Yin yoga is soft, lunar and the opposite of our strong Power, Vinyasa, Ashtanga or Rocket classes. Yin asks us to surrender, to release, to let go, to invite space. Yin asks us to be still, to let go of negative thinking patterns.
In yin we hold poses for longer to target the "yin" tissues of the body-the fascia, tendons, ligaments and joints. We provide a gentle stress to these tissues and can help relieve pain, tightness, increase our range of motion, recover from more steneous activities and improve mental outlook and anxieties.
On a deeper level, yin is a born from Traditional Chinese Medicine working with the 5 element theory and meridian lines of the subtle body. These are energy lines connected to our organs. Throughout these lines are acupressure or acupuncture points.
Practicing yin yoga can gently provide you with a self acupressure massage. We can work with the seasons in the 5 element theory to help alleviate emotions tied with each, helping our QI or energy run smoothly in the body. I currently teach regular and private yin classes in Woodland Park at Aranyani Yoga Studio aranyaniyoga.com and quarterly events at SunWater Spa in Manitou Springs, Co.