Why You Need to Try Yin Yoga

» Posted by on Jan 11, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments


Yin yoga is still a new concept to a lot of people. Depending on where you live, you may not have even heard of it before. There are many benefits to yin yoga and it does seem to finally be making name a for itself. If you are one of the people who are not familiar with this style of yoga quite yet, this article is for you.

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What is Yin Yoga?

Yin yoga is a very bendy yoga. You do not have to be flexible to begin practicing, but it will very quickly get you there. Poses are held for 5-20 minutes and are all based around stretching while still maintaining muscle engagement. This style of yoga is created to stretch the connective tissues in the joints of your body instead of your muscles.
Stretches are typically based on the lower half of the body but some classes will include upper body stretches as well. This yoga can be very challenging mentally because it is rather uncomfortable to remain in the poses for such a great amount of time.


Flexibility and Mobility

This is the most obvious reason why you need to try yin yoga. If you are looking for a style of yoga to increase your flexibility and mobility you really will love yin yoga. Yin is the only style that focuses primarily on stretching and you can notice results in as quickly as 3 or 4 classes. If you have ever wondered how to get the type of flexibility you have probably seen yogi’s post on social media, this is the style of yoga you might want to consider. Even if you are just looking to increase or maintain a healthy level of mobility, this style can really benefit you. It isn’t a particularly exciting class but it can be exactly what your body needs.


Yin yoga can be a great way to start to peek into the world of meditation. You can quite easily practice mini-meditations while you are in each pose for 5-20 minutes. With the large amount of time you have, you might even start to do this naturally. If your yoga instructor talks throughout the yoga class, you might find it comforting to listen to her/his voice. Holding that level of focus is half of the battle with learning how to meditate. If your yoga instructor allows for more quiet time during your class, you might find yourself focusing on your breathing more or even just focusing on your body; those are both great ways to start meditating as well.


Body Awareness

It is incredible to see the things your mind can become interested in when it is “bored”. Just like with meditation, you might find your mind becoming more focused on your body. When this happens, your overall body awareness can increase and you will have more of a connection with your body and have a much better understanding of you body and its needs. With the deep stretching you will also learn more about your body’s limits and capabilities.

There really are some serious benefits to starting up a yin yoga practice. If you are looking to increase your flexibility/mobility, or if you are looking to play with meditation, you really need to give yin yoga a try!

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