Curiosity over Yin Yoga: What is it all about?

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!

In the Midst of Me

Why do I doubt You oh, Lord, when You have continuously proven Yourself to me?

Why do I doubt You oh, Lord, when You have told me that You have chosen me?

Why is my heart tangled in a series of questions questioning Your existence, if I have seen how You have worked in my life?

Why am I feeling alone, when I know You have promised me that You will never leave me nor forsake me?

Why am I like this?

Lord is there something wrong with me?

If there is, then make things right for me.

Is it my faith?

Then embrace me even more, so that my mind won’t fool me and start raising questions that are not supposed to be raised.

Open the eyes of my heart Lord, because I wanted to see You once again.

I wanted to see Your face and keep my hope up just like before.

Did I walk astray?

In my path it seems that You’re not there?

Please straighten things out for me because I cannot figure this one out on my own.

My body is cold and my spirit is weak

Embrace me Lord and keep me warm in Your loving hand

I have fallen and I can’t stand on my own.

Raise me up again and let me hold Your banner in this warfare

Anoint me and I will be Your warrior.

Why do I still doubt You?

It is my faith.

It is the barrier that I have built between us.

Crush this shell in my heart like the way You have crushed the walls of Jericho

Marry me and dwell in my temple as You have promised

I know You have chosen me among others

Save me from myself for I am causing all the doubts in me

Sanctify me.

Purify my mind.

Break my heart and make it Yours, just like what You have promised.

In the midst of my doubts, I know in my heart You will come and save me.