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Yin Yoga

A Yin yoga class prioritises deep stretching, relaxation and tension release. In a Yin yoga class, you can expect:

Long, Passive Holds: The hallmark of Yin yoga is the extended duration of poses. Postures are typically held for 3 to 5 minutes, or even longer, allowing for deep stretching of connective tissues, ligaments, and muscles.

Floor-Based Poses: Most Yin yoga poses are performed on the floor, either seated or lying down. This allows the practitioner to fully relax into the poses without the need for muscular effort to support body weight.

Minimal Muscle Engagement: Unlike more dynamic styles of yoga, Yin yoga emphasises minimal muscular engagement. The goal is to release tension in the muscles and access the deeper layers of fascia and connective tissue.

Breath Awareness: Breath control (pranayama) is important in Yin yoga. Students are encouraged to maintain slow, steady breaths to help relax the nervous system and deepen their stretches.

Prop Usage: Props such as yoga blocks, bolsters, and blankets are often used to support and enhance the comfort of the poses. These props can help individuals of all levels and body types experience the benefits of Yin yoga.

Targeted Areas: Each Yin yoga class may focus on specific areas of the body, such as the hips, spine, or shoulders. The poses are chosen to target these areas and provide relief from tension and stiffness.

Stress Reduction: Yin yoga is known for its ability to reduce stress and promote relaxation.

Balancing Energy: Yin yoga is often seen as a complement to more active styles of yoga and exercise. It helps balance the body's energy by promoting flexibility and mobility in the joints and tissues.

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