This week I tried and tested a yin yoga class. Yin yoga is all about big stretch moves with long holds, a really slow pace, and the use of cushions and blocks to assist in getting you in to the poses. Yin is guaranteed to release any muscle soreness by lengthening the target muscles; it is the perfect active recovery activity. As well as giving you an amazing stretch it may make you a tad sleepy and you will leave feeling super relaxed.
Simply google yin in your area and choose a class that best suits you. Or follow an online instructional, there are loads out there. And if you need a recommendation – contact me.
Here are some of my top tips for your class and just a few more of the benefits that can be gained from yin:
- Move slowly and gently into the pose. You might think it seems easy or even a bit boring but if you go straight to the maximum stretch of the pose you will find it difficult to hold for the correct length of time.
- For some (me included), it is really difficult to find stillness in the poses. Consciously try to let go as you move in to each pose and resist the urge to fidget or shift position too much.
- Don’t think of it as a workout, it isn’t. It’s a chance to relax, stretch and rebalance.
- The hardest thing about yin is switching off the mind. Try to repeat a short mantra as you sit in each posture. It can be anything from a real chant to ‘I am good enough’ or even more simply ‘breath in, breath out’ anything that is going to work to stop you thinking about what you are going to feed the kids tonight or when you are going to get around to sterilising those bottles.
More benefits of yin:
- Calms and balances the mind and body.
- Reduces stress, anxiety and depression.
- Increases circulation.
- Improves flexibility.
- Releases tight fascia.
- Improves joint mobility.
- Improves digestion.
- Balances internal organs.