What Can I Expect in a Yin Yoga Practice?
Because you’re holding poses for a longer period of time than you would in other traditional types of yoga, yin yoga helps you stretch and lengthen those rarely-used tissues while also teaching you how to breathe through discomfort and sit with your thoughts.
In a Yin class, we usually hold poses anywhere from 3 to 5(ish) + minutes at a time, (sometimes longer) and it tends to be quite a meditative practice. We are left alone with our minds.
Principles for Yin Yoga
Come into the shape to an appropriate depth…
Move slowly and gently into the pose, and look for an appropriate amount of intensity, never stretch so far as to cause pain.
Stillness: consciously try to release into the pose, Resolve to be still…(ish)as much as you can, Once we have found our edge, (target area) we settle into the pose and let go of the movement. ... (on a level 1-10 of discomfort- sensation- tension). We are striving for a 7, let 7 be your edge)
Rest in the posture for some time…
Hold the position: begin by holding for 1-3 minutes gradually progressing to 5 minutes or more. Give your body space to open up (So no forcing the body into shapes)
Come out of the pose gently and slowly.
‘REBOUNDS’ are taken in between the poses – The second part of the pose….WHERE THE MAGIC HAPPENS….💫
Rebound allows you the time to listen and feel internally, so you can notice and feel any subtle movements, sensations, and changes in the body.
In yin, we move away from effort and into ease. Letting gravity and time work their magic. This trains our minds and hearts to learn to be okay with times of stillness and to sit with the discomfort that may be present in our lives.