Like all yoga practice, Yin has a different effect on everyone.
Some students find immediate benefits like more open hips and a calmer, more centered mind. Others find the postures and meditative state to be some kind of torture…
When we pause and hold Yin postures – which often target the hips, pelvis and lower spine – we can experience feelings, sensations and emotions that are easy to avoid in our fast-paced world and yang classes.
If this happens to you, before you make a decision to stick with Vinyasa, try to attend at least three to four Yin classes.
Yin is the perfect antidote to the constant emailing, texting and social media updates.
As one of the leading teachers in Yin yoga, Bernie Clark, says: “Yin yoga is not meant to be comfortable; it will take you well outside your comfort zone. Much of the benefit of the practice will come from staying in this zone of discomfort, despite the mind’s urgent pleas to leave.”
When you commit to Yin and make time to sit, to just be still, you will notice what your mind and body has to say.
Research shows that as well as having a positive impact on the mind and reducing feelings of stress and anxiety, the practice increases circulation, improves flexibility, releases fascia and improves joint mobility, and balances our internal organs – improving the flow of chi or prana the body.