May be some of you haven’t heard or even tried practicing Yin Yoga yet. Yin Yoga may be a less popular style of yoga compared to yoga styles such as Ashtanga and Vinyasa; on the other hand, it is now gaining popularity among yoga practitioners as it gives a wide array of health benefits.
What is Yin Yoga ?
Yin Yoga is based on the Taoist concept of yin and yang, opposite and complementary principles in nature. Yin is the stable, unmoving aspect of things while yang is the changing, moving aspect. As this concept goes, we need both to come into balance to stay in optimum condition. This yoga practice was originally introduced by Paulie Zink whose expertise is Taoist Yoga.
How does Yin Yoga work?
This style of yoga targets the deep connective tissues of the body such as tendons, ligaments and fascia. Yin Yoga is designed to help you sit longer, and more comfortably, in meditation by stretching connective tissue around the joints (mainly the knees, pelvis and spine). It is a slow-paced yoga style where there are no extreme poses such as warrior poses and standing poses which make it suitable for both beginners and more experienced practitioners. Yin Yoga poses are often executed on the floor and they are more passive postures. Yin Yoga style is believed to help promote meditation and long periods of pranayama and sitting.
Who is it for?
Yin Yoga is for everyone especially those who are tired, over-stressed, over-stimulated or those who need energy or have too much of it. Again, the concept of Yin Yoga is to abet balance to stay in ‘optimum condition’.
Health benefits of a regular Yin Yoga practice
- Improved flexibility & strength
- Stillness: calms and balances the mind and body
- Stress and anxiety reduction
- Increased circulation
- Greater joint and hips mobility
- Regulates energy in the body
- Better ability to sit for meditation
- Deeper relaxation
Yin Yoga is offered at the resort every Wednesday at 6:30pm. The class is led by our Yoga Studio Manager, Nelli. She says her approach on this yoga style involves a series of seated and supine poses which are held for up to five minutes or sometimes even longer. According to her, it is a simple, quiet practice and anyone can join the class.
To join a class with our Yogini, Nelli, please email [email protected] or call 063964 864 / 092 141 694. See you all on the mat!