Let’s start delving deeper into the study. Just around the bend we will start to understand the nature of yin and yang and see how they are applied in life and in our body.
The Practice of Yin Yoga
Yin Yoga is a great addition to any active other yoga practice (yang) of asanas, it’s a more meditative approach. The postures are held longer (3-7 min) and are intended specifically for connective tissues, fascias (not muscles). Stretch-style poses are practiced on the floor with the help of props (blocs, bolsters, blankets …) with an emphasis on different parts of the body.
On an energetic level, the Yin Yoga stimulates the flow of Prana (vital energy) in the tissues around the joints, where energy often stagnates, and works on the meridians and the chakras (energetic centers).
This practice can be very challenging for both body and mind as the student will be asked to let go, to do not hold on anything while staying without moving in the pose if possible.
It’s a slow and gentle practice, as the student should never push too much or too far. Yin Yoga is a beautiful way to discover oneself own limits physically and mentally.