Hello beautifullll yogis! Welcome back, thanks for taking the time to read up on my blog! 🙂
Today, going on to the next chapter of yoga types, I’ll be writing more on how to Yin Yoga for beginners – and basically what yin yoga is exactly.
By the way, am I the only one who was wondering where’s the yang in yoga? Please tell me no…
Anyway, when we talk about Yin yoga, you can already imagine the yin and yang, the black and white logo that’s super famous all around us. It’s yes, originated from the Taoist concept of having the opposites to compliment each other.
If you’re new to this concept, basically whatever that’s moving, rough, adventure, challenging things that we have in life, have to be balanced with the serene, peaceful, immobile parts of it too.
So sometimes when we do Ashtanga or Vinyasa yoga, we are basically activating the more mobile muscles in our body, and even the practice itself, where it’s more challenging, we group them as yang.
So with Yin yoga, instead of moving and activating the same muscles that we activated during Ashtanga or Vinyasa practice, we are now activating the stiffer connective tissues like tendons, ligaments, and fascia.
These stiff connective tissues can be stressed better with long, slow, and steady poses instead of continuous movements. When you give pressure or stress to these tissues, then in response, our body will actually strengthen those tissues – isn’t it amazing how smart our body is??
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Read More: Different Types of Yoga And Their Benefits
History of Yin Yoga
So with Yin yoga, pretty much everything comes from a guy named as Master Paulie Zink – who is also a 3 times martial art grand-champion!
For him to get to where he is today, he was being taught Chinese martial arts every day for ten years and a part of his training, he has to focus on practicing what’s called as Taoist Chi Kung. You can just remember it as a practice for body flexibility and conditioning.
During this ten years of training, he also studied different things on Taoist theories that actually led him to come up with his own “Taoist Yoga” practice (though they didn’t really call it yoga at that time). The practice was pretty much being inspired by Hatha yoga as well – thus the word yoga. Ehem.
And so, with this Master Paulie Zink, he also has a few of his own students and one of them is Paul Grilley. A man whose name is pretty much everywhere when it comes to Yin yoga. This is because Paul Grilley studied the basic beginner level of “Taoist yoga” with Paulie Zink back in the 1980s. But of course, with what we are learning today in yoga studios on Yin yoga, Paul Grilley has also incorporated some of his knowledge and touch to create a comprehensive Yin yoga practice 🙂
Why You Need Yin Yoga
If you have read my summary of different types of yoga post, you’d know that Yin yoga can be a hit or a miss. Some people love it, whereas others find it super challenging. I’m not going to lie that if you’re not very flexible, you will find Yin yoga a little uncomfortable to do – pretty much me when I first tried it.
But, it can also be super relaxing and has tons of benefits.
First thing first, it calms the mind and balances your body. Most of the classes that I’ve been to for Yin yoga are being held in the evening and have a very soothing and calming feeling to it. And when the class is quiet, it’s super easy to calm your mind and just focus on your body. Also, because the poses are held for a long period of time for both sides of our body, it can help balance our different sides too. We usually tend to be more flexible and strong in our side, so Yin yoga can actually be great in helping to balance up things a bit.
Second, it’s soooo great if you want to improve your flexibility. A lot of the poses are really going to stretch your body and though it might be uncomfortable at times, you can really feel that your body is a lot lighter and superhero-feel right after the class. I personally like to practice a bit of Yin yoga for a warm up before I continue my practice with splits (I’m still terrible at it).
Third, since it’s activating our tendons and ligaments, Yin yoga can also help to improve our joint mobility. Of course, don’t only do Yin yoga when you’re having a knee-pain. It’s meant for long-term improvement 🙂
So, a few tips when it comes to practicing Yin yoga!
- Slow down, buddy!
- Everyone has their own pace, sometimes when you look at the teacher doing full butterfly pose, it’s tempting to try our best to replicate the pose. But listen to your body! Maybe there are some parts in your body that are still a bit stiff. So move slowly into each pose and breathe gently to move deeper into the pose 🙂 Breathe baby breathe!
- It’s okay to move around a little.
- If it’s your first time doing Yin yoga, the bet is, you’re not really sure how your body is going to react with all the poses. Some will be easy for you and some might not be so much. And at times, you might fidget a little to find your comfortable pose, and it’s okay. Though try to reduce this over time, it’s still okay to find your place when you’re just starting out 🙂
- Try to love the pose!
- Haha this is easier said than done. But sometimes you can really hate the pose as it stretches some muscles that you’re not really familiar with. Instead of waiting impatiently for the pose to be over, try to think about the benefits that it will bring you – more flexibility & strength!
Let’s Try Some Yin Yoga!
Since Yin yoga class is pretty soothing and you gotta take on the whole energy of the class as well to really feel it, I’m going to share some YouTube videos below on Yin yoga for beginners that you can try starting today! 🙂
What’s In Yin Yoga Class? Is It For You?
Yin yoga is for everybody babay!
You just gotta try it out in a yoga studio or even online to see whether it’s your style or not. But I hope you won’t give up after the 1st try!
It’s really great if you’re someone who’s rather busy, tired and just need an outlet to relax your mind and really brings back the balance in your body.
One thing that you need to remember when it comes to Yin yoga class is that the sequence and poses are held for a long period of time. Like really long. And pretty passive, meaning that you’ll be on the floor most of the time.
It works your lower part of the body with your inner thighs, your lower back, your hips and all those areas that you wish can be a little bit more flexible 😉
I really hope that you’d give Yin yoga a try – I hope I didn’t make it too scary or anything like that.
It can greatly complement your busy life and extremely useful for someone like me whose mind has never stop thinking. It can be a little overwhelming, and I’ve come to find that Yin yoga really does help me in those areas.
It’s a simple, rather quiet but extremely powerful practice.
Let me know below your experiences with Yin Yoga, if you’ve tried it. And if you haven’t tried it yet, will you give it a go? 🙂
Till my next post on the last yoga type – Restorative yoga 🙂