Posted by on 5/13/2021 to Let's Talk Yoga!
A Deeper Look: What is Yin Yoga | Yin Yoga Sequences
Yin Yoga is a yoga variant that aims to improve, relax and fortify body and mind. In this article, we shed some light on what it is, how it differs from other variants and what its main characteristics are.
Yon Yoga : what it is
Yin Yoga is a soft, slow and gentle style of yoga, which involves maintaining static positions in a relaxed manner. It is a yoga suitable for all ages and all levels of physical preparation.
Modern times run fast; the speed of information and the quantity of proposals are often confusing and disorienting. In recent decades, the validity and effectiveness of yoga practice have been confirmed over and over again for us Westerners, but the great diffusion of this millenary science at the same time may have created confusion in many people. Doctors now often recommend “doing yoga”, but for those who are beginners, the path in choosing the style of yoga that best suits their needs can prove to be not without obstacles. Each style of yoga has its specific peculiarity and beauty and some are particularly suitable for people with certain aptitudes or needs, but not for others. There is a way of practicing, still little known and widespread because it is particularly "young" (but only as a definition), which really suits everyone: Yin Yoga. It is a very quiet practice, which teaches us to let go of tensions and thoughts, allowing the mind to relax and deeply involving the whole body. Yin Yoga can be practiced by anyone because it adapts to the needs of any body.
Yin Yoga asanas: what are they?
Yin Yoga - we remember - is strongly influenced by Hatha Yoga and Taoism, so many asanas are the same between the various styles. The fundamental difference lies in the execution time of the exercises and in the type of recurring exercise, which makes up a sequence.
A Yin Yoga sequence consists of positions that must be maintained for at least 3 minutes, in order to improve the energy flow and stimulate tissues and joints. It is possible to maintain a position for even 5 minutes or even longer, depending on the level of resistance and training of the subject who is performing the practice.
The reason for these very specific times is due to the fact that such long periods of laying are used to relax and stretch connective tissues such as tendons, ligaments and joints. Another feature of the style is that most of the positions are performed lying down or sitting, so almost never standing.
To align the chakras and energy flows, it is recommended to practice before or after any yang-type activity (therefore, for example, immediately after returning from work), in order to restore the balance between the elements. On the contrary, it is not recommended to dedicate time to practice if inactivity has taken over.
The yin is the approach that can also be practiced every day. This is because the affected tissues have much shorter recovery times than those employed by skeletal muscles.
The active positions concern the Yang element, while the passive ones concern the Yin element.
Yin yoga sequences
Like all yoga classes, Yin Yoga also involves the grouping of asanas into various sequences, each aimed at achieving a certain goal.
Among these, there are 4 yin yoga sequences that we can consider among the most widespread of the practice:
- Spring Sequence, created to restore the balance of the liver and gallbladder meridians.
- Summer sequence, created to balance the meridians of the spleen and stomach.
- Autumn Sequence, created to restore the balance of the meridians of the intestine, heart and lungs.
- Winter sequence, created to allow the achievement of balance in the meridians of the kidneys and bladder.
Frequent Yin Yoga Positions: What Are They?
There are a lot of positions that we can include in the discipline.
yin yoga positions
Here is a short list of those that we can include among the most frequent:
- Baddha Kònasana posture, also known as the Butterfly pose;
- Savasana position, also known as the Corpse pose;
- Vrksasana position, also called the Tree pose;
- Ustrasana position, also known as the Camel pose;
- Balansana position, also known as the Child’s pose;
- Anahatam position, ideal for activating the fourth Heart chakra;
- Hamsasana position, that is Swan pose;
- Mandukasana posture, also known as the Frog pose.
Yin Yoga benefits of the practice
Yoga is a source of benefits that from the body also extend to the mind.
In the absence of particular problems, the style is recommended for anyone, especially those with a sedentary lifestyle and is, in fact, an excellent variant for awakening the muscles and fortifying the body.
But what are its specific benefits? Let's see them all in detail:
- deep relaxation of the body and mind;
- control of the energy flow and activation of the chakras;
- stretching of muscle tissues;
- increased strength;
- improvement of blood circulation;
- improves joint and muscle flexibility and mobility;
- increases self-esteem;
- favors the connection with oneself.
If you feel stressed and you think you need some great relaxation Yin Yoga is the practice your need to try! It’s the best way to explore yoga while relaxing and truly reconnect with your body from a place of calmness and stillness away from the chaos and the frantic rhythm of your daily life! Namaste