Yin yoga consists of passive poses held over time, often between 3-8 minutes. It is a slow, juicy practice that is designed to give you space for your muscles, mind and breath to settle so that your nervous system can become calm, bringing you back to balance.
Most of the yin poses are done on the floor and are held for several reasons:
1. To calm the nervous system and to (finally) get out of fight or flight and into rest & digest mode.
2. To give our muscles space to relax so that we can move deeper into our connective tissues.
3. It’s a mind game. Often we can find some discomfort over time in these poses. So sitting within this and doing the work to allow our body up settle and make space helps is to build resilience within our everyday lives.
This is a very basic overview of what yin yoga is. I recommend giving it a go to experience it for yourself! highly recommend giving it a few tries before you make up your mind of whether it’s for you or not.