Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga
All Levels
Tue May 17
(UTC-05:00) New York
45 min

About this class

What is Yin yoga?

While Yang yoga practices (Ashtanga, Vinyasa) physically target the ‘superficial’ muscles, in Yin yoga, we target the deep connective tissues of the body – the ligaments, joints, bones, and deep networks.

A Yin class usually consists of a series of passive floor poses held for up to 5 minutes or more. These poses mainly work the lower part of the body – the hips, pelvis, inner thighs, lower spine. These areas are especially rich in connective tissues. 

On an energetic level, Yin yoga improves energy flow and enhances the flow of chi in the organs. However, the practice also offers huge mental and emotional benefits.

Yin yoga and the mind
Becoming still in a pose and staying for a while creates those gaps that I referred to earlier. Keeping the gaps empty creates space for anything that wants to come up. This could be anxiety, happiness sadness, boredom…any emotion or feeling you suppress with all busyness in your life. Yin yoga gives you the time and space to allow emotions, thoughts and feelings you have kept in the shadows, to surface.

Generally speaking, during a Yin yoga class, you will be encouraged to allow all those feelings to be there,and not to identify with them. To observe and  not get caught up in them. It costs the body a lot of energy to keep things suppressed, so the release you feel from letting it all come out can be just as big.

You learn to observe only the pure physical sensations of emotions, without getting caught up in the stories about those emotions.

You will focus on

  • Breathing
  • Relaxation
  • feel good

How to come prepared

  • yoga block,
  • Yoga ball
  • yoga strap
  • eye pillow, quiet space