sensation down the hamstring. Stay with it.

The benefits of Yin:

  • Develops a deeper awareness of muscles, joints, injuries and tightness
  • The longer holds allow the posture to seep down into connective tissue and fascia
  • It specifically prepares the body to sit comfortably for meditation
  • Works with the principle of applying a slow, steady load to encourage the body to respond with increased strength and length
  • Postures often focus on hips, pelvis and low back
  • Encourages a sensitivity to more subtle cues which is necessary for injury prevention

Yoga Emporium offers three Yin classes per week. Check timetable for details and to book.