I love yoga. I suppose that’s clear. I think I finally found a new studio as well, which has been extremely challenging since my last beloved studio closed down. I typically do Vinyasa Flow Yoga or a Hatha/Vinyassa combination. I have heard about Yin though I imagined it to be quite like Restorative Yoga. I have also done Restorative and like it quite a bit, though I would say that so far my experience with Yin has been different. Finding a proper description of Yin online is not an easy task and I’m not sure I found one. In my practice so far it is much about holding poses for a long time (2-4 minutes) that feel much like stretches, though the stretching of muscles and connective tissues we don’t normally think to stretch. Much of this is done with eyes closed and while physically challenging, is mentally relaxing. I find myself in a meditative state throughout the hour.
We are so caught up in a fast paced life that we rarely do anything that helps us slow down. While I absolutely adore traditional meditation, this practice is different because your body is involved enough that you are more inclined to focus on breath and body and not get lost in your own thoughts. So rarely do we allow ourselves quiet time to just be still, focus on oneself, and be compassionate and patient towards ourself. This practice gives us that opportunity to do these exact things.
I’ve included some Yin sequences you can try on your own, though I would highly recommend attending a Yin class. I do Yoga on my own when I cannot get to a studio, and I’m sure this works well for those who have a quiet space in their own home. However, anyone with young kids or loud house-mates knows that finding a place away from all the chaos definitely adds to the experience. I’d love to hear from others about their Yin experiences.