Weeks ago I have never heard of the so-called Yin Yoga. I just encountered this term in our Yoga class when our instructor decided to change our practice from Ashtanga Yoga to Yin Yoga for one session (He planned to alter the practices). Ashtanga Yoga is really very tiring and for me, the transition from one pose or asanas to another is quick enough for me to lose balance at times (since I’m a newbie).
My curiosity level got higher because I have no idea about it, and I got scared when our instructor told us that in Yin Yoga, we have to hold the asanas longer compared to Ashtanga asanas -and we’re talking about MINUTES here guys. Minutes!
So what is Yin Yoga all about?
Based on my experience, Yin Yoga is a bit slow-paced compared to Ashtanga. For Ashtanga, you only have to hold the asanas for 5 breathing and you have to switch to another asanas. As for Yin, it’s different because you have to hold the asanas for around 5 minutes or longer, I can’t really tell how long exactly because it’s our instructor who’s taking note of the time. For me, Yin Yoga is more relaxing than Ashtanga. I really find Ashtanga aggressive, especially for newbies like me.
Basically, Yin Yoga targets the connective tissues like the ligament and the tendons in the pelvic area, lower back, and the hips. According to our instructor, Yin Yoga strongly focuses in the middle part of the body. And because the time allotted for each pose is longer, it actually promotes good energy circulation, and the series of poses are designed to trigger the internal parts of body, such as the liver, kidney, etc. Yin Yoga also promotes patience to those who practice it because the time allotted for each pose is longer compared to other kinds of Yoga.
This kind of Yoga is also advisable to those who have very stiff muscles because it promotes flexibility. However, since this kind of Yoga is not as invigorating as the other practices, it is advisable to practice Yin Yoga in a warmer room temperature. Yin Yoga takes longer time to rise the body temperature, that’s why it’s best to be in a room with higher temperature.
And to take note:
This Yoga didn’t start in India. Where do you think it started? But of course, in CHINA! Where else?
Aside from those stuff, I don’t know anything else about Yin Yoga.
Well, Maybe I do know another thing… it made me fall asleep! 😛
Oh well… Namaste!