Especially in those moments where everything seems to be too much, Yin Yoga can give your nervous system the rest, that you might need.
Yin as the counterpart to Yang is refreshing and soothing.
I can still remember my first Yin Yoga lesson, when I almost got mad. I did not understand why to spend a few minutes in one pose. Restless, sometimes angry, I remained in the pose.
My journey began ..
I injured myself now and then. Thighs, shoulders, my back .. Never really serious. But still. Even small injuries limited my yoga practice. My injuries changed my practice. They taught me to be more mindful with myself, to feel my body with gentleness. My practice became more internal. I did Yin Yoga without knowing that I practice Yin Yoga. I let my body decide which variations it needed. I felt. Movements became less important than the actual feeling. From this mindfulness came respect and patience towards myself and my body. I am very grateful for that.
Today I enjoy Yin Yoga.
It gives me balance to the otherwise fast pace life.
It helped me to understand the need of rest and slowing down and to accept my journey from turmoil to center.
Above all, Yin postures make the fascial tissue more elastic and joints more flexible. Joints can not be stretched, but the tissue around the joints, even only minimal. This tissue is firmer than muscle, so it is written to the Yin principle. Whereby muscles and blood are rather assigned to the Yang principle.
Yin and Yang are opposite but not separable. They are in constant change. Yin becomes Yang. Yang becomes Yin. Yin can not exist without Yang, and Yang can not exist without Yin.
When Yin is cold, Yang is warm.
When Yang is day, Yin is night.
When Yang is sun, Yin is moon.
One can not exist without the other.
One changes into the other.
Change from day to night, from warm to cold.
So both qualities are constantly present.
Sometimes more yin, sometimes more yang. Sometimes both in harmonious balance.
Willpower is seen as part of the Yang Principle. A quality you need to keep poses for a few minutes. The actual hold is seen as a Yin quality.
Even if you do not believe in Yin and Yang or dualities, Yin Yoga still works.
This form of yoga can give you a lot:
It can give you the necessary balance to all your to-do’s and packed schedules.
It can make you feel more.
It can give your nervous system necessary rest.
It can keep joints and tissues healthy and flexible.
It can show you the beautiful uniqueness of your own body.
If you practice Yin Yoga, practice in 4 steps. That makes it even more effective:
Step 1: Your individual form.
Take your time to find your own unique variation of the posture. Keep your arms, legs, torso and head moving until you feel that you can just stay in that posture comfortably for a certain time. The body should work as little as possible to stay in the posture. Allow your posture to look different than any pictures you’ve ever seen. You want to feel at ease.
Step 2: Linger.
When you have found your pose, stay, breathe, feel.
Again, you want to feel at ease. When the body is ready to leave the posture or to change it, allow it.
Step 3: Rebound.
Find out of the pose as slowly as possible and come into a relaxed position. Maybe just lying on your back. Here no movement. Just noticing and observing as the body balances the long hold all by itself.
Step 4: Movement.
Allow any movement that feels good before you find your next posture. Knees to chest, circles with knees, arms and legs to the ceiling, whatever your body needs.