Why do we rebound in yin yoga?

Updated: Dec 29, 2020

The rebound pose in our yin yoga practice is one of the most important parts of our practice. But why?

Watch the video below to find out, or read on if you're not into videos!

When we come into a yin yoga pose, we are placing stress (intentional stress) on our body. It's not a secret that after you've been in any kind of stressful situation that you need to let yourself rest & reset afterwards. It helps you find a way back to equilibrium, or balance.

In the context of a yin yoga practice, the rebound allows our fascia (connective tissue found everywhere in our body) to reset itself. In the poses themselves we are gently either stretching or compressing an area of our body, which releases and moves our fascia, so when we come out we need to let it reshape back into our own unique shape. This shape might be slightly different with new or more effective pathways within it than when we first started and the rebound helps this to take effect.

When we're in a yin yoga pose we're unraveling. Like a knitted jumper and someone is ever-so-gently pulling a thread to make it come apart. Once it has been pulled apart it takes time to knit the jumper back together. This is the rebound. It might look the same, but it's always going to be slightly different when something is put back together.

So that's a pretty basic description of why we rest & rebound in our yin yoga practice. Enjoy!

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