My love letter to Yin Yoga.
Yes yes yes! I am truly and unbelievably in LOVE with Yin yoga! I sing songs about it - remember Oscar the Grouch from Sesame Street and his song “I love trash?” Now just insert Yin instead of trash and add words like yummy and gooey and yiny! I have said yin yoga is the doughnuts of yoga. I know comparing a healing yoga with doughnuts may sound strange but stay with me. My sweet Grandmother Blessing always made us doughnuts on our yearly visit. As I remember, there were hundreds and hundreds of warm yummy soft comforting doughnuts. The aroma blanketed the house with love and warmth, bringing us together in the kitchen sharing love and joy. This was healing. So when I say Yin is the doughnut of Yoga, this is the past that I bring it from. Yin Yoga makes me feel warm, happy, free and at ease, hugged and safe, just like Grandma Blessing and her doughnuts, only with Yin I can bring this feeling to myself and bypass the gazillion calories of the doughnut!
So what is Yin yoga? Yin is a yoga practice that is done primarily lying or sitting on the floor with props such as bolsters, blocks and blankets. The pace is slow and gentle so wear comfortable clothes and you may even want to keep your socks on. The asanas or postures are held for a longer period of time than in most yoga practices, sometimes up to 3 to 4 minutes. This allows for your body to completely relax into the postures, targeting connective tissues, ligaments, and joints. This simple yoga style is suitable for all levels, both beginners and experienced yoga students. Yin is about finding stillness in the mind and body, finding the stretch and finding the release! Yin allows us to completely drop down into our parasympathetic nervous system, and in doing so it is deeply healing and nourishing. And while Yin is a simple quiet mindful practice, make no mistake it is not always comfortable. However, the benefits of staying with the discomfort, despite your unease, is where the magic happens for both your mind and your body.
To understand Yin Yoga or any form of yoga, you must experience it. Like Grandma and her doughnuts, you can read about them, get her recipe, think and dream about them, but until you have had the total experience of walking into the kitchen, seeing Grandma’s warm smiles, hearing her laugh and being overwhelmed by all the sensations, until you can partake with all your senses, you can’t fully embrace the power of well Grandma or Yin Yoga : )
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