Yin Yoga is a deeply relaxing and inwardly focused practice, working into the connective tissues of the body, with a focus on hip and spine mobility. Yin yoga gives us time to slow down and connect with the body, and to explore the depths of the body and mind. The yin approach to yoga practice targets tissues of the body that are difficult to affect in more dynamic styles of yoga. Yin lends itself very well to the practice of mindfulness and introspection so we can transform our practice into a moving meditation and reap the benefits of relaxation, sustained attentional balance and sharpness of mind, as well as cultivating a supple body in a state of ease.
Postures are initially held, with the use of props, for 3 to 5 minutes to allow for deeper exploration and release of mental and physical tightness. Yin yoga is a complimentary practice to ‘yang’ (dynamic and muscle focused) exercise or yoga. It is a particularly soothing practice during menstruation or injury when a stronger yoga practice is not suitable. A short meditation will conclude the practice.