What is Yin Yoga?

Yin yoga is a style of yoga wherein poses are held longer, typically 3-5 mins, in order to work on connective tissue. Connective tissues (fascia, tendons, ligaments) respond to a slow and steady load with muscles relaxed. Most yoga practices in the West are yang style practices that focus on the muscles in the body making these two styles complimentary, the yin and the yang. Many Yin poses have similarities to Yang poses but are called by different names since the focus is to relax muscles and poses will look different because of this. A typical Yin pose is passive, on the ground, and many involve the use of props.


Why bother trying to be still for 3-5 mins!?

The benefits of Yin Yoga include:

-increased mobility in the body particularly in joints and hips

-releasing of fascia (which can sometimes feel like tight muscles we can't stretch)

-lowering of stress levels

-calming and balancing to the mind and body in general

-particularly useful for people who are overstimulated or have very active minds

-helpful in learning how to sit with uncomfortable physical situations as well as emotions


What to expect in Yin Yoga at Estes Park Yoga studio?

Classes start with breath work and centering and transition into Yin poses. We spend the vast majority of class in seated or lying poses often with the use of props. Some poses are physically relaxing, others offer more physical sensation especially as the length of time in the pose increases. While we hold our physical poses we also work with our mind. We alternate between meditative exercises and silence so that we have a balance of stimulation for the mind as well as time to work on sitting and being present with whatever comes up in our bodies or minds. Class ends with a longer shivasana often with a reading and with the option for a brief facial massage to assist in relaxing. My name is Caryn I teach our Yin class here at Estes Park Yoga and I would love to bring you into the world of Yin. If you have any questions, concerns, or thoughts please don't hesitate to email us at estesparkyoga@gmail.com or drop in an give it a shot Sundays at 4pm!


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