Yin yoga is a mindful, quiet and calm practice dedicated to everyone. Its essence is delicate alignment of the body in a tolerated range of an asana, the holding and keeping it for a longer period of time (3-5 minutes or longer). A deeper entrance in Yin Yoga means holding a position for longer, not making it deeper.
Yin yoga works on deep tissues – tendons, bones, joints and fasciae, mainly in the area of hips, pelvis and lower part of the spine. Keeping a yin position we use the weight of our body and the force of gravity, we experiment without crossing the line of pain. Bringing attention and breath to a particular part of the body generates internal heat, it improves blood supply and nutrition of internal organs. Yin practice stimulates the immune system, rebuilds bones, increases the mobility of joints, the range of movement and elasticity, it engages parasympathetic nervous system. It brings energy balance.
Yin Yoga draws from Tao tradition (observation of the rhythms of Nature), ancient Chinese medicine (science of five elements, chakras and meridians). It prepares for meditation. It builds patience as well as confidence in your body. It is a lesson of humility and strong will.
It is an alternative for daily rush and stress, as well as a supplementation to the dynamic (yang) yoga classes. We practice with an intention upon chosen meridian lines. It is called “acupuncture without needles”, yin yoga is a way of self-healing. As far as we treat ashtanga yoga as a form of meditation in movement, yin yoga is a form of meditation in stillness, a meditation of arrest.
It is best to practice in the morning, but also at the end of the day, to calm down. Ideally, during Full Moon or New Moon.
Wearing some warmer clothes, having at hand all the possible aids, space and time to listen into the signals coming from the body we give in to immobility.
We do not use the body to reach a position. We use the position, to reach the body.