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How to Do Yin Yoga

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Yin Yoga          Yin Yoga is an advanced type of yoga that is not for the faint of heart. Yin yoga varies from traditional fast paced vinyasa or ashtanga yoga. Yin yoga is a very slow form of yoga that concentrates on stretching the tendons and ligaments of the body instead of the muscles. Yin yoga holds its poses for several minutes at a time, even 5 to 10 minutes at a time. Being in one physically challenging pose for such a long period of time is almost akin to a type of meditation. It takes great focus and perseverance to last through a yin yoga class, but the rewards are like none other.




Step 1

Yoga Mat Start by taking at least a few months of another fast paced yoga style such as vinyasa. This will acclimate your body to yoga and prepare it for yin yoga. It is generally not a good idea to start your yoga experience first with yin yoga classes without having any other yoga experience under your belt.



Step 2

Sign up with a local yoga studio for Yin classes. You may want to start off with just one Yin Yoga class per week before moving on to more. Ask about any discounts the studio may offer such as student discounts.



Step 3

When performing each Yin yoga pose in class, close your eyes and focus on a pleasant thought or experience that will get you through the pain of the posture. Your mind will play games with you while in a posture for five minutes straight. Many times you will want to come out of the pose. Try to fight the urge to give up.



Step 4

If you find that you cannot hold each pose for the allotted time then try to make small fidgety movements within a pose such as altering the position of your hands during the pose or the angle of your feet. These small actions relieve stress and buy you a few more moments in the pose. It is like playing a mental mind game trying to convince yourself to finish the yoga pose.



Step 5

Some Yin yoga poses will be much harder than others. For example the yin yoga dragon pose will be one of the most difficult postures to maintain for a long period of time. Do not worry if you cannot handle such a pose. It takes many months of practice to acclimate to yin yoga. In addition the first few months your ligaments and tendons will not have stretched enough to allow you to fully deepen all your poses. However after a few months you will be surprised at how limber and flexible your body has become.



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