Yin yoga can be simply defined as a balancing practice for a yang style of yoga. It is based on the Taoist concept of yin and yang, in which the interaction of two principles influence destinies. Yin is negative, dark, and feminine, and yang is positive, bright, and masculine. In the body, connective tissues (ligaments, tendons, and fascia – the thin sheet of tissue around muscles and organs) are yin and the muscles and blood are yang.
Yin yoga is a passive practice involving seated and supine poses that access deeper layers of fascia. It is designed to help you sit longer in meditation by stretching connective tissue around the joints of the knees, pelvis, sacrum, and spine.
Classes usually consists of a series of floor poses that primarily work the lower part of the body – the hips, pelvis, lower spine, and inner thighs – an area particularly rich in connective tissue. For more advanced practitioners, these poses are held for up to 5 minutes, or longer.
Yin yoga works on the connective tissues, which respond best to a slow, steady load. Poses are held for approximately 5 minutes in a yin yoga class, which gently stretches the connective tissues. The body responds by making these tissues slightly longer and stronger, which is the exact desired result. Regular yin yoga practice can produce physical and mental benefits, including:
Practicing yin yoga with the following tenets in mind can bring your experience to a deeper level:
At Red Diamond Yoga in Los Angeles, we offer Yin Yoga with Massage as well as a two-part Yin and Yang Yoga class that combines vinyasa flow and yin yoga to bring both styles into the same 90-minute class. All of our classes our intelligently sequenced with clear instructions and personal attention and engagement. Walk into our facility to get a feel for our quality and culture and the full experience we provide with our yoga classes.
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