Sarah Beth: Yin Yoga to relax and unwind for stress relief
Ever heard of Yin Yoga? I hadn’t until fairly recently. Yin Yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga in which you will be holding postures for longer periods of time. These classes are quite similar to restorative yoga – and can particularly serve those who are recovering from injury or using their practice to fully relax the body, perhaps before bed. Yin Yoga incorporates principles of traditional Chinese medicine and is said to stimulate the ‘meridians’ (pathways via which life-energy flows according to Chinese medicine).
Perhaps yin yoga is the perfect Sunday practice? I didn’t have chance to get a yoga video going until later this evening – so I thought it was a good opportunity to try some yin. It was nice and relaxing for sure. I can see how this would be a great practice if you have a lot on your mind and need to shut off and focus on your breathing for 30 minutes while releasing tension. I did find myself wanting to do more afterwards. The great thing is when this does happen it is easy (and good) to take an extra 15 minutes doing a yoga-flow that serves you. I normally go for a few sun salutations, a few planks bringing knee to elbow, downward dog, tree pose, cat/cow forward folds etc etc. But if today you are just looking to relax and stretch out yin is a great practice. It is particularly good for flexibility and if for you – yoga is meditation or an aid to meditation.