I hated my first yin class, yep I said it! I couldn’t calm my mind down long enough to appreciate the process. I even had an attitude about it, like it wasn’t as good as all the other yoga classes, (Really?). All personality Type As’ . . . this is the class for you to balance out all your other yang activities! (Yin is good for everyone though).
Eventually, I realized that I needed to add yin to my life. Yin has allowed me to have access to postures that I never thought I would be able to do; my practice has become safer and more enjoyable for me. Most of the aches and pains that I thought were inevitable due to age are no longer present in my body, my struggle with lifelong insomnia has almost vanished, and meditation has become much easier, and is now a must for me.This has allowed me to become much more intuned with myself and has positively influenced every aspect of my life.
Yin can be your only yoga practice. However, I personally believe that it’s best to also do some other consistent physical activity (other yoga classes, hiking, running, etc.). That way, you have a more active (yang) practice and a balancing yin practice. Anyone can practice yin and there are always modifications if needed. Yin is also a portable practice. It’s especially convenient for traveling and on vacation; all you need is a quiet place and maybe a blanket.
Some of the benefits for the body:
*strengthens body structures (connective tissues that hold the body together)
*calms the parasympathetic nervous system, and that allows the body to de-stress (allows for better sleep)
*lubricates joints; aids in healing and flexibility
*helps you gain a sense of freedom and fluidity
*helps to teach you consistent breathing
*because the poses are entered into, and out of slower; they can be safer
*poses are held for longer periods of time allowing you to work desired parts of the body
Some benefits for the mind/spirit:
*you can experience mini-meditations in yin classes
*teaches the mind how to relax and be calm
*trains you how to listen to your body (Am I in pain? Or am I ok?)
*helps you to be more flexible and even-tempered
*gives you an overall sense of balance and well-being
See you in Yin! (the struggle was real, now I love it!). Join me; balance and enhance your life!
Many blessings and much love to all,
At Ignite Yoga, we believe that yoga is for everyone–For people of all ages and all walks of life.