7 Reasons Why I Love Yin Yoga
by Clarissa Robertson
1) The slow pace of Yin Yoga and the use of supportive props where necessary allows you to make micro-adjustments and take the time to absorb the feedback from your body to these adjustments. Every tiny movement focuses the mind on being in the present moment with your breath.
2) Yin Yoga is a more meditative approach to asana practise than a stronger Yang class. It helps develop a mindfulness in your practice.
3) The four principles of Yin Yoga are simple to learn and understand, making Yin Yoga very accessible. The principles are:
- Coming to your appropriate edge in the posture.
- Being still – consciously releasing with the pulse of your breath.
- Holding the pose for a period of time.
- Releasing carefully after long holds.
4) Yin Yoga helps train your mind to be less distracted and gain a greater sense of clarity and insight into the mind state of ‘endlessly doing’ rather than ‘just being’.
5) The practice of Yin Yoga helps you to slow down and pay attention to your body, observing without action or reaction, which can then be carried into your everyday life.
6) Yin Yoga is an excellent starting point for people who have lost connection to their body and need to re-learn how to listen to what their body is telling them.
7) Yin Yoga brings peace to the mind while exploring the sensations that arise when holding a posture for 3 to 10 minutes. The practice can be challenging for all students but even more demanding for students that find it hard to enjoy stillness within the body and mind. However once found it becomes deeply nourishing. As a practitioner I find it calming and restoring with amazing power to balance my emotional state.