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Benefits of Yin Yoga

Reshma Jirage May 29, 2019
Yin yoga is a slow-paced, modern discipline of yoga. Yin yoga poses are held for a longer time, typically 3 to 5 minutes or even more. Yin yoga is beneficial for both physical and psychological health.
Yin yoga was introduced by the martial arts expert, Taoist Paulie Zink in the 1970s.

Yin yoga is a unique yoga practice, in which you need to maintain a single pose for longer time. For beginners the duration of the poses may range from 45 seconds to 2 minutes. Experts can hold a pose for 5 minutes or more.
Various yin yoga poses are meant for different purposes, giving incredible health benefits. You need to follow certain instructions for each pose to avail its complete benefits.

Some of the famous yin yoga poses are butterfly pose, saddle pose, sphinx pose, seal pose, child’s pose, half dragonfly pose, full forward bend and Savasana.

Regular Practice of Yin Yoga

After Yin Yoga:
You may experience physical and psychological relaxation.

You get a calming effect on mind and body with reduced stress level.

You will find increased concentration for meditation and enhanced mindfulness, with improved ability to cope with stress and anxiety.

Yin Yoga for Mind

The secret of our well-being lies in our ability to improve physical, emotional and spiritual aspects. Yin yoga helps us to observe, soothe, nurture and calm ourselves.

A practice to stay still in one position for a longer time helps in improving the focus and concentration as well as improves self-care and self-compassion.
Yin yoga teaches us to be patient and have control over our reactions in difficult or troubling situations. It also helps you to stay composed.

Yin Yoga for Body

Yin yoga poses can gently relax the muscles and fascia, resulting in breaking up adhesions of connective tissues.

Adhesion of connective tissues due to certain injuries, wrong posture and aging can lead to restriction of movements, pain and limited mobility.
It helps to restore the range of motion by applying moderate stress to connective tissues and joints.

Yin yoga with its challenging postures helps build muscular strength of the body.

Yin Yoga for Overall Well-being

Various yin yoga poses are helpful to remove blockages in the myofascial meridians in the body. It balances internal organs and systems in the body, and improves the flow of chi or prana.
Holding your body in yin yoga poses for a certain period of time results into lengthening and hydrating of tissues. After yin yoga session, you will experience the tissues being twisted, stretched, squeezed and compressed, increasing the flexibility of the body.