So, Why Do People Practice Yin? What Are Yin Yoga Benefits?
As we age, our bones begin to degenerate, we lose mobility in our joints, and our fascia tightens. But a consistent Yin Yoga practice helps to regain mobility and ease pain in the body. This is because it applies gentle, healthy stress to our joints and gentle stretch to our connective tissues.
Yin Yoga is an excellent counter to the more physically demanding – or yang – yoga disciplines. This deep stretching is the perfect follow-up to intense yoga or other physical activity so you can stay balanced and flexible to help avoid injury.
Key Yin Yoga benefits:
- Targets connective tissues including fascia, bones, and joints
- Reduces stress
- Increases circulation
- Balances internal organs and improves flow of prana
- Balances our yang or fast-paced physical yoga practice
- Relieves tension
- Improves flexibility
- Encourages mindfulness and meditation
While we acknowledges that there aren’t (at least for the time being) any scientific studies specifically for Yin Yoga benefits, many general yoga or meditation studies have proven benefits that can be also be associated with Yin.