This is adapted from an earlier blog post on Yin Yoga by Shannon
I'd been practicing yoga for over a decade the first time I sat down in a yin class. An hour and 15 minutes later, I left class and said to my friend Claudia, "I've never felt so good in my life... That was the best yoga class, ever." She agreed. The next week I had the same reaction, and the week after that, and the week after that. Very quickly Yin bacame my primary form of practice and still is. I think it is the perfect practice to balance our very hectic and stress-riddled lives. So if you've been wondering what this Yin-business is all about this workshop is your chance to find out.
The main thing to know is that the practice is goverened by three basic principles:
- Find your edge
- Become still
- Hold for time
Simply put, this means that you go into a pose to the place where you begin to feel resistance and sit with that, moving gradually deeper. You are able to deepen gradually because in Yin you hold the poses, sometimes for as long as 10 minutes. This can be very challenging both mentally and physically, but it creates a deep stretch that leaves you feeling like you are walking on clouds. Most Yin poses are seated poses - nothing crazy, but the more you do the poses the more your body opens to them giving you the flexibility to reach more advanced variations, so it is a practice that works for beginners as well as advanced practitioners. Wherever you are in your personal practice, Yin will meet you there.