Every style of yoga holds a different place in my heart. For example, I do Ashtanga yoga to strengthen body and spirit, hot yoga to sweat and detox, restorative to soothe and stretch sore knotted muscles, and get down with some flow to connect my body and breath. However, I always make time for yin yoga in my weekly practice and here’s why…
1. Yin Style Yoga
Yin yoga is a passive, transformative style of Hatha yoga that asks participants to hold postures for up to 8-minutes each. This longer hold of poses is done to strengthen, lengthen, and provide therapeutic release to joints, muscles, ligaments, fascia, and other connective tissues.
Less active than other types of yoga, yin is mainly done lying down on your mat. The main purpose of yin yoga is to provide grounding. As you learn to tune out the daily grind and focus on slowing down and listening to your body, you will learn to totally surrender, mind and body, to your practice.