How to use Yin Yoga as self-care


by Kristi Kuttner April 10, 2018

Yin yoga is a great addition to self-care and here is why.......

Yin yoga is a beautifully healing approach to connecting your mind, body and spirit. This nurturing practice provides a safe place for your mind and body to enter into a meditative and blissful experience once you open yourself up. I have been practicing and teaching yin yoga for quit a few years now and have seen a personal transformation and countless other transformations within my students and clients.

But first let me explain what yin yoga is.  It is a very meditative yoga practice.  Yin yoga poses are held passively for a longer amount of time with as little muscle engagement as possible. This allows access to the deeper tissues such as the connective tissue and fascia and many of the postures focus on areas that encompass a joint (hips, sacrum, spine).  We store a lot of emotions, trauma, and tension in our bodies and tend to lose our flexibility as we age.  Yin yoga can help to release these emotions and tension and significantly improve flexibility. 

Each pose can be held for 3-5minutes and sometimes up to 10-20 minutes.  These long, quiet and still holds are what makes this practice so healing. Most of us are not used to sitting still and are constantly "doing". But remember we are human "beings" no human "doings". Our culture has become very Yang like in that we are always on the move or thinking about the next thing. It's important to create a balance of all this Yang energy with some quiet time for reflection.

Benefits of a regular Yin yoga practice
  • Calms and balances the mind and body.
  • Reduces stress and anxiety.
  • Increases circulation.
  • Improves flexibility.
  • Releases fascia and improves joint mobility.
  • Balances the internal organs and improves the flow of chi or prana.
  • initiates your parasympathetic nervous system (allowing the body to rest and digest) 
Here is a full Yin Yoga class with me from my backyard :)  Sittin' Pretty cushions are incredible during Yin because of their unique shape and weight. Enjoy and reach out if you have any questions!

Much Love,
Kristi



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