What is Yin Yoga

Before you can effectively teach Yin Yoga, you must first understand what it is, how it came to be, and what it does for the body. At Zenya Yoga Studio, we offer a large variety of different yoga methods. Our diversity in practices stems from our belief that yoga has something to offer all people. No matter your age, yoga can be a useful tool to help calm your mind, build strength in your body, and connect you with your own movements and thoughts.
Yin Yoga is a more calm, steady form of yoga, used mostly for its calming and relaxing effect. Originally, Yin yoga was developed off the Taoist concept of yin and yang. The Tao religion believes that nature is split between opposite, yet, complementary principles; yin being the stable, constant, and hidden aspect of life. Yang represents the changing, obvious, and moving pieces of life. In Yin Yoga, the object of the exercise is to use the body’s ‘yin’ aspects, such as the tendons, ligaments, and fascia. These areas of the body are constant and stable, while the blood and pliable muscles are the ‘yang’ or moveable parts.

Who Benefits from Yin Yoga

Anyone can benefit from Yin Yoga because it is not an intensive exercise practice. Mostly, this form of yoga is used for boosting your energy levels, increasing flexibility, and improving your coping methods to stress. As everyone has stress, Yin Yoga can be a useful tool to combat emotions such as stress and a lack of confidence.

What Are the Benefits of Yin Yoga?

Finding a connection between you and your body is important. More importantly, Yin Yoga helps you to find a connection between your mind and yourself. For instance, in today’s world, there is so much to think, stress, and worry about. Your mind can go a thousand miles a minute, with no real benefit. Yin Yoga works to help you breathe, relax, and hold certain poses for an extended period of time. Being able to focus your energy and your breathing to one pose for two to five minutes can be relaxing and help you regain perspective on your current challenges. Yoga, in general, is about connecting you with your mind and body in order to obtain a new perspective on life. Yin Yoga does this same thing, but with more focus on relaxation, as well as bodily rejuvenation.

Mind

As stated, your mind can be often taxed with problems and worries that aren’t relevant at that given moment. Because of this, you are expending wasted energy on things that you cannot change. Some of us, however, cannot help feeling like worrying is necessary. Stress can be involuntary, but there are ways to treat it. Unfortunately, there are people who assume busyness is a remedy for stress. It is a belief that by being so busy, they will be too distracted to think about what is actually on their mind. Though this practice has been useful in some cases, it doesn’t fix the underlying problem. Worse, busyness can add more stressors to the body, which only bottle up more issues. When your mind is plagued by negative thoughts, your body will too, become overwhelmed. So, instead of fixing the way you think, adding things to busy your mind will only make the situation worse.

Body

Though Yin Yoga is a relaxing form of yoga, it is still an exercise. Because of this, your body is able to work out knots and kinks deep within your muscles and tendons, while also getting much-needed activity. Yin Yoga is primarily used to help stretch out connective tissues and loosen up your tendons. Your ability to flex and stretch your muscles is important to find out the limits of your body and strength essential muscle groups. Being able to test yourself and work your muscles is especially useful if you are trying to connect with your body and its many muscles.

Zenya Yoga and Massage Studio

At Zenya Yoga Studio, we offer many types of yoga genres. Though you can actively participate in our classes, we also offer yoga instructor certifications. If you have a desire to teach and have a genuine passion for yoga, perhaps becoming an instructor would be a good option for you. Contact us today if you are interested.