By Kara Lester, Edge Ambassador
A Brief History and What is Yin Yoga?
Yin Yoga originated in the 1980s. Paul Grilley is credited as being the founder of this yoga practice.
Yin Yoga is considered a gentle style of yoga, where poses are held anywhere from 3-10 minutes. Poses are intended to be held for longer periods of time to soften muscles, tissues, replenish blood flow, and even release deeply held emotions and tension stored within the body.
How is Yin Yoga Unique?
Yin is unique from other styles of yoga because of how long poses are held. I often see the term “passive” used to describe this style. For me, nothing is really passively felt while in a pose such as Frog!
Even in such hip-openers as Pigeon, the practitioner is presented with a unique challenge of going within.
Popular styles offer a physical challenge through fast-paced flows. This style encourages one to embrace the stillness and feel into that moment.
This sounds easier said than done. In a world where we are glued to our electronic devices, the style challenges us to break from our norm and be present for a time.
Benefits of Yin Yoga
Stimulate and replenish organ functioning
New, fresh perspective or ways of thinking
Who Can Practice Yin Yoga?
Similar to restorative yoga, ANYONE can practice Yin Yoga! Of course, it is essential to consult with your medical team prior to any new exercise regimen.
Athletes or runners may also find Yin to be a nice compliment to their daily practice. Keen attention is given to lengthening the muscles, which encourages healthier muscle fibers.
What Can Be Expected During Yin Yoga?
Similar to restorative, Yin accompanies props such as blankets, straps, bolsters, and the like into the practice. Here, the focus is less on the number of poses, and more on the quality of the pose. Time is dedicated to deepening into poses and introspection.
Want more? Head to our YouTube channel for a Podcast on Yin Yoga with Michelle Rae Sobi!